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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Brake comments on Government plans to close mobile phone law loophole

Brake comments on Government plans to close mobile phone law loophole

The Department for Transport has announced plans to close a loophole in the law on phone use behind the wheel, so that people using a hand-held mobile while driving will be breaking the law, under all circumstances.

Warehouse trends in the wake of the pandemic

Warehouse trends in the wake of the pandemic

By Daniel Dombach, EMEA Industry Solutions Director, Zebra Technologies.

While the pandemic has impacted many companies, others have experienced strong growth as restrictions applied to pre-COVID 19 shopping patterns have accelerated growth in ecommerce.

Job market boom predicted in supply chain sector as vacancies rise above pre-lockdown levels

Job market boom predicted in supply chain sector as vacancies rise above pre-lockdown levels

The supply chain sector will experience a job market boom over the coming months as over 60 percent of workers in warehouse, logistics and delivery spent time during lockdown searching for a new role, according to latest research.

New Covid ‘red alert’ plans: Britain’s couriers prepare once more for the front door to become the front line

New Covid ‘red alert’ plans: Britain’s couriers prepare once more for the front door to become the front line

At the height of the coronavirus national lockdown in March, the Government prioritised delivery drivers as key workers. Under the Government’s new three-stage ‘traffic light’ coronavirus alert plans – which could be introduced as early as Thursday.

'Boring is good' as global air cargo market takes another step to recovery in September

'Boring is good' as global air cargo market takes another step to recovery in September

A record ‘dynamic loadfactor’ and high airfreight rates on the world’s premier trade lanes in September showed the global air cargo market edging towards a sustainable recovery at the start of the traditional peak season, says industry analysts CLIVE Data Services and TAC Index.

Safety first in the warehouse: A step in the right direction

Safety first in the warehouse: A step in the right direction

The pandemic has transformed the way businesses approach the supply chain and will do so for the foreseeable future, continuing to impact on health and safety in warehouses, distribution centres and logistics hubs, says Jim Roberts, product manager at Beaverswood.

Brexit has already cost more than the International Space Station – and it’s still rocketing

Brexit has already cost more than the International Space Station – and it’s still rocketing

The economic cost of Brexit has already passed £130bn and is likely to top £200 billion by the end of the year, according to a report from Bloomberg Economics.

DVSA highlights the danger of defective aftermarket truck brake drums

DVSA highlights the danger of defective aftermarket truck brake drums

On 18 September 2020, the DVSA issued a warning about seriously defective aftermarket truck brake drums, citing two cases of failure in non-Scania components fitted to Scania P-series trucks.

Managing disruption in intralogistics

Managing disruption in intralogistics

The rise of e-commerce has brought about significant disruption to traditional logistics activities, demanding constant adjustment to best meet changing demand. Similar adaptability is vital in intralogistics to ensure orders are processed and fulfilled effectively.

Road transport capacity on European spot market falls to lowest level since 2017

Road transport capacity on European spot market falls to lowest level since 2017

Compared with August 2020, 14.4% less road transport capacity was available in the first two weeks of September on the European spot market.

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