What Does The Future Hold for The UK’s Transport and Logistics Sector? 168

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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.    

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10 Unusual Sleeping Habits of The Rich and Famous 6

Good sleep is a very precious commodity which is treasured and, far too often, quite rare. If you’re rich, famous and successful, this is even more relevant. Here is a quick look at 10 of the most unusual sleeping habits of the rich and famous:

Good sleep is a very precious commodity which is treasured and, far too often, quite rare. If you’re rich, famous and successful, this is even more relevant.

When it comes to getting a good solid night’s sleep, some people will go to extreme lengths to ensure it goes ahead without disturbance or hindrance. But for others, sleep is not high on their list of priorities and can function on as little as a few hours per night.

Here is a quick look at 10 of the most unusual sleeping habits of the rich and famous:

The Sleep Habits of Rich and Successful People

Arianna Huffington

The Greek-American author and founder of The Huffington Post once suffered from exhaustion so severe that she collapsed and awoke in a pool of her own blood.

Eager to not let the incident repeat itself, Arianna Huffington established a strict bedtime routine which she sticks to like clockwork.

Arianna turns off all of her electronics and gadgets, placing them on charge outside of the bedroom. She then takes a hot bath with lavender oil and Epsom salts, before changing into special sleep clothes and reading until dozing off.

Winston Churchill

A British statesman, military officer and war-time Prime Minister, Winston Churchill was a biphasic sleeper and would take a two-hour nap each day at 5 pm, after drinking a whiskey and soda.

It was common for Winston Churchill to work throughout the night.

Because of his irregular sleeping pattern, it is rumored that he would hold meetings of the War Cabinet from his bathtub.

Churchill held his sleeping habits in high-esteem, commenting that they allowed him to get one and a half day’s work done in 24 hours.

Leonardo Da Vinci

Italian painter, sculptor and inventor Leonardo Da Vinci followed a polyphasic sleep process which he aptly named “The Da Vinci Sleep Schedule” which involved sleeping between 20 minutes and 2 hours per session, several times per day.

This unconventional sleep schedule definitely gave him more time during his days. But it could have also made it quite difficult to work on long-term projects which required more concentration.

Shaquille O’Neal

Retired American professional basketball player Shaquille O’Neal suffers from sleep apnea, meaning that his breathing periodically stops for a short period whilst he’s sleeping.

In severe cases, these breathing lapses can last up to ten seconds and occur several times throughout the night…


Lyndon B. Johnson

The former President of the United States was known to split his day into two parts which enabled him to get more work done.

He typically woke up at around 6 am to 7 am and worked until 2 pm, before exercising and taking a quick 30-minute nap, after which he would wake up and work until the early hours of the morning.

Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla – the Serbian-American inventor and physicist – followed an ‘Uberman’ sleep cycle which he claimed never allowed him to sleep for more than two hours per day.

As a child, Tesla would suffer from nightmares and perhaps this influenced his desire to sleep less. It is reported that once Tesla worked for more than 84 hours without any rest whatsoever.


The American rapper puts tinfoil on his windows at night to stop any light seeping in. And is said to play white noise on his speakers and through the television, which helps him sleep better when traveling between different time zones.

Salvador Dali

Spanish painter, photographer and sculptor Salvador Dali would sit with a key in one hand placed above a metal plate.

As soon as Dali would fall asleep, the key would slip from his hand and clang against the metal plate, immediately waking him up.

Tell me about surreal sleeping habits!

These are just ten of our favorite unusual sleeping habits of the rich and famous. Throughout history, there have been many documented unusual sleeping habits and you can check out our infographic if you want to learn more.

Names such as Vincent Van Gogh, Charles Dickens, Barack Obama and Isaac Newton all feature here – you might be surprised at what you learn! Now, here’s an infographic by Celebjury with more of the amazing sleeping habits of rich, famous and successful people from all fields: