Peter Ward looks ahead to next month’s UKWA National Conference where delegates will enjoy an insightful programme of presentations delivered by over 30 influential speakers.

Next month some 150 senior professionals from the 3PL community will sit down next to leading logistics users within the UK’s manufacturing, retail, automotive and aviation sectors to hear insightful presentations from over 30 influential speakers at UKWA’s 2020 National Conference (Hallmark Queen Hotel, Chester, 3-4 March 2020).

Thought leaders – including Eleanor Winton, former head of KPMG’s Future Institute, who will deliver what promises to be a fascinating key note address – will discuss everything from the role of robotics and AI within the supply chain to the impact of ‘Generation Z’ and climate change on our sector.

The two-day event takes the theme ‘Next Generation Logistics’ which is not only a reference to the young people who increasingly rely on the efficiency of supply chains for all aspects of their lives, but is also an acknowledgement of the fact that logistics is entering a new digital era.

There can be little doubt that those who fail to recognise and adapt to the current and future impact of radical change in our industry risk being left behind. But, with a full schedule of speakers, keynotes, interactive discussion panels, networking opportunities and more, all those who attend 2020’s UKWA conference can expect to take away valuable insights to inform future development as they strive to guide their businesses through these fast evolving times.

Of course, in our busy social media obsessed world I know there are those who feel that, since they can download unlimited industry information from the internet, there is little to be gained from venturing too far away from their office. But, in my experience, the human-to-human interface opportunity that UKWA’s National Conference offers is more important than ever. Indeed, time and again delegates at previous UKWA Conferences or other Association networking events have reported how impromptu conversations struck up away from the main conference arena have proved immensely valuable.

So, while UKWA’s National Conference presentation programme has been devised to deliver an agenda that ensures that our delegates learn new ways of making their operations more productive and efficient, the opportunity to meet and exchange opinions and experiences with fellow industry professionals face-to-face should not be underestimated.

The Conference Package – which includes attendance at the two-day conference, a place at the networking dinner and drinks reception taking place on the evening of March 3rd, one night’s hotel accommodation, plus all meals and refreshments – costs just £495 + VAT for UKWA members or £595 + VAT for non-UKWA members. Special concessions are available for new members (companies that have joined UKWA since January 2019) as well as for returning delegates and supporters of other UKWA events in 2019. For details, contact conference manager Sue Knief (email

I have no hesitation in recommending that anyone involved in warehousing, logistics or supply chain planning clears space in their diary to be part of this essential event and very much look forward to meeting as many UKWA members as possible in Chester.

Peter Ward


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