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Innovative logistics technology is giving disruptors the edge


Long gone are the days of ‘a man in a van’ and a crinkly shed, today’s logistics sector is dominated by sophisticated products and technologies from electric and driverless vehicles to high tech drones.  At its latest seminar, Clarion will be taking a look at how these logistics disruptors are shaking up the supply chain and the widespread impact they are having not only on the transport industry, but across the myriad of sectors they support from manufacturing to retail.

Clarion’s business development director Steve Crow, explains: “Logistics has seen ground-breaking changes in recent years as it has embraced technological advances in order to meet customers ever more exacting fulfillment requirements as well as becoming more cost, time and energy efficient.

“Increasingly, logistics businesses are working closely with customers to closely track the entire product journey in real time, wherever in the world it is made.  For example, it may be a case of ensuring that a component arrives ‘Just in Time’ ie immediately before it is needed on the assembly line, but not so far in advance that it has to be stored.  Some of the leading players in the logistics sector have developed their own software for supply chain optimisation.

“In Yorkshire, we are fortunate to have some of the real innovators who are leading the way in driving change such as Martek Marine in Rotherham which is aiming to revolutionise ship safety, performance and crew welfare by using technology to optimise performance in the marine sector.  For example, the company is developing high tech drone surveying equipment which could transform inspection of offshore facilities and kit.”

Mr Crow continues: “We’ll have a number of Tesla models on display for attendees to admire.  Tesla is the brand which has most shaken up the motor sector in recent years with its iconic range of high performance electric cars.  The company is also playing a major role in the development of driverless cars with cars currently in production being built with new hardware that will enable them to be fully autonomous. These sophisticated vehicles will be more efficient as they will be programmed to drive within the speed limit, to speed up and slow down at the correct rate for traffic lights etc so using less fuel and reducing pollution.

“Another Yorkshire company, Tracsis in Leeds, specialises in solving a variety of data capture, reporting and resource optimisation problems and is developing a massive model around rail infrastructure. 

“The recurring theme in many of these initiatives is the use of technology and capture of big data to optimise the process.  These are exciting times and Yorkshire, as ever, is at the forefront of the latest innovations.”

Our breakfast seminar on Tuesday 25th April, will discuss many of these topics.  Tony Mannix, chief executive officer of Clipper Logistics plc, the UK’s leading retail logistics specialist, will look at the way in which the supply chain is evolving in response to customers’ changing needs.  Professor Richard Romano from the Institute of Transport Studies at Leeds University, will also be speaking about the latest developments in autonomous vehicles. 

Tim Padgett of PA Consulting will discuss the ‘maturity model’ for autonomous vehicle implementation which is helping to inform the development of Department for Transport policy as well as covering the development work on Industry 4.0.  Finally, Matthew Hattersley, partner in Clarion’s commercial team will talk about how logistics contracts need to change to accommodate new solutions and technology.

The event will start at 8.30am with registration and breakfast, followed by the seminar itself at 9.00am until 10.45am when there will be networking.  To reserve your place, or if you have any questions regarding the event, please contact Lauren Perry on 0113 336 3352 or via email at lauren.perry@clarionsolicitors.com


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