Multimodal

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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CONNECT FREIGHT SECTOR JOBS TO GREATER MEANING MULTIMODAL DELEGATES ARE TOLD


Industry leaders have offered their solutions to the freight industry’s labour crisis at a panel on the first day of Multimodal 2019

Birmingham, UK, Wednesday, 19th June 2019 – Link work to a bigger purpose: that was one message from HSBC’s global head of resourcing and onboarding during a Multimodal 2019 panel focused on the question of how to solve the current labour crisis faced by the freight industry.

Speaking on the first day of the supply chain solutions exhibition, taking place this week at the Birmingham NEC, the bank’s Hamish Nisbet said: “People increasingly ask themselves not: ‘What am I doing?’, but: ‘Why am I doing this?’, and so as organisations, it becomes really important that we help create that connection and purpose.”

Mr Nisbet also called for ensuring access to the broadest talent pool possible and establishing a cultural environment “that allows everyone to be themselves”.

According to him, organisations with the ability to do these three things are the ones that will “win in a commercial environment”.

The event saw panellists give their thoughts on, and solutions to, the freight sector’s labour crunch.

Leigh Anderson, Bis Henderson Recruitment managing director, said of the crisis: “This is as bad as it’s been in 30 years,” while Sally Gilson, the Freight Transport Association’s head of skills, said that a diversity problem exists “right the way across the board”.

According to statistics presented by Mr Anderson during the panel, over a quarter of supply chain personnel worldwide are over retirement age and just 15% of senior leadership roles in the supply chain are held by women — an amount Mr Anderson called “pathetically low”.

Furthermore, 70% of businesses claim that industry perception is their biggest challenge regarding hiring to the labour pool, while 45% of firms are finding it difficult to employ.

Communication was an overarching theme expressed by the panel concerning the question of how to remedy the labour crunch.

Beth O’Neill, business development director at DHL (for the UK and Ireland and the Mainland Europe, Middle East, and Africa regions), called for simplifying language in logistics, while Dr Naomi Irvine, director of Naomi Irvine Ltd, talked about “using conversations about culture to underscore the importance of change”.

Additionally, Ms Gilson called for people to be positive about the industry, noting that it “[suffers] from a really bad perception problem”.

Multimodal 2019 continues until 20th June 2019.

 

About Multimodal

Now in its 12th year, Multimodal is the UK, Ireland, and Northern Europe’s premier freight, transport, logistics, and supply chain management event.

In 2019, Multimodal will include the latest technological innovations to enter the industry, including AI and Blockchain.

The exhibition will feature a series of topical seminars including patterns of global trade, disruptive technologies, the impact of Brexit, and trends and opportunities in modal shift, as well as hosting a Shippers’ Village, providing freight buyers with a private space to meet logistics suppliers.

On the final day of Multimodal 2019, we will be supporting young talent within the industry by launching a new initiative to address tomorrow’s leaders by focusing on apprenticeships, training, upskilling, education, and recruitment specific to the sector.

Multimodal 2018 was attended by over 9,200 supply chain decision makers and more than 300 exhibitors.

The FTA Multimodal Awards evening takes place on the first evening of Multimodal, at the VOX Conference Centre at Resorts World Birmingham at the NEC, attended by some 650 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.

Multimodal 2019 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, UK from 18th to 20th June 2019.

For more information visit www.multimodal.org.uk

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CONNECT FREIGHT SECTOR JOBS TO GREATER MEANING MULTIMODAL DELEGATES ARE TOLD

Industry leaders have offered their solutions to the freight industry’s labour crisis at a panel on the first day of Multimodal 2019

Birmingham, UK, Wednesday, 18th June 2019 – Link work to a bigger purpose: that was one message from HSBC’s global head of resourcing and onboarding during a Multimodal 2019 panel focused on the question of how to solve the current labour crisis faced by the freight industry.

Speaking on the first day of the supply chain solutions exhibition, taking place this week at the Birmingham NEC, the bank’s Hamish Nisbet said: “People increasingly ask themselves not: ‘What am I doing?’, but: ‘Why am I doing this?’, and so as organisations, it becomes really important that we help create that connection and purpose.”

Mr Nisbet also called for ensuring access to the broadest talent pool possible and establishing a cultural environment “that allows everyone to be themselves”.

According to him, organisations with the ability to do these three things are the ones that will “win in a commercial environment”.

The event saw panellists give their thoughts on, and solutions to, the freight sector’s labour crunch.

Leigh Anderson, Bis Henderson Recruitment managing director, said of the crisis: “This is as bad as it’s been in 30 years,” while Sally Gilson, the Freight Transport Association’s head of skills, said that a diversity problem exists “right the way across the board”.

According to statistics presented by Mr Anderson during the panel, over a quarter of supply chain personnel worldwide are over retirement age and just 15% of senior leadership roles in the supply chain are held by women — an amount Mr Anderson called “pathetically low”.

Furthermore, 70% of businesses claim that industry perception is their biggest challenge regarding hiring to the labour pool, while 45% of firms are finding it difficult to employ.

Communication was an overarching theme expressed by the panel concerning the question of how to remedy the labour crunch.

Beth O’Neill, business development director at DHL (for the UK and Ireland and the Mainland Europe, Middle East, and Africa regions), called for simplifying language in logistics, while Dr Naomi Irvine, director of Naomi Irvine Ltd, talked about “using conversations about culture to underscore the importance of change”.

Additionally, Ms Gilson called for people to be positive about the industry, noting that it “[suffers] from a really bad perception problem”.

Multimodal 2019 continues until 20th June 2019.

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About Multimodal

Now in its 12th year, Multimodal is the UK, Ireland, and Northern Europe’s premier freight transport, logistics and supply chain management event.  Shippers and cargo owners attend to improve their businesses by finding ways of moving their products more efficiently, and by meeting new suppliers.

Multimodal 2018 was attended by over 9,200 supply chain decision makers and more than 300 exhibitors. The free-to-attend event showcased the latest logistics and supply chain solutions covering all aspects of logistics from equipment suppliers, ports, hauliers, shipping lines, 3PLs and forwarders.

In 2019, Multimodal will include the latest technological innovations to enter the industry, including AI and Blockchain.  It will feature a series of topical seminars including patterns of global trade, disruptive technologies, the impact of Brexit, trends and opportunities in modal shift, and lots more. The event also hosts a Shippers’ Village, providing freight buyers with a private space to meet logistics suppliers.

On the final day of Multimodal 2019, we will be supporting young talent within the industry by launching a new initiative to address tomorrow’s leaders by focusing on apprenticeships, training, upskilling, education, and recruitment specific to the sector.​

The FTA Multimodal Awards evening takes place on the first evening of Multimodal, at the VOX Conference Centre at Resorts World Birmingham at the NEC, attended by some 650 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.

Multimodal 2019 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, UK from 18th to 20th June 2019.

For more information, visit www.multimodal.org.uk