Logistics increasingly assumes strategic importance, not only for the United Kingdom economy but for all economies and companies in the world.
So let’s talk a little more about this subject, which is of great importance.
Logistical considerations have always played a strategic role in business. Among retailers and wholesalers, they transcend inventory management and transportation to include one of the most critical factors in business success—location in relation to markets or sources of supply. Among manufacturers, logistics concerns itself with matters as basic as plant location, sourcing of raw materials, and standards of customer service.
Thinking about all these details we need to emphasize the importance of this industry in the UK economy. It is an important business in its own right, with the output of core logistics activities accounting for about 10% of UK GVA and around 7% of total employment. It is also a critically important enabler of the success of other businesses of all sizes and sectors– from corner shops to supermarkets, manufacturers to e-commerce entrepreneurs, and energy companies to waste businesses.
No matter what the market, if a physical product has to be moved there is a demand for fast, efficient, reliable transport services.
When thinking about the distribution of goods, several questions must be answered to understand the nature of the goods to be transported, such as: How large are the items? How are the items to be packed? What equipment is available to ensure the safe loading and unloading of the consignment? How fragile are the items? What is the value of the load to ensure adequate insurance cover? What special measures, qualifications and PPE are required for the transport of specific chemicals and fuels in a safe, legal way? What are the procedures for dealing with the import and export of products?
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