Taking a moment to deliver the summer - by Pippa Shepherd, Director of Membership, FTA

Posted on: Thursday, 14 July 2016 by Alice Bayford

Take a look at our infographic and see how logistics continues delivering the summer.

Sat on centre court at Wimbledon, with strawberries and cream in my hand and the sun shining – if only for an hour – it’s difficult to imagine that the nation is going through times of such uncertainty. Lots of questions to be answered and assurances to be made throughout our industry and…

And then our man came on to court. Huge cheers from the crowd and we’d begun – thoughts of uncertainty soon disappeared. Through all the different walks of life, different opinions and difficult choices over the last few months we were all here for the same reason.

Shoe laces were retied, sports bottles chucked under the chair, towels flung to the ball boy and tennis balls flying around the court I couldn’t help but feel proud that none of this would be happening without the other guys. The guys that you don’t see – but who those in logistics know are always present. The shippers that ensured the fresh fruit was transported at exactly the right climate to cater for the thousands of spectators, the lorry drivers that travelled numerous nights to deliver enough equipment to make the tournament a success and the duty of the operations manager to keep everything on time and deal with any hurdles along the way.

So yes, we have a lot of work to do up ahead to get the big questions answered but for just one day this was certainly my reminder of the impact the logistics industry has on everyone and everything. Days out to tournaments that unite the UK like no other, keeping my family safe and prepared this summer from delivering flip flops to sun lotion to beach towels and allowing me to step away from the stress of daily life with picnic hampers full of fresh produce.

I might work in the logistics industry from 9 – 5 but the logistics industry continues to work for me 24/7.

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(The views and opinions expressed by the authors of these blogs are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Freight Transport Association)

 

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