The United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) has announced the launch of a Technology Advisory Board that will develop and deliver advice and best practice guidance on how the logistics industry can implement technology to improve processes and operational efficiency.
UKWA’s CEO, Peter Ward, commented: “With solutions ranging from general IT systems and automated packing solutions through to eCommerce and delivery solutions, technology is playing an increasingly critical role in the sector.
“UKWA has internal Advisory Boards in place to provide strategic leadership and direction for the industry on a variety of matters, but until now there has never been one focusing on technology.
“UKWA’s Technology Advisory Board will provide the logistics industry with ‘best practice’ guidance for adopting and deploying a wide range of technologies and solutions that bring real bottom-line benefits.”
The first UKWA Technology Advisory Board meeting will be hosted by software giant Microsoft at the company’s London-based UK Head Office on Wednesday 8th February, 2017.
At its inaugural meeting, the Board will consider the importance of cloud technology to the logistics industry with particular emphasis on the ways in which the sector can harness the cloud to manage rapidly emerging B2B e-commerce demands.
Maginus, the Manchester-based multichannel retail solutions supplier, will lead the meeting.
Mark Thornton, Marketing Director at Maginus, commented: “We’re delighted that UKWA has asked us to play a key role in its new Technology Advisory board and look forward to working closely with UKWA and its members, to shape a truly world-leading technology strategy.”
“As big players like Amazon move further into wholesaling and distribution, it is more important than ever for smaller warehousing businesses to offer the most efficient and effective processes possible to deliver an excellent customer experience. The key to this is technology.”
Also participating will be a number of other UKWA member companies as well as invited contributors from the retailing and manufacturing sectors who have been specially chosen to ensure that the breadth and depth of information relevant to the sector’s specific challenges is covered.
Ward added: “UKWA is committed to bringing together technology innovators and thought leaders to share expertise and develop a clear best practice pathway for the logistics industry.”