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Global labour shortage could worsen

The shortage of logistics-related labour is a global problem that will either remain the same or worsen over the next five years, according to a new survey by The World Bank, which calls for a major expansion of training and skills development initiatives in developing countries.

Brexit threat to key industries

The government has come under renewed pressure over the impact of Brexit on key industries including the motor industry, alcohol and tobacco.

UK could focus on emerging markets post-Brexit

The UK could try to boost its economy through trade with emerging markets if it is unable to preserve the basic outlines of its current relationship with European Union trading partners, according to Agility’s Mid-Year Emerging Markets Review.

UK slavery referrals up by a third

The number of potential victims of labour exploitation referred as part of the framework set up to identify victims of modern slavery in the UK increased by 33 per cent from 2015 to 2016, according to analysis of National Crime Agency data by Kroll, the risk mitigation specialist.

Brexit talks to start next month

The first formal Brexit meeting between EU and UK negotiators could take place in the week starting 19th June, according to chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier.

Brexit: companies set to sever European ties

Many businesses are preparing to sever supply chain ties between the UK and the EU to avoid Brexit tariffs, according to survey of 2,111 supply chain managers by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.

Happy days…

All the talk about Brexit might be expected to have shaken business confidence but all the evidence so far is that demand for supply chain professionals is actually increasing.

EU rejects parallel talks on UK withdrawal and future relationship

The European Union will not start talking about a post-Brexit trade deal with the UK until there has been “substantial progress” on how the UK is to leave the union, according to a resolution passed by the European Parliament setting out the negotiating position.

Are you ‘multi-local’ yet?

Apparently, the concept of “global” has had it’s day – what we need to talk about now is “multi-local”. At least that is what my marketing guru tells me. The theory is that all customers are local and need to be treated as such.

European road alliance launched

A “Road Transport Alliance” to tackle unfair competition in road freight has been launched by nine European countries.

Supply chain slavery is happening here

Last week Erwin and Krystian Markowski were each sentenced to six years in jail at Nottingham Crown Court after being convicted on charges related to trafficking people for labour exploitation.

Big wins on the New Silk Road

The World Economic Forum got underway in Davos this week in a political environment that appears to have turned away from the WEF vision of expanding globalisation based on public-private cooperation.

UK goods shouldn’t be burdened with red tape, says FTA

The government must ensure that UK goods are not burdened with red tape as it negotiates the UK’s exit from the European Union, the Freight Transport Association said in its submission ahead of the Autumn Statement which is due on 23rd November.

European Logistics & Supply Chain Conference

Brexit: The only certainty, is uncertainty

Four industry leaders took on the challenge of analysing the impact of the UK leaving the European Union, on the first day of the European Logistics & Supply Chain Conference in Brussels.

Record volumes for logistics property investment

The European industrial and logistics investment market saw a record breaking investment volumes in the first half of 2016 despite a slower second quarter, according to the latest CBRE Industrial and Logistics MarketView.

FTA Ireland demands repeal of French law

The Freight Transport Association in Ireland has called on the Irish government to seek a repeal of a French law, Loi Macron, designed to support minimum wage regulations.

Industry pushes for Brexit meetings with PM

The FTA and RHA have both called for meetings with new prime minister Theresa May to discuss future Brexit negotiations and their impact on the logistics industry.

Industry ready for Brexit, says Ward

Logistics leaders are rolling up their sleeves to meet the challenges of Brexit, according to UKWA chief Peter Ward after he chaired a session at the 3PL Conference that looked at the impact of the referendum decision.

Brexit: agility and resilience will be critical

The UK’s vote to leave the European Union has sent shockwaves around the world. It was unexpected by most observers and has created an immense amount of uncertainty about the impact on organisations and their supply chains.

No Brexit plan for logistics industry

No Brexit plan for logistics industry

Fewer than one in five logistics organisations had a post-Brexit plan in case the UK voted to leave the European Union, a Logistics Manager survey has revealed.

EU takes action against French minimum wage

The European Commission is to take legal action against France and Germany owing to the consequences of the application of their minimum wage legislation to the road transport sector.

FTA offers fuel updates for drivers in France

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is providing live updates on the fuel shortages in France via English-speaking newspaper Connexion France. The newspaper’s website has a real-time map displaying availability of fuel across the country.

UKWA: 60 pc back Europe

Some 60 per cent of the 100 members, parliamentarians and guests at a recent annual UKWA parliamentary lunch said they wanted to remain in the European Union – based on a show of hands. The remainder were either against or undecided.

Nissan wants UK to remain in the European Union

Motor manufacturer Nissan has made it clear that it believes that the UK should stay with the European Union. The company employs 8,000 people directly, and a further 32,000 indirectly through dealerships and its supply chain.

How to win friends and influence people

Trade bodies should initiate a review of the inbound and outbound flows of materials and goods within their sectors, to identify opportunities for logistical efficiency gains.

Government rejects key City Link proposals

The government has rejected a proposal that employees should be given preference in the order of payments of an insolvent business. The recommendation was made by Parliament’s Scottish Affairs and Business, Innovation and Skills Committees following the insolvency of City Link last Christmas.

Pressure is on EU-US trade negotiators

Negotiators from the European Union and United States government are meeting in New York this week to hammer out  the terms of a new free trade agreement – it’s the ninth round of negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Government launches consultation on supply chain slavery

The government is launching a consultation with business on its plans to tackle slavery in supply chains. Minister Karen Bradley said: “I am determined to ensure that UK supply chains are not being infiltrated by modern slavery.”

Sainsbury’s pilots training on slavery in the supply chain

Sainsbury’s has started working with the Gangmasters Licensing Authority, which investigates labour exploitation, to train its product suppliers to identify whether hidden exploitative practices exist at the farms, pack houses, processing plants and factories throughout the global supply chain.

Slavery: the next supply chain challenge

Yesterday the UK’s Salvation Army published a report which revealed a 62 per cent rise in the number of victims of slavery that it has been called on to support in the past year. Not surprisingly, the government now wants large companies to make an annual statement on the action they have taken to ensure […]

Big money, small change

Although economic conditions may be improving, little has changed in terms of most companies’ keen attention to cash flow and supply chain finance – it’s as critical as ever. By Nick Allen

ELP calls for inter-parliamentary group on logistics

The European Logistics Platform, which represents some of Europes leading companies and trade associations, has called for an inter-parliamentary group on logistics following a meeting with policymakers in the European Parliament

Transport prices on the rise

Times have been tough, economically, across much of Europe for the past few years, and it is hardly surprising that many countries saw big protest votes in the elections for the European parliament which have just taken place

FTA opposes cabotage extension

The Freight Transport Association has warned against attempts to relax cabotage rules any further arguing that it would put UK operators at a competitive disadvantage

Manufacturers ready supply chains for growth

Companies across the UK manufacturing supply chain are putting in place the plans necessary to enable them to meet an increase in orders in 2014, a study by accountants BDO for the manufacturers organisation, EEF suggests.

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