Global logistics giants gather in Derby

Logistics Week at the University of Derby will show the benefits of working in the £93 billion logistics industry

People wanting a career in a fast-paced, technology-driven global industry worth £93 billion a year to the UK can see why logistics is such a good option at a whole week of activities at the University of Derby.

The very latest in technology and thinking will form part of Logistics Week, which runs from Monday, March 3 until Friday, March 7 in which there will be various presentations, some which are public and some for students at the University.

On Thursday at 2pm, University of Derby graduate Barnaby Oxley, who finished his course in 2013 and soon secured a job with Nelson Distribution in Belper, will explain to the public what a career in the industry can offer.

Students will also hear from experts whose firms move billions of pounds worth of goods around the world. Top speakers include:

  • Alan Weir of Toyota UK talks to students from 10-11am on Tuesday, March 4.
  • Mark Oliver of Cirrus Logistics will talk to students about supply chain simulation benefits from noon-1pm on Wednesday, March 5.
  • Rod Zala of Norbert Dentressangle talks to students only from 10-11am on Thursday, March 6.
  • Professor Margaret Bruce, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, will introduce the public event at 6.30pm on Thursday, March 6.
  • Steve Agg, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Technology (CILT), presents the current challenges and opportunities in addressing low carbon in the logistics sector at 6.45pm on Thursday, March 6.
  • Simon Hobbs, Vice President Supply Chain Development UK, Ireland and Nordics of CEVA, talks about global supply chains and the low carbon agenda in the logistics industry at 7.15pm on Thursday, March 6.

All of Thursday’s presentations will be held in the Enterprise Hub at the University’s Kedleston Road site.

Professor Ming Lim, Head of Centre for Supply Chain Improvement at the University of Derby, said: “Logistics companies keep the wheels turning for all other types of business; whether it’s Amazon delivering books to customers, vital medical supplies getting to hospitals or transporting perishable foods from halfway around the world to UK supermarkets.

“The Logistics Week will attract those at the very top of this field, to share information and the latest thinking in the industry. It will obviously be a great opportunity also for our students, looking for a career in this global industry.”

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