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Fit safety systems in the factory

August 24, 2019 jasmine Flintham

As an operator it’s frustrating to purchase new trucks and still have to fit additional safety features, now often mandated to work in the city centre construction sector, which are not currently available to be installed or supported by the manufacturer. New trucks have wiring looms cut into, additional cables run down the chassis and into the cab, dash panels removed and facia panels drilled to have additional safety systems installed. Additional cameras, side scan sensors, turn warning, vulnerable road […]

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Try innovating like Silicon Valley

August 23, 2019 jasmine Flintham

As the world’s leading technology centre, Silicon Valley is brimming with innovation – not just from a hardware or software point of view, but in terms of how it solves problems. One example of this is “design sprints”, a five-day process developed by former Google executive Jake Knapp, which sees team members come together to answer critical business questions through design, prototyping, and testing ideas. At ArrowXL we use this model to improve our operations, most recently regarding reverse logistics. […]

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Back to school to fill skills shortage

August 22, 2019 jasmine Flintham

At TWE Haulage we face the same driver recruitment and retention issues as everyone else. I’m a big believer in training and developing young talent and yet I’ve been frustrated for years with the sector’s apprenticeship offerings. So I decided to go back to the way we used to train – not just for a role but for an all-round employee. I decided to find a young, enthusiastic individual who was interested in the logistics sector. After months of searching […]

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Transport leaders’ drive for digitisation

August 22, 2019 jasmine Flintham

As we enter the ‘fourth industrial revolution’, we are beginning to reap the benefits of digital technologies in the supply chain, from cloud-based transport management systems and artificial intelligence through to 3D printing and fleet telematics. Digitisation of the supply chain – whether in part or using a full suite of technologies – is a necessary but challenging process. And it’s one that presents opportunities, if properly embraced. Wincanton believes the benefits of these new technologies will only be fully […]

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Performance is cause for optimism

August 21, 2019 jasmine Flintham

When it comes to merger and acquisition activity in the logistics industry, 2019 was always going to herald tough conditions. However, while transport and logistics companies are right to remain cautious, it isn’t all doom and gloom. Our latest ‘Logistics and Supply chain management quarterly review’ paints a more positive outlook for the sector, with emerging opportunities equal to the challenges. There are clearly benefits to be had in consolidation around logistics, plus interest in new technology platforms underpinning automation […]

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Commercial Motor’s annual Truck Open golf day makes a welcome return on 11 July

April 15, 2019 jasmine Flintham

Taking place at Lambourne Golf Club in Dropmore, Buckinghamshire, this golf challenge is open to a maximum of 25 teams of four (100 players). The format will be a four-ball full handicap Stableford competition. The best three individual Stableford scores per hole per team will count. Enter a minimum of a four-ball at a cost of £675 (plus VAT) per team, which includes green fees, golf-related gift, lunch and dinner with inclusive drinks and prizes. The Commercial Motor golf day […]

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Microlise Transport Conference 2019

February 4, 2019 jasmine Flintham

Europe’s largest road transport conference is back on May 15th, ready to welcome over 1,200 delegates to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. This free-to-attend, one-day event is for those involved at an operational or management level in the operation of road transport fleets. Marian Kitson, director of enforcement at the DVSA and Senior Traffic Commissioner Richard Turfitt are already confirmed to present, with many more exciting speakers to be announced imminently. Motor Transport will be there. Join us to increase […]

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Transport Manager Northern Ireland 2018

May 9, 2018 jasmine Flintham

Taking place on 24 May 2018 at Culloden Estate & Spa, Belfast, FTA’s Transport Manager Northern Ireland conference is packed with industry leading speakers and the very latest information, guidance and best practice advice surrounding legislation and enforcement changes. FTA’s Transport Manager Northern Ireland conference is packed with industry leading speakers and the very latest information, guidance and best practice advice surrounding legislation and enforcement changes. Speakers include: Our Keynote Address comes from John McGrath, Deputy Secretary Transport and Resources from […]

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Sponsored Content: RHA Membership

December 5, 2017 jasmine Flintham

The Road Haulage Association is the only UK trade association dedicated to the operators of road freight. It has over 7000 member companies in membership who, between them, account for approximately 250,000 UK-registered heavy goods vehicles. Membership is wide and varied ranging from owner-operators to those operating fleets in excess of 3000 vehicles. The RHA is dedicated to providing advice, information and support to the industry that is responsible for moving 95% of the UK economy. It has a strong […]