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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No job, employer or regulator should take away workers’ health, safety and wellbeing

No job, employer or regulator should take away workers’ health, safety and wellbeing

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is celebrated annually on 28 April and led by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). It raises public awareness of the importance of health and safety at work, as well as the prevention of occupational accidents.

Quartely update: 17 businesses removed or suspended from prompt payment code for failing to pay their suppliers on time

Quartely update: 17 businesses removed or suspended from prompt payment code for failing to pay their suppliers on time

Action on companies who fail to meet the standard of the Prompt Payment Code (PPC) has seen 17 companies removed or suspended from the Code during the past quarter, the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM) has announced.

New report finds digital technology improves highways safety performance

New report finds digital technology improves highways safety performance

A new, independent survey of the highways industry has revealed that two-thirds of tech-enabled businesses reported a reduction in accidents or no accidents at all in the last 12 months – 50 per cent more than industry standard.

Stock distress signals - 23 pointers that tell you why you need a WMS

Stock distress signals - 23 pointers that tell you why you need a WMS

By Alex Mills, Sales and Marketing Director, ProSKU.

Warehouse management systems (WMS) are used widely in larger organisations where stock and order volumes demand high levels of control.

Smaller companies, although they hold less stock and handle fewer orders, mostly experience the same problems when handling physical stock. But smaller companies tend, initially at least, to use products designed for stock control or inventory management. These are often modules provided as part of accounts or order processing systems.

Five myths about transportation management that vsn hurt your business

Five myths about transportation management that vsn hurt your business

Gone are those days when managing transportation was perceived as an afterthought. And thanks to uncompromising customer expectations this arm of a supply chain and logistics is now as important as planning procurement, managing inventory, and optimizing warehousing.

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.

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