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The Logistics Podcast


Let’s talk about logistics. Let’s talk about kings of e-commerce, start-up disruptors, the future of the high street retail, Brexit and Black Friday. The Logistics Podcast, brought to you by SHD Logistics, debates the issues, challenges and opportunities faced by logistics operators.

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In Focus: Automation with Andrei Danescu and Oana Jinga, BotsandUs

In this special episode, we hear SHD Logistics Editor James Burman talk to Andrei Danescu and Oana Jinga, two of the co-founders of BotsandUs, a robotics company based in London, as featured in The Logistics Report March 2022.

Let's Talk Logistics with Rueben Scriven, Interact Analysis

In this episode, we take a deep dive into the future of warehouse automation. Rueben Scriven, Senior Analyst at Interact Analysis, speaks to Dave Berridge (AMHSA) about the best strategic technological investments for your business and highlights some real-world examples of how to adapt to the e-commerce boom.

In Focus: Sustainability with Dr Nicholas Head

In this special episode, we hear more of the interview between SHD Logistics Editor James Burman and Dr Nicholas Head, Environmental & Sustainability Lead at XPO Logistics, as featured in The Logistics Report February 2022.

Let’s Talk Logistics with Polly Mitchell Guthrie from Kinaxis

In this episode, we discuss how people must be fully integrated with your automation strategy. According to a recent poll, around half of logistics businesses have invested in automation as a result of the pandemic. Polly Mitchell Guthrie, VP of Industry Outreach and Thought Leadership at Kinaxis, details how to avoid hitting a wall with your automation efforts by creating a system that allows people and technology to support and grow alongside each other.

Let’s Talk Logistics with Sarb Sembhi, CISM, CTO & CISO for Virtually Informed

In this episode, we discuss the importance of securing your business against the threat of cyber criminals. Since logistics is a part of the critical national infrastructure, it is a prime target for ransomware attacks. Sarb Sembhi, CISM, CTO & CISO for Virtually Informed, details the threat of cybersecurity to logistics companies and offers practical advice for protecting your business from hackers.

Let’s Talk Logistics – Supply Chain Leadership with Prof. Richard Wilding

In this episode, Professor Richard Wilding of Cranfield University discusses the ideal traits of leaders in the supply chain sector. He focuses on management styles and the integration of cross-functional teams, as well as teaching logistics professionals how to manage exploration and predictability effectively.

Let’s Talk Logistics - Supply Chain Resilience

In this episode of Let’s Talk Logistics, we recap on day one of this year’s Logistics Conference – Supply Chain Resilience. We hear excerpts from the following industry leaders:

  • Cold Chain Federation’s Tom Southall discussed the impacts of Brexit, and the pandemic, on UK logistics
  • Sally Duggleby, Vice President of Capital and Leasing at Prologis UK explored the role of rail freight in modern supply chains
  • Harry Watts, Managing Director at SEC Storage Group provided a presentation titled ‘Warehouse Agility by Design’

Let’s Talk Logistics – Diversity & Inclusion Q&A

In this episode, we get the highlights from the Diversity & Inclusion panel discussion at the latest iteration of The Logistics Conference. Experts from across the industry shared their knowledge and personal experiences of diversity and inclusion in the logistics sphere, as well as practical tips for developing an inclusive workplace.

Digital Transformation at the Ministry of Defence

Royal Air Force Air Vice Marshal Richard Hill discusses how key technologies are transforming the Ministry of Defence in the latest episode of The Logistics Podcast. This episode, sponsored by Leidos UK, Hill explores how COVID-19 - as well as being a tragic set of circumstances - has been an accelerator of innovation and change.

Lockdown Beauty with XPO Logistics

With salons closed until very recently, there's been high demand from consumers for beauty products, especially salon-quality nail gels and home hair dyes. That's according to Sarah Booth, account director, Supply Chain, UK and Ireland for XPO Logistics. Some of XPO’s customers in the beauty and personal care sectors have witnessed an increase in demand of between 200% and 300% for their products. In this episode, we discuss the experience of retail beauty brands during the pandemic. 

Collaborating Over Unprecedented Peaks

In this episode, you’ll hear the highlights of SHD Logistics’ first webinar entitled Collaborating Over Unprecedented Peaks. COVID-19 has exposed vulnerabilities in supply chains, according to Maureen O’Shea, webinar speaker and Operations Lead Partner at KPMG. Among others, she’s joined by Shane Brennan, Chief Executive of the Cold Chain Federation, who explores how the food supply chain has shown resilience during the pandemic. 

NHS Supply Chain won the Editor's Choice at The Logistics Awards in 2019. In this podcast, Deputy Editor James Burman takes a trip to Nottingham to speak to NHS Supply Chain's Chris Holmes, Supply Chain Director and James Turpin, Head of Logistics about their operation which won them the prestigious award, and the challenges along the way.


Step aside Sir David Attenborough, get on your boat Greta — in this episode, it’s SHD Logistics’ turn to tackle plastic waste. We explore how a warehouse can reduce it's plastic by getting creative with packaging. We speak to Unipart Logistics on how it removed single-use plastic from Sky’s supply chain and Santiago Navarro, co-founder of Garçon Wines, who's developed the first flat wine bottle, made from 100% recycled plastic, which fits through a UK letterbox. 


Meet GEFCO, winners of this year's Wellbeing Inititive Award at The Logistics Awards. We visit their warehouse, meet a few members of the team, discuss what makes them different to other employers and learn what year-round care and compassion look like. Retention of engaged staff, fewer absences and closer teams are just some of the business benefits of focusing on staff well-being.

In this episode, we grill Oxford Street shoppers on their Black Friday bargains and discuss the impact of consumerism with some Extinction Rebellion protestors. We then take you to DHL Supply Chain’s TK Maxx facility in Coventry to speak with Jim Hartshorne, Retail & Consumer Managing Director, before sharing some facinating figures from Barclays, KPMG and high street tracker BDO


In this episode, SHD Logistics Editor Kirsty Adams takes a day out of the office to visit two logistics events in Westminster. She takes you on a journey to the UKWA Annual Luncheon to speak to British brand Denby Pottery about packaging challenges and then joins an international audience at the recent ReBOUND Conference to discuss fast fashion and reverse logistics.

IMHX is the UK's leading logistics event taking plance 24 - 27 September 2019 at the NEC. In this episode, we explore what's in store as we speak to speakers, exhibitors and delegates including Ocado, XPO Logistics and JLL. We also hear from visitor Daniel Allen from Diamond Logistics on his business’ Brexit preparations and why he’ll be at IMHX as the networking event of the year. 


In this episode, we speak to two experts about what implications Brexit will have on the logistics industry, including the backstop and transfers of goods to Europe. The business leaders also share how they're preparing for a no-deal Brexit (and have been for a while...), revealing that the chaos at Westminster is not necessarily transferring into UK warehouses. 


In Part III, we pose the question: When creating your warehouse, do you ever think about how much power is needed? Bringing expert insight from Simon Cox, VP Project Management & Sustainability at property developer Prologis UK, we explore warehouse power requirements and the latest trends in the UK, Europe and interestingly Japan. 


Black Friday, Singles Day and Talent in Logistics are the focus of this month’s docu-podcast! We hear from James Hyde of James and James Fulfilment, Dominic Hebbard of Hermes, Colin Donnelly of Sainsbury’s Argos and Hannah Chapman of Ava May Aromas on how they’re preparing for the biggest event in the UK retail sector’s calendar. We also share insight from Kuehne & Nagel and AO Logistics about their future talent pipelines.


The Logistics 100 is our guide to the top logistics professionals in the industry. This month, we feature Gayle Emsley-Daniels, Global Carrier Manager at Ted Baker. Gayle is responsible for parcel activity out of Ted Baker’s three main distribution centre hubs in the UK, US, and Hong Kong, including the distribution of products via e-commerce and products that go into Ted Baker's retail stores. You can read her full feature in SHD Logistics Magazine here

In Part II, you'll hear highlights from Budweiser Brewing Group's warehousing specialist, John Tudball's session at the SHD Logistics Conference 2019. He discusses the company's 80,000 cubic metre highbay site in Magor, Wales, and how it manages to move 14,500 pallets and uses its 13 miles of racking effectively. The southeast site is their beacon light in warehouse innovation, with an automated design that can store 23 million pints of beer. 


In this episode, we cover some memorable moments from this year's keynote session from NHS Supply Chain at the SHD Logistics Conference. NHS Supply Chain's Supply Chain Director, Chris Holmes, and Head of Logistics, James Turpin, came on stage to discuss their new future operating model, as part of an organisational strategy designed to save £2.4bn for the NHS over the next five years. 

Will robots shut the door on humans in warehouses? What impact could human displacement have on society? In this episode, we debate the role of the human in logistics. We’re joined by Vin Grainger, Solutions Director at iForce; Peter Ward, Chief Executive of the UKWA and Prof. John Manners Bell, Managing Director of research consultancy Transport Intelligence

All-electric delivery company Gnewt delivered its 500,000th parcel for ASOS as the Ultra Low Emission Zone hit London (ULEZ). Gnewt, acquired by Menzies Distribution in 2017, is emissions-free and hasn’t suffered the same frustrations as some of its competitors under new ULEZ regulations. Kirsty Adams interviews Gnewt founder Sam Clarke and driver Jose on the last metre, electric-charging infrastructure and its partnership with ASOS.

We speak to one of the key figures driving automation plans at XPO Logistics, Gavin Williams, UK Supply Chain Managing Director, about the rollout of some 5,000 co-bots across Europe and North America and the 'warehouse of the future': the new automated distribution centre in Leicestershire opening next year with Nestlé. 


In this episode, Editor Kirsty Adams visits Europa Worldwide Group’s 1Hub in Dartford, only one day after Theresa May’s second deal was slammed by MPs in the Commons. Dan Cook, group operations director for Europa Road, leaves one of many Brexit-focused meetings he’s been having to tell us about the preparations they’re putting in place in case of an unwelcome no-deal outcome on 29 March. 


In this episode, we coronate NikeSelfridges and Hotel Chocolat as winning retail logistics operations during this aggressive period of change. We also get deep inside LoveCrafts' warehouses and take a trip to Decathlon's new facility in Southampton. Guests include Caroline Luxton, Head of Logistics, LoveCrafts and Al Gerrie, Founder & CEO of returns start-up Zig Zag Global. David Thames proides a lively property update. R

In this episode, we interview Amy Shortman, founder and CEO of ASC Associates alongside the company’s chief operating officer Henry Moran, to discuss trends in pharmaceutical and healthcare logistics. They share insight on the importance of predictive analytics, security and what personalised medicine may mean for the final mile. Kirsty also recaps her visit to Pharmacy2U.

Thanks for being a listener of The Logistics Podcast. We've been moved and encouraged by the feedback given to us so far that we're raring to go for 2019! We will be releasing seven podcasts through 2019, alongside some bonus editions. In this episode, we cover what's in store as well as the opportunities available for you to be part of our series. 


Kevin is an EU citizen, an Irish man who works as a driver for UK business Fresh Logistics, who waits uncertain of his post-Brexit future. Andrew Baxter is managing director of Europa Worldwide Group, a Leave campaigner who hasn't changed his opinion, thought admits there will be short term complications. Brexit is a huge and heavy topic across our industry and its many levels. In this episode, we ask Kevin and Andrew what Brexit means to them. 

The Logistics Awards 2018 was its fifth ceremony. We celebrated some of the most impactful logistics projects over the past 12 months from companies including Ocado, Sainsbury’s and WEB2B. In this episode, we cover our some of the most memorable moments, as well as speak to some of our award winners, from the event held on Thursday 20 September at Shakespeare’s Globe, London. 

Dark human-free warehouses? This isn’t the picture being painted by this month’s podcast guests as we discuss machines, humans and job titles of the future. This episode explores how human roles are changing, collaboration and embracing automation. Featuring special guests Alex Harvey, Head of Robotics at Ocado and Erik Fjellborg, CEO of workforce software company Quinyx. 

John Lewis’ base in Magna Park, Milton Keynes is a gigantic 2.1 million sq ft space opened in June 2009. Its operations are spread across two warehouse facilities, Magna Park 1 and Magna Park 2, working harmoniously to fulfil online orders and in-store stock. Ever wondered what goes on inside these vast facilities? SHD Logistics assistant editor David Tran went along to visit one of the UK’s best loved retailers to find out. 

"If the high street is dying then why is it that Amazon and Missguided are opening high street shops?” Professor Neil Ashworth this episode's debate around the life and death and life of the high street. We talk about the collapse of Toys "R" us with former director of distribution Chris Howes. SHD hits its local high street and interviews shoppers who add their shopping habits into the mix. 


You can’t run. You can’t hide. Black Friday is back. It returns on 30 November 2018 and planning should have already started. In this episode, we speak to experts (and survivors) of Black Friday including John Munnelly, Head of Operations at John Lewis, Duncan Licence, VP Global Solutions and New Products at Metapack Group and UKWA CEO Peter Ward.