We love logistics and launched a journal to showcase just how much

Following the publication of the second issue of Talent in Logistics Journal, Mandie McKay and Dan Male, the team behind it speak about their journey in logistics. 

My first job (Dan) was as a delivery driver for a furniture shop. Back in the days of running delivery schedules on scraps of paper without a sat nav, we would reverse pack the van, manage the ever-changing timings of local residents in Daventry and routinely have to reorder the whole day when the sales manager called with an urgent request. However, this taught me many fundamental lessons about logistics which have not changed despite the vast advancement in technology now available.

My first role (Mandie) within the logistics industry was when I worked for a well-known online shopping company. I was a temp and my job was to ring customers and let them know when they could expect their white goods delivery. Customers changed their delivery slots all of the time and I didn’t think this was a big issue until one day I was invited to visit the depot to spend some time with the route planner. All of the routes were created manually at the time which was quite some feat. This experience made me realise the impact of changing one delivery timeslot and how much work it creates for other teams down the supply chain. From that day on I did everything I could to make sure we didn’t have to change any delivery slots unless it was absolutely necessary. I really loved that job and have taken many of the learnings with me. Even now as a customer I do everything I can to make sure someone is home when items are scheduled for delivery.              

We started Talent in Logistics Journal with a simple aim; to celebrate people working in the logistics sector. This involves spotlighting examples of best practice, sharing the journeys of those building careers in the sector and highlighting what needs to change to those making the decisions. 

Mandie is our lead Account Executive and Dan is the Journal Editor. Together, we gather all the pieces necessary to bring this B2B publication to life. 

We do this by bringing together expert thought leadership from industry professionals, training providers, freight operators, public sector regulators, government and everyone in-between. Through conversations with apprentices working their way into a lifelong career in logistics and those who have been here a little while longer, we have heard countless stories about day to day life in the industry. And published many of them. 

It has been a massive learning curve but one that has reaffirmed our mission every step of the way. 

This is a sector facing an image issue. Poor public perception of those working in logistics creates recruitment and diversity problems of its own. Growing issues concerning mental health and wellbeing must be addressed. Pressures to be greener and ever-tightening margins are forcing operators to find new ways of unlocking productivity and efficiency gains. These are the debates we make happen to ensure that all corners of the sector have the opportunity to shape policy in the future. This we will continue to do. Why? Because we love logistics. 

This is an under-recognised sector, it deserves praise for the crucial contribution it makes to the economy and value it adds to our lives. Those working in logistics are the innovators and pioneers fulfilling consumer demands. They are the fuel allowing businesses of all shapes and sizes to keep moving forward. Logistics allows the economy to tick on, giving people an improved quality of life.

We publish the journals to align with three key events in the year: the Attract, Develop and Engage conferences run by our partners at Talent in Logistics. By aligning events with publications, we are seeking to ensure that the key conversations had at workshops and seminars are not lost on the way home. We want to give attendees something to take away, read on the train or share around the office. 

We are now taking this discussion a step further. With our partners, Public Policy Projects, we have now launched a policy roundtable series that is bringing together senior stakeholders from public, private and third sector. Our first such roundtable focused on national infrastructure skills and the challenge of making the Apprenticeship Levy work. The recommendations from this will be taken forward in working groups and consolidated into a white paper and presented to government. 

Aside from high-level discussions, we must ensure that the voices of frontline logistics workers remain prominent throughout our work. Therefore, the Journal will continue to seek out crucial first-hand experiences from those working in the industry.

In other words, and as the name suggests, Talent in Logistics Journal is here to highlight in a vibrant sector, at every level of seniority.

As long as people are working in logistics, we will continue to share actionable insights about the incredible work being done in the sector. With that said, it is time to get back to Issue three! 

If you would like to feature in Talent in Logistics Journal, please get in touch with Mandie at mandie.mckay@dorsonwest.com.