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Logistics firms set for full recovery
12th October 2021

By Karen Pickwick

The majority of UK logistics and supply chain organisations are confident of a full recovery from Brexit and covid disruptions within the next 12 months.

A survey completed by corporate members of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK found:
• 62% of respondents noted major supplier challenges
• More than 50% of respondents cited warehousing and distribution challenges
• 63.5% of respondents experienced staffing and employment difficulties
• More than 70% of respondents now have processes in place to mitigate the risk of similar issues arising in the future
• More than 70% of respondents are expecting a full recovery from covid and Brexit in the next year.

Survey results were gathered by LogMark to get a picture of the future of supply chain following the recent disruptions.

Members reported that social distancing measures had altered picking and packing strategies in warehouses, with staff availability was also flagged as a key issue.

But, despite the many challenges of the past 18 months, members indicated they were generally confident of a full covid recovery.

CHRISTMAS

Only 9% nine per cent of respondents were confident of reaching that milestone in the next three months, ahead of the Christmas period, however.

Kevin Richardson, CEO at CILT (UK), said every corner of the profession had experienced disruption during the pandemic, but it was encouraging to see a large number were looking toward a quick recovery.

“Our member responses give a good indication of challenges across all supply chains and we recognise driver shortages and the Christmas period will continue to test our services. As many businesses look to recover in the coming months, these insights will support future planning and resilience.”

More than 72.5% of members reported they had plans in place for similar future challenges and, while covid disruptions had been unprecedented, respondents could identify key business areas to strengthen.

When asked what changes were required to protect supply in future, international logistics was noted by 82% of members, risk management was recognised by 63%, and 45% identified manufacturing.