Priority Freight truck park receives ‘Clearance on Wheels’
Priority Freight, a Dover-based logistics provider for the automotive industry, has announced it has received the ‘Clearance on Wheels’ status for its truck parks and warehouses based in Dover and Coventry. Brought in by the UK government to improve the clearance process at UK borders, the service aims to minimise customs delays by allowing consignees to end their journeys without having to unload the consignment.
According to Priority Freight, this results in both time and financial gains which are enhanced further by “reputational benefits during a time when many vehicle and component manufacturers are struggling to meet demand”.
How have COVID-19 and Brexit affected the supply of goods?
Jamie Brown, Customs Manager at Priority Freight, explains how the supply of goods and transportation of consignments have been impacted by both Brexit and COVID-19.
He said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has limited supply of many goods across the globe, none more palpable than the current chip shortage in automotive but, despite the reduced volumes, customs clearance of imports in and exports out of the UK is still the cause of significant delays.
“Priority Freight has made substantial investments in training existing employees on customs clearance requirements and recruiting a team of experienced customs clearance agents. We implemented these measures early in the Brexit negotiations to ensure we could provide a complete service for the seamless transport of goods across the border. Having achieved full AEO status across the group and obtaining Clearance on Wheels status means that Priority Freight can clear goods much more quickly for our clients where others continue to face delays”, said Brown.
The company also says that, due to post-Brexit workloads, several freight companies were not able to facilitate any additional projects during that time period, but the ‘Clearance on Wheels’ status will help many organisations in the automotive industry to transport their goods more efficiently and effectively at a lower cost.
LogicSource: Elevating the Brand of Sourcing and Procurement
LogicSource, a purpose-built Procurement Services and Technology provider focused exclusively on indirect, or not-for-resale, expenditures has announced the launch of the LogicSource Procurement Council which aims to “elevate the brand of sourcing and procurement”.
LogicSource focuses on goods and services not-for-resale, which typically represent 20% of a company’s revenue and hold great opportunities for improved buying efficiencies.
The LogicSource Procurement Council is an invite-only “Community of Practice” (CoP) for like-minded sourcing and procurement practitioners and leaders looking to discuss industry trends, technologies and market intelligence.
The member-led council will cover topics such as supplier diversity & inclusion, forging relationships between CPOs and CFOs, and leveraging new and innovative Procurement technologies. Current members consist of industry veterans from leading brands such as IBM, Nordstrom, Target, and 21st Century Fox.
“The pace of change in the procurement industry is accelerating daily, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult for industry leaders to stay up to speed on the latest trends and technology,” said Sam Vail, managing partner of LogicSource’s OneMarket technology solution.
“The LogicSource Procurement Council is an opportunity to bring together like-minded professionals to address critical procurement challenges and discuss important strategies to overcome barriers and elevate procurement’s critical role in business operations. It’s our mission to provide our members with the market intelligence, best practices and technologies they need to reduce costs, empower their procurement teams, and demonstrate their value to stakeholders”.
Membership benefits include:
- leadership and networking events
- ad-hoc sessions with LogicSource experts
- a complimentary instance of LogicSource’s OneMarket Portfolio sourcing project management software
- opportunities for career development
Procurement professionals interested in joining the LogicSource Procurement Council can email John DeMattia ([email protected]) for more information.