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It was in the Sun paper last week that a growing shortage of lorry drivers was putting at risk millions of Christmas deliveries.  Before you say it, so yes, it must be true!

For those of us who have been in logistics for some years, it feels as if we have been here before, and lots of times!

But I wonder if there is something different going on now.


One of the challenges faced by the Logistics Sector is that we are neither stroppy nor loud enough.  We know this.  Another is that we spend all our time doing, and maybe not enough time talking.  It is this attitude and approach that underpins what we do and how we do it.  We are a sector that gets on with our day (and night) jobs.  We have the occasional moan and grumble, but for the most part, we simply play the cards we’ve been dealt.

But now more than ever, it seems as if we need policy makers across the UK to understand a few fundamental truths. 


When you get a new job, it’s one of those happy moments that you tend to remember.  Maybe you get to leave behind the boss who you can’t stand, or who you think is out to get you!  You start spending the wage increase in your mind.  You decide that you are going to be rich beyond your wildest dreams!  Is it a speedboat or an apartment in Miami?  Maybe it’s both!

But let me bring you back to reality.


Leading parcel delivery company DPD is to create 50 jobs at a purpose-built depot in Peterborough.

The new facility is more than twice the size of DPD’s current Peterborough depot and will help it deal with a major increase in parcel volumes locally.

The state-of-the-art depot is located just off the Fletton Parkway at the new Gateway Peterborough distribution park.

It will open in early April and replace DPD’s existing depot in central Peterborough, which is more than 15-years-old.


A HULL logistics firm has begun work on a £2.5m expansion in the city.

Neill & Brown Global Logistics is building a 40,000sq ft warehouse at Marfleet Environmental Technology Park in Hedon as part of its strategy for growth.


The Barclays Employers Survey 2014, which questioned 684 UK businesses* across all sectors, has revealed that 50% of businesses in the Transport & Logistics sector are planning to increase staff levels in the year ahead. 

The positive findings on job creation come from the same survey that reports Transport & Logistics operators are more confident about the UK economy, with 55% in the sector showing a more optimistic view than they were at this time last year.


Felixstowe: Huge new distribution centre gets go-ahead – 500 new full-time jobs promised.

Uniserve Holdings Ltd and landowners Trinity College, Cambridge, were yesterday given the go-ahead for the huge project – expected to cost more than £45million – which will change the skyline of Felixstowe.

The building, which will be 40 metres high, will be visible from around the area on land at Clicketts Hill, Trimley St Mary, alongside the A14 Port of Felixstowe Road.


North Lanarkshire Council is considering proposals for a £250 million International Railfreight Terminal at the existing Mossend rail head in Central Scotland. A planning application for the expansion of the existing railhead and the development of the Railfreight Park was submitted in November 2013 to the council by site owners PD Stirling and joint venture partners the ID Meiklam Trust

Mossend International Railfreight Park (MIRP) will expand the existing Mossend Railhead to provide Scotland with a two thirds increased capacity rail link to UK and European markets.


More than 300 permanent jobs are being created at online retail giant Amazon’s Staffordshire base, bosses revealed today.

Some 330 workers originally on temporary contracts at the site in Rugeley have been handed permanent contracts.

They are among the 800 new jobs nationwide announced by Amazon last October. Until now it had not been revealed how many would be in Rugeley.


Shortage of skills means Londoners are missing out on local government supply chain jobs

A shortage of skills among Londoners has meant that job openings - created by boroughs through their supply chains - have remained unfilled.

That’s according to London Councils, which represents London’s 32 borough councils and the City of London.