CILT sets up supply chain resources database

To help the UK’s supply chain better respond to demand during the coronavirus outbreak, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) has set up a database for organisations in urgent need of supply chain resources.

The database has been set up following the CILT’s call to action for cross-sector collaboration with information made up by industry. It supports the profession in making sure UK supply chains are able to respond quickly and efficiently to the current, rapidly evolving landscape.

The CILT database is designed to link those in need with service providers. Those with capacity can reach out to organisations in need including the NHS and grocery retail sector.

Over 500 individuals and organisations have responded to the call by the CILT. Those in need can access the database and contact any matches directly. Those with available resources such as drivers, vehicles, warehousing space or expertise, can put their details on the database.

Kevin Richardson FCILT, Chief Executive, CILT, says: “We have seen a rapid pivot in operational needs, with demands on the logistics sector soaring as home delivery and pharmaceutical supply chains are put under pressure.

“Conversely, as home working grows, so demand for public transport has fallen. We believe as a profession we can work together to meet this challenge.”

Transport Minister Baroness Vere said: “Our response to the coronavirus outbreak is dependent on keeping the UK’s supply chain moving – so that our supermarkets can stay stocked up, and the NHS can access vital medicines.

“It’s incredible to see people working together to ensure drivers, vans and warehouse space are available to the organisations who need them. This sort of collaboration demonstrates the best of Britain.”