Friday, March 29, 2019

Warehouse and Logistics Outfit Looks at Cyber Security, Staff Training, Charity and More

UKWA Builds Toward Seventy Fifth Anniversary Celebrations
Shipping News Feature
UK – Much happening at the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) at the moment as the organisation warms up for its 75th Anniversary celebrations. After a busy annual National Conference earlier this month, themed on digital progress in the logistics industry, one of the hottest topics was cyber security, and the event saw the launch of CyberRisk, a programme aimed squarely at the problems every connected business faces.

Now a special seminar to provide expert advice and guidance for warehousing and logistics companies has been scheduled for May 22 at the London offices of law firm Weightmans, with material prepared by the experts who designed the security programme for the UKWA. Representatives from Cyber Intelligence Partners, Storm Guidance and Perry Appleton Risk Services in conjunction with Traveler’s Insurance will impart the latest information on the best ways to protect businesses in an increasingly dangerous cyber world. The seminar is open to both members and non-members of the UKWA.

Reacting to the shortage of skilled staff in the sector, the UKWA has also developed an introductory course which extends beyond the warehouse environment to give a basic grounding in the broader field of logistics. With studies taking between 3 and 6 months dependent on the student and time available, the two units contain twenty short assignments and have been prepared in collaboration with the Logistics Learning Alliance. Management courses are also available including some with Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) qualifications.

These, and other initiatives and services such as HR changes, Brexit updates etc. can all be found in the UKWAs regular online update service, NEWSrack, which can be downloaded by members and non-members alike, as well as the Association website.

Certainly not the least of the current initiatives is the UKWA pledge to raise £75,000 for popular transport charity Transaid in this the UKWAs 75th anniversary year. Transaid is saving lives on a daily basis with its provision of transport services to some of the remotest parts of Africa and its MAMaZ Against Malaria (MAM) programme, something we wrote on at length earlier this month, and a course of action which has the capability to cut the death toll in Zambian children from the disease to a previously unheard of degree.

The UKWA will be celebrating its anniversary at this year’s Annual Lunch and Awards being held at the Dorchester in London’s Park Lane on the 27th June with tickets bookable HERE.

Photo: Warehousing gets bigger with every generation. UKWA member John Lewis runs the enormous distribution facility at Magna Park.