New report on Covid-19 effect

Tunbridge Wells, UK: The transport industry is meeting the logistics challenege posed by coronavirus, Logistics UK says in a new report.

The repot, Covid-19 Logistics Report 1,provides an overview of how the pandemic affected logistics businesses and the steps taken to overcome these challenges.

“Despite facing significant operational and financial disruption since March 2020, the logistics industry has stepped up to ensure it continues to supply the nation with the goods it needs, including food supplies and PPE,” says Elizabeth de Jong, director of policy, Logistics UK.

“To deal with the Covid-19 crisis, logistics businesses managed risk by scaling back operations, taking work back in-house and reducing their reliance on third-party services;many also, focused activity on their core fleet of vehicles to save costs.” 
 
In the early stages of the Covid-19 restrictions in March 2020, 85% of respondents to Logistics UK’s Covid-19 surveys reported a general business downturn, with work and orders cancelled. This reduced to 60% by the end of May, with supply chain disruption since easing further. The report also highlights that delivery times have improved due to less congestion as a result of fewer cars on the road compared with normal levels.

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