Autonomous Trucks in the UK – This is No Revolution

March 4, 2018

Autonomous trucks are a hot topic and, thanks to enthusiastic sharing of concept videos on social media, the casual observer may think that the world of logistics is about to be revolutionised by autonomous vehicle fleets. The reality is that the technology and the commercial viability are far from synchronised, and we’re looking at an evolutionary timespan of decades. In this article, we discuss the timescales and levels of autonomy being considered for UK fleets and the constraining issues for implementation. Read more

The Driver Shortage: Ideas for Improving Driver Retention

February 21, 2018

Driver recruitment and driver retention are still very much on the agenda for transport logistics operations. Whilst reporting this issue appeared to be a zeitgeist 12 months ago, it now seems to be dropping from the news radar in favour of the more exciting technological advances in logistics such as autonomous vehicles, AI and robotics. These developments are great and will undoubtedly revolutionise the logistics industry in time. However, driver shortages are a real and present issue and so in this article we propose a few, possibly unconventional, ideas for driver retention. Read more

The Changing Face and Challenges of Urban Logistics

October 18, 2017

City centres are facing a massive challenge due to congestion and pollution. For example, journey times in Central London have been rising 12% year-on-year. All city centres are experiencing a greater number of van and truck traffic – likely down to the immense change that e-commerce is bringing. Read more

The Benefits of Real-time Route Optimisation

September 1, 2017

As ‘on-demand’ expectations increase within supply chains, the freight industry is under continuing pressure to deploy flexible and responsive transport networks that can react to rapid demand changes. In this article Dr Phillip Welch, Managing Director of Open Door Logistics, explains what real-time route optimisation is and how it can benefit freight networks. Read more

Driverless Trucks and the Driver Shortage

May 29, 2016

Back in March the Freight Transport Association (FTA) held a summit entitled ‘Solving the Driver Crisis’. Their primary objectives are to increase the number of drivers by promoting the driving occupation, offer student style loans for vocational training and generally improve driver facilities. In the same month as the FTA summit, the first ‘platoon’ of driverless trucks rolled down the M6. Hm… Read more