The logistics industry has delivered high standards, contributed to reducing emissions and is promoting a safer environment despite increasing costs, according to “The Logistics Report 2012” which combines research and analysis from the Freight Transport Association and PwC.
The report focuses on the challenges, successes and progress within the logistics sector over the past year. It includes a logistics dashboard, bringing together more than 50 indicators giving different perspectives on the industry and the performance of the wider economy. The report is then split into five sections, the main areas of focus are: economy; political; safety and the environment; image and reputation; and emerging risks and opportunities.
Theo de Pencier
Theo de Pencier, FTA’s chief executive, said: “The truth is that during the worst economic conditions for generations, at a time of minimal growth and ever increasing and understandable customer pressure, our industry has risen to the challenge and is succeeding in delivering the goods with increased efficiency and at lower costs.”
Coolin Desai, UK transport and logistics industry leader for PwC, said: “The report evidences how the industry continues to respond in a challenging climate. Rising fuel costs coupled with tepid growth has put pressure on margins, despite which logistics firms continue to innovate.
“Looking ahead, the challenge will be for government and industry to work together to ensure the UK is a leading place to develop successful logistics businesses. Investments in critical transport infrastructure and in developing a skilled workforce are imperative for international competitiveness and facilitating economic growth.”