May 17, 2020

Institute's Awards for Excellence in October

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
Freddie Pierce
4 min
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Follow @JosephWilkesWDM The CILT(UK)s Annual Awards for Excellence, which aim to recognise achievements, encourage the highest standards and take a pro...

The CILT(UK)’s Annual Awards for Excellence, which aim to recognise achievements, encourage the highest standards and take a professional approach to the practice of logistics and transport, will be held on Thursday, October 24.

The awards are billed by organisers as a way of identifying those organisations and individuals whose performance has been outstanding, a sign they are leaders in their field.

The idea is that regardless of the size of the organisation, excellence is achievable, and the institute actively encourages entries from organisations of all sizes and sectors.

Pall-Ex and Cooper Parry have been shortlisted as part of the CILT Annual Awards for Excellence.

The European palletised freight network has been nominated as part of the Information Management category for its work with business advisers Cooper Parry on the launch of NAVistics.

Integrated with Pall-Ex’s own TWINE IT system, NAVistics provides a fully functional ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solution for SME hauliers and logistics companies.  

Director of IT at Pall-Ex Sean Sherwin-Smith, said:

“For NAVistics to gain recognition from the industry it was designed to help, is obviously hugely rewarding.

“Since launching in January, it has already made a difference to many in the sector, bringing about savings of up to £20,000 in operational costs for individual businesses.”

Vicky Playford, IT Director at Cooper Parry, said “We are delighted that Navistics has been shortlisted as a finalist in such prestigious awards. We spent a lot of time identifying what logistics operations need and produced a product that is inherently scalable, so we can sell it out of the box with very rapid deployment.  We’ll continue to develop the product in line with what our customers say and want.”

The winners of the CILT Annual Awards for Excellence will be announced 24 October at the Lancaster London Hotel.

The Annual Awards Dinner will be held at the Lancaster London Hotel at which the winners will be announced and the awards will be presented. The event is attended by finalists, sponsors, members and their guests and offers one of the year’s good networking opportunities where individuals, companies, clients and guests mix with like-minded professionals and meet the best within the industry.

You can book a place by calling Tara-Chelise Betts on 01536 740151or email [email protected]  

For sponsorship opportunities call Allison Glandfield on 01536 740125 or email  [email protected]

Award categories:

Young Manager of the Year
Sponsored by Pertemps

• Neil Cartwright, Operations Manager, Supplier Fulfilment Direct, Argos
• Byron Hughes, Ambient Fleet Commercial & Financial Accountant, Stobart Group
• Stephen Robbins, Logistics Strategy Leader, Laing O’Rourke


Supply Chain Best Practice
Sponsored by Unipart Logistics

• McDonald’s UK and Martin Brower UK
• Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
• Spirit Pub Company & Kuehne + Nagel


Freight Transport Best Practice
Sponsored by Toyota Materials Handling (UK)         

• DB Schenker Rail UK (Hams Hall to Domodossla Service)
• DHL Supply Chain and BAT
• United Biscuits Limited


Warehouse Operations
Sponsored by Hays Logistics

• Briggs Equipment UK
• Partner Logistics
• Unipart Technology Logistics (UTL)



Passenger Transport Best Practice                                                
Sponsored by GHD

• First Great Western
• ScotRail
• Sheffield Bus Partnership


Transport Policy, Planning and Implementation
Sponsored by Tachograph Analysis Consultants

• Carmarthenshire County Council 
• Mace Group
• Mott MacDonald 


Information Management
Sponsored by de Poel

• CrossCountry 
• Cooper Parry/Navistics/Pall-Ex
• Procurator


Sponsored by Yusen Logistics (UK) Ltd

• Asda
• DHL and Home Retail Group
• United Biscuits Limited


Environmental Improvement
Sponsored by Road Haulage Association

• Arla Foods UK
• Elddis Transport (Consett) Limited
• United Biscuits Limited


Development of People
Sponsored by de Poel

• CrossCountry
• Norbert Dentressangle Logistics
• RAF Brize Norton


Logistics and Transport Journalist
Sponsored by Norbert Dentressangle

• Paul Clifton, piece for BBC News 
• George Muir, writing in Passenger Transport magazine



Other Awards to be presented at the evening include:-

CILT(UK) Certificate in Logistics and Transport Student of the Year         
Sponsored by Page Personnel Logistics 



 CILT(UK) Diploma in Logistics and Transport Student of the Year
Sponsored by Michael Page Logistics


The Sir Robert Lawrence Award
Sponsored by DHL Supply Chain




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Jun 19, 2021

Driver shortages: Why the industry needs to be worried

Rob Wright, Executive Director...
4 min
Logistics professionals need urgent solutions to a shortage in drivers caused by a perfect storm of Brexit, COVID-19 and compounding economic factors

While driver shortages are a global problem, with a recent survey from the International Road Transport Union suggesting that driver shortages are expected to increase by 25% year-on-year across its 23 member countries, the issue has very much made itself felt for UK businesses in recent weeks. 

A perfect storm of factors, which many within the industry have been wary of, and warning about, for months, have led to a situation wherein businesses are suddenly facing significant difficulties around transporting goods to shelves on time, as well as inflated operating costs for doing so. 

What’s more, the public may also see price rises as a result due to demand outmatching supply for certain product lines, which in turn brings with it the risk of customer dissatisfaction and a hit to brand and stakeholder reputation. Given that this price inflation has been speculated to hit in October, when the extended grace period on Brexit customs checks comes to an end, the worst may be yet to come.

"Steps must be taken to make a career in the industry a more attractive proposition for younger drivers, which will require a joint effort from government, industry bodies, and the sector as a whole"

That said, we have already been hearing reports of service interruption due to lack of driver availability, meaning that volumes aren’t being transported, or delivered, to required schedules and lead times. A real-world example of this occurred on the weekend of 4-6 June with convenience retailer Nisa, with deliveries to Nisa outlets across the UK affected by driver shortages to its logistics provider DHL.

But where has this skills shortage stemmed from? 

Supply is the primary issue. Specifically, the number of available EU drivers has decreased by up to 15,000 drivers due to Brexit alone, and this has been further exacerbated by drivers returning to their home country during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as changes to foreign exchange rates making UK a less desirable place to live and work. This, alongside the recent need to manage IR35 tax changes, has also led to significant inflation in driver and transport costs.

COVID-19 complications have also meant that there have been no HGV driver tests over the past year, meaning the expected 6,000-7,000 new drivers over the past year have not appeared. With the return of the hospitality sector we understand that this is a significant challenge with, for instance, order delivery lead times being extended.

It is little surprise, therefore, that the Road Haulage Association (RHA) earlier this month became the latest in a long line of industry spokespeople to write to the government about the driver shortage for trucks. The letter echoed the view held by much of the industry, that the cause of this issue is both multi-faceted and, at least in some aspects, long-standing. 

So, many in the industry are in agreement as to the driving factors behind this crisis. But what can be done? 

Simply enough, outside of businesses completely reorganising their supply chain network, external support is needed. In the short-term, the government should consider providing the industry with financial aid, and this can also be supported more widely with legislative change. 

Specifically, immigration policy could be updated to place drivers on the shortage occupations list, which would go some way towards easing the burden created by foreign drivers returning to their home countries. Looking elsewhere, government should also look for ways to increase the availability of HGV driver tests after the blockage created by the coronavirus lockdowns.

Looking more long-term, steps must be taken to make a career in the industry a more attractive proposition for younger drivers, which will require a joint effort from government, industry bodies, and the sector as a whole. As it stands, multiple sources suggest that the average age of truck drivers in the UK is 48, with only one in every hundred drivers under the age of 25. We must therefore do more to increase the talent pipeline coming into the industry if we are to offset more significant skills shortages further down the line. 

On the back of a turbulent year for the supply chain industry, it has become increasingly clear that the long-foretold shortage of drivers is now having a tangible and, in places, crippling effect on supply chains. 

Drivers, and the wider supply chain industry, have rightly been recognised for the seismic role they played in keeping the nation moving and fed over the past year under unprecedented strain. If this level of service is to continue, we must now see Government answer calls to provide the support the sector needs, and work hand-in-hand with the industry to find a solution. If we do not see concrete action to this effect soon, we are likely to be in for a turbulent few months. 

Rob Wright is executive director at SCALA, a leading provider of management services for the supply chain and logistics sector

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