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Seminars to tackle the next generation of supply chain challenges

19 July 2019

Speakers will address the critical developments driving change across the supply chain sector during a series of free-to-attend seminars taking place across four days at IMHX 2019.

Speakers include a number of top level logisticians such as: Alex Harvey, general manager OSP Warehouse Automation, Ocado Technology; Barry Morgan, solution specialist – logistics, The Co-op: and David Hix, supply chain director, Nestle UK&I.

“The spotlight will fall on the technologies transforming logistics - including AI, robotics and automation and cover many of the themes affecting supply chain professionals today,” says conference producer, David Tran.

“With over 100 expert speakers and facilitators giving fresh insights into the ways supply chain strategies are shifting and changing focus, the IMHX 2019 seminar programme will deliver relevant content that ensures logistics professionals make the most of their time at IMHX 2019,” he adds.

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IMHX 2019 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham on 24-27 September 2019. This year, more than 400 companies will be presenting the latest developments in intralogistics and supply chain technology, making IMHX 2019 the largest international logistics solutions exhibition the UK has ever seen. Visitors are encouraged to pre-register. To secure your free visitor pass that allows access to all areas of the show on any of the opening dates, visit www.imhx.net

As well as a Keynote Arena and The Big Bang @ IMHX Skills Zone (see box), visitors can attend informative sessions within the Technology Solutions Forum where they can learn how new cost-saving logistics technology is being implemented within operations from real life case studies.

Leading industry bodies and associations such as Women in Logistics (WiL) and the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) will also be holding conferences between 25-26 September at IMHX 2019.

The full conference programmes will be available soon and can be viewed online at www.imhx.net.

More than 400 exhibitors

Logistics specialists can meet over 400 suppliers of a vast array of storage and materials handling solutions at the show.

Everything from racking and shelving, forklift trucks and warehouse management software, to state-of-the-art automated handling systems will be on display, which means that visitors will be able to see and evaluate all the equipment they need to store and handle their clients’ goods safely and space efficiently.

Rob Fisher, IMHX 2019 event director, comments: “When planning either a new-build storage facility or upgrading an existing site, careful thought is required from the outset to ensure that the best possible solution is specified and it’s important to properly evaluate all the options open to you at an early stage: that means talking to as many equipment suppliers as possible.  

“A visit to IMHX is a great chance to see hundreds of state-of-the-art intralogistics solutions under one roof and a wonderful opportunity to get a greater understanding of how modern technology can deliver the operational benefits you are looking for.”

Visitors will be able to see the developments in automation and robotics technology that are reshaping the way orders are picked, packed and dispatched.

The relentless rise of e-Commerce is forcing retailers and logistics operators to adapt the design of their facilities to keep pace with the demands of today’s technology-enabled consumer who is demanding ever-faster and more efficient delivery of goods.

As a result, traditional storage warehouses are being transformed into massive high-volume order-fulfilment centres with higher racking and narrower aisles to ensure that every square inch of the site is optimised. 

The technology deployed within these facilities is evolving too. Developments in intralogistics systems are advancing more rapidly than ever before as operators search for greater reliability and higher efficiency.

The Big Bang

As part of its ongoing commitment to raise the profile of the logistics industry among young people, IMHX 2019 is offering a cash prize to the team of students that devises the most impressive way of reducing online returns in a free-to-enter competition that is open to schools and colleges across the West Midlands.

Delivered in association with Learn by Design and Think Logistics, ‘Delivering Promises: How to Solve the Returns Problem in Logistics’ is part of The Big Bang programme of UK-wide events that aim to get students excited about science, technology and engineering.

At a high profile ceremony at IMHX 2019, the winning team will be presented with a cheque for £750 to be shared among the students, while the runners up, third and fourth-placed entries will receive £350, £250 and £150 respectively.

The competition is part of a series of events that will be a feature of Big Bang @ IMHX – an area within the IMHX show dedicated to highlighting the opportunities available to graduates and school leavers within the supply chain sector.

Rob Fisher, IMHX 2019 show director, says: “The logistics and supply chain sectors need ever-increasing and changing skills to keep Britain moving. ‘Delivering Promises: How to Solve the Returns Problem in Logistics’ is one of a number of initiatives we are organising in the run up to the show in association with a number of stakeholder partners designed to encourage young people to consider a career in the logistics sector.”

Changes in the ways modern e-fulfiment warehouses operate are, not surprisingly, being driven by developments in automation and robotics. 

The growing role of artificial intelligence and technology within modern supply chain operations will be reflected at IMHX 2019: with over a third of exhibitors showcasing some form of automation, robotics, autonomous vehicles or new tech, visitors to the show will be able to discover exciting technology for themselves and get a greater understanding of how it can deliver operational benefits and competitive advantages. IMHX 2019 represents an unmissable opportunity to see live and dynamic demonstrations of the latest technological developments that are shaping the modern logistics industry.

IMHX 2019 is sponsored by Investec Asset Finance.