Would the UK be able to Survive without Transport Logistics?

Posted by Yasmeen Hassoun 5 Jun, 2017

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Have you ever considered what the world would look like without transport logistics? Logistics not only surrounds and impacts our businesses and working life, but the whole population’s everyday living and survival.

What would we do without you? How many aspects would change in people’s everyday life without transport logistics?

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Around 60% of fruit and vegetable is imported into the UK via air freight, HGV’s, ship and rail. This includes bananas, apples, oranges, potatoes and onions. Without the transportation of everyday items, the population would have scarce access to food and drink, and supermarkets would be empty. Without our transport logistic companies, people would have to travel hundreds of miles for basic necessities.

The UK re-exports a wide range of fruits to countries such as Ireland, France and the Netherlands, transport aids the UK to provide these foods to these countries which in hand creates income and jobs playing a part in building the economy.

It is important to consider those foods created in the UK by our very own factories, however even foods manufactured in British factories contain ingredients imported from across the world such as chocolate bars containing cocoa, palm oil and salt. Transport not only creates the possibility to import these ingredients, but also delivers food across the country to supermarkets and homes. Transport logistics plays an important role in the food and drink market, with the constant growing need for transportation of stock and timely deliveries, the market would suffer with no ability to expand to meet consumer needs.


On average, each UK household produces over a tonne of waste each year, not to mention the industrial, construction and commercial waste produced by businesses across the nation. Without transportation of rubbish the whole nation would be uncontrollable and recycling would be impossible. According to RecyclingBins at recyclingbins.co.uk, every year 18 million tonnes of waste is landfilled in UK sites. Where would this waste go without the transportation arrangement? Environmental and health issues would become severe and businesses would suffer without the ability to dispose and recycle waste.


Over 10 billion pounds worth of pharmaceuticals are transported into the UK yearly with this constantly increasing. This transportation includes air and road travel. Without the ability to transport various medications across the nation, our health care would suffer tremendously; pharmacies would be unable to receive medications which would mean essential treatments would be unavailable to the public.

Transportation of blood and organs, necessary for life saving procedures would be impossible without the correct operations; logistics ensures essential timely delivery of these crucial life changing items.


Transport logistics provides raw materials to a multitude of locations across the country, supplying construction workers with necessary materials. Raw materials are vital for construction projects, without the sufficient materials we would have nothing to build with, which would mean no housing, offices or any other buildings. Without transport logistics, access to these materials would be difficult; construction would be delayed or near impossible and civilisation as we know it would cease to exist.


Oil and coal is a necessity to our everyday modern life, 63 million tons of coal is burnt in power stations each year, 70% of the coal is transported by train. Without the transportation of oil and coal, essential aspects such as heating, electricity, water, cooked food and energy would be unavailable. Oil is driven across various locations throughout the UK enabling consumers’ access by providing petrol in petrol stations across the nation. Despite coping without these factors thousands of years ago, we have now come to rely on it and have built our lives and businesses around it. Without electricity, tasks such as using the toilet, storing food in refrigerators or turning on the heating would be impossible. Without logistics and the ability to provide the necessities for electricity and power, everybody would be completely lost and unable to sustain a normal living life.

Electricity is the running force for innovative solutions that have gradually improved our lives throughout the years, allowing humans to adapt and discover a tremendous amount of factors such as advanced technology. For your own businesses in the logistics industry, electricity has allowed processes to become increasingly efficient, creating better use of time. This has been achieved through software such as the transport management system which brings greater transport efficiency and delivery service to diverse markets. Aside from OBS Logistics being centred on logistics, without all the factors mentioned such as power, construction and electricity, we would not exist either. All of these factors ring true to each of our businesses and in our case centre our whole purpose.

Over 1.6 million people are employed in Logistics in the UK.

Although the populations average knowledge and understanding for logistics is minimal, to imagine the impact if your business did not exist is tremendous. Each and every little or large piece of the supply chain helps to create a fully functional nation. When you break down the details behind each of these aspects discussed, it is easy to be reminded of how the Logistics community is one of the most successful industries in the UK.

These aspects are only the beginning of how logistics impacts the nation; can you suggest any other factors that would be impossible without logistics? Like our page on LinkedIn here for more interesting information on transport logistics or   subscribe to our blog to ensure you receive our posts directly.

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