Logistics of the Future

This session will cover technology that will ensure logistics centres can adapt and evolve to future consumer demand. Understand how a combination of energy management and automation can ensure resiliency, sustainability, and hyper- efficiency in an ever-growing industry. Whether design and building or retro fitting, understand the key components to creating a smart and sustainable future proof logistics centre.
Jonathan Hinton
Vice President Solutions Design UKI, DHL Supply Chain
Jon has 35 years’ industry experience across operations, project management, business development and strategic consulting, now leading DHL Supply Chain’s Solution Design function across UK&I, managinging 45 engineers and designers. Jon’s experience is focussed around building solutions for large FMCG and Retail businesses with complex supply-chains, which in many cases have resulted in automated solutions where Jon is considered to be an industry expert. He designed, implemented and operated his first automated warehouse in 1995. He has worked closely with many of the leading equipment providers covering various technologies including; ASRS, sortation, AGVs, small parts picking systems, and more. Along with a technical understanding of warehousing / distribution automation , Jon has a thorough understanding of how solutions become successful operations, with a particular appreciation of people and processes.

Damian Dowling

Segment Business Development Manager – Logistics, Schneider Electric
After graduating from Trinity College with a Masters in Science, Damian moved from his home city of Dublin to the UK. Initially working as an Environmental Scientist, his background allowed for a diverse energy and sustainability career – from Geophysicist to Sustainability Partnership Manager – over the next 15 years. Even though that experience was grounded on the technical, Damian naturally progressed to a consultative approach on new and existing developments. Later completing a Masters in Psychology, Damian’s approach to projects is lived through a sustainable lens, where Operational, Human Centric and Commercial pillars are addressed equally. Now leading the Logistics Segment (UK and Ireland) for Schneider Electric, Damian works with customers and partners to develop Smart Buildings and Connected Infrastructure. Outside of work, Damian is a keen volunteer – holding Board level positions in educational and social outreach over the years. During the pandemic Damian concentrated on