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The Logistics Point

June 2020 Issue #5

Cash Flow Crisis Coming

Logistics could expect cash flow problems in June, says David Wells, FTA’s CEO, for The Logistics Point.

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Smart retail in times of

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The Logistics Point Editor's note Hard times ahead! As the UK is starting to emerge from the lockdown hopes are up. We have spent the last two months mostly at home and it is understandable that the Government is working on getting the economy running and people out and about. As many have warned this is not the time to relax, however. The real economic impact on the coronavirus is yet to be felt. In an interview for The Logistics Point Magazine FTA’s CEO David Wells evaluates the work done on supporting businesses. Wells says he is still to hear of a logistics company that has received grants from the government and the association is urging ministers to speed up processes and bring more clarity. More clarity will be needed to retailers as stock is piling up everywhere and orders are being cancelled. With the promise of opening shops it is unclear how consumers will adapt to life after Covid. Nick Bozhilov nick@thelogisticspoint.com

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Cash flow crisis coming in June David Wells, CEO of FTA.

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Retail between politics and economic The industry needs more political support.

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Smart retail in times of change Thomas O’Connor, analyst at Gartner Inc.

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April

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The Logistics Point Stockpiling could build resilience Tim Crighton, partner at Cushman & Wakefield.

Digital recruitment: transparency and control Simon Crick, CEO at Connected2.

Kerbside management to free roads and money Neil Herron, founder and CEO of Grid Smarter Cities.

Health and safety checks going mobile Paul Miller at the Warehouse Auditor App.

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The Logistics Point Cash flow crisis to hit in June ‘The actual cash crisis could begin when

The job retention scheme gave liquidity but it

companies start collecting their April revenue

will not be sufficient.

in June,’ David Wells, CEO of FTA, said for The Logistics Point.

More visibility is needed on how many logistics firms are applying for and receiving

Because of the way business cycles work,

government backed loans.

companies are expected to experience problems later this year.

The association is worried there isn’t enough data and it is unclear who is getting the

‘It is important that firms get the loans from

money.

the government on time to help them through the period from June,’ Wells adds.

‘What we hear from members is that they are not getting anything,’ Wells

According to Wells only better visibility will improve the way money is received. ‘If there is a problem with a particular sector we need

explains. ‘They also complain it is too complicated.’

to address it now,’ FTA’s CEO continues.

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The Logistics Point Breathing space

It was brought in at the beginning of May,

The government has made some changes to

allowing businesses with up to £200,000

the way applications work in an attempt to

revenue to get a £50,000 loan interest and

speed them up.

repayment free in the first 12 months.

‘Only time would tell if the process is

The loan is self-certified with basic fraud and

as easy as the government hopes,’

identity checks.

explains Wells.

Wells

hopes

that

the

loan

could

be

beneficial, especially for the truck market The FTA hopes the latest - Bounceback

and firms with one or two vehicles. →

loan, will provide breathing space for both smaller firms and banks.

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The Logistics Point Brexit worries FTA is asking the government to look for an extension of the Brexit transition period. The association, the largest representative of the logistics industry in the UK, says the sector will not be able to deal with the impact of Covid-19 and prepare well for any new rules due to Brexit. ‘The capacity to prepare for Brexit is significantly damaged,’ says David Wells, CEO of FTA. ‘We don’t

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believe the industry will be ready in time.’

The association has been pushing the

‘CBILS should start to flow a lot easier now

government to help smaller companies

that restrictions are changed,’ FTA’s CEO

access help faster as many of them are not

adds.

used to and do not have the capabilities to deal with more complicated applications

Some banks have already relaxed the rules and do not require a forecast about expected

Relaxing rules

expenditure in order to qualify for CBILS.

Wells welcomes the changes made to the Corona Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Additionally FTA is worried what firms

(CBILS). He believes making it easier for

receive might be too low. It is still unclear

companies to borrow money would turn out

how much is being given and this stops

to be a much needed relief for everyone.

businesses leaders from properly assessing the success of the schemes.

‘I think these are good schemes, but we need to see how they are working,’ Wells explains. Rail Silk Road The rail Silk Road could benefit because of the way the world economy is restructuring.

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The Logistics Point Furlough scheme The announcement of the extension of the government’s furloughing scheme will be welcomed by logistics businesses that have been directly impacted by the shutdown of the economy, providing a longer term stability to protect their staff from redundancy. However, it is vital that the option of part-time furloughing is made available to our sector now, to accommodate the gradual return of trade in all sectors, says Wells.

Many industries and modes of transportation

As China is reopening and starting to

will suffer and struggle to get to their

produce and ship goods again, Europe and

pre-Covid levels.

the UK are still closed.

It is expected this could lead to using

Materials and goods are being stockpiled

alternative ways of transportation that

and there isn’t much space to stock more.

were not seen as the most effective just a couple of months ago.

‘The UK government is trying to come up with

a

solution

with

where

the

new

containers are going to be stored,’ Wells Air cargo

explains. →...

‘Air cargo rates could stay at high levels for a significant period of time,’ explains Wells.

This means the demand for waterborne freight will increase.

Wells however says the seaborne freight will experience some turmoil because different countries went into lockdown at different times.

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The Logistics Point In need of flexibility Demand will return to different sectors at different rates and it is unlikely to accommodate full time working right across industry – therefore, it is imperative that logistics businesses be given the flexibility to scale up their workforce in increments, to manage the financial risk of bringing staff back gradually.

Without this option, the

impact on our sector is likely to be significant and that could have a considerable effect on productivity across the entire economy.

Certain parts of the logistics industry will

‘The important thing is to get through the

perform better than others because of the

crisis,’ Wells says. Smaller firms are more

way consumers have changed their habits.

flexible and agile and can respond to customers' demands quicker.

Some businesses might not survive the crisis and work will be picked up by others.

Those that take advantage of the available support scheme and manage their cash flow

This in turn will lead to more revenue but for

well will be able to continue operating. ✴

a smaller number of firms. Small companies can compete with large firms as long as they are provided with enough support.

David Wells David Wells is Chief Executive of the Freight Transport Association (FTA) representing industry’s freight interests by road, rail, sea and air. David joined FTA in April 2009 as Finance and IT Director; subsequently taking on additional responsibility for the Association’s Vehicle Inspection Service, Training and Tachograph Analysis Service. David became Chief Executive in early 2015 and since then has seen membership grow by 10%.

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The Logistics Point Retail between politics and economics The future of the retail sector will depend on

believes that the way to respond to this is by

how politicians respond to the current crisis.

investing in innovation and IT.

The divide will be between protectionism and globalisation.

The level of the service will become even more important as customers

The sector is under great strain due to the coronavirus, but companies need to look for

will look at how different brands bring

the possibilities and invest in innovation.

value.

Mark Price, former MD of Waitrose and

It will be as important to look at how retail

Deputy Chairman of John Lewis Partnership,

can be part of the local community and

explains that each scenario will have an

support it, whilst staying global.

impact on the costs and margins in the retail sector.

Consumers returning to shops is unlikely immediately after the lockdown is lifted. Data

If governments respond with protectionist

from China shows retail expects to recover

policies then it is likely for costs to rise up.

in Septembre, at the earliest. →

More open trade could hold prices back. However, the expert expects costs will go up anyway.

Digital or not A major question is whether consumers will embrace the online experience after the lockdown is lifted.

Price says it is likely to see supermarkets drive more sales online which could put more pressure on shops and rents. He ………………..…..

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The Logistics Point This would mean that the UK government might have to accept that retail will need more extensive support for longer.

Less products Product availability has stabilised after the initial stockpiling panic, but experts expect to see less range in stores and fewer offers.

This is a direct result of the inability of many supply chains to simultaneously keep up with the high demand for essential goods

More firms will seek ways to drive

and provide other products, not seen as

value from people by relocating them

important.

to sides where there is more work.

However, we will see an increase in volumes for the goods that consumers want more.

People investments The future of work is still unclear but many believe the workforce will need to become multiskilled. …………...

According to some the current crisis is a way for resourceful employees to shine.

They should be given the tools and time to innovate and use every opportunity to pivot. Now is not the time to wait and see. …………..

Working from home At least 80% of workers work from home now and 60%

of them feel more

productive. It is uncertain if all will return to the offices and how this will play out for frontline staff. Worryingly the retail industry might understand flexibility as zero hour contracts. To provide that flexibility retail will have to invest in educating staff and being innovative. ‘There won’t be such a thing as low-skilled workers,’ Mark Price explains, as firms will need to put more effort in developing employees’ skills.

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The Logistics Point No assumptions

Business unusual

Enquiring how people feel is a key factor for

‘Supply chain leaders shouldn’t expect an

success. Companies and managers should

imminent return to business as usual.

not assume anything and should spend Supply chain organizations will not be the

more time on individual meetings.

same after COVID-19, they will enter a ‘new Whereas some people might want to return

normal’,” Sarah Watt, senior director analyst

to the office, others might be more reluctant.

with the Gartner Supply Chain Practice, said.

Giving the opportunity to both will build trust

Gartner

and show that the business really cares.

scenarios

Welfare

geographical location and product. →

processes

should

take

over

has for

created retail

three

possible

depending

on

efficiency. ………….

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The Logistics Point Costs going up Because of the government borrowing in the future the industry will see costs rising as a way to pay for it. The challenge will come from whether retailers will be able to respond to the surge of the discounters, who have already got large shares of the market. In addition, as unemployment goes up, discounter stores will probably see more customers who want to save money.

A quick move into the recovery phase also

Consumers

creates short-term competition for logistics

e-commerce channels driven by concerns

services.

about physically shopping in store.

Space on planes, trucks and ocean

“While

carriers will be in high demand and

secondary crisis will look like, there are

it’s

are

likely

difficult

to

to

stick

predict

with

what

a

certain learnings from the current disruption

result in increased costs.

that will prove helpful.

For example, supply chain organizations CSCOs must work with their logistics leaders to plan ahead and prioritize shipments based on

customer

demand,

shelf

life

and

anticipated competitor position.

products between countries, as some are

Medium-term forms of protectionism may

In the long term, customer behavior and spending habits may change, as financial will

political landscape on their ability to move

restricting the export of critical products.

Changing habits

insecurity

must consider the impact of the changing

increase

emphasis

on

mean that supply chains need to reconsider their network design and pivot toward more regionalized production,” Watt concludes. ✶

personal financial resilience – which may decrease spending on luxury goods.

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The Logistics Point Smart retail in times of change As one of the most challenging aspects of

This has put pressure on manufacturing as

retail the fashion sector is facing a significant

companies do not know what and when

crisis. Thomas O’Connor, senior director

orders will be placed.

analyst with the Gartner Supply Chain practice, explains for The Logistics Point….

Companies are looking for ways to resolve their stock pilling troubles but it could lead to

...many brands have more than doubled their

a potential brand degradation.

storage capacity and what needs to be done to overcome it.

Some are considering giving away stock to large NGOs in markets

Additionally, some large and small fashion retailers

are

starting

to

enter

into

outside Europe and the USA.

administration and bankruptcy. Key investing ‘There are a number of fashion retailers who have cancelled autumn orders as they try to push their inventory onto the market,’

‘Large organisations are investing in their key suppliers to ensure longevity,’ O’Connor continues.

O’Connor says. Smaller to medium retailers will struggle the →

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The Logistics Point Lessons from China Demand in China has come back relatively quickly but there wasn’t an immediate bounce back. O’Connor says there was a V-curved, but not all the way. ‘We are not seeing businesses coming back to their sales’ forecasts for 2020,’ he continues. How big the recovery will be depends on the product category.

most as they try and restart production.

see any significant recovery, as consumers are careful about costs and too much social

According to data from China, companies

interaction.

there have managed to recover at least to 80% of the trading levels they had before the

Chinese consumers needed at least four

virus.

weeks to feel safe and start returning to some pre-Covid habits.

Advantage will have those who can start manufacturing faster and more effectively.

Because of that companies will have

This will, for the most part, depend on the

to rethink the way they integrate sales

budget's abilities.

channels and existing inventory, that

What reopening will look like is hard to tell. It

is piling up everywhere.

is expected that the market could see some acquisitions

and

merging,

as

well

as

collapses.

Garner’s expert expects to see less risks being taken in terms of new product introduction.

Weak sales

.

In Europe countries like Germany, who

Ecommerce on

started to reopen in the end of April, have

‘It comes as no surprise ecommerce will win

initially recorded weak sales.

out of this,’ O’Connor says.

O’Connor believes it will take time before we

For different retailers this could lead to store

...

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The Logistics Point closures

or

implementing

strategies

to

Best practices

expand online and Click & Collect services.

Low price retailers will get an additional

Using data from the markets first affected could be

boost. Latest insight from China show

a tool to forecast how consumers will behave.

consumers are price conscious.

Another important point is working with suppliers to make the best out of what is available. Smaller

Similar impacts may be anticipated in

packs might be better at this moment. Be smart in

Europe and the USA. Chineses businesses

the way you allocate jobs. Employees who are not

are coming up with recovery forecasts to try

needed on the shop17 floor can deliver online orders,

and plan step by step their way out of the

for example.

crisis. They look at how sales perform and based on that decide how many employees to bring back to work.

Operations Part of the question is when operations will return to normal. Most importantly it is hard to say what the new normal will look like.

O’Connor

says

that

while

talks

on

nearshoring production are occurring, most firms are not moving manufacturing facilities out of existing locations. âœś

Thomas O'Connor Thomas is a Senior Director, Analyst, in the Gartner Supply Chain Industries and Programs team, based in Sydney, Australia. He is Gartner's global lead analyst for retail demand-driven supply chain maturity, performance management and benchmarking initiatives (also supporting Consumer Products), working closely with supply chain executives to drive improved supply chain performance and organizational alignment.

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Stockpiling could build The Logistics Point resilience, but what follows next? In the first few weeks of the UK lockdown

seasonality will change. Many have unsold

companies were expecting it to be a

stock and they need to find space for

temporary event, but as the time went on

summer, autumn and winter goods.

many now believe there will be structural changes,

particularly

in

property

development and management.

‘People have started to understand that and it affects how they are looking at the future,’ explains Tim Crighton, Partner, Logistics and Retail at Cushman & Wakefield.

With the potential end of the lockdown, businesses have started to focus their attention on how they can safely reopen and manage customer psychology.

The retail sector is also looking at how ………....

’The normal supply chain cycle has been interrupted,’ continues Crighton. ‘Other industries are in their summer peak time, but it is very hard for them to work.’

Online boost Online

grocery

in

the

UK

has

been

historically at a level of 6-7% for a significant time.

Despite expectations for growth the sector did not manage to achieve a significant market uptake.

Covid might turn into the driver for the long awaited shift to online. According to Crighton the industry might reach between 12-15%.

The challenges of getting online orders right will not disappear but firms will be forced to embrace changes in consumer habits.

‘The numbers for online penetration during the Covid crisis could be underplayed,’ ……...

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The Logistics Point Adapting logistics Different logistics operators have responded to the new normal in different ways. Some of those with high levels of automation in place were not able to respond as quickly, according to the expert.

The reason is that automation is highly effective when there is a high level of certainty over volumes and the SKUs that need to be handled. Crighton says , ‘because of the availability of delivery slots.’

The virus has wiped it out and companies with less automation can

Many people were unable to secure a delivery slot, but that doesn’t mean they are not interested in shopping online.

adapt their strategies adjusting

workforce,

much faster, MHE

and

process to keep pace. Large retailers have already announced plans to take more spaces for online

Additionally, there is a lot of manual labour in

fulfillment.

the industry and it is likely that it will continue after the crisis is over. “Automation is capital

Businesses are still learning how to get the

intensive and many retailers might not have

whole supply chain right and will need to

a lot of capital to invest,” explains the expert.

re-adjust their practices.

Sustainability Crighton thinks it will take time before we start talking about sustainability, but its importance is rising. ‘Because of the virus, we have seen that maybe we could be less reliant on some elements of mobility and transport,’ he explains. There is the danger of emission bounce once the economy is up and running.

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The Logistics Point Production shift Additionally, companies will look at how their supply chains are structured and if they could nearshore some activities. Protectionism policies are being talked about a lot but it is too early to see what will come out of it. Cushman & Wakefield say they have seen a number of companies looking into simplifying their supply chains and trying to deal with the risks of offshoring.

In the next five years we could see more

world container use, as more are sitting still

flexible robotics that are able to substitute

and are not being used to transport goods.

different parts of manual processes rather different parts of manual processes rather

“There is a finite number of containers

than some of the very large, expensive

in the world,’ Crighton says.

automation solutions we’ve seen in the past few years.

Stock for resilience To build resilience in their supply chains a lot

With rising inventory levels, UK companies

of retailers are being advised to stockpile.

are looking for container storage. “Six months ago such action would have This could have a negative effect on the

been a bad idea,” explains Crighton.

……. In the short term inventory increase is likely to happen until firms understand how they can deal with the effects of the virus on their stock levels.

Ultimately Lean will return to the supply chain as retail can’t afford to have too much stock laying around.

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The Logistics Point We have seen some landlords decide to be flexible and allow shorter term deals to provide the much needed space to retailers.

Production shift Firms are assessing all possible risks and opportunities like how likely another pandemic is, what are the costs of shifting production, how such a move could be made.

None of this means companies will move production instantly as it is still early days and In the end of April the UK Warehouse

most are looking for long term options.

Association announced the country has around 2-3 weeks of warehouse space

Crighton

available.

“Overestimate the short-term impacts of criss and

says

historically

we

tend

to

underestimate the long-term impact” Companies are forced to stock goods for longer, but the country might be running out

Sustainability

of affordable spaces to use.

Governments,

particularly

in

Europe,

have

addressed the issue and have proposed some

‘There is pressure on the supply at

drastic changes.

the moment. Some retailers could opt in for a lower quality storage space,”

In the short run firms will mostly focus on finding the right tools that will allow them to operate

Crighton adds.

safely, keep their staff healthy, and the business running.

Tim Crighton Tim Crighton is a Partner in the Occupier Services team at Cushman and Wakefield and leads a team that specialises in Retail Logistics and Supply Chain, working with businesses to identify, acquire, develop and operate logistics facilities throughout EMEA. Prior to joining Cushman and Wakefield, Tim held roles at Kingfisher Plc, Linde and chilled supply chain specialist Gist.

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The Logistics Point brings Digital recruitment transparency and control Recruitment is a hot topic. Logistics has

This helps companies to form stronger

been struggling for talent for a long time and

working

companies are hungry for people who can

workforce so they are more willing to work

bring value.

when they are needed.

Additionally, the industry needs more drivers,

Catching up

but the job is not only seen as too

According to Crick the logistics sector has

demanding, but also unfashionable.

some catching up to do in terms of

relationships

recruitment

with

digitisation.

their

He

flexible

says

the

Could digital recruitment platforms bring

recruitment and engagement side of the

more people to the sector and improve

market would be run on spreadsheets, with

control and transparency?

driver allocation being largely controlled by a recruitment agency intermediary.

‘Traditional

recruitment

agencies

have

operated the same way for decades with

Connected2 ran a case study where the

hugely inefficient operational procedures,

client was able to save 2p per mile just by

paper

allocating the drivers to shifts themselves.

processes

and

high

levels

of

duplication,’ says Simon Crick, CEO at Connected2, a digital recruitment platform.

Drivers shortage ‘Many people with a HGV driving licence

He believes the model provides little to no

choose not to use it, as they find the process

transparency or control on which candidate

of recruitment not flexible enough,’ thinks

is supplied to complete the work.

Crick.

For some digital platforms are seen

Planners are able to upload their contract

as

driver requirements in a few simple clicks

far

more

transparency

and

efficient, can

provide

easily

be

using

templates.

algorithms

controlled by the hirer directly.

to

The smartly

platform match

uses the

appropriately qualified drivers to these shifts.

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The Logistics Point The drivers can review all the shifts they

demand

for

have been matched with, applying for the

significantly.

contractors

has

dropped

ones that suit them. There are many companies stranding trucks Timesheets platform

are

and

automated invoices

are

within

the

generated

and furloughing drivers. Work is therefore prioritised towards the employees.

automatically. The company has seen a rise in clients in The drivers are also able to track all the

recent months, despite Covid-19.

money they have made throughout the week.

‘As soon as contractor volumes start to return to the market we are expecting to see

Covid effect

more widespread adoption of our platform,’

Because of the coronavirus Crick says

he finishes. ……..

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The Logistics Point Kerbside management to free roads and money Logistics companies know how to adapt and

times as this provides a number of societal

deliver

benefits and helps local councils,’ says

good

quality

service.

With

the

increase of ecommerce, executing deliveries

Herron.

has become a major problem for many, as often customers are not at home and

By giving an alternative method for making

deliveries need to be made more than once.

deliveries, there are many obvious positives.

What adds to the challenge is the lack of

Firstly, firms will be able to save money on

parking and the increase in penalty for

fines and feel supported by the local

drivers. Neil Herron, founder and CEO of

government.

Grid

Smarter

Cities,

believes

logistics Secondly,

providers should be offered a solution.

local

authorities

will

see

a

reduction in traffic and improved flow as The current system of controlling parking

vehicles

are

able

to

access

and the movement of commercial vehicles

addresses more effectively.

multiple

around cities appears to be unfair, and unnecessary penalises logistics providers without

giving

them

an

appropriate

alternative.

Firms are forced to break the rules as they do not have a way of executing their deliveries that fulfil both the business

objectives

and

the

community. Finally,

and

maybe

most

importantly

‘We need to look at ways to identify

communities will see improvement in overall

opportunities to make deliveries at off peak

air quality and congestion, resulting in less ...

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The Logistics Point fatalities related to ambient air pollution.

Managing curbside ‘The Curbside needs to be better managed,’ says Herron. Companies need to be at a certain location at a certain time, while authorities

still

maintain

control

and

oversight over the whole process.

Existing approaches do not take advantage of digital solutions that

Initial trials

could be deployed to orchestrate the

The initial Alpha version of the platform was

movement of vehicles;

trialled

by

DPD

in

partnership

with

Sunderland CIty Council. Operators benefit by reducing the chances of receiving parking tickets and authorities

The company had to optimise a very

receive

congested area and create a window where

a

clearer

picture

on

what

is

happening on the road network.

vehicles

easily

perform

loading

and

unloading. The company, led by Herron, has worked with both companies and authorities to

The trial was successful, loading capacity

repurpose stretches of curbside and make

was increased without affecting traffic flow.

them more accessible for businesses. …

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The Logistics Point Additionally, the firm has worked with

Herron

says

that

they

need

better

extensions to the time commercial vehicles

management of parking provision. A way to

can park at certain locations.

do that is by creating a comprehensive plan which incorporates virtual loading bays.

By doing so they limit congestion and allow couriers and other companies to focus on

According to Herron this would help firms

deliveries rather than the prospect of a fine if

obtain permission for construction projects

they stayed in a zone for longer than

as they present a considered plan of how

allowed.

and where vehicles will move, to minimise the negative impact to the local area.

‘What is needed is a plan where you know where vehicles are held and for how long.’ The firm addresses unplanned arrivals as well, where vehicles can either be accepted on site or be moved to a holding area. The system allows authorities to move from monitoring road infrastructure to managing movements and dealing with problems.

Construction freight Many

city

development

centres projects

have and

see

multiple heavy

It

does

not

require

any

physical

infrastructure and can integrate with the

construction traffic.

telematics of the vehicle or a smartphone. ✶

Neil Herron Neil Herron, CEO and Founder of Grid Smarter Cities, is responsible for 16 patents. He has led the company the London Stock Exchange’s Elite programme, been a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smart Cities, and recently secured Grid’s position on Telefonica’s Wayra Mobility Programme and has worked with national freight bodies such as FTA and RHA and helped influence national parking policies. He has recently been appointed a Department for International Trade Export Ambassador and is working on Grid’s Series A funding round.

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The Logistics Point Health and safety inspections are going mobile Health and safety checks will only grow in

It has been developed for warehouses,

importance.

3PL’s distribution and logistics facilities.

Unfortunately a lot of it is relying on manually collected data that is prompt to mistakes.

Helpful advice

It is common for firms not to collate the full

Miller has spent a lot of time working with

data set, or for the information to be

customers to understand individual needs

misinterpreted.

and how warehouse mobile apps can best serve them.

The UK logistics market is still learning how to use such apps to improve transparency and reliability.

Paul

Miller’s

experience

company

has

developing

ten

years’

reporting

apps

designed to help businesses move from paper-based methods.

The company has developed a range of apps for multiple sectors including facilities and property management, construction, and civil engineering. Its latest product - the warehouse auditor, improves

the

auditing

process

in

warehouses and helps managers see where

Apps like that need to provide visibility of

there are health and safety issues.

where the data comes from and how they relate to the reality. →

……..

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The Logistics Point Digital mindset ‘When we first came on the market companies were very reluctant to move away from paper,’ Miller says. According to him different parts of the industry respond differently to automation. Warehouses are already full of software and managers are more likely to embrace a digital idea. More firms are looking to switch to mobile apps because of Covid-19, worried the virus could live for a long period of

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time on paper.

Some problems firms have is that data is not

Reports are converted into PDFs within

full or accurate.

minutes.

Often people would have to file in the same

This

report twice.

immediately between locations and head

allows

office. âœś

Historically

companies

will

create

their reports by combining different sources of information.

Often this means notes and photos on multiple databases with each assigned to the wrong report.

This leads to many mistakes, false reports, and unfinished data.

The

warehouse

auditor

app

provides

companies with customisable templates.

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firms

to

share

the

data


The Logistics Logistics Point Point Archive The Cohabitation - the new frontier for warehousing Warehouses are a cornerstone for logistics but according to Ian Henderson, some landlords are too rigid to see the opportunities ahead of them. The Logistics Point talked to the expert to find out what the future of warehousing is and how collaboration brings value to all. Continue reading here...

UK’s logistics: Falling competitiveness and soaring optimism Elizabeth de Jong, Director of Policy at Freight and Transport Association (FTA), talks to The Logistics Point about its Logistics Report, what happened in 2019 and what the business organisation’s members expect to happen in the following decade. Despite the many challenges ahead the overall mood is optimistic. Continue reading here...

Zero waste logistics is possible

An interview with Pénélope Laigo who is sustainable performance and environmental development manager with FM Logistic with experience in delivering

multiple

projects

on

sustainability

and

environment

transformation, as well as green IT projects. Continue reading here...

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