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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Predicting demand: How fashion can stop filling our landfills

Predicting demand: How fashion can stop filling our landfills

Fashion has a waste problem. Three-quarters of our clothing will end up incinerated or landfilled. Plastics – still heavily relied on for fashion packaging -  are thrown away 72% of the time, never to be recycled.

Fast track to ATEX forklifts when OEM lead times grow

Fast track to ATEX forklifts when OEM lead times grow

In the shadow of COVID, global Printed Circuit Board (PCB) supply shortages and ongoing steel supply problems, forklift OEMs are pushing lead times further than Pyroban has ever seen. For those businesses that need an ATEX forklift truck fast, Darren Boiling, Materials Handling Sales Manager for Pyroban® says there are five options.

Consumers say sustainable packaging influences their purchasing decisions

Consumers say sustainable packaging influences their purchasing decisions

A new report by Drapers, the B2B publication covering the fashion retail industry, in partnership with Smurfit Kappa, the paper-based packaging company, has revealed that packaging matters to UK consumers and plays a significant role in the purchasing decisions of shoppers.

Government blame ‘poverty wages’ on warehousing staff shortages

Government blame ‘poverty wages’ on warehousing staff shortages

With the warehousing and logistics industry facing one of the worst staff shortages in known history, the Government has been blasted by industry experts with ‘poverty wages’ and poor conditions cited as reasons for failing to attract more candidates to job vacancies.

Overcoming the challenges faced in supply chains

Overcoming the challenges faced in supply chains

By Richard Parkinson, port director at Solent Gateway Ltd

In recent months, COVID-19 has put incredible pressure on global supply chains. But it’s not just the pandemic that is causing unforeseen pressure on the UK supply chain.

How ‘vehicle platooning’ could solve our haulage hardship

How ‘vehicle platooning’ could solve our haulage hardship

By Jamil Ahmed, Distinguished Engineer at Solace.

Brexit and COVID continue to cause ripples across the UK, with the record shortage of haulage drivers causing havoc for the country’s businesses. With a shortage of over 100,000 drivers, it’s not surprising the economy is suffering.

UK shipping industry demands net-zero by 2050

UK shipping industry demands net-zero by 2050

In a landmark decision, the UK shipping industry has agreed that the international shipping sector must pursue a net-zero carbon emissions target by 2050.

Changes to HGV driver testing process: Measures a positive step forwards, says Logistics UK

Changes to HGV driver testing process: Measures a positive step forwards, says Logistics UK

The changes to the HGV driver testing process announced today (10 September 2021) show the government is now moving at pace towards a solution to the current driver shortage, according to Logistics UK, one of the UK’s leading business groups.

New packaging report strengthens holography anti-counterfeiting role, says global trade body

New packaging report strengthens holography anti-counterfeiting role, says global trade body

An international trade body has welcomed a new report that paves the way to ‘significant’ opportunity and growth for packaging holography technologies.

Warehouse boom: comment from Infosys Consulting

Warehouse boom: comment from Infosys Consulting

In response to news that the demise of the high street is leading to a boom in giant warehouse demand, Sachin Jangam, Partner for Retail at Infosys Consulting argues that the only way physical stores can compete with e-commerce is with a radical rethink of physical space, and highlights the opportunity dark stores hold for brick and mortar warehouses.

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