Sharing AV vehicles for a better future? SHD Conference sparks debate

The event, which took place at BMA House, delivered educational presentations, discussion and networking with industry colleagues at this iconic London venue.

Keynote speaker Andrew Cameron, director at WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, shared a tantalising glimpse of how technology could change the way we approach tomorrow's transport challenges in urban environments. He provided food-for- thought, suggesting the logistics industry “seize the opportunity” these new cities present and become a “sharing industry.

Shane Faulkner, senior sales manager of event sponsor Swisslog UK, demonstrated how technology considered ‘futuristic’ just a few years ago, is now becoming the norm in intensive warehouse operations.

Dave Walmsley, managing director of Palletways, enlightened the audience with his company's tech-savvy approach, looking outside the industry for inspiration to keep ahead in a highly competitive sector.

Richard Ball, senior transport director, Clipper Logistics, gave an insight into how his company fulfils John Lewis' click & collect offering, highlighting the challenges and solutions that lay behind the 'buy now' button.

UKWA's Peter Ward took to the stage before the lunchbreak to mediate a lively panel debate featuring the morning's speakers plus Lynne Parnell of Logistics Partners. Peter's knowledgeable remarks and probing questions on topic; When does technology go out of date?, encouraged interaction from the audience and encouraged further discussion in the lunch which followed.

Prof. Samir S Dani, Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management and Head of Department at the University of Huddersfield Business School, talked us through three topics we should all keep an eye on - Blockchain, Internet of Things and Big Data - prompting the audience to engage with him about how these areas will impact on the future of logistics.

The final speaker was Jon Sleeman, director EMEA and UK logistics research, JLL, who talked through some fascinating facts and figures around the way employment patterns in the UK logistics sector are being shaped by the intensity of e-commerce and the warehouse technology that services the demand.

The day concluded with an impromptu panel debate on the subject of future skills, with NOVUS Trust's Bethany Fovargue and Andy Page of Business on the Move joining Prof. Dani on the stage to discuss this vital topic.

Date for next year’s conference on the same topic - Transforming Logistics Through Technology - to be announced shortly.

SHD Logistics Spring Conference  ▪ 4 May 2017  ▪ BMA House, London  ▪ 9.30 - 16.30


Transforming logistics through technology

At the SHD Logistics Spring conference, taking place on 4 May 2017 at London’s British Medical Association (BMA), delegates are invited to learn about cutting-edge technology projects of 2017, as well as ‘disruptive’ technologies which will present opportunities. Delegates will learn how technology is enabling operations to gain competitive advantage.

Our 2017 agenda features sessions on the following topics:

• Intralogistics Automation: Imagine the future, Shane Faulkner, Senior Sales Manager, Swisslog (UK)

• Autonomous vehicles and future opportunities, Andrew Cameron, Director,  WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff

• Retail focused click and collect, Richard Ball, Transport   Director, Clipper Logistics

• Blockchain, Big Data & The Internet of Things, Prof. Samir S Dani, University of Huddersfield

• Notre Dame vs the FBI: Sourcing technology from outside logistics, Dave Walmsley, Managing Director, Palletways & Luis Zubialde, chief operating officer, Palletways

• Technology in logistics - what future for workers? Jon Sleeman, Director EMEA and UK Logistics Research, JLL

• Tomorrow’s logistics: harnessing the power of cross-sector innovation Marcos Hart, Optimisation and Transformation Director, Wincanton

• A place at the conference includes all sessions, lunch and a short walking tour of the Bloomsbury area which will take in the peace memorials of the beautiful Tavistock Square and the educational and cultural institutions of this fascinating part of London.


Venue: BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP (map),
Date: Thursday 4 May 2017
Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm

Standard Price: £295 + VAT

Exclusive rate for IMHX 2016 visitor: £245 + VAT

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Terms & Conditions of payment: Please note cancellations need to be made in writing. Cancellations made by the 3rd of April will receive a full refund less a 10% administration charge. After this date no refunds will be made. Non-payment or non-attendance does not constitute cancellation. It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of the organiser to alter the content and timing or location of the event. Delegates cannot enter the event unless payment has been made.

Time Session
09:30 Registration
10:00 Welcome from SHD Logistics | Speaker: Kirsty Adams

Keynote address

Urban design expert to deliver keynote at SHD Logistics Conference

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) will be transformational. At the SHD Logistics Spring Conference, taking place on 4 May 2017 at London's BMA House, expert Andrew Cameron, director at Parsons Brinckerhoff, will share his work on autonomous vehicles and their potential impact on places, spaces and our transport networks.


Andrew Cameron, Director, Parsons Brinckerhoff

Andrew is an engineer with a background in transportation, architectural engineering and urban design. He has over 20 years’ experience in how we can plan for movement whilst at the same time creating great streets and enjoyable places.

He has been involved in many regeneration and master planning projects for villages, towns and cities in the UK and around the world. These include the £8B Earls Court redevelopment which will stitch new London streets into the fractured fabric of this part of the city and Birmingham Connected which will address the over dominance of the motor vehicle to create better transit and a more walkable public realm.


Andrew has acted as an advisor to Government for The House of Commons Select Committees on Housing and Sustainable Communities. He is co-author of national and local design guidance, including The Urban Design Compendium, Manual for Streets 1 and 2, Designing Streets (for the Scottish Government) and The Abu Dhabi Urban Street Design Manual. He is a Design Review Panel Member for The Design Council CABE, MADE and OPUN.



Headline sponsor address

Intralogistics Automation: Imagine the Future


Have you imagined what the future has in store for your supply chain?

Swisslog is championing a technological revolution in the logistics industry and SHD conference delegates are invited to learn about the latest and upcoming pioneering technology projects presenting new opportunities to the logistics sector.

Shane Faulkner, Senior Sales Manager, Swisslog (UK)



11:00 Morning coffee break

Notre Dame vs the FBI: Sourcing technology from outside logistics

Since 2014, Palletways has created a culture of innovation, developing IT solutions in close consultation with its network members and customers, to improve efficiency. Constant monitoring of emerging technologies across all industries has provided Palletways with the agility to be first to market in its sector with new systems.

Learning outcomes include:

  • How combining technology from Notre Dame Cathedral and the FBI has enabled visibility of every individual pallet
  • Real examples from members of how technological innovation has improved visibility and traceability across the sector
  • A close look at the range of demands/challenges from different customers. Is it possible to keep everyone happy?

Dave Walmsley, managing director, Palletways

Dave is Managing Director of Palletways UK and is based in Lichfield. He joined the company in September 2015 as UK Member and Network Development Director. Before joining Palletways,

Dave spent 25 years at Lyreco where he held Managing Director roles in both Scandinavia and the UK.


Luis Zubialde, chief operating officer, Palletways

Luis is chief operations Officer of Palletways Group and is based in Lichfield, Staffordshire.

He first joined Palletways in 2006 as managing director of Pallletways Iberia, leading its growth from a start - up operation to a well established network and became Managing Director of the UK business in May 2014.

He was appointed to his current role in 2016.




The growth in both the areas of online sales and Click and Collect is only expected to continue over the next five years, and this is a trend seen by many other retailers in the market place. Recognising the need for a sustainable robust solution to deal with this traffic, John Lewis Partnernship and Clipper Logistics created an award-winning Retail Focused Click and Collect offering.

Learning outcomes include:

  • The importance of collaboration for this project
  • Maximising the benefits of technology
  • How sharing the solution with perceived competitors provides mutual gains


Richard Ball, senior transport director, Clipper

Richard joined Clipper in 1999 and has managed the successful growth of the transport capabilities.

Richard leads all of our transport operations, this includes ensuring best practice is achieved whilst promoting integration and synergy opportunities across the customer networks which include New Look, H & M, and L K Bennett.

Other areas of the role see Richard manage tender responses and customer presentations for new transport business.



In this panel session, speakers debate key issues on existing and new technologies. Will autonomous vehicles really change transport networks? Will IoT effect SMES as it does large operations?

Be ready with your questions for the experts.

Panel session facilitator:

Peter Ward, CEO, UK Warehousing Association (UKWA)Peter Ward photo

Peter has over 30 years’ experience in international transportation, logistics and supply chain management; and is recognised as a principal of authority in global supply chains and logistics based on achievements at Director level with some of the world’s leading global logistics providers.

Peter has significant practical experience of international process design and network optimisation throughout Europe, Asia and North America; designing and delivering complex supply chain solutions in different logistics and client organisations worldwide, with an impressive history of multiple client cost and service benefits across various industry sectors.







The proliferation of internet enabled devices and the deluge of data from these devices has provided an opportunity to harness information for enabling efficient logistics operations. However, this has also brought a number of challenges with it. Traceability and data fidelity will be required to ensure effective use of these technologies.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Understanding Blockchain, IoT and Big Data technology trends
  • Discussing applications of these technologies within the logistics environment
  • Challenges in implementing these technologies

Prof. Samir S Dani, University of Huddersfield

Samir Dani is Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management and Head of Department at the University of Huddersfield Business School. Prof. Dani engages widely with industry and has research interests in supply chain risks, food supply chains, sustainability in supply chains and the use of technology and business models. He has published widely and has presented his research to both academic and practitioner audiences.

His book ‘Food Supply Chain Management and Logistics: from farm to fork’ recently won the ‘Prix des Associations’ award at the 12th annual procurement ‘Plumes des Achats’ awards in Paris.


Technology in logistics - what future for workers?

The rise of automation and robotics in warehouses plus autonomous vehicles are expected to transform logistics but what will these technologies mean for warehouse workers and drivers? Employment in logistics has grown strongly over recent years and labour shortages are a major issue currently.  Will this change? Which technologies are likely to affect logistics operations the most and what role will labour play?

Learning outcomes:

  • The importance of labour in logistics currently, particularly the growth of employment in warehouses.
  • Future workforce scenarios - how is the UK’s workforce likely to change?
  • How will disruptive technologies change future demand for logistics labour?

Jon Sleeman, Director EMEA and UK Logistics Research, JLL

Jon leads JLL’s EMEA and UK research into logistics focusing on how new trends are reshaping supply chains and demand for warehouse buildings.

Recently he has undertaken a number of studies into the supply of labour for property developers, investors and occupiers, reflecting concerns about labour shortages.  Jon studied logistics and supply chain management at Cranfield University.

He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).



Tomorrow’s logistics: harnessing the power of cross-sector innovation


Wincanton, the largest British logistics company, recently launched W2 Labs – a new programme aimed at challenging start-ups from around the world to develop innovative solutions to logistical challenges.

Marcos Hart, Business Optimisation and Transformation Director at Wincanton, outlines the programme and discusses why collaborating with start-ups from outside the logistics world is key to the sector harnessing the game-changing potential of new digital technologies.

Marcos Hart, Optimisation and Transformation Director, Wincanton


Marcos has held the position of Business Optimisation and Transformation Director at Wincanton, the largest British logistics company, since April 2016. In this role Marcos leads initiatives for health and safety, sustainability, business optimisation, transformation, efficiency and innovation across the Group.


Previously, Marcos held the position of Project and Risk Director at Wincanton from October 2014 to April 2016. Prior to joining the Group, Marcos held senior positions in Carillion, Fujitsu and Severn Trent Water.

15:40 - 16:15

A place at the conference includes all sessions, lunch and a short walking tour of the Bloomsbury area which will take in the peace memorials of the beautiful Tavistock Square and the educational and cultural institutions of this fascinating part of London.

Price: £295 + VAT.

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