The following article is a guest post.
Now, more than ever before the UK’s economy and the logistics sector are intrinsically linked.
It is true that, historically, this has always been the case. However, where canal barges and steam trains that were once the lifeblood of the country’s commercial transport system, now it is lorries and vans. So, why is the UK’s logistics sector so important and what does the future hold for it?
The Explosion in Ecommerce
One of the reasons why the UK’s logistics sector is so vital to the country and its economy is the explosion in ecommerce that has taken place over the last 20 years or so.
The trend for online shopping is a phenomenon that shows little sign of waning or going away, as more and more people choose not to head off to the high streets to purchase goods. Instead, do so from the office or the comfort of their own home. Online ecommerce is booming.
Generally speaking, shopping online makes a lot of sense.
No more trudging through the rain carrying bags and boxes, and no parking problems. Of course, then there is the time factor to take into account – it’s quicker to shop online. You can also easily and quickly compare different prices from many retailers online at a much quicker rate, to guarantee you get the cheapest price for your goods.
Conversely, selling items from home has also been part of the ecommerce boom. But either way the goods need to be delivered and that is where logistic companies like Tuffnells come in, who run a fleet of vehicles that can deliver the goods quickly, cheaply and securely.
Delivery plays a huge part in online customer service. If an online retailer has promised you next or even same day delivery, failure to do this could see a negative online response and switch buyers to change retailers. Online is a much more competitive field in terms of prices with every penny making the difference.
The Future is Automated and Green
The logistics sector has evolved alongside ecommerce and other modern services. It is now a highly lucrative arena where only the best can compete. In order to do so, the modern logistics company has to incorporate a number of things and pivotal to success is technology.
Satellite navigation and digital communications systems are already commonplace in the sector. But as new technology becomes available, companies have two primary goals – become more automated and more environmentally sustainable.
Automation holds the key to a more efficiency and faster service for customers. Automated parcel picking machines and packing systems are already on the horizon for many logistic companies.
In terms of being greener, some companies are trialing driverless vehicles. However, the real game changer here may come from electric vehicles that give off zero emissions and are not reliant on fossil fuels.
The last four years have seen a huge increase in the number of electric and plug-in hybrid models with many top manufactures offering a variety of ranges. This trend is expected to grow and continue.
Therefore, it seems that the future of the logistics sector is not only linked to the UK economy, but also to technology. And those who embrace it first are set to be the trailblazers and setters of this.