Supply Chain and Operational Consultancy

Quality advice from FTA's consultancy teams. Benefit from unparalleled experience, specialist staff, proven cost savings and increased awareness of legislation. Knowledgeable and professional advice and tailored solutions for your strategic and operational problems and opportunities.

Supply Chain Consultancy

FTA has launched a full supply chain and logistics strategy consultancy to help members with any issues, concerns or strategic planning requirements. This new service has been established with some of the UK’s most experienced consultants who can support FTA members and their customers across the entirety of the supply chain. The team can help you gather the data that you need to make informed decisions, often working with disparate systems or incomplete data sets. Using their bespoke methodologies, they can then deliver solutions for the problem that are practical and deliverable.

The new consultancy service truly broadens the FTA service offering along the supply chain, specifically adding deep warehousing knowledge and experience. Our team has first-hand experience through every stage of warehouse life cycle from design, implementation, operation and closure.

Eddy de Jong, Martin Palmer and Paul Wilson have previously worked together at a specialist logistics consultancy, developing innovative solutions across all areas of logistics. They have unrivalled expertise in warehousing, supply chain optimisation, urban logistics and outsourcing support. Each has more than 25 years logistics industry experience working for the biggest brands across the sector, including 3PL, public sector organisations and blue chip consultancies. Meet the team.

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Operational Consultancy

An independent perspective on difficult operational matters can not only provide answers but also unlock savings, increase performance and reduce risk you did not know you had.

FTA consultants have a rare breadth of experience drawn from an impressive range of organisations and sectors that they can bring to bear on the unique operational issues you might be facing.

FTA consultants are very much ‘transport people’, having had deep immersion in a range of logistics organisations throughout their careers.  The consultants apply their knowledge and experience at a practical level, providing workable client-led solutions to tricky operational problems.  

They are often asked: “How can I improve fleet efficiency?”, “Is our operation meeting required standards?”, “I’ve a Public Inquiry and I need to have my systems and processes reviewed”, “How do we compare to other businesses in the sector?”, “What can I do to prepare for Brexit?”, “How can I increase my workplace transport safety?” or “What are the opportunities presented by the apprenticeship levy?”

They guarantee advice and solutions grounded in the real world of transport operations and the practicalities of the industry.

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Core consultancy services

Covid-19 Strategic Supply Chain Review

A strategic supply chain review will enable companies to map potential issues as the impact of the current pandemic developments.


Warehouse improvement and optimisation

Improve the value add of your operations


Warehouse design and automation

We can support you from conceptual design through to implementation.


Urban logistics

We can create commercial models that deliver for you and your customers and alleviate pressure on our urban environment.


Dangerous goods advice

Stay compliant


Public Inquiry Help

Rely on FTA’s experience


Workplace transport safety

Optimise your site’s efficiency and safety


Operations efficiency

Improve your supply chain and scheduling


Engineering investigations

Resolve complicated vehicle engineering issues


Brexit information centre

Set up for Brexit and be prepared


FTA Consultants are familiar with challenges across a range of sectors…

Freight and logistics

Where efficiency is paramount, and regulatory compliance can make the difference between business success or failure


Just-in-time delivery and complex supply chain management issues lend themselves to peer group benchmarking and process review


Changing consumer behaviours mean that the mining and analysis of delivery performance data can be the key to critical changes in process or even a business model

Utilities companies

Vehicles are an essential part of a utilities company operation. The company’s fleet needs to be safe and compliant as well as efficient and able to meet customers’ needs

Commercial vehicle sales and leasing

Facing the challenges associated with rapid expansion as UK business shifts from owning to hiring commercial vehicles. With sizeable fleets identifying and solving even minor issues can lead to a dramatic increase in performance (ROI)

Local authorities and emergency services

Complex special purpose vehicles creating unique inspection challenges, and large fleets that fall subject to Operator licence regulations. Increasing fleet operations efficiency allows you to tackle budget cuts as well as to keep the operation compliant with all current regulations

What our members say

FTA Operational Consultancy team has undertaken a number of projects for Elis over recent years. These have included Operator Licence “Healthcheck” Reviews at each of Elis’s UK and European sites as well as the most recent “Benchmarking Project”, that was undertaken to allow Elis to determine where improvements needed to be made to ensure compliance. FTA Consultants have all acted in a professional manner and have provided site personnel with advice and guidance on the areas that require attention. The work that FTA Operational Consultancy has undertaken for us is of the highest standard and we will have no hesitation in using their services for other bespoke projects going forward.

Peter Kelly

Group Compliance and Fleet Manager

Why FTA?

  • Unique position within the industry - we are the transport industry’s leading trade association with talent drawn from all corners of the sector.
  • Unparalleled experience - we have got extensive experience in developing industry legislation, benchmarking and research.
  • Specialist staff - our team of expert consultants have worked to a senior level in all areas of transport.
  • Proven cost savings - we have a track record for reducing costs, improving profits and increasing efficiency.
  • Compliance – our consultants will make sure that your operations are fully compliant with the UK and European rules and regulations.

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Benefits for your organisation

Avoid fines and penalties

Comply fully with instructions from enforcement agencies such as the Office of the Traffic Commissioner or DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency)

Improve business returns

Outperform your peer group through our sector benchmarking reviews

Improve operational efficiency

Through services such as supply chain optimisation and routeing and scheduling

Plan for Brexit

Take remedial action now to reduce the disruptive effective of uncertainty and change

Reduce risk

Increased attendance and reduced compliance exposure through workplace transport safety reviews and our advice around policy development, operational processes and training

Resolve engineering queries

Commission us to investigate and resolve complex issues surrounding vehicle faults, collisions or maintenance procedures

Want more information or simply get in touch?

If you are facing operating or health and safety issues that are causing your concern, you need to optimise your transport processes or you’re worried about the impact of Brexit please give us a call for a confidential and no obligation discussion on 01892 552374*.

Alternatively download our operational consultancy services brochure or complete our online enquiry form. We would be delighted to discuss your particular area of concern or any of the matters raised here.

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