My SHD Logistics Conference recap...
A last-minute substitution... Recently I was fortunate enough to be SEC Storage’s representative at the SHD Logistics Conference, an event we never miss due to the interesting content and discourse it consistently provides. The theme of the event, “Transforming Logistics through Technology”, is an essential daily consideration for us at SEC, and some of the topics, particularly the afternoon’s live panel were of specific interest.
The topic which the industry’s leading authorities would be debating was ‘why logistics has fallen behind other sectors in developing and implementing digital strategies’. This is a subject I have strong views on and regularly discuss it (usually animatedly) with colleagues, clients and others in my network. I was, therefore, thoroughly looking forward to stepping back and observing fresh insights from the relative safety of the British Museum’s comfortable auditorium seating. This plan, however, quickly unravelled when one of the panellists were forced to pull out last-minute, which, after a short chat with SHD’s editor Kirsty Adams, resulted in me being drafted in as a replacement.
Although not quite the relaxing afternoon I had expected, I was honoured to be stepping onto the stage in such illustrious company and at such a respected event. After a short introduction to our moderator, Natasha Tyrrell (Bearing Point), and my fellow panellists - Dominic Hebberd (Hermes), Jim Bowes (TPX Manifesto) and James Hyde (James & James Fulfilment) – I was on stage and ready for a fascinating debate that provided some key takeaways and insights that I hope interested the audience as much as they did me.
So for those of you who were not able to attend the event, I’ve put together a quick summary of the top 3 findings of our debate:
“Why is it that logistics operators have fallen behind others in developing and implementing digital strategies? And what, if anything, can be done to help establish a digital culture within our organisations?”