The latest UKWA Technology Advisory Board, hosted by Associate Member Panasonic, focused on the impact of the changing logistics landscape and latest technology advances that have moved site security from being a traditional facilities management responsibility into a potentially transformative investment with wider implications across an entire operation.
Attendees heard from Chris Berry of SBH, Paul Neal of Metropolitan Police Specialist Operations, Claire Russell and Simon Leech of Perry Appleton Risk Services, as well as Jim Perkins of Panasonic Security Solutions, who respectively set the scene for the Round Table discussion and provided a case study to illustrate how new technology not only provided exponentially better security than ever before, but also delivered improved operational efficiency and additional benefits in the spheres of HR and Health & Safety.
Summing up Peter Ward said, “As logistics becomes the new retail and our members move away from traditional pallet in/pallet out operations towards e-fulfilment, smaller item pick faces have made valuable items more visible and easier to pilfer. This situation has been exacerbated by the need for itinerant or agency labour during peak times leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with little or no loyalty to their temporary employer. How to combat these challenges is high on our agenda and no doubt UKWA members will find the new opportunities available from Associate Members such as Panasonic of real interest and long-term value.”