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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Freight forwarders stand to benefit from wider access to Government apprenticeship service

Freight forwarders stand to benefit from wider access to Government apprenticeship service

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) says that the recent announcement that the UK government is expanding access to the apprenticeship service to employers who are not one of the existing 22,000 apprenticeship levy-payers using the service already, will be of great benefit to many of its members.

3/4 of companies in the business & professional services sector believe Brexit ‘will have a positive long-term impact'...

3/4 of companies in the business & professional services sector believe Brexit ‘will have a positive long-term impact'...

A new state-of-the-nation study into how companies in the business and professional services sector are prepared for Brexit, has revealed some 42% of businesses believe the process of exiting the EU is currently having no impact on their business at all, while 28% feel it has had a positive impact.

DSV provides brand new location for Danish Red Cross warehouse for disaster relief equipment

DSV provides brand new location for Danish Red Cross warehouse for disaster relief equipment

The warehouse is vital for Red Cross’ ability to respond quickly to disasters anywhere in the world.

Flybe has been rescued, but exporters could still pay a heavy price for aviation’s woes

Flybe has been rescued, but exporters could still pay a heavy price for aviation’s woes

Some creative Government accountancy may have found Flybe calmer skies; but its narrow escape highlights the precarious state of UK aviation, says the international courier expert ParcelHero. It is warning that with Heathrow's expansion plan seemingly in an eternal holding pattern, UK PLC is missing out on up to £14 billion a year in lost trade.

Christmas peaked late for couriers in December

Christmas peaked late for couriers in December

The UK courier ParcelHero has revealed people left it later than ever to send their parcels this Christmas. ParcelHero’s previous Christmas peak was December 13, 2018, almost a full week earlier than this seasons' busiest day, the 17th.

Returns abuse analysis

Returns abuse analysis

By Tom Stevenson, UK Director, Forter.

“The 2nd of January 2020 marked National Returns Day, the busiest day of the year for holiday returns. In fact, UPS stated that it expected to ship 1.9 million returns, a 26% increase over last year.

Is it time to rethink plastic In packaging?

Is it time to rethink plastic In packaging?

A cross-party parliamentary group warning that firms are replacing plastic with potentially more harmful alternatives for the environment is a wakeup call for companies to redouble their sustainability efforts, says an industry expert.

Connecting the enterprise - Digital Transformation Technology report

Connecting the enterprise - Digital Transformation Technology report

Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke to a number of experts from the vendor and analyst communities about current and possible future trends and areas of development within the world of Digital Transformation – including those concerning Artificial Intelligence, Analytics, Robotics, Cloud and Edge Computing.

NORD: Condition monitoring for predictive maintenance concepts

NORD: Condition monitoring for predictive maintenance concepts

The system from NORD DRIVESYSTEMS regularly or permanently records drive and status data in order to optimise the operational safety and efficiency of machines and plants. Based on this information, concepts for predictive maintenance can also be developed.

Experts create clean cold research hub to meet global challenge

Experts create clean cold research hub to meet global challenge

Led by UK Universities, multi-disciplinary researchers from around the globe are joining forces in an innovative new research centre aimed at speeding up the use of radical new cooling solution to help small-holder farmers, medicine suppliers and others make the most of clean and sustainable chilled distribution systems.

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