A specialist in the use of systems to improve processes and planning; Stuart is passionate about the use of technology to develop sustainable logistics solutions. As Commercial Director, he manages our Solutions Design efforts as well as the organisation’s IT, Supplier Development and Fleet Compliance.
After completing a Law degree and MA in Business he began his Logistics career for Christian Salvesen in various storage and distribution roles. After several years in Operations Manager roles at Corporate Solutions, he moved into Analytical work. He has spent much of the last 6 years developing our custom built planning and scheduling platform CSL Live.
Stuart enjoys outdoor pursuits with wife Gill, and children Evan and Zoe. A long suffering Liverpool fan; he is also a keen Ice Hockey enthusiast, supporting the Vancouver Canucks. Alongside son, Evan, he can be found on a Sunday trying to pick up Shotokan Karate.
Fuel Duty Black Hole
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 […]CONTINUE READING
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, […]CONTINUE READING
Keeping it Simple?
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.CONTINUE READING
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 […]CONTINUE READING
I decided, somewhat unusually, and somewhat impulsively, that I needed to make two ‘technology’ purchases on Sunday. An eclectic combination of laptop and microwave. In line with my blog posted earlier this year (‘information overload’) I would normally agonise over technical specifications and both professional, and user reviews before coming to a reasoned purchase decision. […]CONTINUE READING
Collaborate or Abdicate?
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. Ergo circa 1.4 billion miles are travelled on our busy roads each year where the driver is providing a chauffeur service to nothing […]CONTINUE READING
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 […]CONTINUE READING
Improving your lot
Picture this for a new low in logistics: Fleet too large, no return traffic back to base, un-manageable drivers, erratic service and poor route planning offering well paid drivers a very comfortable existence, and extensive knowledge of the UK’s roadside cafeterias. The scenario is all too common; however the reasons for an organisations’ challenges are […]CONTINUE READING
Focus on Accident Reduction
I happened to watch ‘Undercover Boss’ on C4 last night where the CEO of waste management company Biffa went ‘back’ to the coal-face to try and root out and eliminate difficulties the company is / was experiencing. A positive PR exercise overall, but some of the driving of a food waste collection vehicle was hair-raising […]CONTINUE READING