Multimodal 2018, the UK and Ireland’s leading logistics and transport show, is gearing up to be the biggest and most successful in the event’s 11-year history, with a record-breaking crowd of more than 10,000 supply chain executives expected at the freeto- attend show.

Three days of networking, new business opportunities, and panel debates take place at the NEC Birmingham from 1st – 3rd May 2018, and The United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) has once again teamed up with Multimodal to deliver a series of interactive and topical seminars and workshops at the event.

Also hosting are the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), and the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

The UKWA is hosting the Awdry Room on Tuesday 1st May, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Peter Ward will be leading a series of discussions on the warehouses of the future, changing patterns of global trade, and the blurring lines between retail and logistics.

The future of warehousing will be debated in a session joined by Kevin Mofid, Director of Research at Savills, and Tim Ward, Managing Director at Chetwoods, who will each provide an insight into what will drive the location and design of warehouses going forward.

John Munnelly, Head of Operations at John Lewis, and Lucas Dawe, Commercial Director at Gist will join Peter to discuss whether Amazon and Alibaba are retailers, technology companies, or logistics providers.

By looking at the increasingly blurred lines and the opportunities for third party logistics providers the panel will discuss who the enablers of agility and flexibility are in the quest for closer proximity to the consumer.

“With disruptive new technologies affecting the traditional supply chain model, it is now more important than ever to listen to and learn from the experts,” said Robert Jervis, Logistics Portfolio Director, Clarion Events.

“We will provide a unique platform for industry leaders to share insight and knowledge and learn new ways to run slicker supply chains at this critical time of change.”

Exhibitors including Associated British Ports, Heathrow Airport, Kuehne + Nagel, Maritime Transport, and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) are already confirmed to appear at the show.

Now in their fourth year, the FTA Multimodal Awards reward best-in-class across air, road, rail, and maritime services, as well as a young logistics professional, environmental best practice, and a new category for shipper of the year.

Entries are now closed, and you can place your vote in each category by visiting awards.multimodal.org.uk/awards-voteenter.

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on 1st May 2018 at the VOX in Birmingham, at the close of the first day of Multimodal 2018, where guests will celebrate with a three-course supper and exclusive entertainment on the night.

Hosted by Welsh international rugby union referee Nigel Owens MBE, over 800 guests are expected to attend the Awards evening in Birmingham.