Strategically Stacked

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By Stuart Payne

I took my summer vacation in France this year, Berny Riviere, Picardy, to be precise.  Regrettably it was not only in the local restaurants that escargot could be found.  Our car did a remarkably good impression of one on a tortuous route from the Dartford crossing to the terminal; and then 10 days later through […]

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Driver Shortages?

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By Stuart Payne

On the 10th September 2014 the UK awoke to sunshine, rolling green hills and tweeting birds; a world in which all commercial drivers were now fully trained and professionalised.  A new dawn where drivers are fully conversant with effective fuel utilisation and transport sustainability; fully compliant with all drivers hour, working time and tachograph legislation.  […]

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Are Dashcams the obvious choice?

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By Stuart Payne

This blog has been kindly submitted by our guest blogger, Sally Dickerson, Director and Head of Service at FleetSense (formerly known as Independent Tracking) www.fleetsense.co.uk There is no clearer indication; drivers from both the public road users to the logistics and transport operators are quickly moving towards the use of on-board cameras in vehicles. And for very good […]

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Fuel Duty Black Hole

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By Stuart Payne

Fuel, and Vehicle Excise duty raises around £38 billion per annum for the exchequer.  By 2029/30, according to the OBR (Office for Budget Responsibility), revenues from these taxes will be some 0.9% (of national income) lower than today.  This would equate to a £13 billion shortfall, which would represent a 3½p increase to the basic […]

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Diversionary Tactics

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By Stuart Payne

I made a journey from Northampton to Merseyside over the weekend.  Consequentially Good Friday for me was not a relaxing, fun time spent with family.  I spent it with family, of course; but it generally felt something like the coach journey from Birkenhead to the South of France I took when I was 16.  Heat, […]

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Keeping it Simple?

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By Stuart Payne

I was reading the blog of a US 3pl recently, in relation to KISS. Not the band, you will be relieved to hear, the ‘Keep it Simple Stupid’ theory.  Although a little uncouth, it is probably a good maxim to go with in Logistics Solution Design, or life in general.

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Green Tree

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By Stuart Payne

As it is December there is an expectation that you will display a Christmas tree adorned with lights and sparkly paraphernalia in your home.  Personally I like this tradition as it builds excitement leading up to the main event.  A period where you get to spend quality time with your family and friends; away from […]

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Collaborate or Abdicate?

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By Stuart Payne

According to the Freight Transport Association, 29% of miles travelled in commercial vehicles in the UK are travelled empty.  Those vehicles, the Department for Transport estimate, travel 4.8 billion miles a year[1].  Ergo circa 1.4 billion miles are travelled on our busy roads each year where the driver is providing a chauffeur service to nothing […]

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noitacinummoC

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By Stuart Payne

There is little hope that you will achieve what you set out to if you cannot communicate effectively.  A brilliant idea, badly communicated, will be cast aside; whereas the disastrously bad call, communicated with panache and selective use of statistics will likely be implemented without question.  The famous Mark Twain quote “lies, damn lies and […]

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