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Viewpoint24th January 2023

The challenges of going electric

Reading, UK: The majority of transport operators want to shift to a sustainable fleet but face a raft of challenges, according to a new report. Some 83% of transport companies in Europe want to shift to electric vehicles or alternative fuels in their fleet, according to the study, Are you ready for the EV shift? …

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Viewpoint13th December 2022

Government urged to extend energy bill relief to cold chain sites

Reading, UK: The Cold Chain Federation is urging government to continue allocating energy bill relief to cold chain facilities beyond the current Energy Bill Relief Scheme, due to end on 31st March 2023. The government is currently conducting a review into whether it will continue to provide energy bill relief from 1April 2023, but it …

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Viewpoint30th November 2022

Fossil fuel alternatives for diesel

Slough, UK: There is an alternative to fossil diesel, says Sam Gray, sales training and product development manager, Toyota Material Handling UK. And it is said to cut the net CO2 emissions of internal combustion-engine-powered forklifts by as much as 90%. Hydrotreated vegetable oil is the latest fuel to come on to the market. It …

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Viewpoint17th November 2022

Dangers of refrigerant leaks in cold stores

Cold stores are an inherently high-risk environment. Shaun Evers, managing director of Stonegate Instruments, highlights how smart technology can help minimise these risks. Leeds, UK: “While many of the risks in cold stores stem from exposure to cold temperatures, the refrigeration systems in these spaces can pose additional risks if a gas leak occurs. Cold …

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Viewpoint8th November 2022

Peak performance – a survivor’s guide

Successful retailers are geared to performing well at peak. But what happens when labour is scarce and volumes are unpredictable? Craig Whitehouse, managing director Invar Group, offers a survivor’s guide to peak season Cranfield, UK: Depending on the line of trade, seasonal peaks crop up with the regularity of British Prime Ministers – from Diwali, …

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Viewpoint10th October 2022

An open letter to the prime minister on training provision for young people

What will reverse the the loss of Level 1 and 2 provision for young people trying to access work, asks Joe Crossley, chief executive of Qube Learning, in this open letter to the prime minister Dear Prime Minister,  During the Covid19 pandemic, the Conservative government made a public commitment to an ‘Opportunity Guarantee’ proclaiming that all young …

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Viewpoint15th September 2022

Recruitment: why the Interim model may be best

Fixed term contracts are not the only way to get key staff says Leigh Anderson, managing director at Bis Henderson Recruitment For some years now a wave of misunderstanding and misinformation has swept the temporary employment market. Companies large and small have convinced themselves that HMRC’s revised IR35 rules on self-employment mean that hiring short-term …

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Viewpoint14th July 2022

Government U-turns cripple logistics business

With the political landscape looking more precarious than ever before business does not need more last-minute government rule changes: supporting and guiding business, kickstarting the economy, providing a framework for growth are what’s needed, says Mike Parr, managing director of PML. London, UK: “The news that British ports are contemplating taking legal action after investing millions …

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Viewpoint6th July 2022

IMHX 2022 – sustainability is the theme

‘Business as usual’ is no longer an option for long-term sustainability success, says IMHX 2022 event director, Rob Fisher Birmingham, UK: Now is the time for supply chain professionals to prioritise sustainability in their logistics plans in order to be both successful and make a positive global impact, as the environmental impact of supply chain …

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Viewpoint8th June 2022

Turning every spare corner into revenue

Steve Purvis, managing director at Bis Henderson Space on how warehouse owners are missing an opportunity to earn from unused space. Northampton, UK: Demand for warehousing is at an unprecedented high, but many owners of storage space are failing to maximise their returns. It’s an acknowledged truth that the United Kingdom is ‘under-warehoused’. Demand is …

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Viewpoint4th May 2022

Planning for the pharma logistics peak season should start now

Planning for pharmaceutical logistics in the busy final quarter of the year can never start too soon, says Niklas Adamsson, chief operating officer at Envirotainer Sollentuna, Sweden: Those who work in logistics will know all about “peak” or “peak season.” It’s the time of year when demand for logistics capacity reaches a yearly high in …

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Viewpoint7th April 2022

Employee Safety in the Logistics Industry Starts with Data Collection and Analysis

Durham, UK: Logistics organisations are under unprecedented pressure to improve not only efficiency, but also employee safety. Digital transformation provides a chance to improve efficiency, reduce costs and enhance responsiveness to customers, and transform the day-to-day experience for employees. This can only be achieved, however, if organisations get the right data collection and analysis solutions …

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