FTA Coronavirus Logistics Impact Surveys
FTA's Coronavirus Logistics Impact Surveys have been focused on identifying how operators and purchasers of logistics transport services are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Coronavirus Logistics Impact Surveys ran for 10 weeks in March, April and May 2020. In June 2020 we began to conduct our Logistics Performance Tracker, to monitor the ongoing impact on logistics and its recovery.
The results of the Coronavirus Survey were used to provide timely feedback and information to FTA members on the impacts and risk mitigation measures as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
The results were also used to inform our briefings to government and officials, including at multiple meetings the Chief Executive has the Secretary of State for Business, Environment and Industry Strategy (BEIS).
Learn about the findings of our 10 Coronavirus Surveys using the link below.
- Week 1 (20 March 2020): FTA’s first Coronavirus Logistics Impact Survey found 10% of HGV drivers are in self-isolation, with respondents reporting an average 4.22/10 in our confidence index on how businesses feel about their outlook for the next six months.
- Week 2 (27 March 2020): Our second survey shows 76% of respondents have experienced a general business downturn, and there is a consistent lack of understanding about government support and how proposed measures will work.
- Week 3 (03 April 2020): Results from FTA’s third Coronavirus Logistics Impact Survey found business confidence declining again, as revenue took over as the area where companies experienced the most negative impact and 20% of HGV drivers were self-isolating.
- Week 4 (14 April 2020): The fourth week of our Coronavirus Logistics Impact Survey found availability of most supplies improving and a reduction in the number of HGV drivers self isolating (6%, compared to 20% last week), though three-quarters of respondents have (or will have soon) furloughed staff.
- Week 5 (20 April 2020): In FTA’s fifth Coronavirus Logistics Impact Survey, 86% of respondents are experiencing a general business downturn due to work or orders being cancelled, and there was a significant rise in the number of journeys that cannot be made due to drivers self-isolating.
- Week 6 (28 April 2020): The biggest impact from the pandemic affecting businesses is the lack of demand, and FTA's sixth Coronavirus Logistics Impact Survey saw another increase in the number of respondents experiencing this, to more than 90%. Additionally, ensuring key parts of the supply chain continue to operate is the top issue organisations would like government to address.
- Week 7 (05 May 2020): The seventh set of results from FTA’s weekly Coronavirus Logistics Impact Survey revealed that over a quarter of businesses have brought staff back from furlough or intend to do so in the coming weeks, with 63 per cent of respondents making use of drivers’ hours relaxations. Following government’s announcement of ‘bounce-back’ loans, more than half of respondents do not intend to apply for the scheme, while 26% need more information.
- Week 8 (12 May 2020): Results from FTA’s eight Coronavirus Logistics Impact Survey found an improvement in business confidence compared to last month, with over 70% of respondents wanting government to ensure the ongoing operation of key parts of the supply chain and continued payments of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme beyond June.
- Week 9 (18 May 2020): FTA’s ninth Coronavirus Logistics Impact Survey saw a positive decline in the number of furloughed staff across all logistics roles, and the availability of all supplies increased as well, though respondents reported 75% of warehouse staff require personal protective equipment (PPE) – a significant increase from 32% last week.
- Week 10 (25 May 2020): The results from FTA’s tenth weekly Coronavirus Logistics Impact Survey found supply chains are experiencing less extreme disruption, with almost all areas of operation reporting an increase in performance levels.
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