The head of Britain’s Freight Transport Association has told a conference on the future of logistics that his industry needs to use all available future tools to “unlock every last inch of possible efficiency”.
Chief Executive David Wells (pictured) told his organisation’s inaugural Future Logistics Conference and Expo that “logistics should be, and be seen as a high-quality system adding value to the British economy and society”.
“The logistics of the future will be increasingly technological, responsive and highly skilled,” he said. “Only by increasing standards, delivering great experiences and promoting a positive reputation will we be able to attract the right and sufficient talent to join the industry and secure its future.
“There won’t be a magic wand giving us unlimited energy or road space, so whatever the technological improvements, we will still need to focus on efficiency. This challenge will be as much about governments and regulators changing their approach as it is the logistics industry itself.
Wells discussed how the industry has included positive technology in its building blocks but it is also about systems – delivery and receiving technology, smart infrastructure, back office information sharing systems, as well as more intelligent enforcement by our regulatory authorities.
“The future we see will have to start looking at logistics as one system, not just modal or sectoral silos. It will need to be an integral part of our towns, cities and villages as well as our national economy.”
His speech also set out a bold plan which also included creating “an industry that has the systems in place to constantly adapt to meet the ever-evolving needs of consumers; future tools are utilised to unlock every possible inch of efficiency; talented and skilled workers are attracted to join the sector; and we achieve zero atmospheric emissions and near zero deaths and injuries from freight movements.” And, he said, “we aim to do this all by 5050.”