Jerry Fowler

Five minutes with…

Jerry Fowler

General Manager

Anchor Freight

How did you get started in the logistics industry?

I spent 12 years as a transtainer driver and Berth Operator at the Port of Felixstowe before spending my final two years working in customer services.

I had to leave the Port of Felixstowe after 14 years of service due to injury and joined Tony Barnes at Lehnkering Montan as Warehouse Manager in 1998, a new start-up based in Martlesham.

Joining Lehnkering was a real eye-opener; I discovered how much more there was to learn within the industry, with freight/clearance and UK transportation.

What are the current warehousing challenges? 

The reduction in import containers has certainly squeezed the industry and forced market rates down. Clients’ surplus stock from last year has reduced current storage demand, especially within the retail sector. Disappointingly for all, the usual Christmas surge in Q4 has not happened this year.

Looking ahead to 2024, I see this trend continuing, with volumes down due to many manufacturers now delivering directly to FBAs (Fulfilment by Amazon). We can only hope the world soon settles down.

How has Anchor Freight adapted to the Is the rise of the e-commerce market?

Warehouses have become the new high street, and we have adapted accordingly. Supported by the most innovative software and a wealth of experience to back up our service offering, we can offer both B2B and B2C clients the full range of pick-and-pack services and a host of value-added add-ons.

And with competition across the industry chomping at the heels of all of us, we have to maintain the most efficient service we can, which we do.

With sustainability on Anchor Freight’s agenda, can you share some recent initiatives in East Anglia?

As part of the One Group Construction, our neighbour Jackson Civil Engineers (the largest company in our group) has signed up as a sponsor of the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and St Elizabeth Hospice tree recycling scheme.

Very much involved in the campaign, the initiative helps raise vital funds for both brilliant organisations and the fantastic work they do in our community.

Getting involved is really simple. In exchange for donations, residents with an (IP) postcode can arrange to have their Christmas tree taken away and recycled.

If you could wave a magic wand, what change would you implement in the logistics industry to start in January 2024?

Capacity ships, lots of work and a prosperous 2024 for all businesses in our industry.

How do you relax in your spare time?

Family time is massive for me, relaxing with friends and, of course, following the mighty Ipswich Town FC.  

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