Government investment in supply chain infrastructure and skills will be critical to achieving its Northern Powerhouse vision, as delegates to Multimodal will hear at a seminar on Wednesday 11 May.
Peel Ports’ Patrick Walters is calling for Westminster to ensure that funding is prioritised for strategic developments that will support the private sector in securing the growth which will help to rebalance the UK economy.
The seminar will also hear from Maersk’s Anuj Tewari, Tesco’s former Supply Chain Director; Stuart Ross and Andrew Gossage of Ultimate Products, the distributor of leading brands ranging from Disney to Russell Hobbs.
Speaking ahead of the event, Mr Walters said:
“A smarter, more efficient and better connected UK needs the logistics infrastructure and skills that the Northern Powerhouse region has the potential to deliver. Indeed, with Liverpool2 and the Port Salford warehousing and distribution centre, among other developments, the private sector is already leading the way. However, this needs to be matched by a greater appreciation and funding at a governmental level.”
The seminar will also consider the growing importance of technology in maximising efficiency throughout the supply chain.
Mr Walters added:
“Peel Ports has very deliberately invested heavily in systems to support Liverpool2, including AutoGate technology, semi-automated cranes, and the Navis N4 terminal operating system. The Port Salford distribution and warehousing centre, which is due to open soon, also features state-of-the-art technology. As margins become ever tighter, the industry as a whole will need to modernise its operations to gain further efficiencies.”
The full panel for the seminar, which takes place at 4.30pm on Wednesday 11 May, is:
- Chris Maguire, Editor/Co-owner, Business Cloud (Chair)
- Anuj Tewari, Northern Sales Manager, Maersk
- Patrick Walters, Group Commercial Director, Peel Ports
- Stuart Ross, Managing Director, The Environmental Network
- Andrew Gossage, Managing Director, Ultimate Products
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