The looming changes brought by Brexit and a shortage of skills comprise just some of the reasons why logistics firms need to be more efficient, competitive and flexible.
Being prepared for the coming changes means that logistics companies should also think about new ways to improve their operational efficiency. For instance, using automatic skates for freight loading systems could be a good solution.
Some executives of logistics companies believe that adapting to the changes due to Brexit is a mandatory action plan. In 2017, a survey showed that the sector’s main issues include seamless trading between borders. The respondents also expressed concern over the mobility of labour and favourable trade deals.
However, the standstill on negotiations indicated that companies might have to expect a worst-case scenario. Companies would still need to figure out how to meet a growing demand for logistics services, which stem from the increasing use of online retail. Despite a more significant number of people, the industry has struggled to find qualified talents for specific jobs.
Aside from filling vacant positions, companies also need to make sure that existing workers comply with employment regulations post-Brexit. The country’s supply chain employs around 200,000 EU citizens, including seasonal workers who serve essential roles in the industry.
For instance, the Freight Transport Association estimated that there is a need to recruit 52,000 drivers of heavy-goods vehicles. If Brexit prevents EU migrant workers from seeking work in the UK, it could affect the timely delivery of goods. A solution to this would involve training programmes and apprenticeship systems for potential drivers.
British logistics companies need to explore all available options for their contingency plans. From automatic loading systems to scouting for potential talents, an excellent integration plan mitigates the risk of a hard Brexit.