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Coca-Cola European Partners’ associate warehousing director announced as keynote at Scala event

Coca-Cola European Partners’ associate warehousing director announced as keynote at Scala event

Adding to the roster of high-profile guests confirmed for the SCALA Annual Supply Chain Debate (28 June 2018) – a key highlight in the logistics calendar – Clare Bottle has been announced as keynote speaker.

With an extensive background in logistics and supply chain management, Clare has held a variety of senior positions during her career. In her current role as associate warehousing director at Coca-Cola European Partners, she is responsible for distribution operations at Milton Keynes, Morpeth, Northampton and 3PL sites in Wakefield and Dagenham.

Having previously held roles as national logistics manager at Lafarge Cement and head of courier service at Hermes, Clare has gained a wealth of insight into how brands can show leadership, which she plans to share with attendees during her talk.

Highly skilled at operations management and logistics, Clare was named in The Logistics 100, a finalist in the Service to the Industry in Freight and Transport CILT awards, and a finalist for the Everywoman Team Leader of the Year.

With additional speakers from the likes of Sainsbury’s and Dunelm, the event – now in its 15th year and taking place in the impressive grounds of the historic Coombe Abbey, Warwickshire – invites leading industry professionals to discuss major changes affecting the supply chain sector.

The theme of this year’s event is ‘who is driving developments in supply chain and customer service - retailers, brand owners, logistics companies or technology providers?’

John Perry, managing director of SCALA, said: “For the 15th instalment of our Annual Supply Chain Debate, we’ll be focusing on those that are the main driving force behind developments in our industry. Therefore, when it came to us securing our keynote speaker, we could think of no better candidate than Clare Bottle, due to her wealth of knowledge and expertise in the sector, alongside her dedication to pushing for change. Coca-Cola is a globally-renowned, well-respected brand, and we’re very much looking forward to what is sure to be an engaging talk by Clare, and a stellar event.”

Clare Bottle, associate warehousing director at Coca-Cola European Partners, said: “During my career, I’ve worked with a variety of international brands to help develop their logistics and supply chain management. Throughout, there’s been a common thread in how best to ensure excellence at every stage of the process, and that’s down to brands showing leadership when dealing with their suppliers.

“The upcoming Annual Supply Chain Debate will provide a fantastic platform to discuss this theme amongst other topics relating to our fast-changing industry, with a like-minded, forward-thinking peer group.”

Standard tickets are priced at £135 +VAT, and £95 +VAT for CILT members.


76% of senior industry professionals say third party logistics companies should be doing more to drive supply chain developments

Third party logistics companies are the weakest drivers of developments in supply chain and customer service. This was the belief of sector decision makers, which emerged from a recent survey conducted by leading supply chain and logistics consultancy, SCALA.

The respondents, made up of directors and senior managers from retailers, manufacturers, logistics companies and technology providers, overwhelmingly cited technology providers as the main drivers of change. 

86% said they contributed significantly to developments, followed by retailers at 71%, with manufacturers and logistics providers well down.  

In addition, a dramatic 76% said they thought that logistics companies should be contributing a lot more.  

The findings are released ahead of the SCALA Annual Supply Chain Debate, a key highlight in the logistics calendar, returning this month to bring together leading industry professionals to discuss major changes affecting the supply chain sector.

John Perry, managing director of SCALA, said: “The findings of our pre-debate survey have shown distinctly divided opinions about who is driving changes in the supply chain sector. A number believe that consumers are the main driving force behind industry innovations.

“However”, he added, “if Jeff Bezos of Amazon believes it’s Amazon’s role to innovate – not the job of the consumer – and that Amazon focuses on enhancing and developing new consumer experiences, then it’s not the consumers driving requirements, it’s the new businesses. ‘The disrupters’ are driving the new world, and everyone else is having to follow the new expectations set.”

Now in it’s 15th year, the Annual Supply Chain Debate will see esteemed speakers from Sainsbury’s and Dunelm, along with 150 senior professionals, gather in the impressive grounds of the historic Coombe Abbey in Warwickshire on 28th June 2018.

John said: “With the many differing opinions and the supply chain playing a crucial role in business success, this is going to be one of our best ever debates. In addition to our speakers, it’s a great opportunity for the industry leaders to discuss their views.”

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