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SHD Spring Conference 2018 In Review: Collision courses in warehouses with Ocado

SHD Spring Conference 2018 In Review: Collision courses in warehouses with Ocado

The SHD Logistics Spring Conference 2018 took place this time last year at The British Museum, London and included speakers from Ocado, Swisslog, Amazon and Sainsbury’s.

Alex Harvey, head of robotics and automation at Ocado, the first keynote, described Ocado’s material flow, in the future, as so fast that that its bots would be on collision pathways which required a style of air traffic control. “Our bots are not autonomous, they will be on a collision course, with a control system similar to air traffic control.”

Alex wants to control 1,000 bots in real-time, flagging up the importance of data scientists to logistics in future.

Swisslog UK’s presentation, from head of sales Shane Faulkner, once again positioned the automation company as a thought leader, as Shane reflected on social trends and how its projects are tackling the challenges they bring including around robot rental and a pay-per-click models.

Beverley Bell, former traffic commissioner and well known face in the industry, took on the skills and talent gap. Beverley discussed how the profession must act to tackle the issue.

Naila Dad, head of operations at Pharmacy2U, our Overall winner at The Logistics Awards 2017, impressed our audience and raised questions such as, are there any drugs that cannot be prescribed online? No, was Naila’s answer. “We have the NHS contract to supply all prescription drugs,”  she said. Naila was also asked if there was a high risk of lost drugs in the postal system. Naila confirmed that they use Royal Mail, and there were few losses. Naila was also collared in the networking area by several delegates asking how they could sign up for the service!

Our afternoon keynote was Amazon’s Prajvin Prakash from the Warrington Fulfilment Centre. Prajvin spoke of how the ecommerce giant’s technology methods have adapted with the use of advanced technology and where Amazon thinks technology is heading.

Nick Eades, chief marketing officer at Wincanton, shared how the company has collaborated with start-ups and how the 90-year old is being forced to adapt in some weird and wonderful ways. Nick cited two companies they have worked with including Sorted.

James Osborn, senior strategy manager at Sainsbury’s, advised us on Blockchain. James, following discussions in the morning break, decided it would be best to take Blockchain back to basics and explained how supply chain leaders can leverage Blockchain today with immediate benefits to profitability and customers.

Industry expert Peter Ward, CEO of UKWA, led two energetic conference panels which tackled the crucial issues of how to attract talent.

This year's keynote at the SHD Logistics Conference will be the Head of Logistics James Turpin and Supply Chain Director Chris Holmes from NHS Supply Chain.

This keynote session will also be supported by insightful presentations from AB InBev’s warehouse specialist John Tudball, a company that brews lager brands Budweiser and Corona. Tudball’s session will be followed by XPO Logistics’ UK Supply Chain Managing Director Gavin Williams, Prologis UK sustainability officer Simon Cox, and a Digital Leaders Panel chaired by logistics consultants BearingPoint. B&Q and Screwfix brand owner Kingfisher and technology giant Siemens completes the speaker agenda for the event.

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SHD Logistics would like to thank its partners for this year's event:

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