Thursday, June 18, 2020

Top Logistics Industry Expo Falls Foul of the Corona Virus

No Multimodal Show in 2020
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UK – The Multimodal exhibition, always one of the most keenly anticipated events in the logistics calendar, has seen the 2020 event cancelled today due to the travails of overcoming the effects of the Coronavirus.

The event, originally due to be held this month at the usual venue of the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, had already been postponed until the 4-6th November this year. Now the organisers, Clarion Events have confirmed the dates have changed again to 23-25th March 2021, meaning there will be no show, virtual or otherwise in 2020.

The decision to cancel was taken following the organisers canvassing a large sample of visitors and exhibitors whose overwhelming desire was to further postpone the event. The governmental directions and general public health advice obviously also influenced the decision, with the safety of all of course being paramount.

Whilst many facets of the industry have adapted well, given the difficult circumstances, to the use of virtual technology to carry on as normally as possible with even award ceremonies appearing in this format, for Multimodal this was never an option.

The show has a classic format which sees a combination of the demonstration by suppliers to potential clients, plus the additional dinner and awards and events such as the hog roast, but at its heart are the multiple seminars and forums which study both classic and current events and situations. However for most attendees Multimodal provides an ideal opportunity, in a central location, to network with contacts face to face.

Registrations for the November date will be automatically transferred to next year and, in the meantime Clarion will be hosting a series of digital activities, including webinars and over a week’s worth of content and networking on its digital platform in the autumn with the opportunity to take part in discussion with other participants and more.

Photo: The size of the exhibition hall always allows visitors to inspect the largest of new equipment.