Seminars 2021 - Outline Agenda

Sustainable logistics - how tech innovation, modal shift, and people power are shaping resilient supply chains

Multimodal and Logistics UK have teamed up to produce this three-day series of panel discussions and keynote speeches focused on the theme of sustainable logistics.

The speakers will look at how tech innovation, modal shift, and people power are shaping resilient supply chains.

Places are on a first come basis, please indicate your interest when you register to attend

Strategic Partner

Logistics UK strategic partner of Multimodal Seminars 2021

Day One Plenary

Port of Tyne Theatre

The morning plenary session is relevant to all and will focus on our action plan as an industry, for the year ahead



​Opening Plenary With Keynote - Logistics Report 2021: the resilience of our sector across all modes
The Logistics Report contains data from a wide range of national and international sources including government departments, NGO’s and industry bodies across rail, road, air and sea and includes bespoke analysis commissioned by Logistics UK on business costs, business sentiment and the challenges facing the industry.
  • David Wells, Chief Executive, Logistics UK 

The state of logistics in a post Brexit and COVID world : Plenary Panel
The combination of COVID-19 on top of Brexit has created unprecedented challenges for businesses of every size, in every market. Against this backdrop, the logistics industry is facing an era of unprecedented change as digitisation takes hold and customer expectations evolve. Our panel takes a look at the lessons learnt from the last 18 months, how best to plan ahead and what the future industry will look like.

Day One Afternoon Sessions

Port of Tyne Theatre

14.00-15.00 Logistics UK's panel discussion: Road Freight - key policy issues 
A look at topical issues such as the HGV Driver shortage, as well as a look forwards to include Net Zero and Autonomous vehicles.
  • Elizabeth de Jong, Director of Policy, Logistics UK (Chair)
  • Andrew Malcolm, Chief Executive, Malcolm Group
  • Matthew Deer, Managing Director, Swain Group

15.30-16.30  What's next for trade after Brexit?
A review of the impact of Brexit so far, and a look ahead at what to expect from changing legislation and new import controls and how best to prepare.

Forth Ports Theatre

14.00-15.00  United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) seminar - Warehousing of the future
Going Green: Sustainability is a key issue for warehousing, both in terms of operational and embodied carbon emission. We look at greener buildings from a real estate perspective and consider opportunities for reducing environmental impact through new technology.

15.30-16.30  United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) seminar - Warehousing of the future
Going Digital: Hand in hand with sustainability, digitisation can reduce paperwork, increase efficiency and improve performance. We ask how warehouse operators can embrace digital logistics without huge investment or major operational disruption.

Multimodal Theatre

14.00 Preparing for Customs changes in January 2022
Practical advice on how to prepare for the introduction of import controls for trade from the EU in January 2022. The panel will look at the best ways to prepare for the first of January 2022 learning from lessons this year to limit errors down to lack of preparation.

15.30 - 16:30  Sustainable lighting, can you afford to ignore it?
Zumtobel Group has extensive experience in providing lighting solutions for the logistics sector. From understanding the well-being of employees, how lighting can optimise organisational efficiency and using sustainable solutions we have the offer for your environment. Please join this session for a detailed overview.

Day Two

Port of Tyne Theatre

12.00-13.00  Logistics UK's panel discussion: focus on how water freight can support the UK supply chain
Topics to include the impact of COVID and further challenges and opportunities in deep sea, coastal and short sea shipping, and inland waterways.

14.00-15.00  Logistics UK's panel discusson: Rail Freight - Key policy issues
A focus on how rail freight can support the UK supply chain. Topics to include the impact of COVID on passenger rail and what this means for freight; the Williams-Shapps review and targets for freight growth; and infrastructure developments.

15.30-16.30 Development of UK border management and freeports 
The Institute of Export and International Trade are pleased to be attending Multimodal 2021 to give insight into the long term border strategy, changes to the Border Operating Model and also the introduction of Freeports into the UK.  This will give businesses an opportunity to look forward and to plan for long term sustainability in the evolving landscape of international trade.
  • Vicky Payne MIEx(Grad), Customs and Education Delivery Team Lead, The Institute of Export & International Trade
  • Kevin Shakespeare, Academy Director, The Institute of Export and International Trade and change

Forth Ports Theatre

10.30-11.30  Tech innovations – Lessons from COVID - Panel discussion
COVID 19 has put huge pressure on the logistics industry, accelerating a digital transformation already driven by changing customer behaviour, unpredictable demand, supply interruption and restricted movement. From blockchain to Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and smart data, disruptors are harnessing the power of tech to rebuild a more efficient, reliable, transparent supply chain.

12.00-13.00   Creating Value for Logistics Services B2B Buyers by Post-Coronavirus Supply Chain Resilience
Creating B2B customer value is becoming increasingly important for the providers of logistics services. But there is still a lack of understanding about the actual values that logistics service providers can offer to their customers to make them better off, especially during the times of crisis and uncertainties imposed by the Coronavirus pandemic. This seminar will look at the roles and approaches of post-Coronavirus supply chain resilience in delivering superior multiple values to the business-to-business buyers of logistics services. This workshop is intended to enable audience engaging with one-another about this critical topic, exchange and compare their respective perspectives, as well as come up with informal propositions.

  • Alexandre Metreveli (PhD, MSc, CMILT, SFHEA), Course Director for Supply Chain Leadership Professional L6 Integrated Degree Apprenticeship, Assistant Professor in Operations and Supply Chain Management, Coventry University Business School

14.00-15.00  How 5G will drive efficiencies at ports - panel discussion                     
5G technology allows more data to be handled, at faster speeds and from more devices. As a result, new opportunities are arising around smart solutions which enable ports to manage freight more effectively. This panel discussion will draw on experience from two live projects funded through DCMS’s 5G Testbed and Trials Programme. The 5G Logistics and 5G Ports projects are testing 5G-enabled cargo tracking, condition monitoring, crane maintenance and port security. As well as looking at technological solutions, the motivations for using 5G and considerations prior to investing in private networks will be tackled in the discussion. Opportunities for audience views and questions will make for a lively and needs-focused session.

15.30-16.30  People Power – how to build a diverse Next Gen workforce and put mental health wellbeing top of the agenda

Multimodal Theatre

10:30 Trading with Northern Ireland since Brexit
Making the NI Protocol work for GB Suppliers and their NI Customers

12.00 - 13.00 Zeus Labs - Changing the Future of UK Logistics for good
We will give a brief introduction to Zeus, explaining in an interactive way how we work in partnership to solve many existing haulage and logistics inefficiencies that exist within the industry. In addition, Matt Jones and Sam McGuirk(Head of UK Operations and Head of Commercial respectively) will give some unique insights into the importance of digital transformation in the UK Logistics space especially focussing on the backload market and how Zeus solves this issue. 
  • Jai Kanwar, Co-Founder, Zeus Labs
  • Clemente Theotokis, Chief Executive Officer, Zeus Labs
  • Sam McGuirk, General Manager, Zeus Labs
  • Matt Jones, Head of UK Operations, Zeus Labs
14.00 Addressing short-term ocean freight disruption and taking a longer-term view on mitigating risk
 Moving freight right now is challenging, to say the least. In this seminar, we’ll be discussing whether there are any short-term fixes that can be employed to reduce disruption, as well as refocusing our sights on what we can do to help ourselves in the future.
From unlocking visibility of goods in transit to planning in flexibility for potential upcoming risks, join the discussion to explore the ways we can set a course for more control, more options, and more visibility and reliability.
  • Mike Chapman, Head of Ocean, Zencargo

15.30-16.30  Creating inclusive workforces
Creating diversity and inclusion in the transport and logistics is an on-going challenge for the industry which is historically narrow in its demographic. However, in recent years there has been a shift within the sector and an increased inclusion of a more diverse, modern workforce. This session will focus on this cultural change and discuss what more needs to be done to catalyse and prioritise diversification, which positively impacts the transport and logistics industry.
  • Caroline Barber, Chief Executive, Transaid (chair)
  • Clare Bottle, CEO, UKWA
  • Orlando Martins, CEO, ORESA

Day Three

Port of Tyne Theatre


How to implement an effective apprenticeship scheme - panel discussion
  • Carl Hobbis, Executive Director, British International Freight Association - BIFA (Chair)
  • Colin Smith, Training & Career Development Manager, Metro Shipping
  • Marnie Rose, Sector Skills Business Manager for Transport and Logistics, Seetec Outsource Training & Skills
  • Chloe Melloy, Freight Forwarding Apprentice, DSV Air &Sea Ltd

Plenary Panel What the Next Gen want from a career in logistics

Stand visits 
– visit stands and chat with recruiters

Whilst the organisers do everything to maintain the content, speakers, location and timing of the programme, it may be subject to change without notice