A new database has been set up to help match organisations in urgent need of supply chain resources with those that have capacity, aiding the response to the coronavirus crisis.
Developed by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), the database can enable organisations to make available staff, vehicles, warehouse space and expertise to support the supply chain.
More than 500 individuals and organisations have responded to the Institute’s initial call to action so far, and the information provided is being uploaded into the public non-editable resource database.
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.”
Businesses with available resource, drivers, vehicles, warehousing space or expertise can can add their details to the database by completing the online form.
Kevin Richardson, chief executive, CILT, said: “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.”