Boosting efficiency under scrutiny at Logistics Manager Summit

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Pressure to maintain service quality at the same time as cutting costs is hardly unknown to logisticians, but there is a constant search for new innovative ways to approach the problem.

The Logistics Manager Summit on Cost and Efficiency will focus on these issues in a series of sessions from leading practitioners.

Mark Edwards, global freight manager of Activis will look at Managing global freight costs while maintaining product quality. He will provide an overview of the specific challenges facing the pharmaceutical sector, before examining how Actavis  had adapted to the increased burden of regulation? What were the impacts on product distribution and are there lessons for other industries?

Justin Kirkhope, project manager, logistics strategy at the Co-operative Food will examine the benefits to the business and logistics operations of a strong sustainability agenda. In particularly he will look at how to strike a balance between capital projects with quick wins and investment with longer term benefits beyond cost savings.

The Summit is chair by Professor Ian Shellard, supply chain strategy consultant and former  director global physical logistics at Rolls Royce.

Other sessions include: Nearporting – cutting costs the old fashioned way; and Continuous improvement – methodology and implementation. Finally, there will be a panel discussion looking at the optimimum areas for cost reduction.

The Summit runs alongside the Logistics Link Live exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham on Thursday 5th June 2014.


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