SHD Logistics has released a definitive list of the most influential logisticians in the UK. The Logistics 100, compiled by an independent judging panel, is measured on a variety of criteria, centred by operational strength. The key considerations also include influence, driving change, engagement, rising star potential and outside influencers, the latter two with which SHD has compiled separate lists for.
Members of the 2019 Logistics 100 give their thoughts on the most pressing issues within their sectors. This week, we hear from Lidl UK head of distribution and recycling Matt Tighe.
Head of Distribution & Recycling
Matt leads the distribution & recycling operations for Lidl UK. Matt has a Degree in Transport Operations & Technology. He joined Lidl Ireland in 2009 prior to moving to Lidl UK in 2014.
SHD: How can the industry further improve in terms of environmental sustainability within warehouse operations?
Matt: Transport is currently one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions. Investment is needed in alternative fuel infrastructure to make the use of gas vehicles a more viable option for logistics operations. As things stand, gas fuelling stations are limited which makes nationwide usage of alternative fuel vehicles less attractive.
SHD:Lidl opened a new distribution centre in Avonmouth, Bristol in November 2018, servicing the west of the country. How much of a challenge is it currently for retailers like yourself to find a distribution centre that is the right size and location for your logistics operation?
Matt: Sourcing warehouse space is extremely challenging in the current climate. Uncertainty surrounding Brexit has lead to a number of companies stockpiling which has added pressure to an already lean market. Having said that, Lidl is in a strong position due to ongoing investment in warehouse infrastructure which will safeguard the logistics operations for years to come.
Read the full feature and list in the SHD January 2019 issue.