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13 April 2019

John Munnelly, head of operations at John Lewis & Partners will present on Automation – a journey or a destination? at the next Warehouse Technology Group Live event in Manchester on June 5.

WTG partner KNAPP will follow up with info on some practical automation solutions. There is much to see at the next WTG Live event. The event mixes presentations with a chance to get hands-on with equipment in a real-live warehouse setting.

Discover how John Lewis has used automation to a drive its online sales without neglecting its physical stores. Hear how investment in business-improving warehouse technology and equipment can help you meet the challenges presented by the current business climate, acute labour shortages and the growth of e-retailing. Keynote speaker John Munnelly, head of operations, John Lewis & Partners will be sharing his extensive experience in deploying automation at the Magna Park campus to achieve the partnership’s 2020 goal of becoming a 50/50 e-commerce and bricks and mortar retailer.

The full programme is:

09.30 - Registration, refreshments and networking – LRIC

10.00 - Welcome and introduction to WTG

Mark Currie, WTG Joint Chairman

10.10 - Automation – a journey or a destination? 

John Munnelly, Head of Operations, John Lewis & Partners

10.40 - Automation ideas

Knapp UK

11.00 - Refreshments and networking 

12.00 - Modular pallet conveyors

Hilton Campbell, Managing Director, Interroll Ltd (UK)

12.15 - Partner demonstrations

13.00 - Lunch and networking – Reverse Logistics Training Centre

14.00 - Speculative development – is it enough to plug the gap?

Kevin Mofid, Director of Research, Savills

14.20 - Semi-permanent warehouses – a turnkey solution

Mark Currie, CEO, Mantra Learning

John Drake, Divisional Director, Spaciotempo UK

Robert Stuart, Consultant

14.40 - Getting to grips with the reverse logistics challenge

Tom Parker, Managing Director, RL People and Consultancy

The WTG Live event offers a unique combination of keynote presentations, live demonstrations, advice clinics and networking for busy warehousing professionals. You will see how the leading-edge solutions offered by the Warehouse Technology Group partners can help you to manage stock more effectively and improve the overall responsiveness of your operation. For example, Interroll will be presenting their new modular pallet conveyor platform for reliable and efficient handling of pallets.

The Warehouse Technology Group brings together a wealth of experience, knowledge and skills at this unique live event. You will have a great opportunity to talk to industry leaders about the big issues that concern your businesses. There is no other comparable forum for such an interchange – and there is a free barbecue lunch!

Reverse Logistics

WTG Live also provides a fantastic opportunity for an early look at Mantra Learning’s new £1million Reverse Logistics Training Centre on the site.

Mantra Learning has identified reverse logistics – the process of handling goods which are returned by online shoppers – as a fast-growing sub-sector in need of skilled workers. Some retailers report return rates of between 20 and 40 per cent of their internet sales, which translates into a cost of around £20 billion a year. This is continuing to grow as the rate of online shopping and the volume of returned items, expand.

More than 200 people a month are now expected to graduate from this centre, ready for good jobs in handling customer returns, putting unused goods back into stock for re-sale and recycling damaged or faulty goods.

The facility is a semi-permanent structure built by WTG partner Spaciotempo.

The event takes place at the The Logistics Research and Innovation Centre, Mantra Learning, Greengate, Middleton, Manchester M24 1RU.

To attend, request an invitation code here - http://www.wtglive.com/events/request-an-invitation-code/