To help the logistics sector keep Britain moving and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic, FTA, the business group which represents the industry, has launched a unique free web portal.
The portal, which can be found at www.fta.co.uk/coronavirus, provides visitors with an overview of essential information and advice for the industry, the support provided by FTA, and the business group’s asks of government at such a critical time.
“Logistics as a sector is resilient and adaptable, but with the challenges ahead, it is vital that we keep our members as informed as possible so they can plan effectively and keep the UK’s supply chain secure,” explains Elizabeth de Jong, FTA’s Policy Director. “FTA is committed to ensuring the industry is in the best possible shape to tackle any problems encountered in the coming weeks, and we hope that this portal provides all the information operators need to keep Britain trading.”
In addition to links to important government and industry advice, the portal will include the latest information from FTA’s unique Coronavirus Logistics Impact Survey, which will provide an ongoing snapshot of confidence across the sector and highlight particular industry concerns. FTA’s asks of government at such a critical time can also be viewed, as well as details of support services which the organisation can provide to businesses, including those tackling compliance issues or the provision of a rapid strategic supply chain review.
“With so much uncertainty affecting trading conditions, the main focus for FTA in the coming weeks will be protecting the supply chain,” continues Ms de Jong. “We know that the UK has one of the strongest supply chains in the world, and our focus is ensuring that its resilience can be maintained. The coming weeks will pose the biggest challenge our industry has faced for many years, but FTA will be doing whatever it can to support one of the nation’s most important industries.”
Efficient logistics is vital to keep the UK trading, directly having an impact on more than 7m people employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. FTA is one of the biggest business groups in the UK, supporting, shaping and standing up for safe and efficient logistics. It is the only business group in the UK that represents all of logistics, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods.