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3ʳᵈ July 2024

New research reveals the challenges affecting safety and efficiency in the retail logistics and distribution sector

Watco, the UK’s leading industrial paint and repair products specialist, commissioned an independent survey of 250 senior FM professionals to understand how they are navigating the growing complexities of their roles. The research has identified the major challenges encountered by retail logistics and distribution professionals and how they impact their ability to operate safely and efficiently.

The primary factors that pose the largest risk to health and safety include time restraints, damaged floors and the need to comply with changing standards and legislation. Watco's research highlights these challenges and offers solutions for addressing them. Read the free one-page report on Challenges in the retail logistics and distribution sector.

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"FMs in the retail and logistics sector are constantly battling to balance efficiency with customer demand, all while keeping to tight budgets. There are steps that FMs can take to increase productivity without stretching budgets to breaking point. 

To protect vehicles and reduce the risk of trips and falls, FMs should ensure that floors are durable and well-maintained. Even minor surface damage can cause an accident when tripped over, or expensive damage to vehicles if they are driven over. Dividing this responsibility between the facility team and making sure they are all trained on how to report damage will help to minimise costs and protect FM workloads."


Scott Saunders, Technical Service Manager at Watco

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