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Multimodal 2019 celebrates twelve years of putting shippers, retailers, wholesalers, importers and exporters in front of exhibitors who offer the latest logistics and supply chain solutions.

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Embrace wave of digitisation and disruption or get left behind - Multimodal 2018


Technology providers have urged shippers and freight forwarders to embrace the wave of digitisation and disruption that is sweeping the logistics and supply chain industries, or face “getting squashed”.

Birmingham, UK, Wednesday, 2nd May 2018 – Technology providers have urged shippers and freight forwarders to embrace the wave of digitisation and disruption that is sweeping the logistics and supply chain industries, or face “getting squashed”.

Speaking during the “Digital disruption – how logistics is changing and what you can do about it” panel on day one of Multimodal 2018, Simon Clark, Vice President of Business Development for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) at WiseTech Global, asserted that some two-thirds of UK warehouses do not even operate a warehouse management system.

In response, Mike Holdsworth, Sector Development Director – Transportation, for satellite communications giant Inmarsat, told fellow panellists and delegates attending the session in Birmingham that it is “imperative” for 3PLs to innovate.

“Otherwise they might simply get squashed – right now is the time to be looking to invest in things such as automation,” Holdsworth said.

“We are right at the point where Internet of Things (IoT) is key and you should at least be researching these technologies just to survive.

“The UK government is testing truck platooning on the UK roads right now, and in industries such as aerospace, automotive, and pharmaceuticals we will see the widespread deployment of robotics.”

Holdsworth also told the audience that the companies serving those industries have to understand that “robots and automation will come into use wherever there is a commercial imperative to improve efficiency”.

And he predicted a future in freight which would be dominated by robotic operations: “I don’t personally believe we are too far away from the time when cars will roll off a factory production line and then drive themselves to a ferry port where they load themselves onto a ferry – which will probably also be unmanned – and then ultimately drive themselves to the end consumer.”

However, this would not spell the end of the freight forwarding business, argued Daniel MacGregor, Director of Marketing and Sales at industrial IoT pioneer Nexiot.

“Freight forwarders are the original innovators – it is what their business model is based on and there are still great opportunities for them and the industry to hugely improve service levels thanks to increased use of technology,” he said.

“Look at the growing self-service capabilities – a top ten shipping line gets around 400,000 phone calls a month, mostly asking about incorrect documentation, shipment status, or a vessel status, and all these queries could be done without humans having to talk to each other, and thus freeing up a vast amount of employee time to concentrate on what humans are really good at, which is customer service and creating more value through innovation.

“I really hope that this year the industry will move from concentrating on cost to concentrating on value, and value creation that facilitates more business.”

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About Multimodal 2018

Multimodal is the UK and Ireland’s leading freight transport and logistics exhibition, which also features a series of topical seminars and master classes, and hosts a Shippers’ Village, giving freight buyers a private space to meet logistics suppliers.

The supply chain show, in its 11th year, is free-to-attend and Multimodal 2018 is currently taking place at the Birmingham NEC from 1st – 3rd May 2018.

Multimodal 2017 was the biggest in the show’s history, with over 345 exhibitors and a record-breaking attendance of 9,449 supply chain executives.

The FTA Multimodal Awards Night took place last night (1st May) at the VOX at Resorts World at the NEC, and welcomed over 800 guests.

The Awards recognise excellence in air, road, rail, maritime, and freight forwarding services and are voted for by the thousands of readers of the Multimodal newsletter, as well as FTA members, and exhibitors at Multimodal.

For more information visit www.multimodal.org.uk

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Technology providers have urged shippers and freight forwarders to embrace the wave of digitisation and disruption that is sweeping the logistics and supply chain industries, or face “getting squashed”.

Birmingham, UK, Wednesday, 2nd May 2018 – Technology providers have urged shippers and freight forwarders to embrace the wave of digitisation and disruption that is sweeping the logistics and supply chain industries, or face “getting squashed”.

Speaking during the “Digital disruption – how logistics is changing and what you can do about it” panel on day one of Multimodal 2018, Simon Clark, Vice President of Business Development for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) at WiseTech Global, asserted that some two-thirds of UK warehouses do not even operate a warehouse management system.

In response, Mike Holdsworth, Sector Development Director – Transportation, for satellite communications giant Inmarsat, told fellow panellists and delegates attending the session in Birmingham that it is “imperative” for 3PLs to innovate.

“Otherwise they might simply get squashed – right now is the time to be looking to invest in things such as automation,” Holdsworth said.

“We are right at the point where Internet of Things (IoT) is key and you should at least be researching these technologies just to survive.

“The UK government is testing truck platooning on the UK roads right now, and in industries such as aerospace, automotive, and pharmaceuticals we will see the widespread deployment of robotics.”

Holdsworth also told the audience that the companies serving those industries have to understand that “robots and automation will come into use wherever there is a commercial imperative to improve efficiency”.

And he predicted a future in freight which would be dominated by robotic operations: “I don’t personally believe we are too far away from the time when cars will roll off a factory production line and then drive themselves to a ferry port where they load themselves onto a ferry – which will probably also be unmanned – and then ultimately drive themselves to the end consumer.”

However, this would not spell the end of the freight forwarding business, argued Daniel MacGregor, Director of Marketing and Sales at industrial IoT pioneer Nexiot.

“Freight forwarders are the original innovators – it is what their business model is based on and there are still great opportunities for them and the industry to hugely improve service levels thanks to increased use of technology,” he said.

“Look at the growing self-service capabilities – a top ten shipping line gets around 400,000 phone calls a month, mostly asking about incorrect documentation, shipment status, or a vessel status, and all these queries could be done without humans having to talk to each other, and thus freeing up a vast amount of employee time to concentrate on what humans are really good at, which is customer service and creating more value through innovation.

“I really hope that this year the industry will move from concentrating on cost to concentrating on value, and value creation that facilitates more business.”

Ends

About Multimodal 2018

Multimodal is the UK and Ireland’s leading freight transport and logistics exhibition, which also features a series of topical seminars and master classes, and hosts a Shippers’ Village, giving freight buyers a private space to meet logistics suppliers.

The supply chain show, in its 11th year, is free-to-attend and Multimodal 2018 is currently taking place at the Birmingham NEC from 1st – 3rd May 2018.

Multimodal 2017 was the biggest in the show’s history, with over 345 exhibitors and a record-breaking attendance of 9,449 supply chain executives.

The FTA Multimodal Awards Night took place last night (1st May) at the VOX at Resorts World at the NEC, and welcomed over 800 guests.

The Awards recognise excellence in air, road, rail, maritime, and freight forwarding services and are voted for by the thousands of readers of the Multimodal newsletter, as well as FTA members, and exhibitors at Multimodal.

For more information visit www.multimodal.org.uk

Multimodal is firmly established as the UK, Ireland and Northern Europe’s premier freight transport, logistics and supply chain management event.

Whether you are an equipment supplier, port, haulier, shipping line, 3PL or forwarder, Multimodal offers a unique opportunity to make valuable face to face contact with new prospects and existing companies.   ​Year on year, shippers and cargo owners attend to improve their businesses; by finding ways of moving their products more efficiently and by meeting new suppliers.

Multimodal represents every logistics sector under one roof, and is characterised by key vertical sectors, including manufacturing, retail, agribusiness, chemical, automotive, electronics, FMCG, food & drink, fashion, pharmaceuticals, construction, aerospace, energy, real estate, recycling, paper/print and perishables, amongst others, whilst horizontally, the show covers all modes of transportation, including sea, road, rail, airand inland waterways.

This matrix design makes Multimodal incredibly valuable and accessible for shippers – whilst also affording them the opportunity to successfully meet and network with peers from other sectors, which is another key reason for their attendance.

With AI and blockchain the newest kids on the block in what seems to be a never-ending process of technological innovation – it is clear that our industry is on the cusp of major technological transformation. Multimodal 2019 will be embracing this shift by updating our branding and website and incorporating elements of digitisation, blockchain, AR, AI and robotics in to the Show.