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SHD Conference hits the spot

SHD Conference hits the spot

The SHD Logistics Spring Conference, which took place on 9th March, saw a wide range of topics presented to an interested audience of industry professionals.

Taking place in the British Museum, the Conference's over-riding theme was how the logistics industry is striving to meet the challenge of the digitally-empowered customer.

The bar was set high by keynote speaker Neil Ashworth, CEO of Collect+, who enlightened the audience with his presentation, and said "supply chain is the new rock & roll".

He was followed by John Lewis' head of operations, John Munnelly, who talked through his company's SHD Logistics Award-winning facility at Magne Park in Milton Keynes, and the company's thinking behind its establishment.

James Sharples, managing director of headline sponsor Swisslog, took the opportunity to present automated solutions to the audience, emphasising theta it is possible to achieve flexibility by deigning systems that are modular.

LCP Consulting's managing consultant Laura Morroll talked through her company's omni-channel report, which looked at balancing customer expections against profitability.

Stephen Carr, head of commercial stretegy at Peel Ports, looked at the past - and the future - of the Manchester Ship Canal which 125 year after it was opened is as relevent today as it has ever been.

After lunch, UKWA' Peter Ward looked at the challenges facing the logistics industry, and how his organisation is helping its members rise to embrace the opportunities that come with those challenges.

Before the panel debate that concluded the conference, another SHD Logistics Award winner, Stephen Basey-Fisher, owner of Century Logistics, spoke about his journey from a Norfolk farmer's son to a logistics entrepreneur, explaining his enlightening methods for attracting and - inparticular - retaining business.

Thanks go out to all the speakers, headline sponsor Swisslog, lunch sponsor Maritime Transport, and all of the exhibitors.

The next SHD Logistics conference will take place in London on 13th October 2016.

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