In the wake of the UK’s new EU trade deal, The Financial Times reports on Paul Jackson, who founded his Chiltern Distribution business more than 25 years ago, specialising in storing and transporting products, including food and pharmaceuticals, that need to be temperature-controlled.
“Fresh food is a just-in-time business. We pick up on Monday, to be at a UK supermarket regional distribution centre on Thursday, so product is on the shelves on Friday — it is not clear exactly how that will still operate,” he said.
The combination of delays and handling new paperwork could cause staff retention issues in a field where there are already serious driver shortages.
“Drivers were already stressed keeping up with delivery notes and other paperwork, but with Brexit the responsibilities are that much greater again and some may well just say ‘I’ve had enough’,” he said.