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

10.10: Santander welcome

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 

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?

We hear from the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight and Transport Scotland up-date us on the Government environment plans.  Also, Gnewt (Green New Transport) share news on their sustainable, fully electric parcel service; the UK's 100% commercial electric vehicle fleet.  


15.20: Coffee break

15.40: International Operators

Scotland’s key transport networks include all the key modes of travel; air, road, rail and sea. Land is the major player with rail or road transporting a large percentage of freight to England and out of the southern airports. With only 1% of Scottish roads comprising of motorways, could Scottish air and sea freight channels be an option? 

Edinburgh based Forth Ports, one of the largest port operators in the UK and Northpoint Aviation, based in Inverness and Kent, will up-date us on how much freight is being moved via these modes. In addition ADM Milling will also up-date us on how they move their freight internationally. 


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

16.45: Conference close


Event sponsor: Santander