Multimodal 2021 will celebrate fourteen years of putting shippers, retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers, importers, and exporters in front of exhibitors who offer the latest logistics and supply chain solutions.

The three-day free-to-attend show between 19th and 21st October 2021 will offer a unique opportunity to make valuable face-to-face contact with new prospects and existing companies.

UKWA will be hosting a dedicated Pavilion on the exhibition floor for Members and Associate Members where visitors and members are welcome to join the team for a coffee and a chat.

Sustainability, digitalisation, and people power will be the focus of conversation at the seminars during Multimodal.

UKWA will host an afternoon of discussion focusing on going green and going digital on the first day of the show.

“Sustainability is a key issue for warehousing, both in terms of operational and embodied carbon emission,” said Clare Bottle, Chief Executive, UKWA.

“We will look at greener buildings from a real estate perspective and consider opportunities for reducing environmental impact through new technology.

“Hand in hand with sustainability, digitisation can reduce paperwork, increase efficiency and improve performance.

“We will ask how warehouse operators can embrace digital logistics without huge investment or major operational disruption.”

Experts from across the logistics industry will share insight on how to build more resilient supply chains with panels of thought leaders to introduce new ideas about how tech developments such as machine learning, smart data, and 5G can drive efficiencies and support a sustainable future for logistics.

The importance of mental health wellbeing in the workplace and practical advice on how to build a diverse Next Gen workforce as part of a vision for a better industry will also be tabled at a session chaired by Peter Kelly, Senior Psychologist, HSE and including Corinne Lamoureux, Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Mental Health Switch.

“We must ensure our industry benefits from the lessons of the last 18 months and rebuilds with a more sustainable outlook,” said Robert Jervis, Director, Multimodal.

“After so many months apart, it is time to come together, reconnect, and find new ways of working together.

“Multimodal is proud to be one of the first supply chain exhibitions to open its doors post COVID and provide a much-needed opportunity to meet face to face and drive new business opportunities.”

There will be a shipper perspective on the state of the industry post Brexit and COVID as part of the opening plenary session, chaired by Shanker Singham, Chief Executive Officer, Competere.

Seminar sessions at the three-day event will also cover the impact of Brexit so far and what to expect next from import controls for trade from the EU next year.

Day three will be dedicated to Next Gen and apprenticeships.

Shippers and cargo owners attend Multimodal to improve their businesses; by finding ways of moving their products more efficiently and by meeting new suppliers.

Multimodal represents every logistics sector under one roof, and is characterised by key vertical sectors, including manufacturing, retail, agribusiness, chemical, automotive, electronics, FMCG, food & drink, fashion, pharmaceuticals, construction, aerospace, energy, real estate, recycling, paper/print and perishables, amongst others, whilst horizontally, the show covers all modes of transportation, including sea, road, rail, air, and inland waterways.

This matrix design makes Multimodal incredibly valuable and accessible for shippers – whilst also affording them the opportunity to successfully meet and network with peers from other sectors, which is another key reason for their attendance.

Multimodal also offers two networking events, the Multimodal Awards, and the Multimodal Mixer.

The Multimodal Awards take place this year on Tuesday 19th October at the VOX Birmingham and we will be welcoming over 400 industry leaders to celebrate success and achievement.

The Multimodal Mixer will bring together delegates and exhibitors for an informal get together on the exhibition floor on Wednesday 20th of October.

This year Multimodal has launched new initiatives, including a match-making service to connect shippers – our VIP visitors – to each other and to exhibitors, and a dedicated Freight Forwarders’ Village with logpods.

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