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Keynote speaker for the 2020 SHD Logistics Conference has been announced

Keynote speaker for the 2020 SHD Logistics Conference has been announced

The SHD Logistics Conference is pleased to announce a keynote speaker, Richa Sahay, community curator, automotive, supply chain transport and emerging markets at the World Economic Forum.

Richa will discuss: The Future of the Last Mile Ecosystem. Without effective intervention, urban last-mile delivery emissions and traffic congestion are on track to increase by 36% in the top 100 cities globally. The Future of the Last-Mile Ecosystem analyses 24 interventions that can reduce emissions, congestion and delivery costs for the urban last-mile. With the ecosystem-wide change, interventions could reduce emissions and traffic congestion by 30%, and delivery cost by 25%, compared to the “do-nothing” scenario. Richa is one of the authors of the report The Future of the Last-Mile Ecosystem, and will look in particular at the UK logistics sector and how technologies such as drones, droids and camera-based object tracking can help to play a part.

United under the title “Transforming Logistics Through Technology”, the Conference will feature a line-up of speakers with stories and customer case studies that will be relatable to businesses of all sizes.

Other speakers previously announced include Best Food Logistics' Paul Whyte, Santiago Navarro, CEO at Garçon Wines, Robin Woodbridge from Prologis UK and Justin Atkin of Antwerp Port Authority.

Following its turnaround from a loss-making business operated by Bidvest to a now-profitable standalone business unit recently acquired by Tesco subsidiary Booker Group, Best Food Logistics is an example of how a strong leadership team innovating with simple technology that utilises Big Data can help deliver exceptional customer service and profitable growth. Its managing director, Paul Whyte, who took on this daunting task in 2017 and is now leading the transition to a new owner, has a powerful story to tell Conference delegates.

Serial entrepreneur Santiago Navarro, CEO at Garçon Wines, is not only a wine buff, but also has exceptional understanding of the logistics that sit behind the industry. Realising that the traditional glass bottles were unfit for purpose when shipping wines through complex supply chains, he developed game-changing transit packaging that is considerably more cost-effective and eco-friendly for the movement of wine.

Responsible for event sponsor Prologis UK's development, leasing and operating portfolios, the vastly experienced Robin Woodbridge, the company’s Head of Capital Deployment, will deliver a session entitled “The shape of things to come: how technology is driving change in the industrial logistics sector”. He will discuss how industrial logistics property is having to adapt to meet the needs of occupiers, their employees and changing consumer habits. He will also explore how emerging technology is transforming a once sleepy industry into a cutting-edge sector where data, sustainability and design combine to provide cleaner, greener spaces which benefit businesses, employees and local communities.

Justin Atkin of Antwerp Port Authority will speak about: "How Antwerp is becoming a Port of the Future through innovation and technology.” This talk will look at the how the Port of Antwerp embraces cutting-edge thinking to retain its status as a leading gateway to and from the main European centres of production and consumption.


SHD Logistics has also announced that the Logistics Conference will return to The British Museum once again this year.

The prestigious venue was the first national public museum in the world. Founded in 1753 and opening its doors in 1759, it was the first national museum to cover all fields of human knowledge, making it the ideal venue for learning.

United under the title “Transforming Logistics Through Technology”, the SHD Logistics Spring Conference will feature a line-up of speakers with stories and customer case studies that will be relatable to businesses of all sizes. The event will be sponsored by Prologis UK which, as a developer of industrial logistics buildings, has an insightful overview of the technologies its clients are embracing and innovates its offering in order to help those clients develop and grow.

Date: Tuesday 19th May 2020

Venue: The British Museum

Price: £245 + VAT (Early Bird rate available until April 2020 - normally £295 + VAT!)



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