CILT calls for cross sector collaborative response to coronavirus

London, UK: The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) is calling for cross sector collaboration to ensure that the sector is equipped to respond to the coronavirus crisis.

Kevin Richardson, chief executive, CILT, said: “We have seen a rapid pivot in operational needs, with demands on the logistics sector soaring as home delivery and pharmaceutical supply chains are put under pressure.

“For example, the NHS Supply Chain has made an urgent request for VNA [very narrow aisle truck] drivers and forklift truck drivers to assist warehouse operations.”

The CILT is providing a service to match organisations together so that those who have capacity can help those in need, by making available staff, vehicles and expertise to support the supply chain.

The CILT would like the following to contact the institute: logistics or supply chain organisations with operational shortages including drivers, warehouse operators and vehicles passenger transport operators with resource availability including, drivers and vehicles vehicle rental companies with available vehicles retired members of CILT – who are not classified as “high risk” – and able to offer services and expertise to logistics operations at this time

“As the pharmaceutical, medical and grocery supply chains begin to witness a rise in demand, CILT will be putting together a database of available resources for cross-sector collaboration to ensure the UK is able to respond to this crisis.”

Contact: covidresponse@ciltuk.org.uk

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