Day One – Wednesday 16th March 2016, 15:30 UKWA

Taking a closer look at changing demographics and consumer behaviour and the impacts on logistics


Peter Ward will look at how global changes in demographics, technology and the built environment are impacting on logistics.

It is estimated that by 2050, 2 billion of the global 9 billion population will be over 65 and 75% of us will be living around cities, radically changing buying patterns and putting extreme pressure on supply chains. Already we are seeing the impact of some of these changes, including the inexorable rise of e-retailing, the emergence of ‘click and collect’ and the move from bulk buying to ‘little and often’ shopping in local stores.

Last year, mobile phones accounted for 69% of transactions during Alibaba’s Singles Day promotion, in which it was estimated 1.7 million deliverymen, 400,000 vehicles and 200 airplanes were deployed to handle packages holding everything from iPhones to underwear.

Peter will argue that such global change is creating huge opportunities as well as challenges for the logistics industry, providing those within it recognise the need to adapt and prepare for change, and those responsible for policy understand what is ahead and plan accordingly.

Peter Ward Chief Executive UKWA