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Future Logistics Conference promises a glimpse of how the industry will deliver tomorrow


There are now just two months to go before the inaugural Innovation & Technology in Transport Hub opens on 30 June at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre.

An integral part of the free-to-attend, two-day event, which supports the government’s plan to decarbonise transport, will be the Future Logistics Conference. The programme of ten sessions for this conference has recently been announced and promises to bring together some of the most respected, influential and innovative experts in the industry to map out the future of logistics.

A KEYNOTE SPEAKER WHO HAS BEEN OUT OF THIS WORLD

The conference will kick off with a speech from someone who has first-hand experience of the future of transport. Major Time Peake CMG was the first British astronaut to visit the International Space Station, and inspired millions with his work during Mission Pincipia. A former test pilot, he is also a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) ambassador, a schools’ speaker and best-selling author.

“I am thrilled to be speaking at Logistics UK’s Future Logistics Conference,” Peake said, “to engage with key businesses across the logistics sector and identify areas where inspiration could provide solutions to 21st century challenges.”

Major Peake will take to the stage alongside 23 of the industry’s most-respected leaders in sessions designed to provoke debate on the technology and ideas set to transform the transport and logistics sectors in the coming years.

DAY ONE SESSIONS

HGVS – FUTURE VEHICLES AND FUTURE FUELS

There are many options for new vehicles being developed, particularly around alternative fuels. This practical session will look at what you need to factor into your decision making before you procure the next set of vehicles that is right for your operation.

Confirmed speakers for this session include Andy Eastlake, Managing Director, Zemo Partnership and Professor David Cebon, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight.

THE POWER OF DATA IN TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS

Data is changing the way we live, work and manage our businesses, but what role does it play in the freight, passenger and energy sectors? Expert panellists showcase and discuss the art of the possible, and what’s around the corner for data-driven projects.

Wayne Savill, Director, PTV Group, Phil Roe, Strategy Director, DHL Supply Chain and Richard Bradley, Head of Strategy, Midlands Connect are all confirmed speakers for this session.

ATTRACTING, DEVELOPING AND RETAINING TALENT IN THE TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS SECTOR

Attracting and retaining talent is essential for the current and future success of all logistics companies. How can you develop the right strategies to attract and keep the best, and compete not just against other companies, but against other industries?

Confirmed speakers for this session include Jennifer Swain, Head of Talent and Operations, Road to Logistics and Steve Gooding, Director of the RAC Foundation.

VANS – FUTURE VEHICLES AND FUTURE FUELS

Whilst new electric vans are emerging onto the market there are significant operational challenges around payload, infrastructure and cost. What path should you be taking on the road to electric vans, and is electric the right path for your company?

Peter Harris, Vice President, International Sustainability, UPS and Gerrit Stumpe, Business Developer of eHighway, Siemens, are both confirmed speakers for this session.

DAY TWO SESSIONS

PUBLIC SECTOR SUPPORT: WHAT HELP DOES INDUSTRY NEED FROM GOVERNMENT TO ACHIEVE NET ZERO?

Innovation is critical to road transport’s ability to deliver a net-zero future and needs strong collaboration between government and industry. This seminar provides an opportunity to discuss what government policy and other interventions industry requires if it is to deliver.

Confirmed speakers for this session include Nick Harris, Acting Chief Executive, Highways England and Martin Tugwell, Programme Director, England’s Economic Heartland (EEH).

WHICH BUSINESS MODELS WILL SUCCEED IN THE FUTURE FOR LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORT?

The business models of leading businesses have traditionally been built around speed, reliability, customer service and shaving margins. But what business models will be essential in our net-zero future? Will companies need to redesign their strategies and innovate to survive?

Rob Fowler, Chief Executive of Volta Trucks and Buta Atwal, Chief Executive of Wright Bus, are among the confirmed speakers for this session.

HOW TO FUND THE FUTURE: STRATEGIES FOR FINANCE, INVESTMENT, RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES

What funding is required to fund an environmentally friendly future full of technological innovations? What financial paths are available to meet the investing needs of your businesses and to maximise your return?

Confirmed speakers for this session include Hemaxi Bhatt, Programme Lead on Innovation Loans, Innovate UK and Phillipa Oldham, Stakeholder Engagement Director, Advanced Propulsion Centre.

PASSENGER TRANSPORT – FUTURE VEHICLES AND FUTURE FUELS

There are many options for new passenger vehicles being developed, particularly around alternative fuels. This practical session will look at what you need to factor into your decision making before you procure the next set of vehicles that is right for your operation.

Rupert Clubb, Chief Officer, Transport for the South East and Steven Meersman, Founder, Zenobe are both confirmed speakers for this session.

WHAT’S THE REALITY OF AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES AND WHAT’S THE BUSINESS MODEL?

If autonomous vehicles are to be adopted in the commercial sector, they need to be safe, reliable and fit into a complex supply chain. We regularly hear that autonomous vehicles are just a few years away, but what’s the reality and what business transformations will they really bring about?

Confirmed speakers for this session include Dr Joanna White, Acting Roads Development Director, Highways England, Zeyn Saigol, Principal Technologist, Connected Places Catapult (CPC) and Mark Cracknell, Head of Technology, Zenzic.

“The logistics industry is evolving at a rapid rate, with new technologies set to transform the landscape of logistics as we move towards our net zero emissions future,” said Elizabeth de Jong, Director of Policy at Logistics UK, “The Future Logistics Conference will provide an invaluable opportunity to discover and debate the influences which will shape the logistics world of tomorrow, all at a safe, COVID-19 compliant venue.”

*www.logistics.org.uk/events/itt-hub

Published On: 29/04/2021 17:00:12

 



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