Logistics Scotland

MacDonald Inchyra Hotel, Falkirk | Thursday 30 May 2019

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A new, comprehensive event examining the work of Scotland’s logistics industry!




Join us Thursday 30th May 2019 to hear from experts, watch lively panel discussions and join the debate on Scotland's Logistics. This brand new one-day conference will provide Scottish MDs and Directors with a high-level view of how Scotland’s logistics transport system will have to evolve in the next few years.


Programme highlights:

  • International connectivity: the prospects for services from Scotland ports and airports, and connections via England
  • How Scotland’s national transport networks will develop – seeking greater reliability and weather resilience
  • What skills and labour challenges will face Scottish logistics and how to respond to them
  • How are urban access restrictions and difficulties going to affect movements and deliveries
  • What will be the best routes for logistics in Scotland to de-carbonise – what will need to be done


A comprehensive programme of expert speakers, providing industry and government viewpoints affecting Scottish logistics businesses across all modes.


09.30: Arrivals/Tea and coffee

10.00: Welcome - Elizabeth de Jong, Director of Policy, FTA

10.05: Keynote - Michael Matheson, MPS, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, The Scottish Government

10.15: Skills 

We examine the ongoing shortage of skilled workers available to the logistics industry in Scotland. This session addresses the challenges recruiters face, the impact of training.


11.15: Coffee break

11.35: Domestic Transport Network 

We look into how Scotland's Transport network will develop – seeking greater reliability and weather resilience.

In the first part of this session, we focus on rail. Network Rail present on current/future of Rail Freight in Scotland and any opportunities for growth and Malcolm Logistics talk to us about how '48 for 48' can grow the use of rail freight solutions.

Aberdeen on average has 34 snow days a year. Winters in Scotland can be tough with storms, plenty of snow and lots of rain. In the second half of this session we focus on and how to make sure it is weather efficient and resilient.


12.35: Lunch break

13.35: Urban 

In September 2017, the Scottish Government  committed to the introduction of Low Emission Zones (LEZs) into Scotland's four biggest cities (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee) by 2020.

What impact will this have on the industry? Can we avoid significant economic disruption?

This session will outline the Scottish Government approach and explain what steps they are taking to make their cities healthier and what is being asked of operators to help make this happen. 


14.20: Environment 

Environmental campaigners blame transport for congestion, air pollution and huge climate emissions. Friends of the Earth Scotland revealed last month that 7 locations in Scotland are breaking the law due to illegally high levels of dangerous air pollution. Transport Scotland stats show bus use in decline and vehicle use at it's highest ever level (3 million licenced vehicles). So what does the future hold?

Menzies Distribution share news on Gnewt (Green New Transport) their sustainable, fully electric parcel service; the UK's 100% commercial electric vehicle fleet.  


15.20: Coffee break

15.40: International Operators

Scotland's ports, airports, rail and shipping up-date on the current landscape: what's working, the challenges they face and their plans for the future to keep Scotland's freight moving. 


  • Stephen Halleran, Regional Distribution Manager, ADM Carbohydrate Solutions
  • Rob Mason, Senior Commercial Manager, Forth Ports

16.40: Wrap up and closing comments - Elizabeth de Jong, Director of Policy, FTA


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