The general public may appear blissfully unaware of the impact the logistics sector has on everyday lives, but new research suggests the penny may be dropping. Finally.
A study published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed that 88% of people living in the UK recognised their lives would be negatively impacted if at least one commercial vehicle service was restricted.
However, even though people are quick to acknowledge the importance of rubbish collection trucks, buses and online supermarket deliveries, many remain ignorant about the role supply chains play in our daily lives.
Without supply chains, shelves wouldn’t be stocked and medical supplies would be unavailable. Is this really breaking news for many people? Apparently so…
A growing proportion of the UK’s commercial fleet vehicles are used to meet the growing demand of online retail. The UK is the EU’s biggest online retail sector – last year goods and services totalling £67.2 billion were sold online. All of which keeps commercial vehicles busy, transporting around 1.9 billion tonnes of goods around the country each year.
As Mike Hawes, chief executive of SMMT, stated: “Britain’s commercial vehicles are the backbone of our economy, and manufacturers invest heavily in technology, with the latest commercial vehicles on our roads today the cleanest, safest and most advanced in history.
“For the sector to grow and continue to drive investment and jobs, government must maintain the right economic conditions, and help promote fleet renewal through the right policies and incentives.”
The penny may be dropping, but there’s still a way to go before we hear the ‘clink’ of it landing.