Thursday, January 7, 2021

New Report Looks at How the Logistics Sector Has Dealt with the Covid-19 Pandemic So Far

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UK – If it has achieved nothing else the Covid-19 pandemic has at least focused attention on the logistics industry and its essential nature to such as politicians and the mainstream press. Now a new report from one of the industry lobby groups takes a look at how the pandemic has affected logistics businesses and the steps they have taken to overcome the panoply of challenges.

Logistics UK (formerly the Freight Transport Association) says the sector stepped up to deliver for the nation in 2020, despite facing a worsening shortage of HGV road haulage drivers, economic and financial hardships, and significant disruption to operations.

In the early stages of the Covid-19 restrictions in March 2020, 85% of respondents to Logistics UK’s Covid-19 surveys reported a general business downturn, with work and orders cancelled. This reduced to 60% by the end of May, with supply chain disruption since easing further. The report also highlights that delivery times improved due to less congestion as a result of fewer cars on the road compared with normal levels.

The report brings together national statistics and analyses conducted specifically for Logistics UK, in addition to exclusive data from surveys conducted from with the group’s membership in the first ten weeks of lockdown in addition to its monthly Logistics Performance Tracker surveys. Logistics UK Director of Policy, Elizabeth de Jong, commented:

“Despite facing significant operational and financial disruption since March 2020, the logistics industry has stepped up to ensure it continues to supply the nation with the goods it needs, including food supplies and PPE. The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted how critical our industry and its people are to the success of the economy. Logistics UK is proud of the way in which its member businesses, and the wider industry, have worked together to service the needs of the nation during this critical time.

“To deal with the Covid-19 crisis, logistics businesses managed risk by scaling back operations, taking work back in-house and reducing their reliance on third-party services; many also focused activity on their core fleet of vehicles to save costs.”

The new report ‘Covid-19 Logistics Report 1’, can be viewed here by Logistics UK members.