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[post_content] => January is the time of year when people take stock of their lives and resolve to do better. But New Year’s resolutions are often not kept. In any case, the idea that making a decision to be better in some way can make you a better person overall is, to be frank, fatuous. So this year I will not becoming vegan, I will not be having a Dry January, and I will not be shaving my beard.
But perhaps HCB can offer a resolution or two that would improve the industry. Here’s one: transport companies could remind their drivers to do a walkaround of their vehicles before leaving the yard. There is a whole lot of enforcement issues that could be avoided, simply by checking the load, fire extinguishers, personal protective equipment and the Instructions in Writing. Drivers used to do it – have they forgotten?
And there’s something else. As I was writing up my report from the European Chemical Transport Association’s (ECTA) Annual Meeting, which took place in Düsseldorf, Germany last November, I noticed something I had scribbled in the margin: we were still talking about the same old issues.
Don’t get me wrong: the ECTA Annual Meeting is always a fascinating and instructive day, as our report on the event demonstrates. But some of the same topics came up again, notably driver shortages, the need to take advantage of advances in IT, and the keep to build trust across the supply chain and for all participants to be more open with the information they have.
These three points have something in common. They are all to do with identifying and removing inefficiencies in the chemical supply chain, particularly in the transport of goods by road. And the ECTA meeting did address them in some ways. For instance, shortening gate-to-gate times at loading and unloading points can make drivers more productive, helping to reduce the pressure to hire more drivers. ECTA itself has also been at the forefront of the development of the new electronic European Cleaning Document, the eECD, which leverages the power of digitisation to reduce paperwork and inefficiencies in the transmission of crucial information on tank cleaning between the various participants in the chain.
Those are, though, only two illustrations of what can happen if the chemical industry and its logistics partners approach the well known blockages in the system with an open mind. And there was still no sign that the need for more openness between supply chain partners (and, if the problem is to be addressed to the fullest extent possible, supply chain competitors) has any solution.
The need for trust and greater openness in the chemical supply chain is nothing new; we have been writing about it for more than ten years, and there are examples of how neutral platforms can give participants more confidence that the information they need to share will not be used by others to gain an unfair advantage. And yet, after all this time, both shippers and logistics providers display a reluctance to share that information.
HCB is now entering its 40th year of continuous publication. Looking back, I can see how attitudes have changed over those four decades. The current attitude to trust in the supply chain also needs to change. Perhaps I could persuade you to resolve to be more open with each other. Peter Mackay
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New Year’s Resolution from the Editor
// By Peter Mackay on 4 Jan 2019
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