Opinion

  • David-Coombes-800x642
    Article

    ​ How can we steer the logistics industry towards a stable workforce?

    2024-06-12T10:30:00Z

    Last week, I was invited to attend the Road Transport Expo, and hear the latest Asset Alliance Industry Monitor briefing. Recruitment and Retention remains one of the biggest challenges keeping truck operators awake at night.

  • Reid RHA PPA Director Devolved Ntns
    Article

    New Freeports offer an opportunity to improve facilities

    2024-06-06T14:38:00Z

    We know that there are not enough secure parking facilities in the UK. Estimates show that there is a deficit of around 11,000 spaces every night but herein lies one of the problems. No government, whether that be HM government centrally or devolved, can say with any degree of certainty ...

  • Jo Fieldcrop
    Article

    Five ways to close the gender gap in road transport and logistics

    2024-06-06T11:30:00Z

    With only 26% of the transport workforce being made up of women, it’s an important conversation to examine the challenges women in transport face today.

  • NewIan-Dennis_01_High-res
    Article

    For asset financing to support net-zero, it cannot mimic structures of the past

    2024-05-31T09:34:00Z

    The heavy-duty vehicle (HDV) sector is a mature market, with diesel vehicle values and lifecycles well established and operating cycles and residual values known variables.

  • richardsmith_338316
    Article

    Our industry is key to economic growth

    2024-05-29T10:37:00Z

    With an election now on our doorstep, businesses throughout the United Kingdom will be looking to the nation’s political leaders for a clear, concise blueprint for the way ahead. Our members and our industry want leaders to have a debate and ultimately, a plan in place to get the UK ...

  • Pag
    Article

    A call to the new mayors – focus on freight

    2024-05-14T10:05:00Z

    The recent local elections saw the election of ten mayors across England.

  • Thomas Olsson
    Article

    AI in the world of logistics: How’s the future looking?

    2024-04-08T16:17:00Z

    Logistics, especially heavy logistics, is still very old fashioned and hasn’t really embraced change. I always remember one of my first visits to a transport company more than 20 years ago, when we did a system upgrade and introduced the internet at the time when the depot was using modems.

  • Mike ParrNew
    Article

    The latest blow to fresh produce imports

    2024-04-04T14:29:00Z

    The introduction of new fixed charges on imports of fresh produce and plants is yet another blow to the already fragile fresh produce sector which has already been hit by so many additional costs and challenges due to the post-Brexit border control plans.

  • conferencerichardsmith2023_242100
    Article

    A dedicated logistics minister would boost industry confidence

    2024-03-22T16:26:00Z

    We talk a lot about collaboration at the RHA. Indeed, it’s one of the six defined values that our staff decided we should live by as a trade association, and we proudly hold ourselves to that standing commitment. Taking the lead from your members and working with them on tackling ...

  • chrisclowes_805028
    Article

    GXO likely to swallow Wincanton’s operations and brand…

    2024-03-22T15:35:00Z

    It’s been interesting to see the Wincanton acquisition unfold in recent weeks. Following GXO’s offer, CMA CGM have not increased theirs, leaving just one on the table. The prospect of GXO buying Wincanton is a very different proposition compared to that of CMA CGM’s offer. With CMA CGM, Wincanton’s customers ...

  • David Heath
    Article

    Respect your drivers and you’ll reap the benefits

    2024-03-21T15:15:00Z

    With employee engagement having become a real buzz phrase over recent years, its importance cannot be underestimated. David Heath, head of fuels at Suttons Tankers explains how having an engaged workforce boosts productivity, increases loyalty and ultimately leads to satisfied employees which, in turn, results in improved performance and better ...

  • Chris-Clowes
    Article

    To what extent will AI impact the 3PL industry?

    2024-03-08T13:38:00Z

    3PL providers have a challenge on their hands as the pace of change continues to escalate. The hurdles that lie ahead are multifaceted with environmental concerns, technological advancements, workforce dynamics and evolving customer preferences all requiring immediate attention. Take AI for example. The technology appears ...

  • Phil-Pluck-CCF-(002)
    Article

    Manifesto for the temperature-controlled logistics sector reminds politicians of its importance to UK plc

    2024-02-21T13:30:00Z

    As the UK’s political parties hone their manifestos ahead of this year’s general election, this is a vital time to ensure that all those hoping to form the next government have a deep understanding of the impacts of their policy choices on the nation’s logistics provision. Logistics ...

  • Aliaksandr Kuushynau
    Article

    HGV fleet management set for radical overhaul

    2024-02-20T09:05:00Z

    In the dynamic realm of transport and logistics, 2024 presents pivotal shifts poised to redefine fleet management strategies. Let’s explore what these industry changes mean for HGV fleet owners and managers, focusing on telematics integration, driver empowerment, and sustainable electrification.

  • Conference Richard Smith 2023
    Article

    Tough times but here’s how we can fight our cause

    2024-02-15T11:48:00Z

    Reports of hauliers succumbing to cost pressures amid hugely challenging conditions are sadly becoming regular reading.

  • Wesson crop2
    Article

    Haulage firms are attractive targets for cyber crime

    2024-01-30T12:37:00Z

    Road transport firms have become popular targets for cyber criminals in recent years. A number of high-profile attacks have rocked the industry lately and highlight the relevance of cyber security to even the smallest of logistical businesses.

  • Mike-Parr,-PML-Seafrigo
    Article

    U-turn on fruit and veg imports leaves carriers frustrated again

    2024-01-29T11:50:00Z

    The logistics sector is once again reeling following the unexpected announcement on Wednesday that a broad range of European fruit and vegetables is to be recategorised from low risk to medium risk – thus necessitating physical inspections at UK border posts. The news marks yet another U-turn ...

  • Des Evans LR
    Article

    Net zero – future residual values remain a huge uncertainty

    2023-12-16T15:32:00Z

    Amongst all the discussions regarding which technology will provide the best method of achieving net zero carbon emissions the topic of funding and future residual values remains somewhat in the background.

  • Urban logistics GXO
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    Urban logistics will need to get smarter to deliver an environmentally sustainable future

    2023-12-15T12:41:00Z

    Over the last few years, we have seen the rapid growth in demand for efficient urban logistics driven by a confluence of factors, such as congestion, population growth and density, as well as sustainable traffic measures like ULEZ. As our cities become increasingly pedestrianised, with cafes and restaurants spilling onto ...

  • Des-Evans
    Article

    Net zero - battery electric not the only option to cut emissions

    2023-12-14T15:14:00Z

    Following on from my article regarding the discussions at the recent Decarbonisation Summit I have received opinions from a number of operators from both the haulage industry and vehicle service suppliers with regard to their respective views about how to achieve the net zero goals.