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 association calls for greater clarity and 
detail on new cross border trade systems

Freight association calls for greater clarity and 
detail on new cross border trade systems

Commenting on the raft of recent announcements by the UK government with regard to various aspects of the UK’s future cross border international trade, the trade association for UK freight forwarders said that, as always, the devil will be in the detail.

Getting Brexit-ready must be a priority for business, says Logistics UK

Getting Brexit-ready must be a priority for business, says Logistics UK

As the economy starts to recover after the COVID-19 pandemic, Logistics UK is urging organisations to start to prepare for the UK’s departure from the EU at the end of the year.

Deal or no deal – keeping goods moving in the EU

Deal or no deal – keeping goods moving in the EU

Brexit has created many challenges for UK-based businesses, and these are likely to multiply if no trade-deal is reached by the end of the transition period. Companies will have to accept changes and be prepared to meet new regulations, not only when it comes to goods but also on the equipment used to transport it, such as pallets.

Pandemic business practices accelerate freight digitalization

Pandemic business practices accelerate freight digitalization

The coronavirus pandemic is proving a catalyst for shipping digitalisation, prompting ocean supply chain stakeholders to abandon manual processes and embrace automated transport management solutions to drive business growth, according to a new survey by Haven Inc.

Global semiconductor packaging materials market to reach $20.8 billion by 2024, SEMI and TechSearch International report

Global semiconductor packaging materials market to reach $20.8 billion by 2024, SEMI and TechSearch International report

The global semiconductor packaging materials market will track chip industry growth to expand from US$17.6 billion in revenue logged in 2019 to $20.8 billion in 2024, a 3.4 percent Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR), SEMI and TechSearch International forecast in the Global Semiconductor Packaging Materials Outlook.

Online retailers have no need to fear returns

Online retailers have no need to fear returns

For online retailers with an efficient and professional logistics partner, high volume returns should hold no fear says Charlie Walker, marketing director of Berkshire-based supply chain and online fulfillment specialist, Walker Logistics.

The last mile of logistics: Will we soon be getting parcels from a robot courier?

The last mile of logistics: Will we soon be getting parcels from a robot courier?

CEP service providers face major challenges. Firstly, they have to cope with the high volume of orders, which – driven by e-commerce – is constantly increasing.

A break with tradition now inevitable in warehousing

A break with tradition now inevitable in warehousing

Bricks-and-mortar retail outlets have been decimated during lockdown and the ensuing chaos has travelled swiftly up the supply chain – especially with the many challenges of bulk-shipped goods entering a distribution network for further dispersal to individual locations.

Planned changes to VAT will result in higher costs and less choice for online shoppers, warns ParcelHero

Planned changes to VAT will result in higher costs and less choice for online shoppers, warns ParcelHero

UK shoppers should make the most of international marketplace bargains on Amazon Prime Day on 5 October, says ParcelHero. A new Government policy paper deals a double-whammy to overseas purchases from 1 January: post-Brexit Brits will pay 20% VAT on all international online purchases while overseas sellers will have to register for UK VAT.

Safety first in a post COVID-19 landscape

Safety first in a post COVID-19 landscape

COVID-19 has had a profound effect on our lives but what will be required to protect people in the warehouse workplace as we ease out of lockdown. Jim Roberts, product manager of visual communications specialists Beaverswood offers some insight.

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