Thursday, December 14, 2017

Urban Supply Chain to be in the Spotlight at Feeding the Cities Summit

UK Warehousing Association Follows up on Food Based Logistics
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UK – Following the release of its thought provoking report 'Feeding London 2030' in January, the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) is to hold a one day 'Feeding Cities' summit on 6 February 2018 at The British Museum, London, at which key industry stakeholders will gather to look at the rising challenges around urban logistics. The UKWA will use feedback collected from delegates at the event to develop a series of recommendations that it will present to the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) ahead of the NIC's in-depth study on the future of freight, which was announced recently by Chancellor, Philip Hammond.

As populations grow, so more restrictions are being placed on those charged with ensuring the food supply chain continues to operate efficiently. Whilst actions such as the extension of Low Emission Zones are completely justifiable these, and particularly restrictions on noise pollution at night, the ideal time for restocking supplies for many food outlets, can have serious consequences in terms of the availability of essential products.

Delegates at UKWA’s Feeding Cities Summit will consider what is best practice in urban food service and local convenience grocery logistics, discuss the challenges of current infrastructure, and get an insight into how the warehouses of the future might look, whilst exploring the role of technology, such as artificial intelligence, driverless vehicles and drones, in shaping the urban supply chain models of tomorrow.

Key industry stakeholders will be on hand to look at the rising challenges around urban logistics and, in addition, everyone attending the Summit will receive a complimentary copy of UKWA’s ‘Feeding London 2030 – facing the logistical challenge’ report. UKWA’s CEO, Peter Ward, commented:

“The Feeding Cities Summit is a chance for UKWA members and the wider logistics community to share knowledge and best practice experiences and, importantly, contribute to the development of a coherent plan that will help the NIC as it sets out to shape the future of the UK’s supply chain infrastructure, and I urge stakeholders to attend and have their say.”

A full Summit Agenda and details of how to book the event can be seen HERE.

Photo: Food sanctions are not the only potential cause of empty shelves. To quote second technician Arnold Rimmer “They say that every society is only three meals away from revolution.”