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IMHX 2022 ends on a high

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Thursday at IMHX 2022 was abuzz with visitors clamouring to seal last-minute business deals and saw a stacked line-up at the conference.

In the Logistics Theatre at IMHX 2022, Clare Bottle, CEO of the UKWA, hosted a panel discussing the results of an independent research report into solar energy in the warehouse sector. The report was commissioned by the UKWA and produced by specialist consultancy Delta Energy & Environment (Delta-EE).

Kevin McCann, Policy Manager at Solar Energy UK, said that according to the energy security strategy published by the government in April this year, there will be a five-fold increase in solar energy usage in the UK by 2045. This will contribute significantly to achieving net-zero in a number of industries, not least the warehousing and logistics sector.

The Power Pitch contest returned for a second day, with four contestants battling it out to win the title of Power Pitch champion. The competition was tough, and after some deliberation from the judges, it was announced that Nick Bortone of S&S Plastics had emerged victorious.

One of the judges, Bonnie Cliff, Digital Content Producer at SHD Logistics, said: ““While every contestant showed their passion and knowledge, the judges and I concluded that Nick Bortone’s simple yet effective presentation put him a step above the rest.

“With available warehouse property thin on the ground, and optimisation coming to the forefront of storage strategy, Nick’s demonstration of effective tote utilisation gave the audience an opportunity to consider an overlooked element of space management.”

Although many retailers have recently incorporated micro-fulfilment into their operations, James Osborn, Vice President of Business Development eGrocery Investments at TGW Group, invited his audience to reflect on whether micro-fulfilment centres (MFCs) are sustainable in the long-term. Between 6,000 and 10,000 MFCs are expected to be constructed by the end of the decade, however, less than 5% of these have already been built. He suggested therefore that MFCs are not a route through to long term strategic growth.

IMHX 2022 proved to be a hugely important meeting space for the intralogistics industry, and the show’s organisers look forward to welcoming everyone back to the NEC for the next show in 2025.

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