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:

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

Intralogistics Automation: Imagine the Future, James Sharples, Managing Director, Swisslog (UK)

Retail focused click and collect, Ged Keogh-Peters, Director Supply Chain Strategy, John Lewis Partnership & Richard Ball, Transport Director, Clipper

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

Notre Dame V the FBI: Sourcing technology from outside logistics, Dave Walmsley, Managing Director, Palletways

Further sessions to be confirmed.


Venue: BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP (map),
Date: Thursday 4 May 2017
Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm
Price: £295 + VAT (earlybird special offer of £249+VAT until 31 March 2017)


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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

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,
James Sharples, Managing Director, Swisslog (UK)

11:00 Morning coffee break


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.



The proportion of online sales for John Lewis has continued to grow and now accounts for over 33% of all sales; of this 53% were fulfilled using Click and Collect last year. The growth in both of these areas is 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 partnered with Clipper Logistics to create 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

Ged Keogh-Peters, director, supply chain, John Lewis Partnership

Ged is Director, Supply Chain Strategy at John Lewis with responsibility for designing and delivering change across the supply chain.

He previously had responsibility for developing and implementing a strategy for returns across John Lewis.

Ged joined the John Lewis Partnership in 2009 and prior to that had worked at KPMG and Kurt Salmon.

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.














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