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Why Is Transportation Important?

A world without transport is one none of us has ever experienced in the 21st century. Even in the most out of the way villages you will see a car in a driveway. Moving into the city you can’t help but be bombarded with transport, cars, buses, trams, metro, trains, tuk tuk’s.

But why do we need it? Has Transport really improved our 21st century?

Well… Yes. The world we live in today would not be possible without the use of transportation and the innovations that have come from it. Mobility, travel and economic activity depend on it.

Without the cars, planes, trains and buses we’d struggle to get from place to place in the way we do now. It’s not as if we can walk to different cities or countries in a timely fashion. Millions of people depend on these vessels to go to work, home and to go about their daily businesses. Transportation provides efficient ways to transport people to wherever they need or want to go.

Having transport at any given time can help increase economic activity. Most industries and business’s require transportation to take and receive goods and raw materials in order to maintain a profit and keep a steady business, therefore an income. A lot of the time with speed. Economic growth depends on the availability of transport, it allows more trade to go out to a wider spread of consumers, making them able to obtain goods from a range of distances.

With so many people in the world, transport provides many opportunities of employment. Such as train drivers, deliveries, cabin crew, captains, piolets, conductors and people behind the scenes, in traffic control for example. It’s rare a job won’t have any needed transport.

Transportation is a good way to improve a location. Better access to transport increases a place’s popularity and there forth growth. It’s why so many roads and bridges seem to pop up everywhere you go. This reduces travel costs for businesses and consumers creating easier way for us to get what need or go to it.

Due to transport we live in the fast paced world we do. Where we can get pizza at 2am from a guy on a motorbike and run for trains at 8am.

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History Of Transport

Planes, trains and automobiles – without the huge assortment of transportation options that we now use every single day, it’s hard to imagine how the modern world would function. From keeping to traders in business to helping us visit family and friends, the evolution of transport has been hugely significant, so with that in mind we’re going to take a look at it’s history.

Early Innovations

Most of the earliest methods of transportation were small wheeled vehicles that could be pulled along by animals such as donkeys and horses – these were probably in use as early as the 5th millennium BC, and carried us through all the way up until the 17th Century.

That’s when Ferdinand Verbiest invented his steam powered vehicle, the worlds first ‘auto-mobile’. Fast forward a little further, to 1873, and you start to see functional steam-powered vehicles carrying groups of passengers and actually populating the roads.

Approaching the Modern Age

Around the same time that we were transitioning from horse-drawn vehicles to steam powered ones, the invention of the railway took the country – and the world – by storm. William James is credited as ‘The Father of the Railway’ for his development, in the early 1800s, of many designs which would later become reality, and in 1828 the railway began to be seen as a popular method of travelling, but also of distributing goods across the country en masse.

During the 19th Century the world also saw the invention of steam ships and, as the railways had helped to close the distance between different parts of the country these vessels helped to close the distance between different parts of the world. These new inventions became templates for the modern vehicles that we use today.

Into the 21st Century

Eventually, of course, these steam powered crafts were replaced by motor vehicles, and transportation options became far more efficient and safe – meaning that the options we have available today are incredibly effective not just on a commercial level, but also an industrial one. That said, each part of the process has been essential for creating our modern transport links – so next time you’re jumping in a taxi or waiting for the bus, spare a thought for the inventors and engineers who made it all possible.



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Safety in a Warehouse!

Health and safety is a high priority in any workplace. Warehouses, when properly managed, are safe working environments; there are many potential threats, but all are avoidable. Warehouse health and safety standards are well established and designed primarily to avoid accidents and injury and secondly to minimise the effects should anything go wrong. Listed below are some key considerations to ensure you get through the day accident free.

The overall upkeep of the warehouse will reduce many risks. Ensuring walkways well lit and clear of loose debris and boxes will decrease the likelihood of trips and falls. Anti-slip floor tape and guard rails should also be implemented where appropriate. Asbestos should be properly contained or, ideally, removed.

Care should be taken to correctly manage waste disposal. Sharps bins are used to store glass waste, commonly from light fittings – shards of glass kept in rubbish bags is an accident waiting to happen. Likewise, hazardous waste is stored in containers, usually drums, for safe removal by a qualified waste disposal worker.

Every warehouse should keep at least one spillage kit which must be accessible and subject to regular maintenance checks to ensure there is no shortage of any of its contents; typically gloves, trays and absorbent sheets to soak up any liquid spills. Spillages can cause slips, falls and where the material is hazardous, more serious injury.

First aid kits and eye-wash stations should also be kept for use in the event of any minor injuries and to minimise the effects of accidental chemical exposure. Given the nature of warehouse work, small cuts to the fingers and arms are inevitable. However, these can lead to infection and should therefore be sanitised and covered before work continues.

Fire safety equipment is another important consideration. Regular checks of the fire detection system as well as practicing drills will greatly reduce the threat of injury in the event of a fire. Fire blankets, extinguishers and manual alarms should also be made available to stop small fires become large-scale.

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) must be issued to suit the risks posed in each workplace and for each task. Steel toe-capped boots, hard hats, protective gloves, safety glasses and hi-vis clothing are all examples of PPE. PPE could mean the difference between a small accident and a serious, even fatal, injury.

Most importantly, any employee working in a warehouse should have good knowledge and awareness of the potential risks, accident protocol and emergency procedures specific to their workplace. Health and safety is everyone’s responsibility. Correct lifting techniques such as bending the legs rather than the back and avoiding twisting the body will reduce straining the neck and back which are the most common workplace injuries.

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A General Day For A Distribution Driver.

A distribution driver has the important job of delivering products, and making sure to meet the costumers expectations. This is an important and demanding job, that can start early in the morning, and end late at night.

A typical day for a distribution driver starts early. The alarm could go off at 04.00 am, and you could be expected to be at work by 05.00 am. Usually you would want a shower and some coffee to wake yourself up. It’s important to be awake when you are going to spend most of your day on the road.

After this the driver has to plan their day in order to reach all their destinations. This could be the same route they do every day, or a completely new route. They would then have to plan how they will get to each place, plot in breaks and how long it will take them.

Once the plan is made, the driver needs to inspect the vehicle to see that it is safe to drive. After this they need to load the cargo onto the vehicle. This is very demanding as there could be a lot of heavy cargo. At maybe 07.30 am the delivery driver sets off on their journey. This could be a local route, or they could be going up and down the country.

Along the way safe driving is key. There would be no point in driving recklessly and possibly causing an accident in order to get there a couple of minutes earlier. Good planning is important for this. If the drive is planned correctly, they should get there in time regardless. Especially nowadays with GPS, when you can plot in your route and find an estimated time of arrival.

It is also important to take frequent breaks as a distribution driver. There are stops along the motorways where you can rest if you feel you need to, and some large vans even have beds. They are encouraged to take rests and sleep if it gets late so that accidents don’t happen.

No two days are the same as a distribution driver. One day you could be making small stops all over the place, another day you could be doing long stretches of driving and hardly any stops. Anything could happen along the way. There could be traffic disruptions, queues, rush hours, diversions and delays.

In the UK you are restricted not to drive on duty for more than 11 hours, and after 5 hours and 30 minutes of driving you have to take a 30 minute rest. These are the rules the distribution drivers must follow.

The length of the days can vary every day, and some days you could be doing a 16 hour shift. You could expect to be home about 18.00 -20.00 pm.


Teddy’s Warehouse Related Accident

Fork lift driver Teddy is due to finish his shift. He’s just received a saucy text from his girlfriend and wants to get home ASAP. Using mobile phones while working on the fork lift truck is against the rules, but everyone seems to do it anyway and Teddy’s the most proficient driver at Chemicals Ltd; if anyone can text and drive, it’s him. Carelessly, he leaves his current load – palletised barrels of chemical waste – on a walkway in a blind spot.

Fork lift driver Martin starts his shift as Teddy leaves. They nod to each other and Martin gets to work carrying out the relevant safety inspections – acceleration, brakes, pneumatics – all check out fine. He signs off the paperwork and relieves Teddy.

Their boss, seeing the load abandoned by Teddy, steps off the walkway and onto the warehouse floor to inspect the barrels. This is dangerous as there are many electric fork lift trucks in the warehouse. Electric motors are very quiet and the noise level in the place is high enough that it’s hard to hear them coming.

Martin, a little too confident in his fork lifting abilities, reverses out with his load of barrels and zooms off before lowering his forks fully. This means the his view is obscured, and if he hits anyone, he’ll do some serious damage. The weight of his load and the machine amount to around four tonnes, and he’s travelling with that weight at head height. Luckily he doesn’t collide with a co-worker but does hit the chemical barrels left by Teddy, stopping just short of crushing his boss but showering him in acid.

Load still raised, Martin tries to swerve the fork lift truck away from doing further damage but his machine is unbalanced. Travelling with a raised load gives a high centre of balance and makes tipping over easy. He tries to jump out and away from the tipping truck but is caught by the carriage frame surrounding the operating seat – something known as the mousetrap. He is crushed to death instantly. His boss, meanwhile, screams in agony as his skin melts away until he is reduced to little more than a fleshy skeleton.

This disaster was entirely preventable. Errors made include:

  • Teddy storing a load unsafely

  • Martin incorrectly operating his fork life truck

  • Their boss straying from the walkway

Warehouse safety is everybody’s responsibility; though Teddy had already vacated the building, his carelessness indirectly caused two deaths. All employees must follow correct protocol and remain vigilant in order to ensure safety of themselves and others.

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The Warehouse Distribution Process

Within this post we will be discussing the warehouse distribution process. This is a process that can change depending on each company, but the over all concept stays the same.

It begins with the collection; all items that the business wish to have and sell are picked up and received by the company. This enables them to be put up for sale by the company and eventually it will result in an income for the business.

When a customer places an order on a specific item or on several different ones, it is the business job to organise which products have been sold and need to be sent off. The items are eventually picked up. The next stage is for the purchases to be sent over to the packing process, which involves them being packed and labelled.

Moving on the item is then picked up and loaded onto the business own truck. Next is where technology comes in useful, a computer will track the location of the products and this enables tracking for the customer. Tracking is a new modern technique that has become extremely useful in our lifestyles nowadays. It enables the customer to locate the exact place of their order, they can see if it has been packed, picked up etc.

After being loaded onto the truck all items are scanned and moved, therefore everything will match, physically and virtually.

Within the UK, the royal mail is the leading delivery service therefore after being sent out from the business the item will be in the hands of the Royal mail who will take it directly to the customers’ address. This is how the customer will receive their products.

Often events /situations can occur that make this process a little more complex. For example, the customer may not be in at the time of delivery. If this happens and the item has to be signed for then the product will be sent back to the local post office. The customer will be posted a note, stating the situation and they will be asked to collect it themselves.

To conclude, the warehouse distribution process is simple yet very affective. It is important for every team member to complete their job correctly and within the right time frame. If this is not the case the cycle becomes disconnected and will result in a loss of business and income for all business involved.

Jim Blundell – Long Service and Good Conduct

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Jim Blundell has worked for the John K Philips Group for just over 25 years – and – as well as receiving his ‘Gong’ he has also received a brand new 15 reg. artic vehicle as seen in the photograph above.

“Jim is not getting the new vehicle for being here 25 years, said John Philips, Managing Director, he is getting it for being good at what he does – Getting the job done”.

Jim joined the John K Philips Group Limited in April 1990 and has had continuous services with the Company since then. The Operations Manager of the Company, John Hardman, said that loyalty should work both ways and Jim has certainly shown his loyalty to the Company with his commitment and dedication over the years and the new vehicle confirms the trust the Company has in Jim.

Jim is one of the most popular drivers in the Company who’s cool and professional approach to his job underlies a determination to get the job done on a right first time basis.

Congratulations and well done Jim.

New Food Standard Warehouse.

Over the last 2 months, we have had our ‘A’ Shed converted from a standard warehouse unit into a Food Standard Warehouse.

This has meant using a variety of professional tradesmen to build new walls, seal and insulate the ceiling, shot blast the floor, clean and paint all walls and steelwork structures and seal the floor with a high grade floor sealant.

The electrics have been given a new lease of life, light fittings protected against blown bulbs and falling glass and the security systems has been improved with a selected ‘fob’ entry system.

Finally, we have installed the latest ‘MyRentokil’ automated online reporting system for complete pest control through-out ‘A’ Shed.

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We are sure that everyone who sees these photographs will agree that ‘A’ Shed has been converted from a very ordinary warehouse to something quite spectacular. (Some may say – Beautiful)

This has now been racked through-out and Customer product stored in the racking.

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New Appointments within John K Philips

We are pleased to announce that John Hardman and Karen Barker have been appointed Operations and Assistant Operations Managers within the Company. These are challenging positions, but they have both proved, over the years, that they are capable of facing up to the challenges in the industry and we know they can take the Company another step forward.

John and Karen have over 25 years’ experience working for the John K Philips Group Limited between them and both have been integral in the development and growth of the Company in the recent years. They are very experienced in transport, freight, warehousing and logistic operations having worked with some well-known Companies prior to joining JKP. This wealth of knowledge has allowed them to bring new ideas into the business and to streamline the systems and procedures suitable for a professional transport and warehousing company in the 21st Century.

We congratulate them and wish them well for the future.

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Celebrating Jack’s 18th Birthday


Jack Robert Cardwell – Coming of Age

Jack, who is an apprentice employee at the John K Philips Group Limited, St. Helens, was 18 on Sunday the 26th July 2015 but started his celebrations way before then. The first week in July he spent 7 days with friends, party-ing in Turkey between the 2nd and 9th. Then, on the Friday before his Birthday, there was a mini celebration held in the offices with all his work colleagues (see photograph) before finishing work and having a wonderful weekend with all his mates doing everything an 18 year old would do.

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Jack returned to work the following week, older, some might say wiser and everyone agrees – POORER.

Jack started his employment at the JKP Group Ltd in October 2014 as an apprentice office staff assistant and has already worked his way up into the Customer Services Department of the Group dealing with and communicating with, the Groups Customers on a daily basis.

Jack went to Cowley International College where he attained A*’s, B’s & C’s in 8 subjects and was really pleased when he was offered the chance to work at the John K Philips Group Limited.

He said that “ It is a good place to work here, everyone is very friendly and I am enjoying the work I do”