Boots won a 2010 European Supply Chain Excellence Award for the way it developed a £70m automated distribution centre at Nottingham – and you can find out all about the project at the Logistics Link South Conference later this month.
Alan Penhale, head of the stores service centre, Boots UK will explain why Boots UK decided to centralise its all year round inventory in one central automated warehouse in Nottingham, as well as explaining the solution and examining what made it a success.
Penhale is just of the team of top supply chain professionals speaking at the conference at Sandown Park on 15th-16th February. The free conference brings together case studies of award winning logistics initiatives and keynote presentations on critical issues facing supply chain professionals. Other sessions include:
Getting the most from your logistics service provider: Seven guiding principles for successful logistics outsourcing
Prof Alan Braithwaite, Cranfield’s Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management and LCP Consulting
Implementing effective distribution operations
Hear about John Lewis’ approach to designing and implementing their new Magna Park facility, including invaluable lessons learnt along the way and how they successfully completed their first real Christmas peak. Learn about their next key challenge of how they continue to develop the site in line with the business strategy to continue to grow both the bricks and mortar business, as well as taking their multi-channel business through the £1billion sales threshold.
John Munnelly, general manager, John Lewis Distribution Centre
Energy efficient warehousing as a means to cut costs & carbon output
The UKWA recently launched their Carbon Emissions Toolkit, which is the result of a joint project in collaboration with the Carbon Trust. It is designed as a guide to reduce carbon, cut costs and enable members to produce an energy efficient warehouse. Keith Wyatt will discuss the guide and many real-life scenarios, which illustrate a strong business case for warehouse keepers, irrespective of the size of the operation, to take proactive measures in addressing the challenge of energy saving.
Keith Wyatt, honorary advisor to UK Warehouse Association for energy and environmental matters.
The TAILgate Initiative: reducing road freight volume
A collaborative venture involving ELUPEG and OmPrompt that aims to reduce the total number of UK annual road freight movements by 1.5 per cent – that’s over 1.5 million movements – by 2017.
Stephen Rinsler, director, Bisham Consulting
Embracing lean thinking
While “lean” is synonymous with the automotive Industry the same principles can be applied to improve supply chains to deliver significant service and cost improvement. Kimberly-Clark is adopting lean thinking, tools and methodologies to improve the end-to-end performance of its finished goods supply chain removing lead time, improving service and reducing operating costs.
Peter Surtees, director, European supply chain, Kimberly-Clark
Debate: Reverse Logistics: maximising the value from returns
Hear experts discuss this hot topic, which covers everything from the WEEE Directive to multi channel retailing.
Vin Grainger, director of business planning, iForce
Alan Penhale, head of the stores service centre, Boots UK
Paul Brooks, chairman, Chartered Institute of logistics & transport and sales director, Unipart Consumer Logistics
Bill Goodwin, sales director, Jungheinrich
Moderator: Nick Allen, contributing editor, Supply Chain Standard
The Logistics Link South Conference 2011 brought to you by Logistics Manager takes place on 15-16th February at Sandown Park in Surrey.
The conference sessions are free and you can book places at the Logistics Link web site: www.logisticslink.co.uk