Academics love to quibble over definitions, but the two-letter difference between ‘digitisation’ and ‘digitalisation’ does have profound, real- world, significance. The currently accepted distinction comes from market researcher Gartner. It says that Digitisation “takes an analogue process and changes it to a digital form without changes to the process itself”. But Digitalisation “is the use of…
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According to the report ‘Making urban freight logistics more sustainable’, freight traffic accounts for 10-15% of urban kilometres travelled. Which doesn’t sound excessive until you realise that it represents 300-400 freight vehicle trips, per 100 people per day in, out, through or within a city. Many of these spend much of their time blocking roads to unload perhaps just one or two roll cages.
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The problem is simply stated. The European Commission reports that while road freight represents just 3% of vehicles, they account for 29% of road derived emissions. Consisting of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, but also pollutants such as oxides of nitrogen and particulates. Exhaust emissions aren’t the only issues either. Fuel spills, tyre ‘crumb’, accidents, noise & vibration, congestion, infrastructure degradation… It all has a real impact on the health and well-being of people and the environment. Whether at local, regional or higher level it still says nothing of future ‘climate change’. Download our latest whitepaper, to learn what you can do today to start improving your sustainability profile.
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In this 3-part blog series, we will look at the evolution of supply chains, from the profound changes in business organisation and technology in the 1970s. To where we are today on the cusp of yet another evolution which will prove even more significant.
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Since 2010, EU trucks have been allowed to undertake three ‘cabotages’ in a period of seven days in their country of destination before returning home. Importantly, though, these ‘cabotages’ have to be essentially casual – not part of a regular cont
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How much support government gives to logistics service providers, in the common quest for reduced congestion and emissions?
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Much attention has been paid to the impact of new tariffs and duties on UK-EU freight post Brexit, but these are not the only issues. The European Commission has pointed out that without a deal, a range of UK-issued documents will no longer be recognised in the EU. These include Certificates of Professional Competence for drivers / transport managers, UK driving licenses and UK-issued Community licenses for hauliers.
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Transport impacts at every level of the sustainability hierarchy and drives the need to build sustainable ecosystems far into the future.
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Can intelligent freight matching help boost UK productivity? If we measured it as GDP per hour worked, the UK’s productivity has pretty much flat-lined since 2008, and although recent figures suggest some improvement, we still lag well behind countries such as Germany and France. Many reasons are suggested, and few solutions have been proposed. But…
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The supply chain industry (particularly the freight transport sector) has, I think it is fair to say, been slow to adopt technology. The tangible cost is a lack of increased efficiency (lower costs, emissions and congestion) and a greater dependency on ever scarcer resources (paper, good people, etc.).
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