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In the realm of industrial real estate, the choice between big box and mid box facilities presents a critical decision for tenants seeking optimal space solutions. This panel will delve into the nuanced considerations that tenants, developers, and investors must weigh when evaluating the pros and cons of big box versus mid box industrial spaces. Join us as industry experts explore the dynamics of big box and mid box industrial facilities, examining factors such as size, location, functionality, and cost-effectiveness. Through insightful discussions and real-world examples, panelists will shed light on the unique advantages and challenges associated with each type of facility, helping attendees gain a deeper understanding of their respective merits.

Join our panel of experts as we tackle the burning question in industrial real estate: Is SMART technology a luxury or an absolute necessity? Dive into the latest cutting-edge technologies that developers are investing in to improve efficiency. We’ll also be discussing why every digital transformation strategy needs a people-first approach with the workforce at the heart of it. Get ready to explore the future of industrial real estate powered by cutting-edge technology!

Join us for a real-life success story where we’ll explore cutting-edge technologies, innovative design concepts, and sustainable practices that will redefine the blueprint for storage facilities in the future. Find out what works, what doesn’t and what skillsets your workforce will need. This session promises insights, strategies, and a sneak peek into the warehouse innovations that will shape tomorrow’s logistics landscape. Don’t miss your chance to be at the forefront of warehousing excellence!

While the importance of sustainability is widely acknowledged, the real challenge lies in translating awareness into action. What techniques can you adopt to reduce your environmental footprint? How can occupiers ensure minimal waste and increase efficiency? And most importantly, how do you shrink your carbon footprint and curb overall costs? Join us as we unravel the practicalities of sustainability, providing actionable insights to make eco-friendly practices a seamless reality.

Exploring the investment landscape, challenges, and opportunities in the UK’s industrial and logistics real estate market. Navigating the ongoing macroeconomic challenges- knowing when to seize opportunities and when to proceed with caution Key insights on muted investment activity and analysing what it means for business Comparing rental growth versus vacancy rates across regions and identifying strategic investment opportunities Evaluating prime versus secondary assets- how to make the most of the polarised market

Speakers in this session will discuss the evolving needs of tenants, including the demand for longer-term leases, and the construction of facilities that are adaptable to future needs and technologies. Giving back: looking further into how new development and redevelopment plans can deliver social value in local communities Engaging with local communities to better understand the needs of tenants and create mutually beneficial improvements The next generation- recruiting and retaining an adaptable workforce representative of the communities you work within Working with developers to advance infrastructure that promotes environmentally sustainable and socially beneficial developments Designing and planning mixed-use developments to benefit both business and community needs Designing and planning mixed-use developments to benefit both business and community needs

Industrial developments are often seen as functional spaces focused solely on production and logistics. However, there is a growing recognition of the importance of integrating placemaking principles to create vibrant and sustainable industrial communities. This panel will explore the role of placemaking in industrial developments, examining strategies, best practices, and case studies for fostering vibrant and inclusive industrial spaces that contribute to the overall well-being of communities

In the dynamic world of warehousing, the wellbeing of employees is essential not only for their personal satisfaction but also for operational efficiency and organizational success. This panel will explore targeted strategies and best practices for promoting the physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing of warehouse employees, addressing their unique challenges and needs within the context of ESG initiatives.

In the dynamic world of warehousing, the wellbeing of employees is essential not only for their personal satisfaction but also for operational efficiency and organizational success. This panel will explore targeted strategies and best practices for promoting the physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing of warehouse employees, addressing their unique challenges and needs within the context of ESG initiatives.

In the rapidly evolving landscape of industrial and logistics real estate, the build-to-suit (BTS) model has emerged as a compelling option for meeting the unique needs and requirements of tenants. This panel will delve into the viability of build-to-suit solutions, exploring the benefits, challenges, and considerations associated with custom-built facilities tailored to specific tenant specifications. Join us as real estate developers, tenants, and industry experts discuss the potential of build-to-suit solutions in meeting the evolving demands of industrial and logistics users. Through insightful discussions and real-world examples, panelists will provide valuable insights into the decision-making process and key factors influencing the feasibility and success of build-to-suit projects.

Urban Logistics

In the rapidly evolving landscape of retail, dark stores have emerged as a disruptive force, revolutionizing the way companies fulfill orders and meet the demands of modern consumers. This panel will illuminate the concept of dark stores and delve into their implications for retail logistics, customer experience, and urban development. Join us as industry leaders and experts explore the multifaceted phenomenon of dark stores, shedding light on their purpose, operation, and impact on the retail ecosystem. Through dynamic discussions and real-world examples, panelists will provide valuable insights into the opportunities and challenges presented by dark stores, and the strategies retailers can employ to leverage this innovative model effectively.

Vertical farming represents a groundbreaking approach to agriculture, offering a sustainable solution to food production challenges in urban environments. This panel will delve into the transformative potential of vertical farms, examining their role in addressing food security, sustainability, and urbanisation.

Addressing urban mobility within the logistics and goods delivery sector, this panel discussion offers a compelling overview of innovations aimed at enhancing efficiency and sustainability. From last-mile delivery solutions leveraging electric vehicles to advanced route optimization algorithms, it highlights successful innovations reshaping urban logistics. By spotlighting these transformative advances, the presentation aims to catalyze the adoption of innovative approaches, ultimately accelerating urban mobility improvements in the realm of goods delivery while reducing environmental impacts and congestion.

Join us as industry leaders, urban planners, and policymakers come together to discuss the concept of the urban factory and its implications for economic development, sustainability, and urban revitalization. Through dynamic discussions and real-world examples, panelists will provide valuable insights into the evolving role of manufacturing in the urban context and the strategies for leveraging this trend to create vibrant and resilient cities.

As urban areas face increasing pressure on land availability, there’s a growing interest in repurposing underutilized retail spaces for logistics and fulfillment operations. This panel will delve into the innovative trend of transforming retail spaces into logistics hubs, examining how this adaptation addresses the challenge of land scarcity while meeting the demands of the digital economy. Join us as industry experts, real estate developers, and urban planners discuss the evolution of retail spaces into logistics facilities amidst urban land constraints. Through insightful discussions and real-world case studies, panelists will provide valuable insights into the strategies, technologies, and best practices driving the repurposing of retail spaces for logistics in urban environments.

In the quest for sustainability and environmental responsibility, microhubs have emerged as a promising solution to reduce carbon emissions and improve efficiency in urban logistics. This session will delve into the transformative potential of microhubs, exploring their role in shaping a low-carbon future for urban freight transportation. Topics covered:

– The rise of microhubs: what is driving adoption?
– The evironmental benefits of microhubs: How do they contribute to air quality and noise pollution?
– Best practices for microhub location selection
– Challenges to microhub implementation: regulation, land availability

In the face of a cost-of-living crisis, last mile delivery providers are confronted with the dual challenge of meeting rising consumer expectations while managing operational costs. This panel will delve into the strategies and innovations that are driving growth and resilience in the last mile delivery sector amidst economic challenges. Topics include:

  • How is the cost-of-living crisis impacting consumer attitudes towards speed of delivery? 
  • From micro-fulfilment to urban hubs: what are the emerging trends in urban distribution? 
  • How are disruptors changing the landscape and how might this play out in the long term? 
  • Collaborating for efficiency: how can this be reconciled with competitive interests?

Join our panel of experts as they uncover the latest strategies in crafting blueprints for future urban logistics hubs. Discover the latest insights on data-driven planning, sustainable infrastructure, stakeholder collaboration and technology integration. Our speakers will share real world examples of successful projects and highlight some of the biggest pitfalls to avoid.

In the competitive landscape of logistics, the last mile has emerged as a critical battleground for protecting the bottom line while delivering exceptional customer experiences. This panel will map out the path to last mile excellence, exploring innovative strategies, emerging technologies, and data-driven approaches for optimizing last mile operations while balancing cost, sustainability, and customer satisfaction. Topics include:

  • How has the challenge of protecting the bottom-line in logistics evolved in recent years?
  • How do you drive customer loyalty that lasts?
  • How can engagement strategies be adapted to the growing emphasis on cost and sustainability?
  • To what extent can emerging technologies reduce delivery cost and improve customer engagement?
  • A data-driven last mile: can embedded analytics help?

This panel will share insights on how the growth of e-commerce is reshaping the demand for logistics spaces.

– The shift towards regionalised operations
– improving delivery times and reducing costs in the last mile
– Ultra-modern solutions to ultra-modern problems
– keeping up with shifting consumer demands
– What do these changes mean for development sites and the labour force?
– Looking beyond
– how the rise of advanced manufacturing, data centres, and entertainment production are impacting the landscape.

Supply Chain & Delivery

In today’s retail landscape, finding the delicate balance between customer convenience, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability is paramount. This panel will explore the strategies and innovations retailers can employ to navigate this complex terrain, ensuring that they meet the evolving needs and expectations of consumers while advancing sustainability goals. The dicussion will cover:

  • How do consumer priorities vary by demographic and market sector?
  • A personalised approach: how can data be utilised to provide a tailored experience?
  • Out-of-home delivery: will this ever be the norm or a complementary form of delivery?
  • Cheap, convenient, and sustainable returns: what innovations could make a real difference?

In the fast-paced world of e-commerce, the digitization of the supply chain has emerged as a transformative force, reshaping the way goods are sourced, managed, and delivered to consumers. This panel will explore the opportunities and challenges of digitizing the e-commerce supply chain, and the strategies businesses can employ to leverage digital technologies for greater efficiency, agility, and competitiveness.

This panel will delve into the complexities of reverse logistics and explore strategies for transforming it into a source of competitive advantage, efficiency, and sustainability. Topics covered include:

  •  How can effective reverse logistics transform supply chain efficiency?
  • What are the greatest challenges faced in reverse logistics and how to overcome them?
  • How can time to inventory for returned goods be minimised and to what extent does predictive analytics provide the magic bullet?
  • What are the principal causes of waste and how can it be reduced?
  • Recycling and refurbishing: how can sustainability in reverse logistics be optimised?
  • Future trends and opportunities: what lies ahead for reverse logistics?

As e-commerce continues to reshape global trade and consumer expectations, the supply chain must evolve to meet the demands of tomorrow’s digital marketplace. This panel will explore the vision for an adaptive, connected, and transparent e-commerce supply chain, examining the strategies, technologies, and best practices driving innovation and efficiency in the digital era. Topics include:

  • Visibility across the e-commerce supply chain: closing the gaps from first mile to last mile
  • Improving cross-supply chain connectivity: what more needs to be done?
  • How can data analytics be leveraged to better match capacity with demand?
  • How are technological advances making real-time insights possible?
  • Providing real-time visibility to the customer: what are the considerations? 
  • Accommodating the unexpected: to what extent is AI the solution to accurately modelling the impact?
  • The business case for transparency: how can ROI be measured most effectively?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionising e-commerce logistics, offering unprecedented opportunities to optimize operations, enhance customer experiences, and drive business growth. This panel will delve into the transformative effects of AI in e-commerce logistics, exploring real-world examples, best practices, and emerging trends shaping the industry’s AI awakening. Topics include:

  • Real-world examples and success stories of AI delivering transformation
  • AI-powered predictive analytics: how great is its potential to optimise the fulfilment and delivery process and to better predict demand, supply and timings?
  • Feeding the machine: how can the industry best access the data AI needs to learn?
  • AI in back-office automation: where does the right balance lie between augmenting and replacing human input?
  • Intelligent robotics: how is computer vision transforming effectiveness of warehouse and delivery robots? 
  • Human and AI collaboration: what are the pre-requisites for success? 
  • Understanding the skillsets required: what does it take to build, manage and work with AI?

Quick commerce, with its promise of same-day delivery, is reshaping the retail landscape beyond grocery, presenting new opportunities and challenges for businesses and logistics providers alike. This panel will delve into the expanding quick commerce market, exploring the demand for same-day delivery across sectors, emerging trends in fulfillment strategies, and opportunities for collaboration in the fast-paced world of instant gratification. Topics covered:

  • How great is the demand for same-day delivery, how does it vary by sector and are consumers willing to pay?
  • Outsourced quick commerce capabilities: how quickly is this market likely to grow?
  • Pick up from warehouse or from store: what’s the right mix?
  • Expanding micro-fulfilment: to what extent are dark stores or mixed use of retail spaces the solution? 
  • Same-day delivery to lockers: is this a market set for growth?
  • What are the opportunities for collaboration among quick-commerce delivery companies and established logistics providers?

Consumer returns have become an integral part of the e-commerce landscape, with significant implications for both customer loyalty and operational efficiency. This panel will explore strategies for delivering a superb consumer returns experience while navigating economic considerations and sustainability goals. Topics include:

  • The importance of a good returns experience: what are the key factors that will create or destroy loyalty? 
  • From convenient pick up/drop off to labelling: best practices for reducing friction and improving efficiency 
  • Label-less returns: the potential and the limitations 
  • Encouraging faster returns: how can retailers best balance flexibility for the customer with the cost of delay? 
  • Sustainable, reusable packaging: what’s the impact on the speed and condition of returns – understanding the economics

Geopolitical conflicts, labor disputes, and environmental issues can wreak havoc on the supply chain. That’s why companies are increasingly looking to nearshore or reshore their supply chains to gain greater control and keep them out of harm’s way. But, there are a few crucial details you’ll want to keep on your radar with this strategy. What are the biggest pitfalls for nearshoring and reshoring? Do the costs outweigh the benefits? Does it align with your overall business strategy? Join our panel of seasoned professionals as they unveil their secrets to success and advise you on best practices.

In an era marked by unprecedented disruptions and uncertainties, supply chain resilience has emerged as a critical imperative for businesses across industries. This panel will explore the multifaceted challenges of supply chain resilience and provide actionable insights into managing risk, redesigning supply chain strategies, and ensuring long-term success in a dynamic global environment. Join us for an engaging discussion as we delve into the strategies and best practices for building resilient supply chains.

Out-of-home delivery has emerged as a transformative force in the logistics landscape, offering consumers greater convenience and flexibility while presenting unique challenges and opportunities for businesses. This panel will delve into the latest trends shaping out-of-home delivery, from technological advancements to operational transformations, and explore strategies for optimizing efficiency, enhancing customer loyalty, and navigating the evolving landscape of last mile logistics. Topics include:

  • IoT, mobile apps, and smart lockers: how is technology streamlining out-of-home delivery?
  • Cost and sustainability benefits: how great are they and how can they best be communicated? 
  • How does out-of-home delivery affect customer loyalty? Which demographics respond best?
  • From nudges to financial incentives: what’s the best way to get customers to take the out-ofhome option?
  • Expanding the locker network: how can planning, land and operational challenges best be navigated? 
  • Carrier agnostic lockers and PUDO points: the barriers, the impact and the long-term prospects 
  • Operational transformation: from receiving parcels and returns handling to loading and unloading, how can processes be updated to optimise efficiency?
  • Collaborating for locker sharing: how can capacity issues best be navigated?
  • The role of out-of-home in the first mile: to what extent is this growing