A document that investigates how the logistics industry has been affected by coronavirus has been released.

The ‘Covid-19 Logistics Report 1’, has been produced by Logistics UK for its members and discusses the challenges people have faced. Truck drivers and operators have been rightly praised for stepping up, but this document goes into more detail.

Back in March 2020, 85% of respondents to Logistics UK’s Covid-19 surveys reported a general business downturn. During those early days of restrictions caused by the pandemic, a lot of work and orders were lost. 

By late May, the figure had reduced to 60% as supply chain disruption eased. 

The report also highlights improved delivery times due to less congestion on the road, compared with normal levels.

Logistics UK has brought together national statistics and analysis conducted specifically the organisation. There is also exclusive data from surveys conducted with the group’s members in the first ten weeks of lockdown.

Despite facing operational and financial disruption, the logistics industry has stepped up,” said Elizabeth de Jong, Logistics UK’s director of policy. “It continues to supply the nation with the goods it needs, including food supplies and PPE. 

“The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted how critical our industry and people are to the economy’s success,” she added. “Logistics UK is proud of the way in which its member businesses – and the wider industry – have worked together.”

 

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