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UKWA calls on retailers to raise rates

19 March 2015

New UKWA CEO Peter Ward has called on retailers to pay fair with logistics firms.

Peter Ward said the cause of the current HGV driver shortage was in large part down to retailers squeezing suppliers too tightly.

"Retailers have got to pay better rates as logistics firms are existing on thin margins and struggling to meet the cost of training needs. This then has a knock-on effect on the whole country.

"Hauliers and logistics companies are going to the Government for help but this will not solve the issue.The problem is fundamentally structural. I believe consumers would pay more for FMCG and prices are being deflated by retailers and this is putting too much pressure on the logistics industry.”

Peter Ward also unveiled a new strategy for the Association, saying he wanted the UKWA to act as the voice of the UK logistics sector.

UKWA also has busy Events programme in the coming months, hosting a major conference in Liverpool and its traditional annual Awards event at the Dorchester.

The Logistics World will be congregating in Liverpool for the IFWLA (International Federation of Warehousing Logistics Association) Annual Convention on 1 – 4 June 2015. Registration for the convention is now open at http://ukwaconference.com

This will be the third time that the convention of the IFWLA - global logistics operators' networking organisation - will be held in the UK.

A four-day programme of business and culture  is planned for some 250 national and international delegates, comprising manufacturers, retailers, third party logistics (3PL) providers and other supply chain and logistics practitioners.  Bringing together all sides of the global logistics industry, the international convention is under-pinned by a two-day conference to be held on Tuesday 2 June and Wednesday 3 June, at Liverpool’s historic Town Hall.  

Hosted and organised by the UK's 3PL trade body, UKWA (United Kingdom Warehousing Association), the conference theme is: ‘Change equals new opportunities - the changing face of global logistics, and the opportunities for you’. The Town Hall is only minutes away from the convention hotel – Hard Days Night Hotel www.harddaysnighthotel.com.

IFWLA's newly elected President – Derrick Potter, Chairman of Potter Logistics UK, said: "In June 2015, the UK will be hosting the IFWLA convention in Liverpool, England during the period 1-4 June 2015. Liverpool is a city that is undergoing a significant regeneration programme and an ideal showcase for the UK's logistics industry. I am looking forward to organising a conference programme, which will deliver high networking value and lasting memories."

Digby Jones

UKWA (United Kingdom Warehousing Association) is proud to announce that the former director general of the CBI and trade minister, Lord Digby Jones will be guest speaker at the 16th annual Awards for Warehousing presentation ceremony. The event, which is sponsored by Jungheinrich UK, will be held alongside the Annual Luncheon, taking place in the Ballroom Suite of the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London, on Wednesday 1 July 2015.

There are a total of ten awards, which are free and very straightforward to enter. The deadline for submissions is 10 April 2015. Entry forms can be downloaded from: www.ukwa.org.uk where there are further details on all of the categories as well as table booking information for the Luncheon.

Peter Ward, CEO of UKWA said: "We are thrilled that Lord Digby Jones will be our guest speaker at the Awards. We can expect an inspiring contribution to what is always a memorable day for our Association and the Logistics Sector. With nearly five hundred professionals from retailers, manufacturers, supply chain and logistics practitioners, 3PLs and UKWA members in attendance, this 16th Annual Awards will be an unmissable networking opportunity. I would encourage anybody wishing to attend to book early as there will be a huge demand for places at this special occasion.”

Digby Jones was born into business. Some of his earliest memories are of life in a busy corner shop where he lived with his family. The shop was, he says, ‘within a spanner throw of the Austin factory’, just outside Birmingham. He remembers fondly watching the new Minis leave the factory destined for showrooms across the UK and the world. It was here that he learnt the first rudiments of business – important values that were never to leave him.

During his six and a half years as Director General of the CBI, Jones became renowned for his candid and forthright attitude in his many media appearances. In 2005 he was knighted for his services to business then, two years later, he was appointed Minister of State for UK Trade & Investment and became a life peer taking the title, Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham Kt. Forthright and, as ever, loyal to British business he spent the next 15 months ‘doing it in a different way’. Concentrating on promoting Britain across the world, he travelled to 31 countries in 45 overseas visits. Now, in addition to being an active crossbencher in the House of Lords, Lord Jones has a variety of roles with a plethora of leading organisations.

For further information, entry submission and table booking for the UKWA’s 16th Annual Awards for Warehousing, visit: www.ukwa.org.uk