Moving goods and materials is a critical part of many businesses. Whether it’s receiving stock for retail, building materials in construction, components for manufacturing or anything else, the planning around how and when these items arrive is a critical part of ensuring operations run smoothly and efficiently. That, in a nutshell, is logistics. But logistical [.....]
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This spring, Bradford and Manchester will join the growing list of UK cities to introduce Low Emission Zones (LEZs), bringing the total number to 14. They are likely to be joined at some point in 2022 by Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee as the Scottish government looks to relaunch delayed initiatives in those three cities. While [.....]
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s unlikely that many people outside the industry ever gave serious thought to the importance of healthcare logistics. But events of the past couple of years have certainly brought the critical value of medical supply chains right into the spotlight. Whether it was PPE, oxygen, ventilators, testing kits or vaccine [.....]
The official transition period might be long over. But post-Brexit rules affecting the trading relationship between the UK and the EU continue to evolve. Importers, exporters and the freight operators that move their goods will have to keep their wits about them for the foreseeable future until all the changes eventually bed in. The most [.....]
It’s been an interesting couple of years for the UK logistics sector. The combined impact of Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic have created some formidable challenges against a backdrop of rapid changes in supply chains. But what about the road ahead? 2022 is going to be a critical year for all sectors of the economy [.....]
There have been a few changes to some classification codes for January 2022. To avoid any potential queries or unnecessary delays please update your customer databases/ERP systems where necessary to ensure the correct classification codes are provided. The World Customs Organisation’s (WCO) Harmonised System (HS) provides 6-digit classification codes. The Combined Nomenclature (CN) is extended to 8-digit level [.....]
Climate change is arguably the single biggest challenge facing humanity this century. The recent COP26 summit hosted in Glasgow underlined how urgent the need to bring rising global temperatures under control is. Put bluntly, the science tells us that if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t cut drastically, we face a future of mass extinctions, extreme weather, [.....]
Whatever your business, whatever sector you are in, operational efficiency is a big deal. If you waste or underutilize time and resources, you are effectively wasting money, whether through direct losses or unrealised profit potential. For the freight and distribution sector, efficiency is especially important because it directly impacts our customers. Their operations depend on [.....]
When you think of overseas freight, you probably picture huge containers piled high on mammoth cargo ships. But that’s not the be all and end all of international goods distribution. What if, for example, the volume of items you want to ship is not enough to fit in a container? Groupage is a freight service [.....]
For anyone involved in trade across the Irish Sea, the so-called Northern Ireland Protocol has become a phrase to make you wince. If anyone thought the years of wrangling it took to ‘get Brexit done’ were finally over when the UK left the EU on 1st January 2021, think again. Even as we write, the [.....]