Supply Chain Logistics Conference – Sept 2015

Two weeks on from the Supply Chain Logistics (SCL) Event at Whittlebury Hall beside the UK’s well-known Silverstone racetrack and it’s been busy keeping up with the interest generated. A fitting venue for an event aimed at improving transport and logistics operations. Formula 1 is focussed on getting around the track as quickly as possible and constantly improving and advancing technology for vehicles and engines. F1 fans will be familiar with the fuel reduction, advanced telemetry, updated aerodynamics, and the KERS system that makes F1 cars advanced petrol/electric hybrids. SCL uses much of the above and more to provide more cost effective and sustainable transport of goods. Telematics is the buzzword for up-to-date vehicle, engine and fuel monitoring; vehicles are lighter with more aerodynamic shapes; engines are becoming more fuel efficient (although the priority of emissions reduction is curtailing this); a UK project is developing KERS for trucks. Over and above the “hardware” focus, getting around as efficiently and effectively as possible included advanced load planning, maximising loads out and back, clever warehousing with cross-docking to convert suppliers loads to end-point delivery loads. A theme across the event was how to change and how to co-operate better to make full use of vehicles and warehousing. There is a common consensus that more effective use of resources leads to lower road miles, lower warehousing needs, lower cost and lower environmental impacts. The aim is be more cost-effective and more sustainable, a twin challenge that can help overcome those internal and external barriers to co-operation and change. While organisational strategy can get in the way of collaboration on sharing space in...