UKWA’s CEO Peter Ward has called for the overturning of the ‘not in my back yard’ mentality.
Ward said that if the logistics industry is to meet the demands of an increasingly changing society, it ‘must overcome the prejudices of policy makers and planners at all levels of Government who have traditionally considered residential and logistics properties incompatible neighbours.’
He said that the way to make this happen is to change the view that logistics jobs are poorly paid, unskilled and insecure.
“The rapidly changing nature of our society has already prompted a seismic shift in the way supply chains operate,” said Ward, at the recent Multimodal exhibition. “As an industry we must come together to put the case for ‘beds and sheds,’ said Ward.
“Overturning the ‘not-in-my-back-yard’ mentality will require, among other things, the creation of an awareness and understanding of the central importance of our industry and the companies that operate within it to the smooth running of ‘UK plc’.
“One of the ways we can do this is by stressing the excellent career opportunities that the logistics industry offers.”