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Last Mile Delivery: Innovation & Transformation Dublin Friday 21 February FREE CILT EVENT

23 January 2020

Last Mile Delivery: Innovation & Transformation Dublin Friday 21 February FREE CILT EVENT

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Innovation and Transformation in the Final Stage of Fulfilment

Time: 09:00 to 14:00
Date: Friday 21 February 2020 
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dublin Airport, Northwood Santry, Co Dublin 

CILT Eastern Section in conjunction with Linkline Journal are delighted to announce a half day event on Friday 21 February dedicated to exploring the challenges and opportunities of the rapidly changing landscape of last mile, with an emphasis on technology and innovation.

As consumers increasingly go online for ALL of their shopping needs, speedy fulfillment is now the normal expectation of every online shopping experience. For logistics and supply chain companies and their retail partners it is one of the big challenges they face as they come under increasing pressure to reduce the cost of last mile delivery and the associated carbon footprint the current system generates.

Vendors and their transport partners are increasingly exploring new technologies and experimental supply chain models to increase parcel volume, make deliveries more efficient, keep customers happy - all while trying to cut costs.

What knowledge can be gained here?
• How to improve your business model by drawing on the experience of industry leaders who have adopted cutting-edge technology
• Improve customer relationships by strengthening your value proposition • Be inspired by exciting projects & start-ups who are working on transforming the delivery industry
• Explore the different delivery models for expanding market share and increasing profitability
• What partnerships to seek out to succeed in today’s robust delivery

Agenda for Morning:
09:30: Welcome Address
09:30: Chair’s Opening Remarks
09:40: Managing and Optimising your Last Mile Delivery (URBANTZ - Byron Dunne)

09:55: A brief introduction to MessageBird and it’s platform followed by some examples of how the application of innovative solutions is helping Logistics, Transport and e-Commerce companies to solve common problems and increase efficiency (Message Bird - Finn Mongey & Michael O’Mahony)

10:10: Last Mile Delivery Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) initiative (Smart Dublin - Luke Binns)

10:25: Maximising the Value of Data (GeoDirectory - Steve Grover)

10:40: Integration with Domestic and Global Carriers for Seamless Fulfillment (Autofulfil - Paul Myers)

10:55: Refreshments

11:10: Case Study: (Baby - Brian Naughton CMILT)

11:25: Using Technology to Maximise Opportunities (Auto Address - Micháel Martin)

11:40: How to overcome issues in organizations upstream and downstream activities (Capcon - Rory Comerford)

11:55: City Centre Transportation Projects (Dublin City Council - Colm Ennis)

12:10: The Harmonised Label (GS 1 - Tim Daly)

12:25: Panel Discussion and Q&A

12:40: Closing Address: Chair and Lunch


Documents to download

«March 2020»

Five on Fly: GS1 with Tim Daly

GS1 Industry Engagement Manager Tim Daly answers Linkline’s ‘Five on the Fly’ about some the challenges and future of his sector.

What have the challenges been in your sector?

In supply chain and transport and logistics, we see that some of the major challenges, e.g. stock management, visibility and traceability, can be related to some very simple fixes in terms of the labelling used and the information shared between stakeholders.

How did you/the organisation adapt?

The use of GS1 standards helps organisations to identify their product or logistics units uniquely, capture this information in a standardised barcode and to share structured data about their products or logistics units with stakeholders.

What lessons did you learn/ are you learning from this?

Many Irish manufacturers and Transport and Logistics companies still operate in a highly paper based environments and would benefit from making the digital migration.

What advice can you give based on your experience in this area thus far?

Move your processes from paper to Glass and use GS1 global standards to create unique identifiers for your items.

What does the future hold?

Cross border labelling and customs will require more data to be encoded in the barcode, down the track. Barcodes are becoming more connected and new standards, such as the GS1 Digital Link, allow manufacturers or Transport and Logistics providers to link multiple types of digital information (the products Digital twin) to the barcode on a physical product.

For more information about GS1 Ireland please visit their website

The post Five on Fly: GS1 with Tim Daly appeared first on Linkline Journal - Ireland.

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Five on the Fly: Urbantz with Byron Dunne

Urbantz general manager for UK, Ireland & Northern Europe Byron Dunne answers Linkline’s ‘Five on the Fly’ about some the challenges and future of his sector.

What have the challenges been in your sector?

Tradition and more importantly lack of risk taking. The logistics industry is very traditional and to an extent risk averse. Many of the more important roles within the larger organisations change hands between the same people. Thus a very challenging environment to implement change as naturally these profiles bring the knowledge and tradition they have been used t,oo from one company to the next, thus inhibiting change.

This is a major roadblock for innovation as not many of these individuals have the experience to implement game changing strategies, and when they do they put the job on the line as margins are tight, volumes are growing and resources are restricted.

How did you/the organisation adapt? 

Education. We are in contact with C-Level Logistics and Supply Chain management throughout Europe. Opinions differ in each country together with legislation. Certain countries are very open to finding and testing new strategies to stay ahead of the game, or at least keep up with the game, others are experts at identifying problems, complaining about them and not executing any plans.

We try to find common ground by advising these individuals and providing them with the technology they need should they decide to execute a plan of action. The media has created a lot of noise about what is trendy and what sells clicks, but the reality is that the majority of what the press predicts as the future of last mile is not relevant for the next 5 years. It’s important to cut through the noise, stick to the vision and push for change.

What lessons did you learn/ are you learning from this?

The last mile goes well beyond the walls of the Supply Chain and Logistics offices. The customer is having more and more influence on what the future of logistics will hold.

Logistics is no longer an isolated department that sources goods, operates fleets and manages operations. It has now become one of the most important elements in creating a brand, maintaining customer relationships and ensuring sales

What advice can you give based on your experience in this area thus far?

Embrace new ideas, new innovation and take some risks. Amazon has built a more efficient supply chain than the vast majority of traditional retailers and transport operators in the space of 10 years. It’s not magic, it’s forward thinking, disrupting and innovating that has put them where they are today.

What does the future hold?

Urban logistics is changing rapidly.  Consumer behaviour is also changing rapidly. Logistics processes, strategy and technology are not changing as quickly as they should be. The future is quite bleak for companies that are not embracing change  and they will be left behind.

For more information about Urbantz please visit their website

The post Five on the Fly: Urbantz with Byron Dunne appeared first on Linkline Journal - Ireland.

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Working Remotely

Dear  Members and Trainees ,

As the advice regarding the containment and delay phases for the Coronavirus continues to develop daily, I would like to assure all customers and partners of the continuity of our service.

Due to the cloud-based nature of our key systems, we will be working remotely  for the forceable future . This means that there should be no disruption to the availability of the scheduled ADR Exams for the following date: Naas 20 March 2020 and Galway 26 March 2020. Future information will be available  in due course. 

As always, we remain committed to our trainees  and members  with our high level of customer service. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates appropriately and promptly.

If you have any queries at all, please don't hesitate to contact the Institute by email at 

Many thanks

Mick Curran 


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