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Hyperloop makes transportation history in US desert

A revolution in transport took place in the Nevada desert over the weekend, when two Virgin Group employees became the first people to travel in a hyperloop pod – the first successful manned test run of the innovative technology.

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In profile: Bruce McGill, Chief Executive, Society of Operations Engineers

For someone who is not himself an engineer, Bruce McGill displays an enormous amount of passion for the profession. “What I love about engineers and engineering, is that they are solving some of the big challenges that our society faces,” he said. “Without engineers we’re not going to solve those challenges, whether that’s climate change or energy supply or transport.”

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Van Security Report reveals the shocking scale of van thefts in UK

There were 11,729 recorded incidents of contents theft from vans/light commercial vehicles in just the first six months of 2020, according to Logistics UK’s Van Security Report.

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Safe winter driving: European Winter Tyre Regulations 2020/2021 from Continental

• Continental share details of the up to date regulations for winter equipment required for trucks and buses traveling across Europe • All Continental truck and bus tyres for steer and drive axle in inch sizes 17.5, 19.5 and 22.5 now available as 3PMSF-certified variants

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Future business strategies

The future of logistics has become an increasingly significant topic amongst logistics organisations and government.

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Supply chain disruption begins to worsen, says Logistics UK survey

As the economy continues to be rocked by the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and a second national lockdown begins in England, the logistics sector continues to experience significant disruption.

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First UK trial of wireless charging tech for vans to take place in Edinburgh

A wireless electric vehicle charging project, which has the potential to reduce the cost of decarbonising last-mile transport, has been awarded a £1.6m grant from Innovate UK.

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Consolidating urban deliveries

Urban congestion and the resulting emissions have long been the focus of city councils and local authorities, with an array of localised initiatives, such as air quality schemes and congestion charging, designed to reduce city centre traffic. And now, we are hearing of more organisations being approached by local councils with requests to consider setting up a consolidation centre.

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Exploring the effects of COVID-19 on logistics

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of logistics to all sectors of the national economy as the industry has worked tirelessly to ensure that the food, medical supplies and other essential items the nation needs, are delivered and businesses are able to continue working.

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In profile: Jo Bamford, Chief Executive, Wrightbus

As the grandson of the founder of the JCB empire, it was perhaps inevitable that Jo Bamford would have vehicle engineering running through his veins.

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HS2 could create substantial extra freight capacity, report reveals

HS2, Britain’s new high-speed railway, has the potential to release considerable extra capacity for freight on the existing rail network, according to a paper soon to be published by Logistics UK.

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Air freight decarbonisation takes off

Of all the transport modes, aviation has long been recognised as the most difficult to decarbonise. As commercial aircraft generally depend on expensive jet fuel to power their engines, it comes as little surprise that domestic and international aviation accounted for a sizeable 8% of UK CO2 emissions in 2019.

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Month in the media

The past month has been another extraordinary one for Logistics UK’s media team, which has secured impressive media coverage for the organisation and our members right around the globe, as far afield as Canada, UAE, Australia and Japan, as well as across the UK.

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Bathroom brand impresses with route planning system

The team at the online bathroom retailer VictoriaPlum.com Ltd was celebrating last year, following its win in the Most Innovative Company of the Year category, sponsored by Siemens Financial Services, at the Logistics Awards 2019. The team from the well-known bathroom brand accepted their trophy from comedian Ed Byrne at the awards ceremony, held in Central London on 24 October 2019.

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Freeports – a game-changer for UK maritime and trade?

As the end of the Brexit transition period looms large on the horizon, the plan to establish at least 10 Freeports in the UK has been attracting growing interest from businesses, particularly those whose activities include trading goods between the UK and overseas markets.

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Celebrating 40 years of Logistics UK Training

It was the beginning of a decade which marked the growth of consumerism and the decline of heavy industry. Margaret Thatcher, the UK’s first woman Prime Minister, had won a landslide General Election just months earlier. Two popular cars were launched: Ford’s Mark 3 Escort and British Leyland’s Austin Metro.

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Transport Focus reports shows England's motorways fail to satisfy the business needs of logistics

England’s Strategic Road Network, composed of motorways and major ‘A’ roads, fails to satisfy even half of businesses which operate HGV fleets, according to a recent survey from independent watchdog Transport Focus.

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John Lewis Partnership is cooking on gas!

The LERS Awards celebrate the efforts that members of the scheme are making to reduce emissions from their road freight operations, and publicly recognise those companies going above and beyond to mitigate their environmental impact.

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In profile: Richard Christian, Head of Policy and Communications, Port of Dover

Over the course of two decades, Richard Christian has got used to being a public face of the Port of Dover, the UK’s largest ro-ro port. Beginning work as a Planning Officer in 2000, he has held a variety of roles across corporate affairs, policy, media and communications, but they have always had a public aspect.

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Future Logistics Conference to be chaired by former TfL chief

Logistics UK's Future Logistics Conference, to be held online on 13 November 2020, will be chaired by Leon Daniels OBE, the former Managing Director of Transport for London.

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