Monday 24th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

How automation is driving omni-channel development

The past couple of years have seen some massive automated warehouse projects as retailers position themselves to operate in an omni-channel environment.

John Lewis has been a leader in this and John Munnelly, head of operations at Magna Park, will consider the drivers behind warehouse automation at the Magna Park facility.

In particular, he will address the question: can automated systems facilitate a smoother transition to omni-channel operations, as well as how do you build flexibility into an automated operation?

He will also look at the suitability of automation for direct-to-consumer growth and the demands of individual orders?

The Omni-Channel Conference takes place at the NEC Hilton Birmingham Metropole on Wednesday 17th September and Thursday 18th September.

Tesco, John Lewis, Boots, Halfords, Shop Direct, and Maplin will all be contributing to the event.

The first day of the conference will have a focus on strategy, infrastructure, and forecasting issues, while the second day will look at returns and reverse logistics, as well as deliveries and the final mile.

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