Multimodal 2016 – the premier logistics event

The UK and Ireland’s leading logistics show is gearing up to be the biggest and most successful in the event’s nine-year history.  More than 8,500 supply chain professionals are expected to attend the free-to-attend show for three days of networking, new business opportunities, and workshop debates.

The future of airports in the UK, the Home Office Haulier Accreditation Scheme, sustainable supply chains, and the agenda for more rail freight all feature in the Multimodal Seminar line-up.

Best practice for new legislation, including container weights and the new EU Customs rules, will also be examined as part of three days of panel debates and practical workshops at the show, between the 10th and 12th May at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham.

“Multimodal is a unique opportunity to network with experts from the UK and Ireland’s leading supply chain companies,” said Robert Jervis, Multimodal Director.  “This year sees the implementation of important new legislation affecting all sectors of the supply chain, and keeping up to speed on best practice is vital.

“We have put together a programme of practical sessions to help visitors better understand the impact of the new rules on their business.  We will also be hosting panel debates looking at innovative ideas to help logistics companies respond to the changing face of retail in the wake of the e-business revolution.”

Multimodal 2016 has once more teamed up with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Freight Transport Association (FTA) to put together a programme of informative sessions also covering warehouses of the future, finance in the supply chain, using KPIs as incentivisors and launching retail in Asia.

Chris Yarsley, EU Affairs Manager at the FTA, will be joined by senior representatives from the Home Office for a discussion on transport vehicles and border control issues.

Doddle Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tim Robinson will be joining former Virgin Galactic President Will Whitehorn, currently Chairman of Transport Systems Catapult, for a debate on disruptive innovation.

Lars Kjaer, Senior VP, World Shipping Council will be explaining best practice for container weights in light of the new legislation, and The Co-operative’s National Transport Manager Justin Kirkhope will join Kevin Greenaway, National Planning Manager, Sainsbury’s, for an update on The Agenda for More Rail Freight.

The seminar schedule is available on-line and the sessions can be booked on line.

Over 290 exhibitors are expected to attend the show this year, including DHL, Malcolm Logistics, Russell Group, Jigsaw Transport, Wincanton, and Maritime Transport.

Voting has been brisk for the FTA Multimodal 2016 Awards, which take place at a new venue – Birmingham NEC’s Vox Conference Centre – on the evening of 10 May.

The awards this year feature five new categories to reward best in class across all modes. These include road freight, rail freight, sea freight, and air cargo operator of the year, as well as freight forwarder of the year, which have been voted for on-line via the awards portal at

Innovation, training, and environmental best practice will also be recognised, with the winners announced at a gala dinner and presented with their awards by renowned broadcaster and journalist John Sergeant.

The Young Logistics Professional of the Year and the FTA’s Award for Contribution to Environmental Sustainability, recognising a team’s work towards reducing carbon footprint, will be revealed at the dinner along with the Multimodal Personality of the Year and the Exhibitor of the Year.

“Multimodal is now in its ninth year and we pride ourselves on providing a platform for the industry to network and grow business,” confirmed Robert Jervis.

“The awards are a reflection of our commitment to showcasing the best that our industry has to offer and we are delighted to be growing the categories.  We are excited to be moving to the Vox venue to ensure the evening is an even bigger success than last year.”

Multimodal 2015 was the biggest in the show’s history with over 8,500 supply chain decision makers visiting over 290 logistics experts, and more are expected this year.

The show has boosted its registration system to connect visitors through social media and maximise networking opportunities with exhibitors.

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