Critical and key issues in material handling, logistics and distribution

Critical issues are thought provoking articles relating to strategy,legislation,technology,best practice and the some of the most challenging business topics in the world of material handling.The articles in this section have been contributed by senior industry leaders, research analysts, trade associations such as the UKWA (United Kingdom Warehousing Association) BIFA (British International Freight Association), the FTA (Freight Transport Association) and the FLTA ( ForkLift Truck Association), as well as many others.

Other important topics covered in this section concern Health and Safety in Logistics with articles from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).Taxation, government policy,climate change,recruitment and training schemes are all covered, as well as educational opportunities at various UK logistics educational facilities such at Cranfield University

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Global supply chain activity surges to pre-pandemic levels In Q3, but cash crunch leaves suppliers vulnerable

Global supply chain activity surges to pre-pandemic levels In Q3, but cash crunch leaves suppliers vulnerable

The number of purchase orders and invoices exchanged across global supply chains rose by 15% in Q3 after falling by a similar margin in Q2, the latest Index of Global Trade Health from Tradeshift can reveal.

3PL provider offers reassurance amid no deal Brexit scenario

3PL provider offers reassurance amid no deal Brexit scenario

The ever-likely scenario of a No-Deal Brexit, even after there has been over four years to sort one out, is sending shockwaves across many businesses as they grapple with exactly what it will mean for them.

Four more years? How would a Trump second term impact on global trade and freight?

Four more years? How would a Trump second term impact on global trade and freight?

President Trump is lagging in most polls, but he came from behind to win in 2016. If he snatches victory, the UK international courier Parcelhero says UK businesses might prosper under his pro-Brexit stance or be hit by an escalating trade war with China, further protectionist tariffs and partial privatisation of the US postal service.

Drivers need to give cyclists space during lockdown

Drivers need to give cyclists space during lockdown

As bicycle use spikes during local lockdowns, drivers need to be aware of the 1.5 metre rule which encourages motorists to make room and protect cyclists.

Will darkness protect us from COVID-19?

Will darkness protect us from COVID-19?

Sunlight was supposed to be the answer to COVID-19. However, fully automated warehouses that no longer need lighting or heating are helping to keep supply lines open during the pandemic. Here Neil Ballinger, head of EMEA sales at automation equipment supplier EU Automation, explains why retailers and distributors are investing heavily in fully automated distribution centres.

Take steps to a more efficient workplace

Take steps to a more efficient workplace

Re-organisation will be a priority for many warehouse and distribution centre operators ramping up to meet higher volumes and demand in the face of Covid 19 and pre-Christmas push, says Jim Roberts, product manager at Beaverswood.

Brake comments on Government plans to close mobile phone law loophole

Brake comments on Government plans to close mobile phone law loophole

The Department for Transport has announced plans to close a loophole in the law on phone use behind the wheel, so that people using a hand-held mobile while driving will be breaking the law, under all circumstances.

Warehouse trends in the wake of the pandemic

Warehouse trends in the wake of the pandemic

By Daniel Dombach, EMEA Industry Solutions Director, Zebra Technologies.

While the pandemic has impacted many companies, others have experienced strong growth as restrictions applied to pre-COVID 19 shopping patterns have accelerated growth in ecommerce.

Job market boom predicted in supply chain sector as vacancies rise above pre-lockdown levels

Job market boom predicted in supply chain sector as vacancies rise above pre-lockdown levels

The supply chain sector will experience a job market boom over the coming months as over 60 percent of workers in warehouse, logistics and delivery spent time during lockdown searching for a new role, according to latest research.

New Covid ‘red alert’ plans: Britain’s couriers prepare once more for the front door to become the front line

New Covid ‘red alert’ plans: Britain’s couriers prepare once more for the front door to become the front line

At the height of the coronavirus national lockdown in March, the Government prioritised delivery drivers as key workers. Under the Government’s new three-stage ‘traffic light’ coronavirus alert plans – which could be introduced as early as Thursday.

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