The UK Warehousing Association says it is adopting sweeping changes to its constitutional rules.
Outlining the historic change of direction, Roger Williams, the UKWA chief executive officer said that as a result, UKWA’s membership criteria had been dramatically widened to include; retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and to foreign members.
The UKWA says that retail and manufacturing companies have invested significantly in warehouses and distribution centres as logistics has leapt up the business agenda.
Williams said: “The decision to open UKWA’s doors to companies based outside the boundaries of the UK is expected to be particularly welcomed by Ireland’s third party storage and warehousing community which does not have a recognised trade body dedicated to its needs.”
“Our existing rules had been in place since 1944 and, I am afraid to say, had reached the stage where they no longer represented best practice as far as trade associations are concerned. The steps we have taken mean that the United Kingdom Warehousing Association is in a position to move forward as the truly inclusive voice of the warehousing sector.”
A newly established board of management will now take key decisions.