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Our features section tackles the broader issues affecting logistics, such as the political and economic landscape, COVID-19, Brexit, automation and global trade.

Safe loading security practices: What you need to know and how Logistics UK can help

Logistics UK worked with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), along with other industry stakeholders, to review and update the load security code of practice guide; this was published in July 2023.  

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Generation Logistics Case Study: Abby Rennie, Vehicle and Asset Sales Advisor, MB Plant

Abby Rennie is 19 years old but already has a well-rounded view on the logistics world and has become a real asset in her position as Vehicle and Asset Advisor at MB Plant in Peterhead, Scotland.

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Policy wins: Planning System - Logistics UK calls for reforms

Logistics UK has been calling for reform to national infrastructure planning, given the vital role of the planning system in delivering an efficient logistics sector.

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From share of wallet to “share of life” with reverse logistics

Reverse logistics can be a costly and complex process for retailers. Shipping, handling, and processing returned items can lead to increased costs and management overheads. Furthermore, managing reverse logistics can be a complex task, especially for ecommerce businesses that operate across multiple channels and locations.  

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Generation Logistics Case Study: Esther Kabiito, Graduate Management Trainee, DFDS

There aren’t many career choices that can match logistics for breadth of experience and opportunity. That’s certainly been Esther’s experience, who joined DFDS after graduation as a management trainee.

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A month in the media – August 2023

Logistics UK has maintained a significant presence in the news over the past month on behalf of its members, thanks to the efforts of the press office team.

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Rail freight: Unlocking Northern Ireland’s potential

The railway network is an indispensable part of Great Britain’s economy, transporting 10.48 billion net tonne miles of rail freight in 2022 – an increase of 11.3% from 2021.

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The Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness: How to remain compliant with new road regulations        

The DVSA’s Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness (GTMR) – a logistics business’s handbook for driving on Britain’s roads and keeping themselves and their vehicles compliant – was updated in April 2023 to improve guidance to operators and maintenance providers.  

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Maritime decarbonisation really starting to make waves

The decarbonisation of global maritime logistics continues at pace, with recent developments accelerating the transition to zero-emission sea freight.  

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Generation Logistics case study: Callum Brough, Site Manager, GXO

“I ‘fell’ into logistics almost seven years ago not knowing what I wanted to do," says Callum. "After various roles within GXO I was given the opportunity to take the position as Site Manager, a position with a lot of opportunities for development.”

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Successful sustainability is a negotiation of options

Does a smooth journey to net zero exist? How can you properly track progress? And what does it look like for a massive logistics operation? We spoke to Dr Nicholas Head, Head of Sustainability for UK and Ireland at XPO Logistics, who has some answers…

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Re-opening Manston airport could help UK trade take off again, says Logistics UK

Once the jewel of the air cargo industry, Manston Airport was closed to air traffic in 2015 to enable the space to be used as an temporary lorry park in times of cross-Channel travel disruption.

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Generation Logistics Case Study: Katie Langford, Regional HR Manager, GXO

Before her graduate scheme at GXO, the word ‘logistics’ could have meant anything to Katie. “In all honesty, I didn’t know what the word meant!” she admits. “However, I did know there must be a process for my ASOS parcels to reach my door!”

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Working for our members: Help us create a planning system that works for logistics

By Jonathan Walker, Head of Cities and Infrastructure Policy at Logistics UK

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Protecting Great Britain’s food security as import processes change

The UK relies on imports to provide a reliable and consistent supply of food for its citizens year-round, with 46% of all food consumed here sourced from other countries.

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Generation Logistics case study: Freddie, Graduate Management Trainee, DFDS

Finding the right graduate placement for you can be a difficult task, something Freddie knows all too well from his days searching.

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Campaign highlights: vans to be considered as part of discussions on Zero-Emission HGV Infrastructure Strategy

With less than seven years before sales of new diesel and petrol vans stop, just over a decade until the sales of new hybrid vans and non-zero emission tailpipe trucks under 26 tonnes cease, and 2040 marking the end of sales of all non-zero emission tailpipe HGVs, there are increasing calls for government to publish a strategy to provide clarity on fleet charging infrastructure.

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Staff shortages halting the wheels of logistics

The UK economy relies on a substantial logistics workforce to keep supply chains running effectively, with 2.7 million individuals currently in the logistics workforce, totalling around 8.2% of UK employment.

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Generation Logistics case study: Tom, Shift Manager, GXO

For Tom, logistics used to be nothing more than a side hustle – now it’s turned into an exciting new career.

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Policy win: Online driver enquiry system extended to Northern Ireland licence holders

Logistics UK's intrepid policy team work hard for our members to make a meaningful difference to the logistics industry and the businesses that work within it.

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