Top Logistics Lessons 2021

Why You Need Professional Logistics For 2021

2020 was certainly a tumultuous year, filled with surprises and incredible changes that have no doubt led your business down a very different path than the one you began upon in January. If 2020 has taught UK business anything, it’s the importance of logistics to stay afloat. There’s no doubt an unprecedented amount of businesses that will have locked down for good, so to speak, without an eCommerce platform and delivery service. As the very last Christmas presents find their way to their new homes, and we prepare for the finale of this year of twists and turns, let’s recap the lessons 2020 has taught us and how a professional logistics team like JustYDL can make 2021 just that much easier for your business.

1.      Logistical Needs Can Change At A Moment’s Notice

From supply shortages to increased delivery demand, every aspect of the logistical chain can change at a moment’s notice. This is true regardless of current events, but a global pandemic has indeed highlighted this unavoidable truth for businesses across the UK. Your logistical needs will change, and you need a delivery partner ready to adapt with them. As lockdowns continue into early next year, thankfully with a vaccine in sight, trust our vast array of shipping options here at JustYDL. For top-quality shipping, including Hazchem and pallet shipping, contact us today.

2.      Current Events Impact Logistics

Obvious, but vital to remember. Your business might be dealing with agriculture, but the current medical crisis will affect it. You need to be prepared as a business to stay in tune with the world around you to ensure you can continue to operate efficiently and effectively no matter what changes 2021 will bring. For example, the possibility of a no-deal Brexit leaves future trade and shipping between the UK and the EU in a serious state of uncertainty. Allow logistics experts to handle the headaches, so you can continue to deliver to your customers the best products around.

3.      Customers Demand Quality Logistics

Next-Day, Same-day, Yesterday, customers want their items as soon as possible. COVID has shown us that the seller that can get items out the quickest will always prevail. Just look at the fiasco around the PS5 and Series X launch. Passionate customers are willing to pay thousands on top of the retail price to third-party sellers due to a lack of stock. Shipping complications in this eCommerce-dominated world will cost you countless sales. Every out-of-stock item, week-plus delivery time can irrevocably damage your customers’ loyalty. Ensure you can meet the demand with our JustYDL delivery options designed to ensure your products are reaching customers in a timeframe and budget your business needs.

 

If you are to take any lesson away from 2020, let it be this one. Logistics are more important than ever at this time and your business must put its best foot forward to ensure its survival. JustYDL is ready to serve your business, with logistics packages tailored to suit your business requirements. After all, we’re the people who ensure your needs are “Handled with Care- by People that Care”. Contact us today to begin your journey with us.

Hazchem Shipping Guide

Hazchem Shipping Guide

Here at YDL, we are proud to be a member of the Hazchem Network. The Hazchem network is the only pallet network solely dedicated to chemicals, incorporating some of the biggest names in UK hazardous goods. But what is Hazchem shipping? In this post, we’ll walk you through what Hazchem shipping is and how we comply.

What is Hazchem shipping?

Common Hazchem shipping is known as ADR shipping. ADR, short for Accord européen relatif au transport international des marchandises Dangereuses par Route (European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road), is a UNECE regulation covering the shipment of hazardous materials. The main aspects of the regulation one must comply with are Annexes A and B. ‘A’ covers the overall packaging of a hazardous good, including its container and labelling. ‘B’ covers the vehicle of transportation, including its construction and operation. These annexes are updated frequently to ensure the safety of Hazchem transport is constantly improved and maintained.

What do ADR regulations cover?

Since it entered into force in 1968, ADR shipping has grown and adapted to cover a multitude of materials. These materials are divided into certain classes. These are as follows:

  • Class 1 Explosive substances and articles, includes:
    • Mass Explosion Hazards (e.g Dynamite, Nitroglycerine, etc.)
    • Minor Fire/Projection Hazards (e.g. Ammunition, fireworks, etc.)

And more

  • Class 2 Gases, includes:
    • Flammable gases (e.g. butane, propane, acetylene)
    • Non-flammable and non-toxic, likely to cause asphyxiation (e.g. nitrogen, CO2) or oxidisers (e.g. oxygen)
    • Toxic (e.g. chlorine, phosgene)
  • Class 3 Flammable liquids, includes:
    • Acetone
    • Paints
    • Gasoline
    • Perfume
    • Any liquid with a flashpoint <60° Celsius
  • Class 4.1 Flammable solids, self-reactive substances, and solid desensitized explosives includes:
    • Safety matches
    • Magnesium

And more

  • Class 4.2 Substances liable to spontaneous combustion, includes:
    • White phosphorus
    • Aluminium alkyls

And more

  • Class 4.3 Substances which, in contact with water, emit flammable gases, includes:
    • Sodium
    • Calcium
    • Potassium
    • Calcium Carbide

And more

  • Class 5.1 Oxidizing substances, includes:
    • Calcium hypochlorite
    • Ammonium nitrate
    • Hydrogen peroxide

And more

  • Class 5.2 Organic peroxides, includes:
    • Hydroperoxides
    • Peroxy acids
    • Diacyl peroxides

And more

  • Class 6.1 Toxic substances which could cause death or serious injury to human health if inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed via the skin
    • Potassium cyanide
    • Mercuric oxide

And more

  • Class 6.2 Infectious substances
    • Virus cultures
    • Used needles
    • Pathology specimens

And more

  • Class 7 Radioactive material, including substances or combinations of substances which emit ionizing radiation, including:
    • Uranium
    • Plutonium

And more

  • Class 8 Corrosive substances that can severely corrode certain metals and/or dissolve organic tissue, including:
    • Sulfuric acid
    • Hydrochloric acid
    • Potassium hydroxide
    • Sodium hydroxide

And more

  • Class 9 Miscellaneous dangerous substances and articles that do not fall into a prior category
    • Asbestos
    • Air-bag inflators
    • Dry ice

And more

 

Each hazardous material has its own defined symbol that must be shown on the front and rear of any vehicle transporting Hazchem materials, and on all four sides of a freight container. The 100mm labels must also be displayed on the proper packaging of the hazardous materials.

 

We hope this guide has helped introduce you to the basics of Hazchem shipping. For the best Hazchem shipping, including ADR-compliant: Time Critical, International and Next Working Day Shipping trust us at YDL today.