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Business group engages with ex-Tesco chief on supply chain issues


Logistics UK was invited to attend a roundtable meeting with Sir David Lewis, former CEO of Tesco, last week as the government seeks to get a grip on supply chain issues.

Lewis was appointed by the Prime Minister in October as the UK Government’s Supply Chain Adviser, and is based in the Cabinet Office. Number 10 has said that he will advise Prime Minister Boris Johnson MP and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove MP on both immediate improvements and any necessary long-term changes to UK supply chains for goods.

Lewis is also chairing the Supply Chain Task Force, which offers the opportunity to engage directly with senior government officials. This first meeting included feedback from the industry on the current state of the sector, ongoing labour shortages, and the impact of the increase in driver and MOT testing capacity.

Alex Veitch, Logistics UK’s Deputy Director – Public Policy, who attended the meeting on behalf of Logistics UK members, said: “This was a highly constructive first meeting of the Supply Chain Task Force. Rather than focusing solely on the driver crisis, Sir David adopted a more holistic approach, broadening the discussion to talk about the whole supply chain, including rail, ports and warehouses. We raised some points on rail, maritime and port capacity on behalf of our members in those sectors and spoke about ways we can work together raise the profile of the whole logistics sector in the coming year.”

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Published On: 18/11/2021 16:00:03

 

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