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CV Show 2012: Major challenges lie ahead

  • 24 April 2012
  • By Christopher Walton

CV operators face three major challenges in the next five years: cyber security, multi-channel retailing, and hiring the right people, says a joint report published by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and consultancy PwC.

While short-term concerns revolve around Euro-6, fuel duty and the Olympics, long-term concerns are logistics firms being targeted by cyber criminals; the growth of internet retailing and the decline in high street spending; and a shortage of skilled people.

The report, launched at the CV Show 2012, says firms should be looking to take a more active and transparent stance towards threats, as logistics and transport hubs will become targets for attacks by criminals and terrorists.

Furthermore, a lack of awareness of the issue among logistics firms increases the risk, as it is not seen as core to operations.

Secondly, the report warns that the proliferation of multi-channel retailing – ie increasing home and internet shopping running alongside dwindling high-street volumes – has fractured the traditional logistics model and created a more complex supply chain.

Finally, a survey of logistics’ chief executives by PwC found that 21% believed their com-pany was not able to achieve its growth forecasts because of a lack of skilled people, and 40% believe it is harder to hire qualified workers in the industry.

You can pick up a copy of the report at the FTA stand (3C40).


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