Monday, February 12, 2018

Under the Spotlight - How Brexit and Data Laws Will Affect Logistics and the Supply Chain   

UKWA Conference Aims at Studying Crucial Targets for Freight and Warehousing Industry

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Shipping News Feature UK – The one certainty which will always remain when it comes to the supply chain is that, whilst one can digitise and automate many facets of it, one will always need a place to transfer and store the goods. Thus the forthcoming United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) National Conference remains a place where those senior figures in the logistics industry can meet and discuss the latest and likely future trends for the freight sector.

This year’s conference is of particular importance, looking forward as it does to some potentially radical changes for the industry. Whilst offering a genuine chance to network with other executives, most delegates will be keen to attend the one and a half hour ‘Elephant in the Room’ discourse on the first morning, when an HMRC representative will be one of the speakers discussing preparations for Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Customs involvement continues in the afternoon when HMRC’s new Fulfilment House Due Diligence Scheme, opening for registrations in April 2018, will be the subject. With Brexit looming and potentially changing the nature of trade, any and all businesses that import and/or store goods for resale on behalf of companies established outside the EU need to understand the parameters. Later in the day a warehouse of the future will come under the spotlight, preceding one of the other major topics, the changes to the Data Protection Regulations which come into force in May.

With almost half a million businesses already registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) there are still many, even amongst those, who are unclear exactly what protocols the law demands of them and, with the very real risk of prosecution for incorrect procedures, this is a subject in which that many will feel the need to clarify their own positions prior to the evening’s dinner celebrations.

A shortened Day 2 will look at the best use of technology in the industry preceded by addressing the very real problems of defeating the skill shortages throughout the profession. Training of all types of staff is now an essential, rather than an optional extra, and experts will be on hand to illustrate just what is out there and how to turn an expense into an investment.

The UKWA Conference will be held at the Casa Hotel, Chesterfield on 7-8 March 2018, with the full agenda viewable here whilst registration for the event can be made using this link.

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