Supply chain issues set to dominate post-Brexit agenda

Supply chain issues set to dominate post-Brexit agenda

Logistics businesses will need to invest in more robust and intelligent logistics infrastructure if they wish to meet the future demands of their customers and consumers after Brexit, industry experts are warning.

IMHX Exhibition Director Rob Fisher said: “Brexit has put supply chain issues at the top of every company’s agenda. It is forecast that in post-Brexit Britain businesses will have little choice but to hold more stock closer to the point-of-consumption and this means new storage sites will need to be built and existing units adapted where necessary to ensure that storage space is optimised.”

He continues: “This will require investment in new equipment and systems so there is every reason for the companies that manufacture and supply these products to be optimistic. This optimism is reflected in the high number of suppliers of intralogistics products and services that have committed to exhibit at IMHX 2019.”

“Even the post-Brexit labour shortage that is widely expected is a compelling reason for visiting the show as a host of automated systems technology designed to make DC operations less labour intensive will be on display,” he added.

A Technology Demonstration Zone at IMHX 2019 will be supported by the Automated Materials Handling Systems Association (AMHSA), who will be providing an interactive feature that explains picking technological developments.

AMHSA secretary, Dave Berridge, commented: “Our ‘Picking Through The Ages’ exhibition will demonstrate how automation brings speed and accuracy to the picking operation delivering customer satisfaction and AMHSA experts will be on hand to explain different picking technologies and provide professional advice on all aspects of logistics automation.” 

Rob Fisher added: “Distribution and fulfilment centres will look very different in the near future and IMHX 2019 will reflect this.”

IMHX 2019 visitor registration is now open at www.imhx.net.