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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Air freight must be prioritised in government's aviation strategy

Air freight must be prioritised in government's aviation strategy

Air freight will play a pivotal role in achieving Britain’s future trading ambitions post-Brexit, according to FTA, so it must be placed front and centre of the government’s aviation strategy.

Environmental focus is driving fleets to re-evaluate traditional ‘perk’ car provision

Environmental focus is driving fleets to re-evaluate traditional ‘perk’ car provision

Business focus on the environment and taking corporate social responsibility for reducing their carbon footprint is driving fleets to re-evaluate traditional operating structures.

That, says Tony Donnelly, chief executive of Goodwood Corporate Mobility, essentially means company bosses and fleet chiefs looking afresh at whether the traditional three or four-year ‘perk’ company car - as opposed to ‘job need’ vehicle - should continue to be offered as part of employees’ remuneration packages.

Shippers demand efficiency and technology brings that – Cogoport president Flemming Frost

Shippers demand efficiency and technology brings that – Cogoport president Flemming Frost

Digital practices and technology adoption are bringing greater productivity, effectiveness and profitability in the shipping and logistics industry, Cogoport president Flemming Frost told industry leaders at a major shipping conference in the Netherlands.

Over half of consumers demand sustainable fashion

Over half of consumers demand sustainable fashion

New research suggests over half (52%) of consumers in the UK and US want the fashion industry to become more sustainable, with calls for reduced packaging and fair pay for workers among their top demands.

BEC interview with Tom Hamlyn, Logistics Director at Aliaxis

BEC interview with Tom Hamlyn, Logistics Director at Aliaxis

This time it’s with Tom Hamlyn, Logistics Director at Aliaxis, a global leader in the production and distribution of advanced plastic piping systems. Tom has worked at Aliaxis for over 20 years, heading up the Logistics Department since 2015.

In this interview, Tom discusses how he and his team worked with BEC to create and implement both a voice-enabled data capture and Electric Point of Delivery (ePod) scanning solution as part of a drive to improve the company’s customer service offering by modernising its order fulfilment and logistical processes.

UK consumers increasingly seeing green when it comes to retailers and deliveries

UK consumers increasingly seeing green when it comes to retailers and deliveries

Shoppers are demanding more sustainable delivery options, according to a new survey from Wincanton, the British third party logistics company¹.

Take ownership of your own closed loop of plastic pallets

Take ownership of your own closed loop of plastic pallets

Paying constantly increasing prices, buying or renting wooden pallets makes little financial sense; particularly when there is a more attractive alternative.

Twelve months on and organisations are still not GDPR compliant, say 68 per cent of respondents to Infosecurity Europe poll

Twelve months on and organisations are still not GDPR compliant, say 68 per cent of respondents to Infosecurity Europe poll

It’s almost one year on since GDPR came into force yet there appears to be a lack of confidence in its application according to the latest Twitter poll from Infosecurity Europe 2019 – Europe’s number one information security event.

SnapFulfil survey highlights subcom industry focused on future

SnapFulfil survey highlights subcom industry focused on future

The future of the UK’s fast expanding subscription box market (subcom) looks bright if trends in the US are anything to go by - according to a new State of Subscription Commerce survey.

Vital trans-Pennine upgrade will transform UK logistics network, according to FTA

Vital trans-Pennine upgrade will transform UK logistics network, according to FTA

Reacting to the news that the government has launched an open consultation on its plans to dual the trans-Pennine section of the A66, Malcolm Bingham, Head of Road Network Management Policy, at FTA commented:

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