Perishables – the cutting edge of logistics and warehousing

Consumer concerns and expectations are driving substantial change in the field of perishables. How will this demanding area of warehousing and logistics need to alter to keep up?

Consumer concerns about perishable products

The refrigerated warehousing world is being shaken up by consumer concerns about health and safety – from the 2 Sisters Food Group through to worries about cross contact between organic and non-organic foodstuffs, the UK’s consumers in particular are asking difficult questions about the supply chain for their foods and perishables.

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Logistics insurance – is it right for you?

Operating a transport or logistics business can be complex enough, but add insurance to the mix and it can seem impossible.

Do you have logistics insurance at all? If so, how confident are you about your logistics insurance, and are you sure it is keeping pace with the increasingly diversifying world of logistics?

There is no such thing as a typical logistics organisation

Whilst logistics operations vary more from each other than almost any other business sector, there are some typical cover requirements, namely:

  • Liability for lost/damaged cargo
  • Liability for errors/omissions (including delays and unauthorised or failed delivery)
  • Third party
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White Glove Logistics and How to Engage Them

‘White glove treatment’ is the term traditionally used to describe a process where a person or thing is handled with extreme care and consideration. White glove logistics has risen rapidly to become a complex area of the supply chain, so what is it and who needs it?

What is white glove logistics?

White glove logistics is often seen as a ‘last mile’ area, but in fact there are nearly as many white glove services focusing on first mile logistics as on last mile and many dedicated specialists offering product handling for delicate or high value items. The proliferation in white Read More

The Challenge Of Urban Logistics

Nobody would think that pouring petrol on a blazing fire would help to put it out, but for many logistics suppliers, and their clients, that’s what the challenge of urban logistics feels like. As more people order online every day of the week, more delivery vehicles flood into urban centres, adding to the congestion, stress and pollution that are just part of the daily experience of urban delivery personnel.

How cities handle logistics

E-commerce is the biggest boom industry since the dot com bubble burst. It shows no sign of slowing down with retail shopping, food delivery, and now services Read More

China’s warehousing robots and their impact on logistics worldwide

A quiet revolution in the nature of warehousing robots has taken place in the past 18 months, and it may impact warehousing and logistics worldwide in the next decade.

China – the powerhouse of logistics innovation

China is both the largest and fastest growing robotics market in the world and the fastest changing logistics and warehousing region. The two, quite clearly, are linked. But why is China leading the world in this area?  Two reasons:

  • China’s immense size has always required innovative approaches to transporting goods, from the Silk Road to today’s delivery drones
  • China has the highest proportion of
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What does new air quality legislation mean for UK logistics?

New UK legislation affects all vehicles

The government’s new measures to control air quality will have a number of impacts on the logistics industry. However, the requirements are nowhere near as stringent as feared. Despite the government having said that 2050 emissions targets meant that ‘almost all new vehicles sold would have to be near zero emission at the tailpipe by 2040’ hybrid car sales will still be allowed which was in doubt until the new legislation was revealed.

Logistics UK and road use – a barrier to progress?

One of the new suggestions is that 80 motorways and A-roads Read More

Warehousing – UK trends

The sharp end of logistics is always seen as the delivery point – it’s where happy or unhappy customers get to express their opinions on the whole supply chain.

If endpoint delivery is the sharp end, then warehousing is the broad base from which every part of the supply chain actually operates.

Warehouse space in Scotland at a premium

Fluctuating conditions, economically and geographically, have created a range of warehousing conditions across the UK, with Scotland currently struggling to locate industrial space for its growing logistics industry. The demand for a warehouse for rent above 10,000 sq ft has grown Read More

Logistics Failure

Why a logistics failure can mean the end for an SME and how you can protect your business.

Whether you call them supply chain issues or logistics failures, an SME’s ability to prevent, predict and/or recover from such problems may be vital to success. The reason that logistics problems are so challenging is that they tend to be the result of success, rather than failure.

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Driverless lorries to be trialled on Britain’s motorways

It has been announced by the government that partially driverless lorries will have been trialled on UK roads by the end of 2018

In tests to be carried out by the Transport Research Laboratory and funded by Highways England, the lorries will travel together in groups of two or three, connected by a wireless signal, with braking and acceleration regulated by the lead vehicle.

This move has been anticipated since 2014, when the government made known plans to action the project, which has been introduced as a means to reducing emissions and traffic congestion on the roads of Britain by Read More

Going the distance – how is crowdsourced home delivery affecting UK logistics?

Overall retail growth is low currently at just 1-1.5%, however e-commerce is expanding at around 15% per annum in the B2C (business to consumer) sector, while B2B e-commerce had a sales turnover of around 96.5 billion in 2015, which has accelerated in 2016/17…

Last mile delivery – the logistics of customer satisfaction

While most companies place massive importance on the beginning of the process, chasing click-throughs and trying to minimise abandoned shopping carts, a quieter revolution is taking place in last mile delivery – the vital process of getting the goods into the hands of the consumer.  How does it Read More

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