At yesterday’s SHD Logistics Spring Conference speakers shared expertise on BlockChain, The Internet of Things, Autonomous Vehicles, Clipper’s Click & Collect and the future labour force.
The event, which took place at BMA House, delivered educational presentations, discussion and networking with industry colleagues at this iconic London venue.
Keynote speaker Andrew Cameron, director at WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, shared a tantalising glimpse of how technology could change the way we approach tomorrow's transport challenges in urban environments. He provided food-for- thought, suggesting the logistics industry “seize the opportunity” these new cities present and become a “sharing industry.”
Shane Faulkner, senior sales manager of event sponsor Swisslog UK, demonstrated how technology considered ‘futuristic’ just a few years ago, is now becoming the norm in intensive warehouse operations.
Dave Walmsley, managing director of Palletways, enlightened the audience with his company's tech-savvy approach, looking outside the industry for inspiration to keep ahead in a highly competitive sector.
Richard Ball, senior transport director, Clipper Logistics, gave an insight into how his company fulfils John Lewis' click & collect offering, highlighting the challenges and solutions that lay behind the 'buy now' button.
UKWA's Peter Ward took to the stage before the lunchbreak to mediate a lively panel debate featuring the morning's speakers plus Lynne Parnell of Logistics Partners. Peter's knowledgeable remarks and probing questions on topic; When does technology go out of date?, encouraged interaction from the audience and encouraged further discussion in the lunch which followed.
Prof. Samir S Dani, Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management and Head of Department at the University of Huddersfield Business School, talked us through three topics we should all keep an eye on - Blockchain, Internet of Things and Big Data - prompting the audience to engage with him about how these areas will impact on the future of logistics.
The final speaker was Jon Sleeman, director EMEA and UK logistics research, JLL, who talked through some fascinating facts and figures around the way employment patterns in the UK logistics sector are being shaped by the intensity of e-commerce and the warehouse technology that services the demand.
The day concluded with an impromptu panel debate on the subject of future skills, with NOVUS Trust's Bethany Fovargue and Andy Page of Business on the Move joining Prof. Dani on the stage to discuss this vital topic.
Date for next year’s conference on the same topic - Transforming Logistics Through Technology - to be announced shortly.