Welcome to the relaunch issue of LogisticsNEWS, the dedicated logistics magazine from the publishers of Warehouse & Logistics News. LogisticsNEWS is designed to help you keep up to date with the latest developments in this important industry. We’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to this relaunch issue and features in these pages.

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‘Logistics’ as we define it combines transport, on road, rail, at sea and in the air, and the discipline of managing the timely movement and delivery of goods both inside the UK and internationally.

As ecommerce grows and retail transforms itself to prosper in the changing business climate, the UK’s supply chains are under pressure to deliver the goods ever faster, and do so with total accuracy while achieving suitable cost savings.

So we’re leaner – and we’re having to to be greener.

London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is now with us, launched in the capital this month in a bid to tackle the city’s air pollution levels. Under the new rules older models of lorries, buses, coaches and some other heavy vehicles will be charged £100 a day to enter London, if they don’t meet the new emissions standards. This is on top of the existing Congestion Charge. Transport is the life-blood of logistics but emissions are a growing health concern, which the Government is acting on and public health officials are now recommending that local councils take action on, too.

Now ULEZ has arrived in London, logistics transport operators will face more Ultra Low Emission Zones around the country to hasten the reduction of air pollution caused by diesel and petrol vehicles. But apart from the more obvious moves like switching from fossil-fuelled vehicles to hybrids and allelectrics, can the logistics industry help in other ways, perhaps by encouraging customers to look again at how they transport their goods around the UK and beyond?

This question brings us back to the need to stay abreast of the latest developments in terms of the logistics options available by road, rail, sea and air. Enjoy LogisticsNEWS and we’ll be back soon with our next issue.

JAMES SURRIDGE

Publishing Editor

james@warehousenews.co.uk