Celebrating the Industry: Logistics Day 2023
Wednesday 28th June 2023 | View all Blogs

1.65 billion tonnes. That’s the total weight of goods transported by HGV drivers between Q3 2021 and Q2 2022. Equating to around 5.7 million journeys in the UK alone, those numbers are almost incomprehensible. 

Yet, behind these staggering figures lies a network of millions of logistics professionals working tirelessly to ensure the smooth running of the country’s supply chain.

How do they do it? Well, you’re about to find out.

In today’s special blog, we’ll be celebrating the annual National Logistics Day event by taking a deeper look into how our HGV heroes keep our country running, and what that means for you.

Evolution of the Logistics Industry

It’s no secret that the logistics industry has undergone a remarkable evolution.

An industry that was previously used for military purposes, and only that, has come on leaps and bounds to ensure that the whole world receives essentials such as food, medicine and clothing, as well as the latest innovative technology. 

One of the most ground-breaking advancements in the industry is the implementation of this technology within logistics, which has transformed the sector for the best. 

a lightbulb in the centre, with hovering digital graphics either side representing different technologies introduced into the logistics industry.

From basic computers to advanced warehouse management systems and tracking systems, technology has helped propel the industry forward to provide an even more efficient, modern and accessible service.

On top of that, the plethora of supply chain management options on the market today has created a solution for optimising operations and driving overall performance. 

Logistics and Everyday Life

It’s safe to say that logistics plays a huge part in everyday life, and without it, everything would be very different indeed.

Without thinking about it, every item you pick up, every meal you eat, and every pill you swallow was once hauled by a truck and trailer. Crazy, right?

One of the industries that relies on logistics the most is the food sector. From the moment a single seed is planted in the ground, a sophisticated network of hauliers and couriers are already on hand to distribute the produce around the world.

Everything from fruit, vegetables, eggs, clothes and medicine (you name it!) is delivered directly to stores, wholesalers, manufacturers and consumers via a vast web of trucks and trailers.

A supermarket with lots of fresh fruit and vegetable stalls in the middle. There are people walking around with trolleys choosing which produce they want to buy.

Without logistics, supermarkets wouldn't exist!

As we deliver medical supplies to hospitals and pharmacies, fuel to petrol stations, natural materials to refineries and factories and so on, this industry remains the beating heart of, not only the country but the entire world!

It was particularly clear during the 2020 and 2021 lockdowns just how heavily logistics is relied upon to ensure everyday essentials are available and accessible to everyone.

Logistics and Global Trade

The connection between logistics and international trade is a link that fuels the global commerce network.

As different countries engage in trade with each other, it’s imperative that goods can cross borders quickly and safely.

Whether it’s coordinating modes of transport, managing customs documents and regulations or even optimising inventory, the logistics sector plays a crucial role in opening the doors for thousands of businesses to expand their overseas reach and allow customers to purchase products from every corner of the globe.

Having an efficient supply chain is paramount for global businesses as it serves as the backbone of their operations and success in today’s forever interconnected world.

Not only does a well-established and managed supply chain help meet the demands of intercontinental shipments, but it also enables businesses to navigate complex regulations and procedures.

Logistics Day 2023

And with all that, we’re super proud to be celebrating National Logistics Day, which takes place today (28th June, for those reading in the future)! 

A team of 5 people, who work in logistics, wearing yellow high visibility vests, looking into the camera and smiling.

Logistics Day aims to honour the incredibly hardworking professionals of the logistics industry, who dedicate their time to ensure that the cogs of the country, and the world, keep turning.

Although Logistics Day is a rather recent development (started just 4 years ago in 2019), the global connections that form the worldwide supply chain definitely aren’t.

So, I’m sure you’ll join us here at PalletOnline in sharing our immense gratitude to everyone who helps to keep our logistical infrastructure running!

Key Takeaways

We hope you’ve enjoyed this special Logistics Day blog, as well as gained some extra gratitude for logistical professionals, because we sure have!

Here are our top 5 takeaways for you:

  • The logistics industry moved 1.65 billion tonnes of goods between 2021 Q3 and 2022 Q2.
  • Logistics plays a crucial role in everyday life. Without logistics, you wouldn't have such easy and convenient access to goods like food, medicine and clothing.
  • Supermarkets wouldn't exist if it wasn't for the advancements made by the industry.
  • The food sector is arguably the most reliant industry on logistics and supply chains due to the increase in demand for exotic foods and prepped produce.
  • Logistics is essential for global trade, facilitating the movement of goods across borders and enabling businesses to expand their overseas reach.

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