Seminar programme – Freight in the City Expo

The seminars are divided into three streams: ‘Clean’, ‘Safe’, and ‘Quiet & Efficient’. Click on the name of any seminar to find out more.

Clean Safe Quiet & Efficient
09:30-10:15 Clear skies ahead  – Evolving logistics for future cities
10:30-11:15  – Truck safety advancement  –
11:30-12:15 Alternative thinking Time to comply  –
12:30-13:15  –  –  Rethinking traditional deliveries
13:30-14:15 The air quality challenge  – Collaboration
14:30-15:15 Fleet efficiency workshop Smarter Urban Planning  –
15:30-16:15  – The Last Mile

Please note: the organiser reserves the right to amend any of the sessions at their discretion.

‘Clean’ seminars

Seminar: Clear skies ahead
Stream: ‘Clean’
Time: 09:30-10:15

This session will examine just how ‘clean’ cities will need to be in the future to meet global emissions targets; what developments will take place to get us there; and the role freight has to play in achieving such exceptional air quality standards.

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Seminar: Alternative thinking
Stream: ‘Clean’
Time: 11:30-12:15

This session will examine the different types of alternative fuels on the market today and which type of operations they are best suited to, as well as exploring available funding sources to tap into for up-front investment.

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Seminar: The air quality challenge
Stream: ‘Clean’
Time: 13:30-14:15

This session will examine how successful low-emission zones currently are at improving air quality in city centres and how much further they can be taken in the drive towards zero-emission urban transport.

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Seminar: Fleet efficiency workshop
Stream: ‘Clean’
Time: 14:30-15:15

Improving Fleet Efficiency: ECO-Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme and Transport & Travel Research to host a practical session looking at how to make your fleet and operational practices more sustainable and more efficient.
Speaker: Jim Chappell, Programme Manager, ECO Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme

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‘Safe’ seminars

Seminar: Truck Safety Advancements
Stream: ‘Safe’
Time: 10:30-11:15

This session will explore steps being taken by manufacturers and operators to make commercial vehicles safer and the need for well-designed city streets to prevent conflict between different modes of transport.

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Seminar: Time to comply
Stream: ‘Safe’
Time: 11:30-12:15

This session will explore the initiatives underway to improve the freight sector’s safety credentials through a push for nationally-recognised standards that can be incorporated into procurement contracts.

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Seminar: Smarter Urban Planning
Stream: ‘Safe’
Time: 14:30-15:15

This session explores how effective city planning can ensure new road layouts are safely shared by all modes of transport and why it is essential to consider the needs of the freight sector at the early stages of any design.

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‘Quiet & Efficient’ seminars

Seminar: Evolving logistics for future cities
Stream: ‘Quiet & Efficient’
Time: 09:30-10:15

This session aims to predict what a future city centre will look like and how the freight sector is already beginning to evolve to meet the expectations of residents, public organisations and businesses.

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Seminar: Rethinking traditional deliveries
Stream: ‘Quiet & Efficient’
Time: 12:30-13:15

A surge in e-commerce, demand for more just-in-time deliveries to food stores, and increased congestion from new developments and infrastructure upgrades will see logistics firms needing to rethink traditional delivery patterns.

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Seminar: Collaboration
Stream: ‘Quiet & Efficient’
Time: 13:30-14:15

Urban consolidation hubs can drive efficiency by removing the need for HGVs to enter city centres on final-mile journeys. Buy-in from local authorities, businesses and operators is vital for any consolidation scheme to work long-term, with freight quality partnerships providing the perfect platform to discuss the matter.

  • 13.30-13.40 Business case for consolidating: The importance of having a clearly defined strategy or purpose for creating a consolidation centre. The success of a consolidation centre relies on all parties having mutually aligned goals.
    Speaker: Mark Fell, Divisional Manager – Sustainable Mobility, Transport & Travel Research (TTR)
  • 13.40-13.50 Constructive thinking: Consolidation centres can prove an essential asset to large construction developments taking place across city centres, whether on a temporary project-led basis, or as a permanent industry-specific hub.
    Speaker: Sean Kelly, Director Strategic Logistics Solutions, Wilson James
  • 13.50-14.00 Joining forces: An active freight quality partnership can provide a perfect platform for local authorities, freight operators and businesses to share ideas and promote the sustainable movement of goods.
    Speaker: Paul Davison, principal consultant for sustainable freight and logistics, Aecom
  • 14.00-14.10 On the right path: Significant cost, efficiency and environmental gains can be made by adopting the latest technology to optimise your fleet for urban deliveries, whether you operate conventional diesel vehicles or are looking to make the switch to alternative fuels.
    Speaker: Martin Rapos, energy and mobility director, Route Monkey
  • 14:10-14:15 Q&A

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Seminar: The Last Mile
Stream: ‘Quiet & Efficient’
Time: 15:30-16:15

The final stage of delivery to a resident or business in a city centre can often be the most expensive, with congestion, roadworks and loading restrictions proving challenging. We look at some practical solutions to last-mile deliveries.

  • 15.30-15.40 Pedal power: Cycle logistics for transporting goods for last-mile deliveries is gathering momentum both in the UK and across the rest of the world. We hear from an expert how such a model can be adopted in any city centre.
    Speaker: Rob King, director, Outspoken Delivery
  • 15.40-15.50 Parking perils: Penalty Charge Notices can cost operators thousands of pounds every year when loading and unloading in city centres. The FTA will provide guidance on how to prevent, and overturn if necessary, parking fines.
    Speaker: Natalie Chapman, Head of Policy – London, Freight Transport Association
  • 15.50-16.00 The right track: Railway stations can provide the perfect urban distribution hubs, bringing goods into the heart of a city for onwards distribution by low-emission vehicles.
    Speaker: Jeff Screeton, CEO, 5PL
  • 16.00-16.10 Lock and load: Locker boxes in public venues are growing in popularity. Will they soon be appearing at residential addresses, and how successful are they in reducing vehicle journeys.
    Speaker: Ian Caminsky, CEO, InPost Uk 
  • 16.10-16.15 Q&A