Tomorrows Warehouse Manchester

Seminar Programme

The 2024 agenda

If you'd like to speak at Tomorrow's Warehouse 2024 please contact our conference chair Simon Duddy at sduddy@westernbusiness.media

Times & sessions are preliminary and subject to change.

Seminar Programme :
Theatre 1

08:30 - 09:20

Registration, teas & coffees, table-top exhibition opens

09:20 - 09:30

Introduction

Simon Duddy (Editor, Logistics Matters)
Session 1 : ECOMMERCE AND WAREHOUSE TRANSFORMATION
09:30 - 09:50

Managing a relentless pace of innovation

Amy McNamara (Head of Operations, Boohoo)
Amy McNamara, Head of Operations, Boohoo outlines what it takes to manage warehouse transformation in the extremely pacy world of fast fashion.
09:50 - 10:10

10:10 - 10:30

10:30 - 11:00

Discussion Panel Q & A

Amy McNamara (Head of Operations, Boohoo)
11:00 - 11:30

Break

Session 2 : SUPPLY CHAIN DISRUPTION AND WAREHOUSE AUTOMATION
11:30 - 11:50

Dealing with global supply chain challenges

Sarah Payne (Head of Central Logistics, Jaguar Land Rover)
Sarah Payne, Head of Central Logistics, Jaguar Land Rover gives a personal take on global supply chain trends and challenges.
11:50 - 12:10

Automation strategies at a time of great change

John Munnelly (Distribution Director, John Lewis)
John Lewis was one of the first major retailers to innovate in the omnichannel retail revolution with huge investments in automated warehousing, most notably at the Magna Park Campus in Milton Keynes. John Munnelly reflects on this innovation and leadership and asks what the future holds in an ever more unpredictable world.
12:10 - 12:30

Humans v Machines - The Eight Myths of Warehouse Automation

Gavin Harrison (Sales Director, Element Logic UK)
Gavin will talk about how to tackle the industry's preconceptions of automated warehousing and how to make the most of your operation.
12:30 - 13:00

Discussion Panel Q&A

Sarah Payne (Head of Central Logistics, Jaguar Land Rover)
John Munnelly (Distribution Director, John Lewis)
Gavin Harrison, , (Sales Director, Element Logic UK)
13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

Session 3 : SAFETY AND SKILLS
14:00 - 14:20

14:20 - 14:40

14:40 - 15:00

Discussion Panel Q & A

15:00 - 15:15

Break

Session 4 : FREEPORT OPPORTUNITIES
15:15 - 15:35

Opportunity for Sustainable Development

Jonathan Coleman (Freeport Project Manager, Liverpool City Region Freeport)
The new Liverpool City Region Freeport offers impetus for new warehouse development, job opportunities, and much more. Jonathan Coleman, Freeport Project Manager, Liverpool City Region Freeport outlines the opportunity and how the freeport will contribute towards the UK's sustainability goals.
15:35 - 15:55

15:55 - 16:15

Discussion Panel Q & A

Jonathan Coleman (Freeport Project Manager, Liverpool City Region Freeport)
16:15 - 16:20

Closing comments

Simon Duddy (Editor, Logistics Matters)
16:20

Close

Seminar Programme :
Theatre 2

08:30 - 09:20

Registration, teas & coffees, table-top exhibition opens

09:20 - 09:30

Introduction

Liza Helps (Property Editor, Logistics Matters)
09:30 - 11:00

NORTH WEST: THE REGIONAL OPPORTUNITY

An in-depth look at the Northwest's Industrial and Logistics property market highlighting issues that have affected the region for the past 15 years - such as the lack of land for new development. With the new Labour Government’s push to release ‘grey land’ in the greenbelt for housing will this put the two sectors at loggerheads and can homes be sustained without jobs? Will the Freeport bring as many opportunities as they think?

This session will comprise a presentation followed by a panel discussion featuring the top regional property and development companies.

11:00 - 11:30

Break

11:30 - 13:00

WAREHOUSE PROPERTY: THE ENERGY ISSUE

Kevin Mofid (Head of EMEA Industrial and Logistics, Savills)

Electrification is a key issue in the warehouse, as facilities increase their energy draw as automation grows and electric MHE becomes more popular. Yet most areas of the economy face the same challenge. Some say warehouses have a solution on their doorstep with vast roof space to deploy solar, but there are many limitations standing in the way of broad roll out, as the National Grid and DNOs struggle to modernise at pace.

Property developers say they cannot develop without power and sites seeking allocation are being told to wait for up to five years! This is a huge drag on the sector. The rise in data centres with their huge power demands is piling on even more pressure. This session will get to the bottom of this vital issue.

Speakers will include top 3PLs, property analysts such as Savills Head of EMEA Industrial and Logistics Kevin Mofid, developers and industry experts.

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

14:00 - 15:00

WAREHOUSE FIRE SAFETY

Alison Phillips (Head of Fire Safety Risk Management, Ocado)

Warehouse fires rarely cause deaths but they can cause huge damage, and as warehousing and logistics becomes an ever more important part of the UK economy, fires have great potential to cause disruption and threaten business continuity. This session will disucss the many ways occupiers can mitigate the risks.

The discussion will feature developers, investors and experts including Alison Phillips, Head of Fire Safety Risk Management at Ocado.

15:00 - 15:15

Break