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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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.

How the logistics industry is helping the environment

How the logistics industry is helping the environment

By Kushal Nahata, CEO & Co-founder, FarEye.

Ever since the industrial revolution, there has been significant changes in the environment due to human activities. Environmental degradation due to pollution and other human activities pose a serious threat to mankind.

Half of the British public calls for clearer labelling on plastic packaging to avoid further waste in retail and grocery sectors

Half of the British public calls for clearer labelling on plastic packaging to avoid further waste in retail and grocery sectors

Independent research commissioned by compostable packaging company TIPA reveals that nearly half (48%) of British shoppers would like to see labelling on products in retail and groceries stores identifying that 'plastic-free' packaging is marked accordingly.

Tips for keeping warehouses and distribution centres safe, compliant and productive

Tips for keeping warehouses and distribution centres safe, compliant and productive

As regulations change and warehouse requirements become more complex, partnering with an expert can help to ensure durable, cost effective, compliant storage rack.

AMH Material Handling apprentice wins NITAL’s Full Time Learner of the year award

AMH Material Handling apprentice wins NITAL’s Full Time Learner of the year award

Sam Pitfield, aged 19 from Rushden, was announced as the Training Centre Shield winner for Full Time Learner of the year at the Northamptonshire Industrial Training Association Ltd (NITAL) achievement awards ceremony held in Kettering in January 2019.

Is it time to introduce new age thinking for stressed out truckers?

Is it time to introduce new age thinking for stressed out truckers?

Truck drivers alongside labourers have one of the highest suicide rates in the world according to most experts. This is supported by statistics from the UK Government which suggest that people in these groups have a higher chance of dying in this way, a massive 44% above the national average writes Michael Younge, writer and authority on mindfulness and positivity.

Integrated technology playing critical part in transport planning as concerns around driver shortage continue to grow, says Paragon survey

Integrated technology playing critical part in transport planning as concerns around driver shortage continue to grow, says Paragon survey

Logistics operations are increasingly turning to integrated technology solutions to overcome a host of transport planning pressures, while at the same time the driver and general skills shortage continues to weigh on the supply chain sector.

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