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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Smart packaging counteracting the lost moment of truth

Smart packaging counteracting the lost moment of truth

In the new report "Smart Packaging 2019-2029", IDTechEx Research finds that electronic smart packaging will become a $1.8 Billion market in 2029.

Government road funding brings welcome relief for hauliers, says FTA

Government road funding brings welcome relief for hauliers, says FTA

“Damaged road surfaces cost businesses in the logistics industry millions of pounds a year in vehicle repair and hire placement.The news that the government has finally responded to FTA’s calls for improvements in road surfacing and allocated £201 million to help tackle this issue is particularly welcome; the road network has been subject to chronic underinvestment for several years and this funding is desperately needed.

We need your help: FTA calls on Assembly Members for Black Route Support

We need your help: FTA calls on Assembly Members for Black Route Support

FTA, the organisation representing the UK’s logistics sector, has written to all Welsh Assembly Members urging them to press the First Minister to approve the ‘Black Route’ plans for the M4 Relief Road. Construction of the route, according to FTA, would provide a regional economic boost worth hundreds of millions of pounds and tackle the congestion that blights the lives of local citizens.

Trans-Pennine road link study long overdue, says FTA

Trans-Pennine road link study long overdue, says FTA

Reacting to the announcement this week that Highways England is to lead a £300,000 study into major improvements to road links between the M65 in East Lancashire and parts of Yorkshire, Malcolm Bingham, Head of Policy for the North of England at FTA commented:

When is the best time to exercise?

When is the best time to exercise?

As well as being good for our physical health, exercise has a huge potential to enhance our mental health and wellbeing. Regular physical activity naturally boosts mood as the brain releases endorphins which are ‘feel good hormones’, which subsequently can make us work better.

No Deal contingency plan threatens NI economy, says FTA

No Deal contingency plan threatens NI economy, says FTA

The government’s contingency plans for the Irish border would bring trade to a standstill, according to FTA, the business organisation which speaks for the logistics industry.

Boeing 737 MAX 8 grounding could impact on international e-commerce and parcels, warns ParcelHero

Boeing 737 MAX 8 grounding could impact on international e-commerce and parcels, warns ParcelHero

The grounding of the world’s entire Boeing 737 Max 8 fleet could mean delays to overseas freight, warns the international delivery expert ParcelHero.

Eighty-one per cent of SMEs say digitisation boosts output but many still rely on manual processes

Eighty-one per cent of SMEs say digitisation boosts output but many still rely on manual processes

Eighty-one per cent of decision makers working for small and medium sized businesses that use vehicles believe they could get more jobs done if they could digitise more of their workflow, according to a new study from TomTom Telematics.

Yet, when asked how they handle everyday tasks such as expense management, customer updates and quoting and invoicing, the majority revealed they either manually or somewhat manually do so.

BIFA issues warning about the perils of containers abandoned overseas

BIFA issues warning about the perils of containers abandoned overseas

The British International Freight Association (BIFA), the trade association for UK freight forwarding and logistics companies, is warning its members about the cost of containers abandoned overseas for which they may be liable and how to implement safeguards to prevent this situation occurring.BIFA says that one of the most frequent questions it receives regarding problems on maritime shipments is about abandoned and unclaimed containers sitting in overseas ports.

New report highlights the chasm opening up in our communities and calls on those in logistics to act

New report highlights the chasm opening up in our communities and calls on those in logistics to act

A major new research report has identified a widening chasm in the relationship between people and their neighbours that is damaging our mental and physical health and reducing the ability of communities to cope when crisis hits.

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