2019 Agenda Day 1

Day 1 - Tuesday 18 June 2019

Seminar places can be booked when registering to attend Multimodal 2019.   Registration will open in early 2019.  Seats are available on a first served basis.

Open Plenary

Theatre 10.30 - 11.30

Disruption in the logistics industry

  • Why is the logistics industry vulnerable to disruption?
  • Who are the disruptors?
  • What will the future look like?

Speaker: John Manners Bell, Transport






    Theatre 12.00 – 13.00

    Here to help – weathering the perfect storm.

    Speaker: Peter Ward, UKWA


    Theatre 14.00 - 15.00

    Transforming Northern Freight Flows - the route to improving freight transport in the North?

    Manufacturers in the Liverpool/ Humber Axis are working with transport suppliers and logistics companies to examine new ways of reducing costs and emissions.

    The project is a consortium of a number of transport companies and other bodies including P&O, GB Railfreight, DB Cargo, Nestle, Kraft Heinz, the Universities of Hull and Lancaster, ABP, Peel Ports, Oxford Rail Strategies and others.

    Using real time flows of actual freight movements, the group is examining the current logistics requirements of producers on the Liverpool/Humber axis, who at present are largely served by north/south movements and looking into ways in which these same requirements could be met by a greater emphasis on east/west movements.

    Speaker: Stephen Weaver, Development Director P&O and LHOFT, Chairman

    Karla Jakeman, Innovation lead - Connected Transport, Innovate UK


    Seminar Room 14.00 - 15.00

    The Labour Crisis

    The freight industry is facing an unprecedented labour crunch, with the growth of e-commerce, the impact of Brexit, and a poor industry image to contend with. Our panel looks at solutions

    • Investing in automation to boost productivity
    • Creating an appealing career path
    • Addressing the home-grown skills shortage
    • Improving the profile of the sector
    • Breaking out of the low pay low quality cycle of decline


      Surgery 14.00 - 15.00


      Surgery 14.00 - 15.00



      Theatre 15.30 – 16.30

      5th Industrial Revolution

      With consumers demanding ever more personalization and customization, tech visionaries are predicting a fifth industrial revolution, increasing collaboration in manufacturing between humans and the smart systems already powering Industry 4.0  Industry 5.0 will enhance machine and human roles with resulting increase in productivity, unlocking new potential.

      • What new technologies can provide manufacturers, their limitations and what’s next in their development
      • Can robots and humans work together?
      • How can robots and AI improve productivity?


        Seminar Room 15.30 – 16.30

        Reverse Logistics

        Omni-channel fulfilment is pushing more complexity into traditional supply chains and getting reverse logistics right is vital to performance and profitability, as well as helping to eliminate waste.

        • Using Big Data
        • Reducing waste with closed loop supply chains
        • Using self drive trucks
        • Using Artificial Intelligence


          Surgery 15.30 - 14.30



          Surgery 15.30 - 14.30



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