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Seminar to rethink retail supply chains

[ February 7, 2024   //   ]

Peel Ports is urging retailers to import goods via UK ports closer to their end destination, to reduce carbon emissions and supply chain inefficiency.

The Liverpool, Ellesmere Port and Medway owner says that 90% of deep-sea containerised cargo the UK via southern ports, despite 60% of these goods being destined for the north.

This in turn creates the need for long road journeys, across UK roads, to get retail cargo to its end destination, generating significant greenhouse gas emissions and causing major delays.

Experts will convene at a webinar hosted by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) to create a roadmap on how the industry can work together to optimise UK ports of entry for a greener, more efficient and robust retail supply chain.

An expert panel at The 60/90 dilemma – why sluggish UK retail supply chains are overdue a rethink, will include senior leaders from household names such as TJ Morris, The Very Group, as well as Peel Ports.

A survey from Peel Ports found that 76% of UK retail leaders want to see imported goods closer to their end destination. 

Port of Liverpool strategic commercial director, Marcus Connolly, said: “Retail leaders are crying out for better use of UK ports so goods arrive closer to their end destination. The benefits are numerous, with shorter lead times, fewer emissions and more efficient landside logistics, to name a few.

“Ports are primed to facilitate more sustainable retail operations, and we now need to work closely with shipping lines and the wider retail and logistics sectors to deliver more effective solutions. This discussion is a much-needed and urgent step in the right direction.”  

The 60/90 dilemma – why sluggish UK retail supply chains are overdue a rethink takes place on Tuesday 5 March 2024 from 11am – 12noon GMT.