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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New report reveals major growth and seismic changes in UK warehousing sector

New report reveals major growth and seismic changes in UK warehousing sector

A new report into the size and make up of the UK warehousing sector, commissioned by the UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) and produced by Savills, has highlighted major growth in the sector and seismic shifts in occupier profile over the last six years.

The report, titled ‘The size and make up of the UK warehouse sector’, was first published by UKWA in 2015, following research by Savills to create a comprehensive database of all existing warehouse units in Great Britain over 100,000 sq ft.

Supply chain management continues to be a turbulent environment on a global scale

Supply chain management continues to be a turbulent environment on a global scale

With the increased demand for consumer goods, limited air freight capacity, congested ports, and equipment shortages, those managing supply chains worldwide have challenges ahead.

Shortage of HGV drivers places business recovery at risk, finds Logistics UK report

Shortage of HGV drivers places business recovery at risk, finds Logistics UK report

Almost one in ten logistics businesses (9.8%) say the recruitment of drivers is an ‘extreme barrier’ to the recovery of their business, according to a new report released by business group Logistics UK: The Logistics Report 2021.

The rise of the Preighter and how the return of travel could impact the air cargo industry

The rise of the Preighter and how the return of travel could impact the air cargo industry

Cargo has undeniably been a lifeline for the aviation industry during COVID-19. Before the pandemic, cargo typically made up around 12% of the sector’s total revenue; that percentage is believed to have tripled last year.

Forthcoming packaging and waste regulations add to pressures for greater ecommerce packing efficiency

Forthcoming packaging and waste regulations add to pressures for greater ecommerce packing efficiency

The cardboard supply market is under stress, and forthcoming changes to the regime around packaging and waste will have further impacts. Retailers and shippers will need to act now to optimise their use of an increasingly valuable commodity.

Warehousing availability continues to fall UK wide with West Midlands the worst affected region

Warehousing availability continues to fall UK wide with West Midlands the worst affected region

New data has revealed a significant shortfall in warehousing space UK wide despite 12.7 million sq ft of speculative space having already been delivered or due for completion later this year.

Tech drives UK logistics deal activity

Tech drives UK logistics deal activity

UK logistics deal activity was driven by technology businesses, according to the latest Q1 figures.

Nearly half of the 15 transactions completed in the logistics sector in the first quarter of 2021 involved software businesses, such as fleet telematics, workforce and supply chain management, shipment tracking solutions and warehouse management systems.

UK importers are still reeling from increased Brexit costs and delays

UK importers are still reeling from increased Brexit costs and delays

New Government figures reveal that many businesses are still overwhelmed by the impact of Brexit. Over 39% of importers reported they are still struggling with new customs duties and 38.6% were battling with increased transport costs.

71% of UK businesses see role for CCTV in keeping workplaces 'COVID Safe' as they encourage more workers back

71% of UK businesses see role for CCTV in keeping workplaces 'COVID Safe' as they encourage more workers back

A multi-country survey of organisations with more than 50 staff and running an existing video monitoring system, carried out by Video Security as a Service (VSaaS) innovator Ava Security, found that 71% of UK firms saw a role for their existing video system in supporting a safe return the workplace for more of their staff.

Steps to better workplace health and safety

Steps to better workplace health and safety

Paul Roehricht, UK strategic account manager at impact protection specialist Brandsafe, says warehouse and distribution centre operators must continue to ensure the safety of their workforce as they look to optimise productivity in the current climate.

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