Multisourcing in retail forces logistics rethink

By Freddie Pierce
The logistics industry is facing its biggest challenge for decades in response to the multichannel retail revolution, according to CILT Chief Executive...

The logistics industry is facing its biggest challenge for decades in response to the multichannel retail revolution, according to CILT Chief Executive Steve Agg.

According to Agg, Supply chain operators must adapt and develop new systems to keep up with the changing face of retail and make the most of new opportunities.

“Just a few years ago, it would have been unheard of for people to go shopping on Christmas day," he said. 

“But this year, astronomical numbers of tablets were received as gifts, and people got onto their devices and did just that, expecting their parcels to be delivered quickly.

“It is just one example of how dramatically shopping habits have altered, and the industry will need to innovate to fulfill changing demands.”

Agg is chairing a panel exploring the issue on April 23rd at Multimodal 2013, where he will be joined by Mark Cately, Head of eCommerce Development, Norbert Dentressangle, Joel Ray, Head of Consultancy, Transport Intelligence, and Neil Weightman, Sales Director, iForce Group, to shed light on how the industry is responding to the new retail landscape as part of the CILT seminar day at Multimodal 2013.

Ray and Weightman will present the findings of an e-retailer survey on the drivers for e-fulfilment centre development, differing warehousing requirements, and operations between e-retailers and traditional bricks and mortar outlets.

Multimodal 2013 has teamed up with The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Freight Transport Association (FTA) to design a series of seminars, master classes and panel discussions to run alongside the free-to-attend Multimodal 2013 exhibition.

The event is now 98% sold out, and will welcome leading logistics and supply chain names, including DSV, Autostore, Dachser, Malcolm Logistics, P&O Ferrymasters, Stena Line Freight ZIM, Port of Felixstowe, The Russell Group, The Canute Group, Wincanton, MSC, D B Schenker, LKW WALTER and DP World London Gateway.

Multimodal will once again host the Shippers' Village sponsored by Trade Extensions, which will provide dedicated meeting and networking facilities for companies including Tata Steel, Dunelm Mill, SABMiller, Cabot, Kellogg's, Mars, Tesco and Jaguar Land Rover to hold valuable supplier meetings.

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