Brexit: What could it mean for the Logistics sector?

When the vote to leave the EU was announced back in 2016, no one would have imagined that we would still find ourselves in a political stalemate over three years later. With proposed deals falling flat and continuous extensions to the deadline, business leaders have had a relatively long time to digest just how a no deal Brexit could affect their industry. By analysing customer spending habits, we have seen businesses across the logistics sector strategically stockpile and more effectively manage key goods in anticipation for a no deal.

By effectively stockpiling goods, many businesses within the logistics industry have safeguarded their ability to make sales margins – with the only net affect being that businesses might have to wait a little longer for their goods to arrive. Just so long as there is good and clear communication between both parties, both can prepare and plan accordingly.

Whilst stricter border control and increased lead times are likely inevitable, one thing that remains for sure is that logistics is the central framework to the majority of UK business. The FTA’s Peter Snelling recently said that “over 90% of everything the public eat, drink, wear and build with travels on an HGV at some point in the supply chain.” In short, there will simply always be a requirement for logistics and consumer demand won’t simply go away in the case of a no deal Brexit.

The most important preventative measure the logistics industry can take is to address the skills shortage. As an aging workforce with few young entrants, it is now more important than ever for the industry to encourage and educate the younger generation to embark on a career in this vast-growing sector, with multiple opportunities to progress up the ladder.

Here at Vidu, we specialise in video recruitment for the logistics sector and have worked with some of the biggest organisations in the world to help place the right candidates for the right roles. If you are looking for a career in the logistics sector, get in touch with us today and we can help you to create a recruitment profile to make you stand out from the crowd.