The business group which represents the logistics industry is reassuring UK consumers and businesses that the supply chain is capable of handling challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, as Elizabeth de Jong, FTA’s Policy Director, is keen to point out, the integrity of the supply chain can only be maintained with the support of government and some elements of flexibility to keep goods flowing.
“Logistics is one of the UK’s most flexible and adaptable industries,” she explains, “and is used to reacting to extreme disruption caused by environmental factors, fuel shortages and employment strikes.
“Our members are working closely with customers to keep things moving and the message is clear – there is plenty of everything the country needs to continue working and living, providing people do not panic buy. Logistics operates a very lean business model, with deliveries made “just in time” to keep prices as low as possible, but empty shelves does not mean that stock is not on its way.
“There are particular challenges posed by the potential of illness and self-isolation of workers within the supply chain, but our members are keen to reassure their customers that they will make every effort to ensure any disruption is minimised.”