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DEMATIC LAUNCHES EXCLUSIVE EVENT SERIES D


ematic has launched an exclusive international conference and networking event series for customers, kicking-off with the


Material Handling & Logistics Conference (MHLC), to be held at the Mövenpick Hotel Stuttgart Airport on 18 February 2019. Further events are to be held at European locations from 2020 onwards – building on the success of over 30 such events held by Dematic in the USA. The aim of the conference series is to inform and inspire logistics and


supply chain practitioners by highlighting new trends and successful strategies. Internationally renowned speakers will offer cross-industry insights, examples of best practice and the latest innovative solutions in intralogistics.


The keynote speaker at the 'MOVE - Your Supply Chain' conference in


Stuttgart, will be Prof. Dr. Michael Feindt, founder and chief scientific advisor of Blue Yonder GmbH. "The kick-off event gives participants a first taste of the MHLC," says


Jessica Heinz, marketing director at Dematic Central Europe. "The out- of-the-box approach puts even more emphasis on our customers' needs to further optimise our automation solutions on this basis." The networking event provides an opportunity to discuss both market and individual requirements. The event programme is divided into four thematically defined


streams, giving participants the opportunity to select the most relevant topic for their business needs. Across the streams, Laura Winterling, physicist and astronaut instructor, will address work and leadership; Rand Hindi, co-founder and CEO of Snips considers the 'power of data'; Franz Hero, senior vice president of Supply Chain & Logistics at SAP explores how companies 'optimise workflows'; and in the fourth stream, three experts reveal 'the next generation of the supply chain,' – Guido Baltes, director of the Institute for Strategic Innovation and Technology Management, Uwe Horstmann, futurist, investor, start-up founder and expert, and Luis Solis, director of the Advanced Learning Innovation Program at IE Business School. The MHLC offers the opportunity to gain valuable insights and network


in a relaxed atmosphere adjacent to the LogiMAT 2019 exhibition. Since there are a limited number of places, registration by e-mail is required at: mhlc-europe@dematic.com.”


CUSTOMS DELAY FEARS DRIVING DEMAND FOR SHORT-TERM RENTAL FORKLIFTS


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arrow Aisle Ltd – manufacturer of the Flexi range of articulated forklift truck-based intralogistics solutions – is


experiencing unprecedented levels of demand for its range of short-term rental (STR) trucks. “Customers who operate warehouses feel they need to bolster


their material handling fleets with extra vehicles to cope with the additional goods they are storing on behalf of companies that are stockpiling products to ensure their business is not affected by possible future customs or port delays,” says Narrow Aisle Ltd’s commercial director, John Maguire. John Maguire adds: “With companies seeking to minimise the


risk of supply chain disruption in March by holding increased inventory, warehouse operators across the UK are under intense pressure to increase storage capacity and maintain handling efficiency at their facilities. “But,” he continues, “with anecdotal evidence suggesting that


businesses are seeking to hire additional storage space for periods of between just six and 12 months – in theory enough time to ensure their supply chains do not suffer as Britain leaves the EU – short-term rental Flexi trucks are the obvious choice for third party logistics (3PL) companies. “We are receiving significant enquiries for short term rental products from 3PLs whose needs are being driven by their clients’ contingency planning every day. In comparison to 12 months ago, the number of machines we have in the market on short-term contracts is up 25 per cent.”


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