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Women in the Supply Chain

Women in the Supply Chain

Where they’re working, what they’re doing and the current numbers.

The Supply Chain in the UK

The Supply Chain in the UK has endless employment opportunities, employing around two million people in the country (roughly one in 12 people). The careers available are vast and wide, from warehouse and production operatives, professional drivers and engineers to managers and directors across production, manufacturing and logistics.

But where do the women of the United Kingdom fit into the supply chain?

Where do women fit in?

Over the past 40 years, the UK has seen an almost continual rise in the proportion of women in employment. The employment rate among women of ‘prime working age’ (aged 25-54) is up from 57% in 1975 to a record high of 78% in 2017. How does this match up in the supply chain though? Currently, the total number of women working in the supply chain across all careers is almost 500,000.

What careers are women working in?

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we have explored what careers females are currently working in in the supply chain. What jobs are the most women working? And what roles have a lack of females? Download our Women in the Supply Chain report 2019 now.

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Top 10 craziest dash cam videos

Where would we be without dash cams? Some of the footage they capture is mental, from the hilarious to the downright dangerous. Unsurprisingly, dash cam ownership has gone from 1% to 15% in just 4 years – most insurance companies now accept dash cam footage as evidence of a car incident, it helps people relive near misses and humours happenings, prevents taxi, bus and coach drivers from facing potentially hazardous situations and assists the police in prosecuting dangerous drivers.

Without further ado, here are our top 10 craziest, stupidest and most dangerous dashcam videos.

  1. In this clip from Germany, an impatient driver tries their best to get in front of a lorry – just watch what happens.

2. Some vehicles just want to be birds and something like a roundabout isn’t going to stop them from spreading their wings.

3. Do you ever watch police chase footage and think “Just give up already!”? You’ll be thinking that again and again while watching this one.

4. There are people out who just have a need for speed, it doesn’t matter who is in their way as the people driving down this English country road found out.

5. When a lorry and a Ford came into contact on a sharp bend you can guess who came out worst.

6. This is why you should check your mirrors and check them again…..and then again one more time for luck.

7. You just wouldn’t believe the nerve of some people – dash cams don’t always capture real “accidents”.

8. It’s not always front facing dash cams that capture footage. Having a rear facing dash cam is just as beneficial in capturing dangerous driving.

9. Not quite dash cam footage, but this crazy. We call this one “When you remember you left the oven on”.

10. Road rage is real, and people aren’t afraid to use their car as a weapon.

And, a Brucie bonus – there is a light at the end of the dangerous driving tunnel.

If you have dash cam footage you’d like to submit to your local police for review, you can via the National Dash Cam Safety Portal. It’s worth noting that by using this service you will be filling out an official police report, so you should treat it as such.

If after all of that you’d like to look for a new driving job, why not check out our latest logistics and industrial vacancies now.

HGV Driving: The facts

You’ve seen them on the road, but what are the facts behind HGV driving? Explore our infographic to find out the interesting, weird and serious HGV facts.

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Self-doubt – How to combat it

The start of a new year can cause many people to doubt themselves and the current personal or professional routes they are taking – it’s not unusual, in 2018 a study found that over 62% of adults in the UK experienced “imposter syndrome”. Imposter Syndrome is “a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success. ‘Imposters’ suffer from chronic self-doubt and a sense of intellectual fraudulence that override any feelings of success or external proof of their competence.”

But, why do people suffer from chronic self-doubt in the workplace and what can be done to combat it?

The main reasons people experience imposter syndrome are their own self-doubt, receiving criticism, having to ask for help and comparing themselves to high achieving colleagues. There are lots of methods and tips you can use to silence your inner critic and regain your confidence though. It is important to remember though, you can’t completely get rid of self-doubt – its role is to keep you safe, but it is essential to recognise that this safety net can turn into negative messages and wreak havoc on your life.

Say stop

Negative thoughts and doubts beginning to bubble up again? It can be easy to get sucked down the rabbit hole and allow self-doubt to take over your brain, but don’t allow it to happen.

Tell yourself “Stop” or “No” if you must. Just recognise it for what it was – an unhelpful thought – and move forward.

Don’t connect it to negative past events

If you attribute self-doubt and blame to past failures it can lead to even more destructive thoughts and back down that rabbit hole you go.

When this happens, you need to take affirmative action with your goals and go easy on yourself! You’re not all those horrible things you think about yourself – it is your responsibility to remind yourself how great you are.

Do focus on past successes

Is self-doubt creeping in again? Forget about those negative events and remember positive ones. It can be simple to reach a hurdle and buckle under the weight of your internal monologue, but just think back to a time when you did combat a challenge successfully or things went well despite having doubts. It will remind you that you can do whatever you put your mind to.

Talk to someone about it

When you keep your thoughts to yourself, they can snowball turning that original snowflake of a thought into a huge distorted avalanche that doesn’t resemble reality. Just by saying your doubts out loud can help you see how exaggerated and far from reality they are, and by talking about them with a trusted friend or colleague can help you put things into perspective.

Use it to your advantage

Self-doubt can spur you to take action, keeps you humble and encourages you to have honest conversations with your peers and colleagues.

Doubting yourself occasionally makes you want to continue to better yourself, without it your skills and knowledge would stagnate. This same self-doubt reminds you that you’re only human (a human who is self-aware!).

Stop comparing yourself to your peers and colleagues

Nobody is on the same journey as you, so stop comparing where they are at in their life to where you are in yours. And don’t forget, on social media people rarely share their failures or troubles, only their successes and good times creating an imbalanced picture of what their life is really like.

The only person you should be comparing yourself to is yourself – look back at how much you’ve grown and challenges you’ve overcome.

It is ok to have self-doubt – you’re a continuous work in progress. Just don’t let your self-doubt and negative thoughts spiral out of control and effect you long time.

Bluestones One on talent attraction in retail merchandising

What is behind the success of retailers’ merchandising? We spoke with the Bluestones One Retail Merchandising team, Gary White, Gary Lowe and Ashley Jewitt, about attracting the right talent to the teams who work day and night to ensure the country’s shops are ready and why it is an exciting career.

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The difference between an inbound and outbound sales advisor

While many people might believe that inbound and outbound sales jobs fall into the same category, the truth is there are many differences between the responsibilities and tasks taken on by an inbound and outbound sales advisor.

Both roles do have a lot of crossovers – individuals working in inbound or outbound sales advisor positions share many of the same skill sets that are necessary to be successful in the job.

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Bluestones One on the driver shortage

The UK continues to face a driver shortage, with the deficit staked at between 45,000 – 50,000 HGV drivers this year alone. So, we spoke with Warrington’s Regional Operations Manager, Martin Bispham, to find out his thoughts on the driver shortage and what needs to be done to combat it.

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Productivity in the UK: What can be done?

Productivity, as measured by the amount of work produced per working hour, is the main driver of long-term economic growth and higher living standards. However, in the UK productivity remains below the average pre-crisis growth rate of 2%, with the country still lagging behind most of continental Europe at about 16.3% below average.

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Is the high street hotting up?

Who said the high street was dead? With soaring temperatures in the UK, the public is shunning their computers and phones and heading to the Great British high street to part with their hard-earned cash.

According to the latest CBI Distributive Trades Survey, 32% of retailers said that sales volumes were up in July than compared to a year ago and 13% said they had to place more orders with suppliers as a result. A combination of the unusually nice weather (does this weather even belong in the UK?) and World Cup fever have been thanked for the boost in high street sales this July, which also saw 45% of motor traders report that sales volumes were up compared to this time last year (convertible anyone?).

These figures should be seen as a huge positive for the high street, especially following the results from the survey campaign #WDYT (What do you think?) which found consumers want more and better shops available to them. The survey, which was completed by 300,000 people, found that 78% of respondents worry about the high street and 70% are concerned about shops closing – proving that the public still back “popping into town” to do their shopping.

All the positives do come with negatives though – in the same CBI Survey, retailers reported that they expect sales to slow again in August and orders to flatten out. With subdued real wage growth, households are still feeling the financial pinch and retailers are still battling with the reduced costs online retailers are able to offer.

Along with the Government’s inquiry into high streets and town centres 2030 to examine how local areas are planning for the future of their high streets, this month’s results should be seen as a step in the right direction to securing the future of the British high street.

Top interview questions for professional drivers

Job interviews – something everyone has experienced at least once in their lives. It’s no different for professional drivers, especially those working contract roles who might end up attending several interviews a year.

If you’re yet to have your first interview as a professional driver, it can be daunting to know what to expect and if it will be dramatically different to any interview you’ve attended before. Many companies require their prospective employees to undergo a practical assessment to ensure they are technically capable, but what about the formal interview?

Here are some of the most common questions you can expect at an interview as a professional driver – whether that’s tramping up and down the country, making deliveries in a 7.5 tonne or nipping around the city in a van.

Tell us about your experience as a professional driver?

This is a standard question that most companies will ask. It is your opportunity to tell them about your past roles in more detail and give them more information you couldn’t cover in your CV.

What do you think the primary roles of a professional driver are?

The employer wants to make sure you understand that the role of a driver isn’t just driving. There are so many things a driver is also responsible for, like providing outstanding customer service, ensuring they are sticking to health and safety rules, maintaining the vehicle and keeping paperwork up to date.

What do you know about the company?

With this question, the company is checking to see if you’ve done your research and are passionate about the role you are pursuing.
What would you do if you were running out of driving hours but hadn’t finished a job?

The company want to see how well you are able to assess a situation – whether you’re running out of driving hours because of a traffic jam, slow-moving vehicles or hold-ups at a distribution centre – while ensuring you’re staying within the law and taking breaks when you need them.

Do you think teamwork is important in this industry?

While traditionally seen as a bit of a lonely job, employers want to see that as a driver you understand you are part of something much bigger and will be interacting with a wide range people from distribution centre managers, operations staff, other drivers and the public.

How do you handle unexpected instances? Like mechanical breakdowns or receiving the wrong load?

The company want to see how quickly you can think on your feet while remaining calm and finding a suitable solution to a problem.

How familiar are you with drivers’ hours and the European working time directive?

The company wants to make sure you know the laws that affect professional drivers throughout the UK and Europe and understand the importance of following them.

If you’re looking for a new driving role, check out our latest jobs or get in contact with the team.