A brief history and look at transport logistics 

A brief history and look at transport logistics  Transcentral

We pride ourselves on delivering the very best service within the transport logistics and storage sector. Offering UK and European same day delivery services, multi-drop delivery, ADR transportation and over 82,00 sqft of secure warehouse space, our impressive fleet of modern lorries with distinctive branding can be seen up and down the country’s road networks collecting and delivering a wide range of goods.

Although we can boast over 20 years experience, the history of transport logistics actually dates back to the Industrial Revolution as our latest article explains. 

The early years

Hauliers and couriers have been an essential part of the UK’s logistics industry for centuries. In the early days, horses and carts were used to transport goods across the country and then with the advent of the motor vehicle, haulage companies began to emerge, transporting goods by road. The Second World War saw significant growth in the industry, with the need to transport supplies to the warfront and in the post-war era, haulage companies continued to grow, with many becoming national or even international brands.

Heavy Goods Vehicles 

Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) have been integral to the UK economy for many years as lorries became larger and more powerful to meet the growing demands of the economy.  Around 1912 we saw the invention of pneumatic (or air-filled) tyres, which made the ride for drivers much more comfortable, and made actually driving them pleasant. It also made them faster, which sped up the whole shipping and freighting process. This small innovation was absolutely key in creating the success of the HGV industry we see today.

The 1920’s compulsory lights law also saw a huge shift in the transportation of heavy goods as it was now safe for HGV drivers to drive through the night, effectively doubling the amount of time they could work and how quickly they could make deliveries.

 In the 1950s HGV lorries became more streamlined for fuel efficiency and in the 1960s and 1970s, the government introduced regulations to improve safety, such as speed limits and restrictions on the weight of lorries. Today, HGV lorries are an indispensable part of the UK logistics industry, with over 490,000 licensed HGVs on the roads in 2020 according to the Department for Transport.

Over the last few years, the industry concluded that, among available technology choices for the decarbonisation of heavy duty road freight transport, natural gas was the most mature in terms of commercial deployment, but that manufacturers and policies had begun to lean in favour of electrification. When natural gas is used in HGVs instead of diesel, the vehicles output 15 per cent less CO2 (per km) than their diesel counterparts, so natural gas engines are not a long-term solution. The push on launching zero-carbon electric truck models, based both on battery and hydrogen fuel cell drivetrain technologies is led by the EUP and globally, policy is pushing both infrastructure development and vehicle transition via fuel standards, emission targets and incentives.

Supply chain 

Warehousing in the UK is a crucial component of the supply chain industry, responsible for the storage of goods and materials before they are transported to their final destination and with the growth of e-commerce, the demand for warehousing in the UK has increased significantly, with e-commerce companies requiring additional space for storage and distribution. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has further accelerated demand as more consumers turned to online shopping, and the need for efficient and timely deliveries became critical. The UK warehouse market is highly competitive, with major players such as Amazon, Ocado, and DHL operating large-scale warehouse facilities across the country and the growth of e-commerce has also sparked innovation in warehousing technology, with the implementation of automation and robotics to increase efficiency and reduce costs. The advent of technology, such as computerised tracking and GPS, has transformed the industry in recent years and despite the challenges posed by Brexit and the pandemic, the UK warehousing industry remains resilient and is expected to continue to grow.

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We have over 82,000 sqft of secure warehouse space sectored into 3 separate warehouses, and this coupled with our modern fleet of vehicles, from vans to articulated lorries we provide a delivery service that meets all commercial needs at any time of day, operating 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

For further information on our full range of transport logistics services please contact us here.

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