Monday, January 20, 2020

Current and Future Logistics Under the Spotlight at Annual National Warehousing Conference

A Chance to Get Up Close and Personal with Those Who Influence the Industry
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UK – This year's United Kingdom Warehouse Association (UKWA) National Conference will once again be held at the Hallmark Queen Hotel, Chester, this time on 3-4 March 2020, with the theme 'Next Generation Logistics'.

The annual event is fondly anticipated by those in the storage community but has widened its appeal of late as more companies in the supply chain industry spread theirselves across wider logistics interests. The two-day event always provides an excellent opportunity to hear thought leaders discuss the big issues facing the profession, and also often to network with those associated with logistics, such as senior HMRC representatives, whom one would not normally get to speak to face to face.

If anyone has the ability to predict the future it should be this year’s keynote speaker, Eleanor Winton, founder of Foresightfully and former leader of KPMG’s Future Institute in the UK. These days Eleanor aids companies spotting and exploiting new opportunities whilst guarding against new risks to business as they arise.

Subjects at this year’s event under scrutiny range between robotics and AI, to ‘generation Z’ and climate change and offer the chance to learn about emerging technologies whilst networking with other senior professionals from the 3PL community, alongside leading logistics users within the UK’s manufacturing, retail, automotive and aviation sectors. UKWA CEO, Peter Ward, commented:

“Next Generation Logistics not only refers to young people who increasingly rely on the efficiency of supply chains for all aspects of their lives and who potentially represent new talent coming into the industry, but is also an acknowledgement of the fact that, as an industry, logistics is entering a new digital era.

“With a full schedule of influential speakers, keynotes, interactive discussion panels, networking opportunities and more, all those who attend 2020’s UKWA conference can expect to take away valuable insights to inform future development as they strive to guide their businesses through these fast evolving times.

“I thoroughly recommend that anyone involved in warehousing, logistics or supply chain planning clears space in their diary to be part of this essential event. Those who fail to recognise and adapt to the current and future impact of radical change in our industry risk being left behind.”

UKWA members will receive tickets at a reduced rate around 20% lower than non-members who are welcome to attend regardless. Special concessions are available for new members (companies that have joined UKWA since January 2019) as well as for returning delegates and supporters of other UKWA events in 2019.

The Conference Package, which includes attendance at the two-day conference, a place at the networking dinner and drinks reception taking place on the evening of March 3rd, one night’s hotel accommodation, plus all meals and refreshments, costs just £495 + VAT for UKWA members or £595 + VAT for non-UKWA members. Details on the website or for more details contact Conference Manager Sue Knief.

Photo: The Hallmark Hotel, Chester ‘The Queen’ always sets an excellent standard for the Conference.