TCS&D conference tackles the big issues

Peterborough, UK: The Temperature Controlled Storage & Distribution Exhibition and Conference (25 – 26 June) includes free-to-attend seminars, with around 40 speakers across four ‘hubs’ over the two days.

“The seminar programme really is not to be missed,” said Martyn Cogan, exhibition director.

Justin Laney, fleet manager, John Lewis Partnership, will deliever a paper on ‘Achieving a zero-carbon fleet’, in which he will explain how the retailer aims to have a zero-carbon transport operation by 2045.

“As well as switching more than 3000 trucks, vans and fridge trailers to zero-emissions vehicles – including all heavy trucks running on bio-methane by 2028 – this commitment involves significant infrastructure changes to accommodate the alternative fuels,” Laney said.

He will also explain the business case for a zero-carbon fleet, in terms of payload and productivity.

Gavin Knight, managing director, Halo, will present a paper on ‘Eradicating costs in the supply chain, while reducing carbon footprint’.

Halo – part of SH Pratt group, which supplies one third of all bananas in the UK – is removing cost and food miles by storing, sorting and distributing fresh produce from its DP World London Gateway site.

Also speaking in the Innovation Hub is Danielle Lawrence, senior assset manager for iSec with a paper on ‘Feeding London: Challenges and Solutions’. “Redefining the way that food is made, packaged, stored and distributed has to happen soon, to meet the growing demand for food in the population concentrations of London and the southeast, which account for 40 per cent of food consumption,” she said.

Other speakers in the Innovation Hub include Graham Thomas, Ocado’s fleet services manager; James Westcott from Gasrec; and Jon Miles, UK director, NewCold.

Robert Hardy, operations director and Brexit advisor for Oakland Invicta, will give advice on how businesses can best navigate Brexit in the Logistics Hub.

Other speakers in the Logistics Hub include Paul Allera, technical director, RHA; Shane Brennan, chief executive, FSDF; Nick Hay, chief executive, Fowler Welch; Tim Moran, managing director, Lineage Logistics, and Colin Taylor, chief executive, Rick Bestwick.

Within the Refrigeration Hub, the Institute Of Refrigeration (IOR) and Refcom will be conducting workshops and seminars throughout the show, some of which will be live-streamed on 26 June to promote World Refrigeration Day (@WorldRefDay).

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