2019 Agenda: the future in focus
Campaigns to ‘save the High Street’ seem as inevitable as taxes and come along as regularly as Black Friday and the January sales. But they don’t seem to be working and, frankly, is there any point? Not according to veteran retailer, Bill. He argues that the High Street is dead and even the kiss of life won’t save it. In “Sold Out Who really killed the High Street and his own Grimsey Reviews 1 & 2 he calls on Government and industry to face up to the urgent need for urban regeneration and retail transformation. Get ready for some straight talking; he’s going to tell us who killed the High Street, and why it’s time to bury the body and move on.
Bill has spent more than 45 years in retail, starting as a 15-year-old butcher’s boy and ending as the CEO of store groups in the UK, South Africa and Hong Kong. Along the way he’s had leading roles at Tesco, masterminded the recovery of DIY group Wickes and saved Iceland and Booker from administration. He’s earned a reputation as a change master and turnaround specialist, and continues to be a highly vocal critic of Government policy regarding UK retail and the regeneration of the High Street.
We’ve invited three of the UK’s most influential occupiers to outline their ambitions, home in on their
challenges and lay down the gauntlet to the industrial & logistics sector. They’ll tell us how their world is
changing; how it’s being challenged in the short term by Brexit and transformed in the long term by smart
technologies, transport connectivity and by the rapid rise of online retail and home delivery.
A chance to network with occupiers and industry peers.
From artificial intelligence to block chain, from robots to 3D-printing and the internet of things, emerging technologies are disrupting business models, companies and entire sectors. What impact will the advances in disruptive technology have on your businesses and your workforce? How can you thrive in an uncertain future?
As AI adoption accelerates, individuals, governments and businesses have to confront some fundamental questions: How will humans interact with technology – and with each other in connected communities? How will we access global resources; how will we trade, buy and consume? Daniel explains how we can adapt our businesses to make sure we grasp the AI opportunity, rather than fall victim to the AI threat.
As decision makers you are bombarded by new innovations that promise quantum
leaps in efficiency, effectiveness and productivity. But how do you spot the winners?
And how can you tell the difference between a technology fad and a transformative
change agent? Our panel of experts discuss true tech-trends and how they will impact
Often described as the ‘father of the supply chain strategy’, Richard Wilding, was
appointed the world’s first chair of supply chain risk management in 2005 and awarded
the OBE in 2013. Today he stands at the centre of a global network of academics and
practitioners dedicated to supply chain innovation and the generation of economic
growth and competitive advantage. At a time when our world is being reshaped by
tectonic political shifts and technological breakthroughs, his presentation addresses the
risks – internal, external, environmental and geo-political – that threaten the supply chain.
Global manufacturing, trade and prosperity depend on interconnected businesses and
the free movement of goods. Richard will explain how we can protect them.
How is changing consumer behaviour impacting our industry? What new demands is this placing upon us
and what do owners and occupiers need to factor into their thinking?
When it comes to designing warehouses, sustainability is the guiding principle for Baytree. That doesn’t only
mean having an eye for the environment and the wellbeing of building users, it means creating spaces that
are adaptable for future purpose, innovative in technology and able to flex in line with changing occupier
demands. Amit introduces Dunstable 1, Baytree’s most progressive project yet, and tracks its journey from
the drawing board to its prime M1 location. He will present how new technologies have been incorporated
from the outset, how the anticipation of accommodating changing needs of occupiers drove design
decisions, and how what’s been delivered in Dunstable points the way towards future innovation in logistics
We have asked four leading architects to pitch their designs that combine storage, distribution and residential living space into a single urban building. These logistics and residential hybrids could be the future, but the architectural challenge is huge. Our panel of experts will evaluate each design asking not just, is it clever? But, will it work in the real world? Ultra-urban last mile logistics is the top challenge as global populations coalesce towards cities and mega cities. Can our architects meet it? With live voting and the chance to comment on each design, you get to have the final say.
Moderator: Will Cooper, Director, Building & Project Consultancy, Savills
As a top player in Europe’s rapidly expanding courier express parcel market, DPD faces
the challenges of city centre delivery head on. It expects parcel volume to double by
2025 and that most of the 15 billion annual deliveries being made by then will be to city
centre locations. Its smart urban delivery programme is focused on property, access
and transport efficiency. Rob brings us up to date with his thinking on city centre micro
distribution centres and the support he needs from property providers to create them.
Modular house building – creating houses in a factory location and assembling them on site – is a promising
new trend for residential house builders. But its success depends on having big buildings with generous floor
space in which to build and store finished modules. The ability to provide those buildings could open up a
lucrative new market for commercial property developers and owners. Based on new research, Savills’
Kevin Mofid will reveal just how real this opportunity is, how fast it’s growing, how big it might get and what
modular builders will need from you.
As an industry we need to attract talent and diversity, and hold on to it; to encourage the brightest and the best to join us. We’ve invited a diverse panel of professionals at the start of their career in commercial property to tell us what we need to do to make our industry a top career choice for every ambitious member of Generation Z. They’ll tell us what attracted them to commercial property, what put them off, and whether their early perceptions have been reinforced or revolutionised. They’ll tell us what gets them out of bed in the morning – and whether our industry’s got it.
Moderator: Sally Bruer, Head of Research, Tritax
With the evolution of ‘last mile delivery’, retailers are looking for distribution centres outside The Golden Triangle. Which are emerging regions, and what factors should you take into consideration when looking for the best locations?
Moderator: Emma Shone, Senior Reporter, Property Week
Imagine you’ve got £50 million to invest. It needs to be invested in industrial and logistics real estate. But where should you invest, and why? We’ve given a group of the UK’s leading fund managers just five minutes each to convince you they’ve got the best investment strategy. Which of them will win? Use our interactive voting technology to tell us which expert has your vote.
Moderator: Richard Williams, News Editor, Property Week
An environmental epiphany led to a radical life change, leaving an 11-year career as a management consultant to become the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Through her experiences she has gained first-hand knowledge and insights into courage, resilience and personal determination. She is now a powerful advocate for unlocking potential and living a purpose-driven life. She believes we are all capable of much more than we dare to believe we are, and inspires audiences to embrace their own vision for success by committing to excellence.
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