Getting ready for growth despite the tough times, says FTA Logistics Report

Published: 18 April 2013

Getting ready for growth despite the tough times, says FTA Logistics Report
The Logistics Report 2013, reviewing the state of the logistics sector over the past 12 months, was launched this morning (Thursday 18 April) during a breakfast meeting at the House of Commons hosted by Andrew Bridgen MP. The report brings together research and analysis from the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and PwC, and was presented by FTA’s Chief Executive Theo de Pencier.
The publication of The Logistics Report 2013 is an opportunity to reflect on the highs and lows of what was another tough year for most businesses. Once again, the report has been written and produced by FTA, in association with PwC, allowing the two organisations’ respective knowledge, research and analysis to be combined to produce a unique annual review of the events, data and emerging trends in logistics over the last year. It also considers the economic climate and the key changes that need to be made by government and industry to make the most of opportunities for growth when they arise.
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 also reflects on how the industry was central to the delivery of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to London. It is then split into sections - the main areas of focus are: economy and growth, connectivity and adaptability, image, safety and sustainability, people and skills.
Findings from the FTA Logistics Industry Survey 2012/2013 were used to inform the report’s assessment of the performance of logistics in 2012 and sentiment for 2013. In spite of difficult conditions, it was reassuring that many respondents were optimistic that conditions would improve for domestic and international road movements in 2013.
On the launch of the report, Theo de Pencier, FT'’s Chief Executive, commented:
"The FTA Logistics Report is an opportunity to reflect on what an outstanding year 2012 was, in the face of the economic growth which largely eluded us. Logistics was central to the delivery of the two biggest shows on earth, the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
"In these austere times, it has been reassuring to learn that companies have nevertheless increased their level of innovation. Those engaged in logistics have put in place groundbreaking practices and pioneering technologies to make their businesses more efficient and competitive, whilst continuously striving to achieve greater sustainability in their operations.
"At a time when government is, of necessity, focusing on stimulating economic recovery, this report also serves as a timely reminder of some of the things FTA believes it can do to improve UK logistics and enable it to adapt to changing needs."
Coolin Desai, UK Transport & Logistics Industry Leader for PwC, said:
"PwC is pleased to again be supporting FTA in the production of this year’s report. The results show us that 2012 was another testing year for the industry, with historically high fuel prices and economic uncertainty. Despite this, the report illustrates how resilient and innovative the industry can be – the success of the Olympics is testament to that.

"Investment, innovation and talent will continue to be critical areas of importance for the logistics sector. It is encouraging that from the report’s findings we will see more firms invest in training and development, recruitment, and exciting new technologies to improve efficiency and sustainability."
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