We were delighted to hear recently of a welcome boost to the UK logistics industry. It seems the pandemic has increased demand for online shopping, which has led to greater need for warehouses and additional units.
Coinadrink Limited the vending machine company works closely with logistics businesses up and down the West Midlands businesses and beyond. If you’re looking to expand your premises, Coinadrink can help keep your team productive in the face of high demand with valuable employee perks.
A welcome boost for the UK logistics industry.
Until now there are over 200,000 logistics enterprises in the UK, employing an approximate figure of 7 million individuals. These are positive stats for what is an important industry, but things are about to get even rosier.
The East Midlands in particular has seen a huge number of new sites, such as a new £150m global hub for Jaguar Land Rover in parts of Leicestershire. There’s also new land being acquired for companies based in Derby.
Colliers have uncovered that over 50m square foot of distribution warehouses were snapped up last year, which is a 3.6% increase on 2020.
There was a point during the pandemic where everyone was pretty much forced to shop online, owing to lockdown and general fear surrounding heading into busy locations. Even now, this shopping method is still largely preferred.
Sure enough, The Office for National Statistics recently shared that UK online retail sales increased to 30.1% of all sales in November 2021, up from 21.6% in the same month before the pandemic struck in 2019.
…that does add more pressure to employees.
With a significant shift to online purchasing, businesses are forced to develop new logistic strategies with little planning time. The pressure on employees has and will continue to increase.
In the United States, there are over 3 million warehouse workers with an estimated demand for over 125,000 more by 2029. Closer to home here in the UK, the number of job openings in transport, logistics and warehousing in 2021 more than doubled the demand in 2019.
As this will continue to decline, it’s crucial for leaders and employers in this industry to stay up to date with HR strategies to ensure their teams deliver the required results.
It is believed that a potential solution to this problem is hiring younger people, largely millennials and Generation Z. These will need training of course, but there is no doubt that the global workforce is getting younger.
Randstad have also found that competitive and meaningful benefit packages are going to be key to attracting – and retaining – star talent needed to get the work done.
Workplace safety will also be a top priority.
How can Coinadrink help the logistics industry?
Whilst many of these benefit packages include aspects such as subsidized dental costs, Coinadrink Limited the vending machine company believes we can assist with improving productivity.
Food and drink have always been seen as a valuable employee perk in the workplace, regardless of whether staff must pay or have complimentary access. It can improve wellbeing and morale, which in turn can lead to a stronger work ethic.
Coinadrink can deliver everything from small coffee machines to a fully managed vending service equipped with hot drinks, fresh food, and snacks. If your logistics site is expanding soon, this may be a valid option for you.
We can also develop a breakout area that dedicates a single location or open space into a hub for employee wellness. This not only has a positive impact on mental health, something companies need to focus on in this post-Covid world, but also helps strengthen relationships amongst colleagues.
Over our 60-year history we have worked closely to improve the culture of businesses operating within the logistics industry. If you want yours to be next in the wake of increased demand for your services, contact us today.
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