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Study calls for probe into Britain’s empty boxes

[ July 15, 2014   //   ]

Study calls for probe into Britain’s empty boxes

The Independent Transport Commission (ITC) is calling for a possible case study to explore how the movement of empty containers in the UK can be reduced, in its interim report due to be launched on 16 July. Author Nick Gazzard, CEO of Incept Consulting says that possible subjects of investigation could include a study of containers in and out of Scotland to try to reduce the current shortage of container supplies to the Scottish whisky industry.

The ITC also calls for further in-depth research into port centric distribution including case studies, either independently or collaboratively,to be made available to planners, developers and UK government departments.

Other possible areas for discussion include innovative urban distribution solutions -and common terminology in the industry.

The report identifies important ways by which the UK freight and logistics industries might improve its efficiency in the light of factors such as re-shoring of production back from Asia to the EU and US, growing container ship sizes, sustainability policies are adding up to 20% to logistics cost and growth in on-line shopping and commerce which is fragmenting traditional supply chains.

Nick Gazzard, lead researcher for the study, will discuss the findings of the report and its recommendations with industry experts Perry Glading, chief operating officer, Forth Ports, Philip Roe, Managing Director Innovation, Strategy and Business Development, DHL and Professor Alan Braithwaite, Cranfield University, at a discussion evening on Wednesday 16 July 2014, 18:15, at the Alan Baxter Gallery, 75 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EL.