Seminars 2020 - Outline Agenda

Seminars 2020

Our new conference format and content were developed following extensive industry consultation.  Multimodal spoke to a cross section of our cargo owner and 3PL delegates to understand what they’d like to learn and achieve at the conference. The result is a carefully streamed event designed to make the content you need easy to find and specific enough to help you create your forward strategy.

The plenary session covers the three most important themes to emerge during research, the plan following Brexit, decarbonisation strategy, and the direction of the logistics industry.  The streams follow and are open to all delegates whilst being geared towards specific industry sectors.  Please be sure to check all streams on the agenda for the opportunity to learn from other sectors who might have a fresh approach to a problem you’re working on.

If you are a cargo owner and would like to deliver a case study or topic to your peers we have 2 speaking slots available. Please get in touch with an outline of what you’d like to cover.  

With thanks to our Steering Committee :
 
Derek Pouncey, Arcadia Paul Griffiths, Jaguar Landrover Ian Nichol, Career Ready
Carl Hobbis, BIFA Carley Johnson, Barfoots Farm Beth O’Neil, DHL
Simon Heaney, Drewry Peter Ward, UKWA Colin Smith, Metro Shipping
  The Freight Transport Association
 

Day One Plenary

MULTIMODAL ROOM

The morning plenary session is relevant to all and will focus on our action plan as an industry, for the year ahead
 
10:25-10:30
Opening by morning Chair:Gavin van Marle, Managing Editor, The Loadstar
 
10:30-11.00
The Headlines: News, and opportunities for the coming year

Elizabeth de Jong, FTA’s Director of Policy, will be presenting key findings from FTA’s newly launched Logistics Report 2020.  Her presentation will help you understand how logistics is performing on key measures and the events and trends currently shaping it, including sharing the findings of the business group’s latest Logistics Industry Survey, which gathers views from 550 businesses engaged in logistics in the UK and globally.
 
Elizabeth will talk about the performance of the sector and the latest analysis on international trade, competitiveness, modal connectivity, skills and labour needs as well as safety standards and environmental challenges and targets. Attending this session will provide insights into current and future levels of business sentiment to support business planning and provide broad benchmarking on performance against the domestic and global logistics business environment. 

Elizabeth De Jong, Director, FTA
11:05-11.55
Decarbonising the logistics sector - from promise to practice
  • Challenges and drivers for action
  • What it takes to decarbonise the logistics sector
  • How this can be put into practice by companies

Eszter Toth-Weedon, Industry Relations Manager, Smart Freight Centre

  • Progress and objectives within the UK
​​Colin Smith, Programme Manager, Energy Saving Trust
  • Industry case study: Goals, roadmaps, results to date and what we’ve learned
Peter Livey, Managing Director, Hyundai Merchant Marine
12:00-12:45
The sustainable technology and equipment that will change your business
  • Electric vehicles from the R&D pipeline for road freight
  • Understanding the current and future capabilities of alternative fuels in shipping
  • Transport infrastructure to support greener fuels and modes
Becki Kite, Environmental Policy manager, FTA
12:50-13:15
Analysis of de-carbonised power systems: A top line Bulletin
  • Environmental, operation and technical design considerations for electric and hydrogen fuel cell big trucks
  • The project currently underway to bring vehicles to commercial readiness
  • The infrastructure requirements and implications for you
Laurens van der Rijt, Application Project Engineer, Hyster-Yale Group
13:20-14:00
Brexit: challenges and opportunities
  • State of play of the negotiations & what lies ahead for logistics
  • Operating in a new trading environment: changes to UK-EU trade & challenges to overcome for shippers and freight forwarders
  • What lies ahead for transport operators
  • Global opportunities and future borders 
Fabien Becquelin, Operational Director, Norlink

Day one Afternoon Sessions

Focus on Retail and eCommerce

MULTIMODAL ROOM

Delegates from all verticals, modes and sectors are welcome

Chaired by: Ian Jindal, Editor in Chief, Internet Retailing

14:10-14:40  John Lewis Partnership's transition to a zero carbon fleet: The lessons, the business case and the opportunities.
  • The business case and strategy for the ambitious transition to electric and gas
  • Planning infrastructure and managing the risks: The obstacles you need to think hard about
  • Our future direction and upcoming objectives
Justin Laney, Partner and General Manager of Central Transport for the John Lewis Partnership

14:10-14:40 Using technology and data to improving business productivity in ecommerce


The dynamics inherent in the logistics industry are cycling up faster as we face increasing regulation, trade wars, economic changes, capital constraints and the tsunami of ecommerce volumes combined with margin pressure.
 
You will deepen your knowledge of how technology and data integrity can help you improve business processes to increase productivity in this age of unpredictability.
 
Jarred Miltz, WiseTech Global

15:30-16:00 Reducing carbon emissions through supply chain efficiencies: Taking a close look at what works


Looking in detail at a nose to tail overhaul of the supply chain to increase efficiency and minimise emissions. A case study.
 
Richard Fattal, Co-Founder, Zen cargo

16:10-16:50  Innovations in Warehousing Planning and Technology
  • Improvements in infrastructure that facilitate large SKU numbers and/or ecommerce
  • Reconsolidation and streamlining
  • Storage on-quay vs off-quay: Options and their relative merits
UKWA

Focus on Auto and Manufacturing

PORT OF TYNE ROOM

Delegates from all verticals, modes and sectors are welcome

Sponsored by : 


10:30-11:00  Meeting the challenges of creating supply chains for electric vehicles

  • Creating cost effective systems for the movement of new components
  • Navigating the hazardous cargo requirements that apply to batteries
  • Planning for a significant scaling up of demand in future years; Should we look to collaborate further? 
Heather Smith, Commercial Manager, MetroShipping

14:50-15:20  Increase manufacturing output using the supply chain technology: What do you need, how should you prepare for it
  • Insights from the latest edition of the Trend Radar, the key output from DHL's trend research department, which captures the development of society, business and technology trends.
  • Which robotics have been tested and what we’ve learned implementing them
  • How to extract the best value and efficiency from your organisation’s tech advancements to compliment human tasks that automation can’t replace
  • Adapting existing supply chain’s to deal with large scale battery use in vehicles.
  • The impact of new and additional H&S/Compliance in storage and transportation
  • Rising need and demand to find the best “cradle to grave” supply chain
  • Implications on OEMs to change/invest in production facilities to cope with batteries  
  • What should you expect from a logistics provider from ways of working, measuring productivity, environmental position to the common question of who invests in innovation – customer or provider?
Mike Bristow, Head of Manufacturing Supply Chain, DHL

15:30-16:00  The UK's first Maritime Innovation Hub - how can you reap the benefits?


An insight into the UK’s first Maritime Innovation Hub, sited at the Port of Tyne, looking at the efficiencies that can be made through communication, collaboration and innovation in the Maritime Industry.
 
Ian Blake, Head of Information Technology, Port of Tyne

Day Two

Pharmaceuticals and Perishables

MULTIMODAL ROOM

Delegates from all verticals, modes and sectors are welcome
 
Chaired by Shane Brennan, Cold Chain Federation
10:30-11:00 The future of cold chain and the opportunities presented
Shane Brennan, Cold Chain Federation

11:10-11:40 The Netherlands as your partner for EU temperature-controlled logistics
  • Experiences in British-Dutch logistics: Examples from pharma 
  • Tax and customs information you need to know;
  • Supply chain optimization for the new era
 Jochem Sanders, Supply Chain Development Europe, HIDC Holland International Distribution Council

11:50-12:20  Reducing time to market for food and perishables while delivering on carbon obligations
  • How do we think future government legislation might change the supply chain for food products?
  • Should you be switching to population-centric supply chain?
  • Consolidation on-port for local consumption: why do it and what does best practice look like?
  • Preparation to avoid possible stumbling blocks: How well do you know your current supply chain?
 Ross McKissock, Asset Manager, London Container Terminal, Tilbury

Construction and Chemicals

PORT OF TYNE ROOM

Delegates from all verticals, modes and sectors are welcome
 
10:30-11:00 Case Study: Using inland waterways to improve sustainability and reliability
  • How Inland Waterways transportation can provide the answers for supply chains having to changes how they run supply chain into/out of our capital city
  • Benefits we have seen, mistakes often made and our recommendations
  • Finding the right solution for your business and sector – partnerships, collaboration and capabilities
  • Challenges to unlocking inland waterway solutions
Alison Hall, Commercial Manager, Port of Tilbury

This session is relevant to all sectors

11:10-11:40  Develop a true understanding of the current and future role of Artificial Intelligence in logistics

 
Daniel will outline a framework for understanding data-driven decision making. He will discuss what AI is and is not, as well as
identifying the future challenges and opportunities for AI. He also asks how organisations need to change their structure and how these ideas could scale to a planet. Daniel will argue why we need to embrace these emerging technologies and will discuss the philosophical and ethical issues surrounding them.  
 
Daniel Hulme, CEO, Satalia

11:50-12:20 Refresher briefing: Transporting dangerous goods


Update your knowledge and confirm your current practices are safe. The FTA training team deliver a training session carefully comprised of things the Multimodal audience might not know.
  • A brief refresher of the regulations governing multimodal transport.
  • A summary of the main regulation changes of 2019/2020 (road/air/sea)
  • Common misconceptions/misunderstanding of the regulations including:
incorrectly interpreted exemptions, the importance of ensuring that shipments are suitable for all modes involved, ADR “small load” and limited quantity dangerous goods transport (LQs by road and sea).
  • Lithium battery exemptions, lithium batteries in vehicles for the automotive attendees, fuel in machinery/vehicles and the differences between shipping complete vehicles/machines by road and sea.
Callum Wyse, Dangerous goods safety adviser, Freight Transport Association

3PL Briefing

MULTIMODAL ROOM

Here we will focus on the objectives of 3PL and Freight Forwarding companies but all are welcome to attend
Chaired by Robert Keen, Director General, BIFA
 
12:50-13:40   How to build a recruitment programme that fits your business’s USPs and budget
Sally Gilson, Head of Skills, FTA
Ian Nichol, Head of Logstics, Career Ready
Bethany Forvague, Operations manager, NOVUS
Laura Watkin, Head of Talent, Europa Worldwide Group
Claire Piotrowski, Head of Talent Development, Kuehne + Nagel

13:50-14:20  Using tracking and telematics to increase efficiency: Incentivisation, common challenges, and new technology 
  • Marc will use a recent case study to illustrate best practice using existing technology to manage external fleets effectively
  • He'll offer advice and ideas regarding increasing the uptake of tracking apps and tech in order to give you the data you need to optimise visibility. 
  • He'll describe the opportunities and challenges regarding the use of telematics. 
  • He'll share his forecasts and recommendations for the coming year, making best use of newly released tech and the lessons he's learned. 
  • Lastly, 3 questions to ask your 3PL or fleet provider to make sure you get the visibility you're expecting. 
Marc Crosby, IT Director - Global LLP Product and Business Development, DHL

14:30-15:00 Have you considered recruiting from the Armed Forces?

Daren Thomas will share the latest research regarding veterans and their careers and help you get started in attracting the best un-tapped talent to join your teams.
 
Daren Thomas, BFBS

FMCG and Consumer Goods

PORT OF TYNE ROOM

In this stream we look at issues concerning companies dealing with finished goods for the consumer market but delegates from all verticals, modes and sectors are welcome
 
12:30-13:00 A Nestle Case Study: Building flexibility into your warehousing strategy
A ‘real-world’ case study from the flexible warehouse storage experts Bis Henderson Space, FMCG giant Nestle and one of the UK’s leading 3PL’s Kinaxia Logistics. This 3-way panel will demonstrate the benefits of innovative collaboration when sourcing additional warehouse space as part of a strategic plan, the ultra-flexibility that can be achieved as a result and the overarching benefits this can bring to businesses’ long term growth.
 
Steve Purvis, Operations Director, Bis Henderson Space
Bernadette Smith, Logistics Network Manager, Nestle UK
Simon Hobbs, CEO, Kinaxia Logistics Group


13:00-13:50 Buyer beware! - Joining the increasing list of supply chain companies now servicing the B-C sector with FMCG may seem a logical move, but is there more to this than meets the eye?

With e-commerce now representing 20% of our retail spend, the unprecedented demand for online warehousing and fulfilment centres poses both an opportunity and a challenge for developers and operators over the next few years. With concerns justly raised as to the suitability and safety of some products purchased online, this now has direct implications for companies operating in the sector. The panel explores these implications and the projections for this consumer-led shopping phenomenon where almost everything appears to be available with increasingly shorter lead times.

Moderated by:
Murray Gibson,
Director, Murray Gibson Associates


Panellists;
Iain Bartholomew –
Director of Logistics, Urban Outfitters
Stuart Ager –
Operations Director, Century Logistics
Howard Catherall –
Partner, Gotelee Solicitors

13:50-14:20 The Netherlands as your partner for EU FMCG logistics
  • Joint action: experiences in British-Dutch logistics;
  • Tax and customs information you need to know
  • Supply chain optimization for the new era
Jochem Sanders, Supply Chain Development Europe, HIDC Holland International Distribution Council

14:30-15:00 Future-proofing the logistics sector: Identifying areas where we could improve to create an industry that is sustainable both commercially and environmentally
 
Do we need to effect change in the logistics sector and to what end?
Bis Henderson Consulting will discuss their analysis of the current system and share thoughts on the small changes that will help provide a platform for ongoing flexibility as customer needs change. You will come away with ideas on how to make supply chain part of the solution rather than a system of bolt-ons and tips on how to work with all stakeholders to create true collaboration.
 

Louisa Hosegood, Digital and Strategy Director, Bis Henderson Consulting

15:10-15:40 Incentivising 3PLs: how to align performance with requirements
 How a user can fine-tune the reward scheme it offers to its 3PLs to ensure that their performance matches its needs, and when best to implement that scheme in the life-cycle of the user / provider relationship.

Nigel Kotani, Lawyer, Excello Law

Modal Bulletin: The news from roads, sea and air

COVENTRY ROOM

Delegates from all verticals, modes and sectors are welcome

Chaired by John Fossey, WCN

 
This session is relevant to all sectors
 
12:50-14:40 Keynote Panel - Setting the agenda for port infrastructure investment
  • Factors affecting the next 5 years of port development: Collaboration, sustainability, politics, investment
  • Improvements in progress and the functionality those developments will deliver
  • Analysis from the cargo owner: What’s worked for us?
  • What do infrastructure investments deliver to logistics providers and how might that impact supply chain efficiency?
  • Focus on rail: Explanation of the port-rail opportunities in view
Moderated by Charles Hammond, CEO, Forth Ports
 
13:50-14:20 Accelerating efficiency improvements and de-carbonisation by growing the market for rail freight:
  • Examples to replicate: Recent steps forward and the challenges they overcame
  • Planned capital investment and the potential opportunities 
  • Still to be done: What should the integrated door-to-door solution look like and to what extent could it revolutionise our sector
  • The future for road to rail and the best-case-scenario for collaboration
  • Action points 
 John Smith, Managing Director, GB Railfreight

14:30-15:00 Transport Intelligence explores why the future of road freight is digital by addressing the following questions: 
  • How is technology impacting the road freight market? To what effect are digital start-ups infiltrating the market and to what effect?
  • What is the continuing effect of Brexit on market growth?
  • What are the latest trends and key drivers in road freight rate fluctuations?
  • Is there a light at the end of the tunnel for the driver shortage crisis? 
Prof John Manners-Bell, CEO, TI

Day Three : Career Taster Sessions

Multimodal Room : Students Stream One

What opportunities are there for you in the logistics industry?

Facilitated by Bethany Fovargue
 
10:30-10:50   What does the logistics industry do?
The logistics sector includes a huge range of different types of transport with thousands of companies working to help move everything from microchips to oranges around the world.
This sessions will help you visualise the sector and the kinds of jobs that exist within it. We’ll also look at some of the latest inventions to make the system work better, including robotics and AI.

Sarah Louise Thornton, Inbound Network Controller, Arla Food

11:00-11:20 Choosing Apprenticeships and work-place training

 
Facilitation: Sally Gilson, Head of Skills, FTA will explain how to find an apprenticeship that works for you.
 
The speakers will answer:
  • What programme they did
  • How they discovered that it was an option for them
  • How the programmes work
  • What were the challenges and why it was worth it
  • Recommendations and ideas for the audience
 The speakers
  • Lana Jay, Early Career Talent Manager, Europa,
  • Bethany Forvargue, Operations Manager, Novus
  • Kyle Lawrence, Unsworth Chair of South East Young Forwarder Network. Kyle, will talk about his apprenticeship experiences.
  • Thomas Frost, Geodis Current Apprentice of the Year. Thomas, will talk about the opportunities an apprenticeship has given him.

11:30-11:50  Facilitated by Carl Hobbis
 
Questions for the young people: 
  1. What is your background?
  2. What drew them to logistics?
  3. Can you explain what your day to day work involves?
The speakers:
1) Mark Brant, Customer Service Representative, WiseTech Global: How I got into technology, engineering and software development and what I do each day
2) Katie-Louise Thompson-Friend, Woodland
Katie-Louise, will give an insight into the various opportunities within the industry for a young person.
3) Ryan Wilkes, Kuehne+NagelVice-chair of the Young Forwarder Network in the North West. Ryan will promote the value of building your personal network.

12:00-12:30 Where is the logistics industry now and what changes will you be part of?
Analysis of the future of the logistics industry and the opportunities that will evolve with it.
Daniel will help you understand the many amazingly interesting problems that need solving right across logistics, and the huge impact that could have. He’ll also help understand what skills you might want to develop to be a part of that.

Daniel Hulme, CEO, Satalia

Port of Tyne Room: Students Stream Two

What opportunities are there for you in the logistics industry?

10:30-10:50  Facilitated by Ian Nichol
 
What does the logistics industry do?
The logistics sector includes a huge range of different types of transport with thousands of companies working to help move everything from microchips to oranges around the world.
This sessions will help you visualise the sector and the kinds of jobs that exist within it. We’ll also look at some of the latest inventions to make the system work better, including robotics and AI.

Tienne Oates, Astin University & Callister Wincanton

11:00-11:20 Facilitated by Ian Nichol
 
Questions for the young people.
  1. What is your background?
  2. What drew them to logistics?
  3. Can you explain what your day to day work involves?
The speakers:
1)
Mark Brant, Customer Service Representative, WiseTech Global: How I got into technology, engineering and software development and what I do each day
2)
Katie-Louise Thompson-Friend, Woodland
Katie-Louise, will give an insight into the various opportunities within the industry for a young person.
3)
Ryan Wilkes, Kuehne+Nagel - Vice-chair of the Young Forwarder Network in the North West. Ryan will promote the value of building your personal network.

11:30-11:50
Where is the logistics industry now and what changes will you be part of?
Analysis of the future of the logistics industry and the opportunities that will evolve with it.
Daniel will help you understand the many amazingly interesting problems that need solving right across logistics, and the huge impact that could have. He’ll also help understand what skills you might want to develop to be a part of that.

Daniel Hulme, CEO, Satalia

12:00-12:30 Choosing Apprenticeships and work-place training
 
Facilitation:
Sally Gilson, Head of Skills, FTA will explain how to find an apprenticeship that works for you.

The speakers will answer
  • What programme they did
  • How they discovered that it was an option for them
  • How the programmes work
  • What were the challenges and why it was worth it
  • Recommendations and ideas for the audience
The speakers
  • Lana Jay, Early Career Talent Manager, Europa,
  • Bethany Forvargue, Operations Manager, Novus
  • Kyle Lawrence, Unsworth Chair of South East Young Forwarder Network. Kyle, will talk about his apprenticeship experiences.
  • Thomas Frost, Geodis Current Apprentice of the Year. Thomas, will talk about the opportunities an apprenticeship has given him.

Coventry Room: Stream 3 Armed forces & logistics professionals in hiring roles stream

10:30-10:50 What jobs are there in the logistics industry?

The logistics sector includes a huge range of different types of transport with thousands of companies moving everything from microchips to oranges around the world.
This session will help you visualise the sector and the kinds of jobs that exist within it. We will focus on jobs that have been especially interesting to those leaving the armed forces.

 
TBC

11:30-11:50  Clipper Case Study: Bringing ex-military personnel into the logistics sector
 
  • Our experiences to date and why we look to work with ex-service people
  • The programme in place and how it works
  • The strengths of veterans and where you might be best deployed within new careers in logistics
  • How to start your move into a new career
Mick Doe, Fresh Start at Clipper Group
Jennifer Swain, Head of Resources, Clipper Logistics.
Daren Thomas, BFBS
12:30-13:30 Tour and stand visits
Networking Lunch – visit stands and chat with recruiters


 


Due to circumstances beyond the control of the organisers, timings, speakers and locations may change. 
The organisers regret any inconvenience this may cause.