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Retail Logistics Forum

The Retail Logistics Forum aims to be a forum for those working for, or very closely with, retailers particularly within the areas of planning and execution of the physical movement of goods from supplier to the final customer, and where necessary back.

To get involved with your industry specific Forum and to ensure you receive information about our events, qualifications and news most relevant to you, all you have to do when becoming a CILT member is select the Retail Logistics Forum when making your Professional Sector and Forum selections.

Terms of Reference

  • Scope
  • Vision
  • Target Audience
  • Organisation
  • Proposed Outputs
  • Benefits for Forum Members

It will consider all matters of common interest within the field of Retail Logistics, to include:

  • Physical distribution
  • Forecasting, replenishment and availability
  • Multi-channel and traditional supply routes
  • UK and international 
  • The development of talent and enhancing the quality of people within the industry
  • The promotion of retail logistics as a career
  • The parking of commercially competitive issues between Retailers and between 3PLs so that the forum can be industry enhancing, enabling substantive improvements in matters of common interest to the group. No selling of services or consultancy.
  • Sharing best practice within Retail Logistics but also looking for innovation and better practice from other industry sectors
  • A respected group championing the objectives of the industry and a source of counsel from external bodies 
  • A vibrant, common interest community through the creation of strong, new relationships – a place where members really want to come & participate 
  • Up and coming retail logisticians. The next generation of leaders
  • Anyone interested in enhancing their personal of business performance through greater use of external networks 
The Forum will be managed by an elected committee, comprising a nominated Chair and Vice Chair. The Committee will be supported by additional members of the Forum as necessary. Committee members will be expected to actively contribute to the Forum objectives in line with their area of expertise.
  • Develop and promote suitable forum events addressing topical issues
  • Networking
  • New communication channels – newsletter; social networking (To be developed)
  • Working Groups on specific topics of interest e.g. consolidation; warehouse automation, environment etc
  • Shadowing placements
  • Access to senior leaders and thought leaders
  • Benchmarking
  • Visits to leading edge retail logistics facilities
  • Sharing of best practice in addressing key business issues
  • Create links and develop mutual co-operation with other organisations.
  • Engage with academia when appropriate to promote research in line with sector issues.
  • Forge appropriate links with other CILT Forums
  • Thought-provoking master classes run by senior practitioners
  • Interaction with senior industry leaders and wider networking.
  • Retail Logistics specific communications channel - with a UK focus
  • Work shadowing programme and day placements in other non-competing organisations
  • Run a Retail Logistics convention to network, explore blue-sky thinking and to be inspired by presenters who have found success in a variety of ways
  • Better informed about our industry
  • Wider network you can call on for advice and guidance
  • Learn about other aspects of Retail Logistics you do not come across in their day to day job
  • See leading edge facilities to broaden your perspectives as to what can be achieved
  • Take greater control of your career development through access to tools, knowledge and skills, as well as the chance to interact with like-minded people.

Committee Members

  • Andy Banks FCILT, UK Supply Chain Director, AS Watson Group
  • John Boulter FCILT, Managing Director, DHL Supply Chain
  • Bruce Harryman, General Manager, John Lewis plc
  • Chris Marrow, Director of Logistics, Sainsbury’s
  • Andrew Mercer, Fulfilment Operations Manager, The RSPB
  • Lucy Holland, Project Support Manager, Sainbury's
  • Professor Michael Bourlakis, Procurement and Supply Chain Management Group, Head of the Logistics, Cranfield School of Management
  • Chris Sturman FCILT

Focus Articles

  • January 2017 - In the era of omni-channel, retail supply chains must shift shape - View here
  • February 2018 -  The Future of Online Retail - View here
  • April 2018 - Optimised Fulfilment is Make of Break for Fashion - View here
  • June 2018 - Retail and Circular Economy Research - View here
  • July 2018 - Delivering the Vampire Economy - View here
  • April 2019 - Ted Baker visit - View here

Above are just a selection of retail logistics articles that have been included in Logistics & Transport Focus.

Coming up in Focus Magazine

Our May 2019 issue of Focus will be including a fashion logistics features. If you would like further information on advertising and editorial for this issue please contact Lisa Sutherland on 01536 740178


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