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Covid crisis is chance for supply chain rethink

[ May 7, 2020   //   ]

The Covid-19 crisis has cut UK freight movements across all modes by 30%, says Matt East, senior advisor – logistics and infrastructure policy for the UK, Europe & Middle East at professional services company, GHD. As the country moves into the recovery phase it could lead to temporary or permanent changes to the country’s supply chain, he adds.

Indeed, the pandemic could be a window of opportunity to accelerate modal shift while configuring the network to make it more efficient.

Future strategies might include identifying ports where goods could be imported in bulk closer to demand and opening up smaller ports to direct calls. There could also be decicated low-carbon freight corridors, while movements on the network could be consolidated to make the most efficient use of transport, he says.