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Footprint Forum: Innovation in distribution in association with Kuehne & Nagel

September 22, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

Road haulage accounts for a fifth of the EU’s total CO2 emissions. The transport of food is responsible for 19 million tonnes of carbon. Yet progress to date on the "greening" of logistics has been led by commercial gain rather than carbon cutting. Foodservice is increasingly being held to account for its supply chain, and logistics is going to come under the spotlight.

This Forum will address the challenges and opportunities presented by sustainability innovation across logistics. It will help to identify market-leading innovations early, providing the opportunity for early adoption, as well as potentially revealing other areas ripe for action by studying the industry.

It would explore and address the following topics:

  • Shared distribution – what are the benefits, what are the barriers? How can these be overcome? How can we stop anomalies such as when a logistics company delivers to a supermarket, but not to its café.
  • How can technology be harnessed to further streamline waste and distribution?
  • How can distribution and logistics be used to shorten the supply chain in foodservice?
  • What avenues should be explored – e.g. alternative fuels, alternative transport routes such as waterways etc etc.
  • What can be learned from other industries and organisations outside of foodservice e.g. Amazon, Ocado etc.
  • How can more collaboration be encouraged – between logistic providers; and between their customers and suppliers - and their suppliers.
  • Is there enough communication between the supply chain – e.g. do manufacturing packaging designers communicate with logistics providers to understand the impact of their designs on product per pallet/crate or recyclability.
  • How can independents be brought on board effectively and efficiently?
  • What are the examples of innovation and best practice that should be shared and adopted?

Speakers & Panelists:

  • Ian Brooker – Director Logistics at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • John Hartley – Director Business Development & Strategy at Kuehne & Nagel
  • Martin Ward – Head of Distribution at Reynolds Catering Supplies
  • Jonathan Weightman – UK Supply Chain Development at McDonald’s
  • Tony Winterbottom – General Manager Operational Support at Martin Brower

As ever Footprint Forum will be followed by drinks and networking

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