National Conference 2023

7-8 March 2023, Crowne Plaza, Stratford-upon-Avon

Digitalisation & Automation: Tech for Tough Times

The predicted surge in digital transformation is here, gathering pace and bringing fundamental changes to warehouse operations of the future.

Already warehousing has been transformed, gaining greater prominence in the retail supply chain as bricks and mortar stores close and retailers focus instead on delivering directly to consumers. Now, providing complex value-add services and managing ever larger numbers of SKUs with omnichannel inventory, warehouses are expected to operate with fewer errors, while achieving faster response times and increased visibility.

To meet these challenges and to combat the pressures of rising costs and ongoing labour shortages, warehouse operators simply have no choice now but to embrace technology – not only to survive, but to thrive.

At this year’s National Conference, discover how technology can help in tough times by improving your operational performance, increasing productivity, and ultimately lowering costs. Join us to benefit your business, optimise your operations and secure your future.

2 DAY FULLY INCLUSIVE CONFERENCE PACKAGE

  • Full access to the Conference

  • Bed and breakfast accommodation on the night of 7 March
    at the Crowne Plaza, Stratford-upon-Avon

  • Refreshments and lunch on 7–8 March inclusive

  • Networking drinks reception and evening meal on 7 March

  • Full access to the hotel’s leisure facilities

UKWA Member Price: £495 +VAT
Non-member Price: £595 +VAT
Non-residential packages are available on request.

Conference Speakers

A distinguished line-up of expert speakers including:

Agenda

Day 17 March 2023

10:00 – 11:00 – Registration, Refreshments & Networking
  • 11:00 – 11:15 – Opening Address

  • 11:15 – 12:00 – Keynote: The Economic Outlook for 2023/24

  • 12:00 – 12:45 – Panel Discussion: The Robotic Future of Warehousing

12:45 – 13:45 – Lunch & Exhibition
An opportunity to meet colleagues and look around our exhibition space
  • 13:45 – 14:30 – Panel Discussion: How to Power Your Automation

  • 14:30 – 14:45 – Keynote: Digitalising International Trade

  • 14:45 – 15:15 – Presentation: Cybersecurity & Digital Protection

15:15 – 16:00 – Networking & Refreshments Break
  • 16:00 – 16:45 – Presentation: Engaging with Government

  • 16:45 – 17:15 – Keynote: I&L Property Markets: The Crystal Ball

19:15 – 19:45 – Evening Drinks Reception
19:45 – 22:30 – Evening Dinner
With After-Dinner Guest Speaker; Edwina Currie
and fundraising for Transaid

Day 28 March 2023

  • 09:00 – 09:30 – Keynote: All Projects are Digital Now

  • 09:30 – 10:00 – Keynote: The Future of Digitalisation & Automation in Supply Chain Partner Warehouses

  • 10:00 – 10:30 – Q&A with Richard Potter, Microsoft & James Wroath, Wincanton

10:30 – 11:00 – Networking & Refreshments Break
An opportunity to meet colleagues and look around our exhibition space
  • 11:00 – 12:00 – Panel Discussion: WMS Implementations are Easy

  • 12:00 – 12:45 – Panel Discussion: Supply Chain Forum: Towards a More Resilient & Sustainable Future

  • 12:45 – 13:00 – UKWA Update: Raising Standards: UKWA Warehouse Management CPC

  • 13:00 – 13:15 – Closing Remarks

13:15 – 14:30 – Lunch
  • 13:30 – 14:30 – Workshop: Digital Logistics on a Shoestring

Workshop: Digital Logistics on a Shoestring

This workshop will help you to identify your digitalisation priorities and suggest low-cost, high-impact, proven ideas that could address your current operational needs.

Attendees of this interactive “Digital Logistics on a Shoestring” workshop will walk away with answers to questions such as:

  • What simple low-cost digital solutions could my logistics operation consider?

  • How do I decide where to start?

  • What are my business’s digital priorities?

  • Which digital solutions would make my business more competitive?

This workshop will be led by Jaime Macias from the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge and is free to all conference delegates.

Conference Exhibitors