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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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Transport leaders and the drive for digitisation

April 10, 2019 support

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 AI, through to 3D printing and fleet telematics. Digitisation of the supply chain is a challenging process but one that presents opportunities if properly embraced, says Chris Fenton, MD, Industrial & Transport at Wincanton.

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No deal Brexit ‘catastrophic’ for UK supply chain

January 18, 2019 Motor Transport

As confusion continues in Westminster over the shape of the UK’s future relationship with the EU, the FTA is urging politicians to find a solution which supports businesses so that Britain can keep trading effectively with its biggest market, the EU. As the clock counts down to March 29 when the UK is set to leave the EU, James Hookham, deputy chief executive of the FTA, warns that a no deal outcome to negotiations would put business, jobs and the […]