FTA launches COVID-19 logistics resource-matching initiative

Land Transport

Source: Lloyd's Loading List, 2020-03-31

More than 150,000 logistics workers have already engaged with ‘Logistics Helps Logistics’ campaign to help businesses keep goods and services flowing by filling shortfalls of staff or identifying vehicles with capacity during the pandemic

The UK’s Freight Transport Association (FTA) has launched a campaign to help businesses keep goods and services flowing, by filling shortfalls of staff or identifying vehicles with capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It said more than 150,000 logistics workers and business owners have already engaged with the campaign by posting jobs or requirements for support on social media using the campaign hashtag #LogisticsHelpsLogistics, and more than 831,000 individuals in the sector have already been reached in the first five days of the campaign.

FTA said #LogisticsHelpsLogistics was also supported by the Department for Transport and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, noting: “If a business requires drivers, warehouse operators or transport managers, they should post their vacancies using the hashtag; similarly, anyone looking for work should use the hashtag to advertise their availability.”

Elizabeth de Jong, policy director at FTA, commented: “The British public is relying on the logistics sector to keep supermarkets and other essential retailers stocked with food, medicines, hygiene products and other basic items throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as keeping loads moving for industry. As such, we are determined to do everything possible to keep goods moving across the UK.

“Through the #LogisticsHelpsLogistics campaign, FTA is linking businesses in need of logistics staff with available workers. I would like to encourage everyone to get involved in the campaign – whether it is just by retweeting or sharing content – so we can work together as an industry to navigate the challenging times ahead.”

The initiative is in response to concerns about possible shortages of capacity within the logistics sector as the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects further develop – for example, if suddenly large numbers of drivers or other staff get infected.

In another example or collaborative logistics, more than 700 logistics businesses, all members of the UK’s eight major pallet networks that together form the Association of Pallet Networks (APN), have offered to put their combined fleet of 23,500 vehicles at the UK government’s disposal for the express distribution of critical emergency and food supplies during the current coronavirus pandemic.

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