There’s just one day left of the inaugural 3PL Conference, and this is a day you don’t want to miss with managing director of Yusen Logistics Kevin Appleton delivering his views on the evolution of the 3PL operating mode.
The third party logistics’ operating model is constantly evolving and it is a constant challenge for operators to keep up with developments.
Kevin Appleton, managing director of Yusen Logistics will explore this evolution of the 3PL operating mode from an independent streamlined logistics operation to client driven lean model, when he speaks at the 3PL conference which takes place in the Midlands next week.
He will also look at what 3PLs can do to improve a client’s supply chain and ask if this should this take precedence.
DHL’s head of product development Mark Landmann will open the second day of the conference, with a discussion on how innovation and the provision of added value services can deliver growth.
Landmann will also touch upon whether 3PLs should create a one-stop shop for all supply chain services and software. In addition he will discuss where 3PLs can add value to the client’s supply chain, and in turn deliver future growth.
The use of voice technology has been growing rapidly, and says Darrel Williams, regional director at Honeywell, it can enable flexible picking and streamline warehouse operations, allowing 3PLs to focus on core competencies. In this session he will look at how voice technology can enhance task optimisation and support both scalability and changeability within the 3PL environment.
The conference will be chaired by Mike Wallis, a main board director of Keswick Enterprises. Mike Wallis is, unusually, a logistician with a degree in law. He has over 30 years’ operational logistics experience, and has worked in freight forwarding, contract logistics, warehousing and account management on behalf of clients including Wal-Mart, Woolworths (South Africa), B&Q, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Unilever. Wallis said: “After my Graphene colleague Adam Chazanow’s successful chairmanship of the Logistics Manager 3PL Summit last year, I had no hesitation in accepting Akabo Media’s invitation to officiate at this forthcoming 3PL event in Birmingham. The conference is designed only for operational logistics practitioners, and offers high-level learning and networking opportunities.
“Although 7 May is the date of the General Election in the United Kingdom, there will be plenty of time for delegates to return home and reach their polling stations.”
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WHERE AND WHEN
The conference will be held at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club near Meriden on 6th – 7th May.
Thursday 7th May 2015
09.10: Innovation and Added Value
• Mark Landmann, head of product development, DHL
09.40: Sweat the assets
10.10: Voice technology and the warehouse of the future
• Darrel Williams, regional director, Honeywell
11.10: A strong future, but a tough job ahead
• Kevin Appleton, managing director, Yusen Logistics
11.40: Panel Discussion – Delivering peak performance during peak demand
12.40: Show and tell – Next generation distribution
14.00: Insource or outsource?
14.30: Outsourcing customer service
15.00: Vested outsourcing