The A-list logistics event of 2019 - Microlise at the Ricoh

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Microlise Wednesday full house, blue carpets of the Ricoh Arena

Talk of all things freight logistics, packed audience, standing at the sides of the blue carpet for the UK's top freight conference at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

Paul Strong, Google Cloud, talked 'Just-in-time everything.'

Dr Jonathan Keating ‘Growth of e-commerce is influencing the vehicles on our roads today. A better way to understand people's purchasing behaviour is key.'

Felix Kybart, MAN, ‘let me electrify you with the eTGM truck, 180km range. Total cost of ownership for electric will be on the same level with diesel by 2020.'

Elliot Shaw, Highways England, 'we have committed to deliver a charger within twenty miles of you.'



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Andreas Marschner VP Amazon, Risk of delays reduced in the reducing touches approach for client chain to customer.


A blue screen countdown, Quentin Wilson opened the centre stage. ‘Today is all about positive energy.’ Brexit video, impact on the industry, the future of the industry, big data, final mile, the 2019 Microlise Conference.

Quentin Wilson,

A year on year increasing audience, what a year, Trump, tariff wars, a UK govt in crisis, could things be more unstable? But here we are, still filling all those shelves, you are one of the most determined sectors I know, delivering the UK freight. A stellar line-up of presenters today for you. Get interactive, use your phones, ask questions.

Opening answers from a two thousand strong audience with standing-room only, skills shortage is key industry challenge, investment this year is optimisation software. This was a year of unprecedented interaction, with the largest number of phone questions ever.


Nadeem Raza, Microlise boss took stage, reflecting on the year, celebrating a second Queen's award,

This event is about technology, we see big data, artificial intelligence, electric vehicles, some really simple solutions making a great difference in the world, Transaid showcasing their bicycle ambulances in Africa.


The Keynote presentations


Paul Strong, via link from California, technical director, Google Cloud

Just in time everything. Unlocking the future of transport, explaining what is a computer, digital transformation and AI, we are 80 years into computing, today technology is being used differently, different experiences, you are all becoming technology companies.

Mobility devices are shaping the world, three billion smart phones getting connected. A torrent of data every day. The cloud, being inside someone else’s computer, replicating the way the brain works, it requires vast amounts of resource. Accessing the cloud allows organisations to think differently. Divesting, driving value from the technology. Investing and innovating with technology. Think of your value, get intimate with your client, present-day streaming of real-time analytics, simulating a vehicle crash to make the safest and most reliable machine on the road.

Let’s talk AI, it’s not conscious, it’s interpreting, recognising, machine learning at work, communicating behind the scenes, an autonomous truck. What-if questions, truck or supply chain has a digital representation, we can then reconcile with the real world, optimisation.

Just in Time Everything, moving things just before someone wants to consume it. It's about augmentation, mixing human and technology to deliver real value in the supply chain. Assumptions, challenge assumptions in your company every day, for transport it's multi-modal questions, a seamless move from point of source to delivery.


Dr Jonathan Keating on the Microlise stage

Growth of e-commerce is influencing the vehicles on our roads today.’

A better way to understand people's purchasing behaviour is key. The future of mobility, implications to 2040. Government office for science, senior adviser, Dr Jonathan Keating ‘Our freight study to 2040, evidence and insights for policy makers to review strategic future issues focused on road freight.

Environment, congestion, vans represent the greatest growth in vehicles. Commuting is decreasing, rates of shopping are decreasing, growth of e-commerce is influencing the vehicles on our roads today.

More research on van use is needed. Consumers are demanding shorter windows, it generates the most CO2 per tonne moved, land use implications, where to place distribution centres, questions on desirable locations in the green belt and meeting environmental requirements.

The DfT has recently invested two million pounds to develop e-courier bicycles to move cargo and de-carbonise the final mile. Predicting vehicle miles remains difficult, a better way to understand people's purchasing behaviour is key.

The future of mobility, rates of electrification, the extent of mobility replaced by on line purchase set the next goals to logistics. We will need greater vision for clean air zones, vans will be very important to our future, integration of infrastructure is key, regulatory incentives are needed.



MAN VP Felix Kybart

The clean revolution, mobility changing urban logistics.

Let me electrify you with the eTGM electric truck.  A different kind of discussion, greenhouse gas driving climate change, it’s about how we produce clean energy, it will take energy producers time to change to renewables. Targets for truck and bus manufacturers are based on ‘wheels on the road.’ Looking at driveline technologies the road to zero diesel.

Asking the audience who has driven an electric car, ten per-cent, who owns an electric car, about five individuals from the registered audience of two thousand.

Looking at the eTGM electric trucks. ‘A proud day launching the eTGM, 26 tonne configuration’, a range up to 180km, you can order today and we will deliver within three months. A truck with no engine in the front, greater visibility, a step entry at 350mm.

Total cost of ownership for electric will be on the same level with diesel by 2020. Electric delivery at night is silent, we will recommend the charging strategy best for your routes, runs and locations of your depots.


Elliot Shaw Highways England

Connecting the country

Congestion at record levels, the highest it has ever been in the history of road transport. ‘England’s economic success depends on the strategic road network, connectivity to other modes is a focus for us. Road is the main mode, nine out of ten journeys are road based, we want to see freight moving.

2015 road investment in five year blocks, a significant investment in spend, the next block begins 2015. Smart motorways, roadworks cause pain, but when we re-open it is a big win in the end result.

We are one of the biggest builders of cycle routes, we have committed to deliver a charger within twenty miles of you. We are strengthening relationships with the freight industry, we want to improve the freight experience, our better freight service, looking in a joined up way, traffic officers to locations for UK wide lorry parking. We recognise reliability value.

This year we saw the removal of toll on the Seven Bridge crossing. We have focused on road closure notification this year, accurate information on closures, earlier advice so you can plan ahead for your routes.

Strategic planning for the future, 2020 to 2025, we are keen to embed your views. Operations, maintenance and renewals, the foundation of good customer service to enable the network to be successful. Digital for customer, digital operations and digital design for construction. We are supporting a number of trials for clean air zones, platooning trials this summer.


Former Transport Minister, LGV licence holder Sir Mike Penning

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LGV licence holder, former transport minister, Sir Mike Penning, all-party group chair for freight. ‘The forgotten industry that keeps Britain moving.’ ‘Quality and shortage of drivers must be addressed, how we are seen by the public and how we are seen by Govt. Issues going forward, emissions; being legal in one city and not in another. Your trucks keep this country moving. I need your help and your voice.’

84% of the audience voted yes to the APPG freight group success.


Richard Turfitt, senior traffic commissioner

Technology, innovation and the future

Frst motorised transport established about 120 years ago, DfT celebrate the centenary of one hundred years this year.

‘Effective gatekeeping, it’s so important, a level playing-field, those running unsafely will be dealt with quickly. Publishing a strategy is relatively new, our latest strategic measures this year will run to 2021.

Digital has revolutionised applications, 2016 VOL launched, modern age, less than three years and you can do almost everything on line. Digital signatures introduced.

Asked about O-licence for vans? It's coming to Europe, it’s a matter of policy.


Marian Kitson, DVSA director of enforcement

The future of enforcement

‘UK safest roads, a safe lifetime for the driver, standards always maintained, my focus is to protect you from unsafe drivers and vehicles. We have access to in excess of ten thousand cameras to focus on the non-compliant.

The statistics, 118 thousand roadside mechanical checks, over sixty three thousand vehicle defects discovered. Eighty thousand driver hour checks, seventy two thousand driver offences found! Seven million pounds of fines issued.


Andreas Marschner VP Amazon

Physical flow, E commerce and Transportation.

We at Amazon talk physical flow, to be Earth's most customer-centric company. Growth and keeping customer promise. More sellers, more traffic, different ways to innovate the business. Customers pay less.

85 thousand employees in the UK, $27bn invested since 2010. 27 corporate offices, 40 fulfilment centres. 9 languages. Close to a million businesses selling. 50% of sales on Amazon by third party sellers. UK £2.5 Billion of export.

UK has a very high share of cross-border traffic across Europe, we run a pan-European network. First mile, middle mile, last mile. The Amazon logistics value chain. Middle mile connecting warehouse to final mile. A key piece to speed, minimising the number of touches. Fulfilment to integrated logistics provider, then to delivery unit before customer. Reducing the touches, reduces the cost and takes points of failure out of the network. Risk of delays reduced in the reducing touches approach. Last Mile technologies to deal with delivery failure, notification and visibility of when the parcel shows up. Re-directing if you are not in.

We are looking at efficiency and carbon neutrality, we aim 50% of our shipments to be carbon neutral. It is not possible without tech, alternative fuels alone are not the answer, routing innovation is an answer.

Meeting the customer promise at all times, accuracy from the web site, every shipment is treated like an anniversary or birthday present. The tech piece comes into play. Customers in the UK expect delivery 365 days a year. Huge search Mon and Tuesday in the UK, this has an effect on the roads, we are moving more into 24 hour platforms. Finally cube is increasing


Blue carpet photos Microlise 2019

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IOC chief exec, Tracey Worth talks unique sector event with Microlise director Bob Harbey


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Full house breakfast at Microlise 2019


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MAN electric zero emision VAN at Microlise 2019


The Keynote speaker photo gallery Microlise 2019


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Nadeem Raza CEO Microlise


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Quentin Willson conference host


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Paul Strong  Google


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Dr Jonathan Keating senior Govt technical advisor


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Elliot Shaw director Highways England


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Traffic Commissioner Richard Turfitt



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