2018 Industrial & Logistics Conference Agenda
Please note: This is the previous agenda for the 2018 conference. The agenda for 2019 is coming soon...
session consists of a number of presentations in different delivery
styles - short presentations, TED-style talks, and interviews. They vary in length and angle; the main stage
sessions have a broader perspective and the breakout sessions focus on specific issues. We take our audience on a journey, questioning
the status quo and bringing the latest thinking to the fore.
What is really going on in the global economy? Delivered by the leading economist, the opening talk will assess the state of the UK economy, focusing on the key issues:
• What can financial markets tell about the global economy in 2018?
• What are the drivers behind the current global growth and what are the risks to it?
• The inflation puzzle - why it hasn’t stirred already?
• Moving the wheels on consumer spending and wage growth in the UK
• Solving the UK’s productivity conundrum
• Brexit - what to expect next
Chief International Economist
How are shifting occupier demand and globalisation advances in technology impacting on the real estate and logistics market in the UK and internationally?
EMEA Industrial and Logistics Managing Director
What does the current bloodbath on the high street mean for the sector? This session will also explore how retailers are responding to lifestyle and technological changes that are transforming the way consumers shop and engage with brands. How can retailers integrate online and physical worlds for a seamless customer experience, and how can data be used to measure and interpret consumer behaviour?
Post Brexit, how will the UK bolster its domestic workforce - especially as in some industries technology is racing ahead of the skills employees currently possess? The session will discuss the availability of labour and the skills shortage and look at ways of addressing the shortage. It will also explore how new technologies and shifting consumer preferences are creating new market dynamics, and affecting both businesses and employees across the UK.
Technological innovation is driving the new industrial revolution. Powered by the Internet of Things, early adopters have already started tapping into the huge potential of robotics, AI and smart data. This session will examine innovation from both business and individual perspectives - with the focus on Generation Z - including who owns data and ethical issues around machine learning.
While large-scale infrastructure investments across the UK are critical for rebalancing the economy, so far most have been concentrated in London, the South East and the ‘golden triangle’ where land values and wages are already high. How can investment be encouraged in other regions and cities? What investment is most needed and where? What is the role of local governments to attract investment and large employers to their regions?
Overseas capital has flooded into the UK over the last few years, driven by the cheap pound, and the industrial sector has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of this influx. But if there is a danger of the market overheating? And where are we at in terms of the property cycle for industrial? We will compare the UK and Europe and explore advantages of investing in either
Delin Capital Asset Management
Chief Investment Officer
Senior Director, Real Estate, Head of UK Industrial & logistics
Managing Director UK
Consultant, Real Estate Research and Strategy
There is a limited number of sites in the UK that can accommodate a truly multi-modal scheme. Where do the opportunities lie and how can these sites be unlocked?
What barriers need to be overcome to create new transport infrastructure and how can we better utilise current infrastructure?
How do we build a multi-modal network that is fit for today and is future-proof?
Is investing in multi-let estates a sound long-term strategy?
Are we seeing the shift from private equity capital to institutional investment? And if so, what does this mean for the sector?
How transformative will technology be to multi-lets?
How is the occupier demand for greater flexibility and shorter leases changing the market dynamics?
How can a balance be struck between local authorities’ housing targets and the growing demand for industrial land?
Do the mixed use and intensification provisions of the GLA’s draft London Plan intervene enough to protect industrial occupiers?
Will mixed-use industrial and housing developments work? What are the challenges of the two uses coexisting?
Can PRS or student housing offer a solution?
How is occupier demand, accelerated automation and the emphasis on speed and efficiency impacting on warehouse design?
What is the potential of concrete frames and columnless warehouses? And what of off-site construction?
Going vertical – how is the need for more advanced technologies impacting on the height of warehouses? Will tall warehouse become the norm as automation increases?
We are delighted to invite all our attendees to a gala dinner and awards ceremony on the evening of the 17 May at the event venue. The awards dinner will be an unmissable occasion for the industry to come together and celebrate its outstanding achievements and award its brightest stars.
Your delegate pass offers you automatic access to the dinner and awards, included in the delegate rate.
In a bid to stay ahead of the game, retailers are continually looking at new technologies and services to improve delivery speed and efficiency in that all-important last mile. Are we really poised to see delivery robots and drones outside our front door? Will our roads soon be full of electric and autonomous vehicles, and what effect will these vehicles have on road infrastructure? Will 3D printing allow parts of production parts to move last-mile facilities? What impact will all of this have on retailers and their real estate requirements? How are urbanisation, demographic changes and hyper-consumerism reinventing supply chains in global cities?