Seminars

The full 2021 agenda

Times & sessions are preliminary and subject to change.

08:30 - 09:20

Registration, teas & coffees, table-top exhibition opens

09:20 - 09:30

Introduction

Simon Duddy - Editor, Handling & Storage Solutions

Handing & Storage solutions magazine editor Simon Duddy will introduce the conference outlining the challenges faced by warehouse operations staff. We were already in a time of unprecedented logistics transformation thanks to eCommerce. Then the coronavirus pandemic made revitalising warehousing and logistics absolutely essential. This conference will help attendees develop the tools to adapt and thrive in the face of these ongoing challenges.

Session 1

The big picture for warehousing in the UK

This session will comprise presentations and a discussion panel and will examine how warehouse and logistics professionals can keep their operations efficient in the face of unprecedented change.

09:30 - 10:00

Session title: Meeting unprecedented challenges head on

Speaker: Clare Bottle, CEO, United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA)

Session synopsis: We are at a pivotal moment for UK logistics and Clare will explore key issues such as how to react with intelligence to steeply increasing warehouse demand, as well as tackling staff shortages with better approaches to talent and inclusion.


10:00 - 10:30

Session title: TBC

Speaker: Headline sponsor and supplier of world-leading automation solutions Swisslog

Session synopsis: TBC


10:30 - 11:00

Session title: Discussion Panel Q & A

Panel: TBC

The Discussion Panel will be hosted by HSS Editor Simon Duddy and give audience members the chance to put questions to our panellists.

11:00 - 11:15

Break

Session 2

Are you ready for automation and robotics?

This session will comprise presentations and a discussion panel and will explore how attendees can make the most of automated warehousing.

11:15 - 11:45

Session title: TBC

Speaker:TBC

Session synopsis: TBC


11:45 - 12:15

Session title: How to handle warehouse automation

Speaker: Joe Metcalfe, Consultant, Hatmill

Session synopsis: Joe Metcalfe from Hatmill will share challenges, tips and best practice from the complex world of warehouse automation.


12:15 - 13:00

Session title: Discussion Panel Q & A

Panel: TBC

The Discussion Panel will be hosted by HSS Editor Simon Duddy and give audience members the chance to put questions to our panellists.

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch

Session 3

Make the most of Warehouse Space

14:00 - 14:30

Session title: Key real estate considerations for warehouse occupiers

Speaker: Kevin Mofid, Head of Industrial Research, Savills

Session synopsis: Kevin's talk will examine how surging demand for warehouse space has impacted the market, examining where new supply is coming through, the impact on rental levels and lease length, along with how technological and ESG innovation is effecting occupier decisions.

Kevin is a Director in Savills Research and covers all aspects of commercial occupational and investment markets but with a specific focus on industrial and logistics markets. Kevin co-ordinates market data collection across the UK. He specialises in topic and trend based research by applying “real life” issues to logistics and industrial property.


14:30 - 15:00

Session title: Discussion Panel Q & A

Panel: TBC

The Discussion Panel will be hosted by HSS Editor Simon Duddy and give audience members the chance to put questions to our panellists.

15:00 - 15:15

Break

Session 4

The Future of Forklifts – Safety | Automation | Energy

15:15 - 15:45

Session title: New forklift technologies and their impact on safety

Speaker: Kanwal Kanda, HM Principal Inspector, Transport Sector team, The Health & Safety Executive

Session synopsis: HSE’s Transport and Logistics Team have recently looked into new forklift technologies - from increased automation, to a trend towards more electric models - and have have analysed the evolving safety challenges associated with this. Don’t miss this presentation where Kanwal Kanda will outline key learnings.

As one of HM Principal Inspectors of Health and Safety, Kanwal Kanda has over 17 years of regulatory experience with the Health and Safety Executive across numerous industry sectors. In that time, Kanwal has personally conducted, prosecuted and managed investigations following multiple workplace fatalities, injuries and cases of ill health. Included are numerous incidents in a warehouse setting and with a workplace transport related element. His current role as HSEs Head of Transport sector involves devising national transport policy aimed at addressing the worse than average record for health and safety performance in the transport and logistics sector.


15:45 - 16:15

Session title: Discussion Panel Q & A

Panel: TBC

The Discussion Panel will be hosted by HSS Editor Simon Duddy and give audience members the chance to put questions to our panellists.


16:15 - 16:20

Session title: Closing comments

Presented by: Simon Duddy - Editor, Handling & Storage Solutions