1 April 2020 | UK

In the UK as numbers of workers self-isolating has increased, some sectors are experiencing short falls of drivers and warehouse operatives, whilst others have had to cease business so have skilled workers spare. This is the summary of the CILT UK plea to all industry:

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) is calling for cross sector collaboration to ensure that as a profession we are equipped to respond to the coronavirus crisis.

We have seen a rapid pivot in operational needs, with demands on the logistics sector soaring as home delivery and pharmaceutical supply chains are put under pressure.

Conversely, as home working grows, so demand for public transport has fallen. We believe as a profession we can work together to meet this challenge.

For example, the NHS Supply Chain has made an urgent request for VNA drivers and forklift truck drivers to assist warehouse operations.

CILT UK is providing a service to match organisations together so that those who have capacity can help those in need, by making available staff, vehicles and expertise to support the supply chain.

We are asking you to contact us and let us know if:

  • You are a logistics or supply chain organisation and have operational shortages including drivers, warehouse operators and vehicles
  • You are a passenger transport operator with resource availability including, drivers and vehicles
  • You are a vehicle rental company with available vehicles
  • You are a retired member of CILT UK– who is not classified as “high risk” – and able to offer your services and expertise to logistics operations at this time

As the pharmaceutical, medical and grocery supply chains begin to witness a rise in demand, CILT UK will be putting together a database of available resources for cross-sector collaboration to ensure the UK is able to respond to this crisis.

This is an example of a business response from UK which we are sharing as part of our global best practice resource to help you think about and determine appropriate responses locally.