CILT helps supply chains respond to the coronavirus

By Jack Grimshaw
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) is helping UK-based organisations in urgent need of supply chain resources with its Coronaviru...

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) is helping UK-based organisations in urgent need of supply chain resources with its Coronavirus Resource Database

Following its call to action for cross-sector collaboration, CILT has made the database up from information provided by industry specialists. The CILT database has been created to support organisations and the industry, ensuring that supply chains are capable of responding quickly and efficiently.

The database enables organisations to collaborate with other organisations, meaning that those in need can receive help from those with the capacity to offer it. An example of this would be how the grocery retail sector is providing staff, vehicles, warehouse space and expertise to support the supply chain of the NHS. This service is proving vital as the health service is under intense pressure from the pandemic.


More than 500 organisations have joined the initiative, responding to the CILT’s call to action. The information that has been provided and gathered is in the process of being uploaded to the database. 

If an organisation in urgent need searches the database, it will find a match with those who can offer help. Companies, individuals and organisations with resources such as drivers, vehicles and expertise can add their details to the non-editable, public resource by completing an online form. 

“We have seen a rapid pivot in operational needs, with demands on the logistics sector soaring as home delivery and pharmaceutical supply chains are put under pressure.” Said Kevin Richardson, Chief Executive at CILT. “Conversely, as home working grows, so the demand for public transport has fallen. We believe as a profession we can work together to meet this challenge.”

Transport Minister Baroness Vere said, “Our response to the coronavirus outbreak is dependent on keeping the UK’s supply chain moving – so that our supermarkets can stay stocked up, and the NHS can access vital medicines.” 

“It’s incredible to see people working together to ensure drivers, vans and warehouse space are available to the organisations who need them. This sort of collaboration demonstrates the best of Britain.”

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