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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What the Top 10 Forklift Manufacturers of 2021 Get Right

What the Top 10 Forklift Manufacturers of 2021 Get Right

Material handling equipment manufacturing is an incredibly lucrative industry as it supplies equipment to many different commerce and engineering-based markets. Forklifts are used extensively in the warehousing and distribution industry, manufacturing, and construction.

Lack of financial support is placing insecure workers at risk

Lack of financial support is placing insecure workers at risk

Following recent research that has brought to light that workers in insecure jobs are twice as likely to die of Covid, Aleksandra Flack, a senior employment lawyer at Langleys Solicitors, commented: “This increase in the chance of death for those in insecure roles can be linked to the lack of financial support available to them.

E-commerce companies urged to reduce parcel volumes to limit courier driver shortage’s impact on online deliveries

E-commerce companies urged to reduce parcel volumes to limit courier driver shortage’s impact on online deliveries

Research recently released by market intelligence agency, Mintel, shows that the Covid-19-inspired rise in online shopping has driven a boom in demand for UK courier and delivery services.

Many couriers and home delivery drivers feel unsafe at work and one fifth have faced dangerous situations

Many couriers and home delivery drivers feel unsafe at work and one fifth have faced dangerous situations

One in five (20%) home delivery professionals have been attacked or threatened by members of the public, while over a third (35%) feel at risk while they are out working alone, especially at night or when in isolated locations.

Goods-to-Person robotisation is key in meeting the new logistics challenges facing the cosmetic industry

Goods-to-Person robotisation is key in meeting the new logistics challenges facing the cosmetic industry

By Hugues Sterlin, Scallog’s Director of Operations.

The cosmetics industry in France is a major driver of the economy. Despite the drop-off in exports caused by the pandemic, the sector achieved total revenues of over €15.7 billion in 2020 and leads the world with a 24% share of the global cosmetics market.

New LEEA research reveals optimistic post-pandemic outlook

New LEEA research reveals optimistic post-pandemic outlook

Despite the Covid-19 health crisis impacting significantly on the Lifting Industry, Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) Sector Benchmark Research reveals optimism for the post-pandemic future, and a move towards new and possibly more productive ways of working.

Crimestoppers and Counter Terrorism Policing launch PORTSAFE campaign urging workers to be extra vigilant about criminal and terror activities

Crimestoppers and Counter Terrorism Policing launch PORTSAFE campaign urging workers to be extra vigilant about criminal and terror activities

The charity Crimestoppers has launched an industry-facing campaign in partnership with Counter Terrorism Policing aimed at those who work and use commercial maritime ports.

Rapid rise of distribution centres prompts mechanical safety concerns, says Bureau Veritas

Rapid rise of distribution centres prompts mechanical safety concerns, says Bureau Veritas

With distribution centres across the UK seeing greater pressures since the start of the pandemic, leading health and safety expert, Bureau Veritas, says mechanical inspections on work equipment must be prioritised alongside Covid-19 health and hygiene measures, in order to ensure upmost safety for employees in this increasingly in-demand industry.

How can delivery drivers handle the COVID induced growth of e-commerce?

How can delivery drivers handle the COVID induced growth of e-commerce?

In 2020, the world stood still as an unpredictable COVID-19 rearranged everything we thought we knew. High street retailers began closing their doors to curb the spread of COVID, whilst online retailers found new doors opening as consumers moved their spending online.

'Ever Given' refloated but global e-commerce will flounder amid delays, says ParcelHero

'Ever Given' refloated but global e-commerce will flounder amid delays, says ParcelHero

The international delivery expert ParcelHero says the refloating of the ‘Ever Given’ is welcome news, but the blockage of the vital Suez Canal will cost £4.35 billion and delay many Amazon and other e-commerce orders for weeks.

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