Logistics Skills Alliance launch 2025 Logistics Vision - a national platform

Department of Transport keeps its Secretary of State but there is change in the Ministers.

The DfT ministerial was finalised this morning, (Wed 10th January) but the portfolios are yet to be confirmed.

Chris Grayling stays as Secretary of State and Jesse Norman and Baroness Sugg also stay.

Jo Johnson, brother of Boris Johnson, has replaced John Hayes as Minister of State and Nusrat Ghani has replaced Paul Maynard.

John Hayes CBE MP, Minister of State for Transport Legislation & Maritime at the DfT has resigned today (09 Jan 2018).

He will be replaced by Jo Johnson MP who moves from BEIS where his portfolio included Universities, Science, Research & Innovation.

The Junior Minister's responsibilities include

-taxi policy
-transport legislation and Parliamentary liaison and coordination
-transport skills
-maritime policy, including London International Shipping Week

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An ongoing review of Vision 2025 Future Challenges and Opportunities facing the logistics sector

The date for the third review of the 2025 logistics sector vision is now set for March 10th 2020 at West Thames College, Heathrow. It's free to attend for operators and is Heathrow-based with top line keynotes and operator input to review the sector vision.

Free for operators to attend - email now for your ticket here  .


Looking back, LSA chair Carl Lomas opened the 2018 2nd review by requesting operators local and national engage by voting on the vision for logistics in 2025.


 The group unanimously agreed on-demand logistics would be commonplace by 2025.

 Only half the group believed there would be 30% shift in passenger numbers to public transport.

 Three quarters of the group believed HS2 would have routes operational by 2025

 But only half the group believed Heathrow runway 3 would be operational in the same timescale.

 Fewer than 10% believed drones would have made impact in deliveries.

 The whole group believed 5G and mobile internet would be widely active by 2025

 In terms of extending lifespan, only half the group believed average age would reach 90 by 2025

 No-one believed logistics would be carbon-free by 2025

 90% believed city centre emission tariffs would be commonplace by 2025

 Looking at qualifications and the stigma of apprenticeships being perceived as second class to graduates, 80 % believed this stigma would be gone by 2025.


An extravagant masterclass followed at the LSA West Thames College Heathrow venue, TfL, FORS, GLA and the vision of the retailer.

Full report here

The next Vision event is now scheduled for March 10th 2020 at West Thames College, Heathrow

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today launched a consultation on proposals to expand the reach of Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) emission standards for HGVs to vehicles of this class operating anywhere in London by October 2020.

The consultation also seeks views on plans to expand the geographical area of the ULEZ itself for remaining classes of motorised vehicles - cars, light vans and motorcycles - by October 2021.

The Mayor has already announced that the Ultra Low Emission Zone will be introduced in central London over a year early in April 2019, replacing the T-Charge with an even tighter emission standard.

East London tops the 2017 List for Black Friday Cyber Monday.

Nick Langdon, boss of Royal Mail Parcels reveals the geographic hot spots for 2017 Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Royal Mail today reveals the top ten areas in the UK where shoppers made the most online purchases over the course of Black Friday weekend

East London tops the list, followed by Kirkwall (Orkney, Scotland), Llandrindod Wells (Wales) and Milton Keynes.

The top ten is based on analysis of parcels accepted from retailers and businesses into the Royal Mail network between 20th November and 28th November.

Royal Mail has opened six dedicated parcel sort centres and recruited an additional 20,000 temporary staff to support its seasonal operation.


APC Turnover rose just under one per cent to 103 million.

IOC fellow, APC chief executive Jonathan Smith.

Despite challenging market conditions, we’ve had a strong year. We’ve introduced a range of new services so that our network of depots can better serve their SME customers. Our investment in the business has meant that we’re closer than ever to our customers. We’re firm believers in SMEs being the backbone of the UK economy – it lives and dies by the successes of these small businesses. We therefore want to level the playing field and help SMEs scale-up their logistics management to match their growth plans.


Home delivery, e-retail final mile looks set to set even bigger records than first predicted. In 2016, more than a quarter of retail value was sold online, (IMRG) and that does not include eBay.

BBC News for this Black Friday - 2.5 Billion ‘online Sales’ in one day - the public have been considering for a week what they were to buy on Black Friday. Manufacturers are saying they have to sell on Black Friday to encourage more Christmas sales, but some retailers have said 'No' to Black Friday as they are losing more than they make.

‘Winners this year are the shoppers as retailers make low profits’. Black Friday has been stretched all week, Black Tag week on electronic goods, free home delivery. Many retailers have stretched the other side to Monday 27th. Big sortation shed folk are talking a new term, Sortation Sunday.

LSA reported Live web postings at Freight in the City Expo from Ally Pally with a view of London cloaked in poor air.

The London trade show for next-generation delivery with clean air, it was not just technology and fuel, consolidation and training is at the heart of clean air solutions, driving skills to save fuel, driving skills for new technologies, driving gas, electric or hybrid, the driver needs training to get the best from their delivery vehicle.

Express logistics enters peak with a rich demand for workforce while UK Govt report lowest unemployment in 40 years.

National employer group for Dept for Work and Pensions reported (Nov 16) Unemployment is down 59,000 on the quarter and is the lowest rate since 1975.

Employment rate is at a near record of 75.0% with 32 million people in work. Official figures show that unemployment has remained at 4.3%, the lowest rate since 1975.

The figures, released by the Office for National Statistics, also show that employment remains at a near record high, with 32 million people in work. Increases in full-time and permanent work are behind the figures. In the last year the number of people on zero hours contracts has fallen by 20,000.

IoC at Palestra House TfL HQ location for the 15th London Freight Forum.

A Friday peak hours full house of cross-sector transport on the eve of the Lord Mayor's Show.

Nick Davies head of transport at Sainsburys talked brand loyalty and took questions on profitability of home delivery.

Prof Alan Braithwaite delivered research findings on a van project focused on East London, "Vans are under-researched, vans are demonised but not the problem, there needs to be more research of van freight."

On the eve of the Lo-City Alexandra Palace show, the Mayor of London confirmed (Friday Nov 3rd) plans for the next major stage of his hard-hitting measures to help tackle London’s lethal air pollution and dramatically reduce harmful emissions with the early introduction of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in central London from 8th April 2019.

Heathrow air cargo numbers hit another record month as Logistics Skills Alliance opens door to launch Logistics 2025 vision in a full house, standing room only event at West Thames College.

Levy lock-down and busting the myths of apprenticeships at the heart of an employer-focused day in Heathrow logistics rich in networking and solutions.

Final mile finish by bicycle for LSA chair Lomas on Transaid run brought big applause.

Levy lock-down as apprenticeship myths were explained in a full house of bookings for a multi-modal audience from DB Schenker to road and air cargo opened by West Thames College Principal Tracy Aust. Speakers included Peter Binham TfL talking FORS, CLOCS and LoCity clean air. Neil Impiazzi SEGRO, multi-level sheds, James Billingham LSA and Alex Farkas DWP educating the unemployed to understand logistics opportunities.. Answering the questions of how logistics will adapt to compliance for clean air solutions, growth and expansion in traffic and the need for next-generation workforce solutions.