SRA have a number of staff with specialist interests in freight, with experience in training and general supply chain management.
SRA have developed marketing strategies for logistics training organisations in the light of future industry needs (for example for Thurrock Council in relation to the needs of the Thames Gateway) and have recently submitted evidence to the House of Commons Transport Committee about ways to address driver shortages (see link)
SRA research has showing growing support for a day time rather than a night time lorry ban amongst London residents and businesses. A contract with TfL to advise companies on travel plans and strategies for deliveries during the Olympics also highlighted this issue as a possible option beyond the Olympic period and ongoing research is exploring public attitudes to this idea.
A key need within the freight industry is for better co-operation between companies – not just for finding backloads but throughout the whole supply chain. SRA are working on a pilot project in this area designed to test consumer reaction to dynamic delivery pricing.