‘Is logistics the new retail?’ debate to be staged at upcoming SHD Logistics Conference

August 14, 2018 by David Tran
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‘Is logistics the new retail?’ debate to be staged at upcoming SHD Logistics Conference

As online shopping continues to change the face of retail, the emphasis has been on retailers to create delivery services that meet the convenience requirements of today’s tech-savvy consumer.

At October’s SHD Logistics Conference, we will hold a debate as to whether logistics is the new retail.

In this session, Prof. Neil Ashworth, CEO of CollectPlus and CCO of Yodel, will argue that despite this changing landscape, brick and mortar stores will always play an important role. While today’s high street faces challenging times, Neil will discuss the importance of the social and experiential aspect of shopping, unmatched by online retail – for now.



As the way we shop continues to evolve, Neil will examine the idea that logistics is the new retail. In particular, he will focus on delivery models and the operations needed to satisfy today’s consumer habits.

The venue: The Library of Birmingham

Neil will be part of a programme that will also feature Savills’ Kevin Mofid, FareShare’s Mark Varney and Fowler Welch’s Nick Hay, and Cranfield University’s Prof. Alan Waller OBE.

Neil joined CollectPlus, the UK’s largest independent store based parcel network as CEO in early 2013 having been at the forefront of digital developments in retail for over 15 years. Neil subsequently took accountability for Yodel's marketing and commercial functions in November 2017 through his appointment as Chief Commercial Officer.

Before joining CollectPlus/Yodel, Neil worked as a business advisor to several blue-chip UK retailers and fulfilment businesses following a period at Tesco. Prior to Tesco, Neil held senior positions at Woolworths, Hallmark Cards and CWS Ltd. Neil is the immediate past Chairman of CILT (UK), a member of the Engineering & Logistics Staff Corps within the British military, and an Ambassador for Transaid.

The SHD Logistics Autumn Conference 2018, to be held on Tuesday 30th October, will take place at a brand new venue, The Library of Birmingham, and will ask the question whether logistics is the new retail - looking at key players in the fashion and food retail sectors, through to brick and mortar stores and the ascending e-commerce retail market.

Delegate bookings are now open. Book your place here.

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