12 February 2020
A new optimisation solution is a considerable investment and, if your business has a functioning bulk logistics system in place, you may feel that it’s worth putting up with the odd feature that doesn’t do exactly what you need it to. But there will come a time when your current system’s shortcomings start to add up, resulting in a situation in which not upgrading could cost you more in the long run than making the switch. Read More >>
28 January 2020
According to the green campaigners Business for Social Responsibility, freight makes up around 15% of the world’s energy demand. It’s therefore easy to see why it’s under pressure to do its part to meet targets to reduce emissions and fossil fuel consumption.
The Paris Agreement is of course stimulating change and there are numerous initiatives, existing and new, aimed at reducing the dependency on fossil fuels.
There is some focus on cutting emissions through efficiency – streamlined lorries, speed limiters, and using technology for more efficient route planning are just a few of the options that are more common-place for road transport and logistics. But while these all have merit, campaigners say that going further on less fuel is not going to solve the problem globally, which covers road, air, rail and sea. Instead it requires a more radical approach to reach carbon neutrality, i.e. renewable cleaner energy, biodiesel fuels and electric vehicles. Read More >>
20 December 2019
We’ve discussed the impact of technology on the bulk logistics sector many times in these articles, from what’s already possible in terms of digital bulk logistics optimisation, to the next wave of digital advancements on the horizon. Beyond these industry developments though, wider-reaching technological progress has the potential to utterly transform the bulk logistics sector we know today. One of these innovations is the self-driving (or autonomous) vehicle. Read More >>
26 November 2019
A recent comprehensive review on the future of the transport and logistics industry by PWC explored the key themes that will impact on the sector and the strategic drivers that will affect the industry in the next decade. The paper made clear the considerable advantages and efficiencies these developments will bring. However, research from Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and Statista pours cold water on the idea of enthusiastic moves to a technology-enabled delivery industry. Read More >>
18 November 2019
The road haulage sector, including bulk logistics, is essential to the productivity of the UK economy. The Road Haulage Association (RHA) reports that 89 percent of all goods transported by land in Great Britain are moved directly by road, and that road haulage is the UK’s fifth largest employer. Unfortunately, all that activity is bound to have an impact on the environment. ‘Green logistics’ and sustainability are becoming increasingly important considerations for bulk logistics fleet managers, so how might a more sustainable transport infrastructure impact the industry? Read More >>