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January 2019
Webinar: Is Blockchain the panacea to all our supply chain problems or just hypeBOOK NOW
28/01/2019 14:00:00 - 28/01/2019 15:00:00
It's all about Blockchain: outlining several emerging themes and discussing the opportunities and challenges posed to companies like Diageo embarking on digital transformation. The webinar is hosted by Peter Karran FCILT, who chairs the Operations Management Sector Danny Downie from Diageo’s Supply Chain Operational Excellence Strategy team will present the latest from his experience leading the research into how blockchain could be exploited for Diageo and across CPG industries.

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Integrating Technologies in a DC OperationBOOK NOW
30/01/2019 15:00:00 - 30/01/2019 18:00:00

Please note revised date and time

When: 30 January 2019 14:45 (for 15:00) - 18:00
Where: Euro Car Parts T2,  Danny Morson Way, Dordon, Tamworth, B78 1SE 
Meeting Point:  Reception 

Speakers from Euro Car Parts, TGW, Accenture, AMHSA (Automated Materials Handling Systems Association)

T2 is a new build, semi-automated DC of @ 1.1m sq ft, intended to support the consolidation of the ECP logistics network footprint from 5 distribution centres to the T1 and T2 campus at Dordon.

T2 became initially operational in March 2016 for limited storage. A testing and commissioning program continued through 2016 with a  controlled ramp up through 2017 / 18  -  establishing service to the ECP nationwide 210 branch network during 2017 and with a target of full operation by July 2018. TGW Logistics were selected as the integrated supplier of both the automation and WMS for the site.

ECP has a SKU profile of around 140k and the mission is to make this available to the branch network on a same or next day basis with a 6 pm order cut-off.  The site has therefore been designed and profiled with a range of storage and picking solutions – including wide aisle pallet storage serviced by reach trucks, VNA aisles and fully automated storage and goods to person (GTP) picking.  

To support this objective, the DC includes a whole range of warehouse technologies – MHE accessed storage for 104,000 pallets plus a 582,000 tote capacity miniload and 98,000 tote shuttle system outputting to 24 workstations. Picked totes are routed via a Stingray despatch sequencer to automatic tote stackers.

Speakers from all main parties involved in the project will discuss the key decisions, challenges and learnings from the experience of bringing the installation from idea to fully operational reality. Additionally, speakers from AMHSA will give an overview of the current warehouse automation scene – technologies available now and on the horizon. The event will include tours of the impressive T2 site and offers a great learning opportunity for anyone interested in warehouse automation and technology integration. 

Refreshments will be provided. This event has been organised by the CILT Warehouse Technology & Materials Handling Forum.

To secure your place book online now or contact Membership Services on Tel: 01536 740104 or email: with your completed booking form quoting the event code: WT0304.

Cost: Members: Free; Non-Members: £10.00

February 2019
Ted Baker Omni-Channel DC TourBOOK NOW
05/02/2019 16:00:00 - 05/02/2019 18:30:00

05 February 2019 15:30 (for 16:00) - 18:30
Where: The Ted-Baker Distribution Centre, Derby Commercial Park, Derby, Derbyshire, DE21 7HW

Sarah Booth, Account Director - Continuous Improvement & Implementations, XPO Logistics

The Ted-Baker Distribution Centre Derby is a purpose-built omni-channel facility designed to streamline the business’s logistics profile and facilitate future growth through collaboration. A whirlwind journey that began in 2017 with a start-up entailing a warehouse build, system design, stock transition and the embedding of multiple channels, to stability, setting records and advancing service propositions.  A perfect example of collaboration, this is a fantastic opportunity for delegates to see first hand the delivery of a complex Logistics Transformation Programme for one of the most dynamic and quirky retailers in the UK.  

Ted Baker (Ted) pride themselves on being ‘No Ordinary Designer Label’. Their quirky nature, love of the brand and product plus their hands on approach to every aspect of their business, truly does set them apart from other retailers. Ted has grown from 7 distribution centres spread around the UK to a purpose built larger facility offering flexibility, variety and competitive service offerings to retain and attract customers. The stock required to replenish Ted stores spread across 308 locations in the UK and Europe is prioritised to maximise the saleability of Ted’s range and that it services eCommerce markets as well as wholesale customers.

With the support of XPO Logistics as their 3PL provider and through close collaboration, Ted have streamlined their logistics operation and service offerings. Services range from a traditional Inbound and Returns department to a reverse logistics handling solution which turns around dated stock from stores and re-processes for outlets. The management structure implemented by XPO and Ted Baker also allows for effective and timely, decisive operational decision making. Key events are planned for in huge depth e.g. this year's Black Friday event planning initiated 9 months before the sale which broke records for orders picked, packed and dispatched on one day whilst staying well within SLA throughout the whole of Black Friday/Cyber Monday.

Delegates will be taken on a tour of this impressive facility and have an opportunity to ask questions.  Please note places are limited and the delegate list for this event will be vetted.

Refreshments will be provided.

To secure your place, book online now or fill in and email your booking form to quoting the event code: RLF0317. Alternatively, please contact Membership Services on Tel: 01536 740104.

Cost: Members: Free; Non-Members: £10

April 2019
Business Engagement and Travel Planning - LondonBOOK NOW
24/04/2019 09:00:00 - 24/04/2019 17:00:00

From reducing congestion and solo car use, to making the workforce healthier and happier, promoting good leadership in the community, making business cost savings, improving accessibility to work sites to lowering CO2 emissions… travel plans offer such a wide range of benefits that many local authorities have developed travel planning programmes that cover not only the workplace situation, but also schools, residential areas, zonal areas and even individuals. Whilst they are undoubtedly an effective tool for securing outcomes from the development planning process, are travel plans the best way of engaging the business community?

This one day course explores the motivational factors behind workplace engagement in behavioural change programmes, equipping practitioners with a tried and tested toolkit for use in developing their own engagement programmes.

Programme and Booking Form

Please find further course/programme details and booking form here.

Course Fees

Standard Fee: £365 + VAT

CILT Member/ Local Authority/ Charity Fee: £345 + VAT


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