Innovation takes centre stage at record breaking Multimodal show

Over 8500 supply chain leaders visited Multimodal 2015 last week

Over 8500 supply chain leaders visited Multimodal 2015 last week and took part in three days of logistics master classes

A 100% recyclable pallet, which slashed one customer’s C02e by 9,000 tonnes, bringing commercial savings of around £5 million over a year, was just one of the innovations showcased at last week’s Multimodal show.

The Alternative Pallet Company demonstrated its lightweight pallet, known as the Pallite and made from paper and glue, by lifting a one tonne load as part of the Multimodal Seminars, which included insight from 64 industry thought leaders over three days of workshops.

Multimodal 2015 was a record breaker for the eight-year-old show, with over 8500 supply chain decision makers visiting over 290 exhibitors, including the likes of DSV, DHL, IAG Cargo and DB Schenker at the Birmingham NEC from 28th to the 30th April.

“We are proud to have expanded and developed the show and to continue to provide a platform for our industry to grow business, meet, learn and network,” said Robert Jervis, Director, Multimodal. “We are very pleased that so many people have already signed up to exhibit next year and we are already looking forward to welcoming even more logistics buyers in 2016.”

Hundreds of shippers, including Marks and Spencer, Jaguar Land Rover, and Boots, visited the show, and many took advantage of the Shipper’s Village, a private space for freight buyers to meet suppliers.

This year’s Multimodal Awards featured two new categories, Young Logistics Professional, won by Joanne Dolan, and Woman of the Year, won by Bethany Forvargue. The Co-operative Food was recognized for its carbon-busting switch to rail with the Award for Environmental Contribution given in conjunction with the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

Malcolm Logistics won Exhibitor of the Year, whilst John Williams, CEO, Maritime Transport, was honoured as Personality of the Year.

“We have been delighted with the positive feedback from the awards," said Jervis. “We will continue to innovate and grow the event for 2016.”

This year saw Multimodal refresh its image with a new logo and launch a new registration system, which harnesses the power of social media, and LinkedIn in particular, to help visitors, speakers and exhibitors to network and pre-book meetings.

As well as the 24 workshops, supported by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), the FTA, and The Loadstar, the show facilitated committee meetings and summits for some of the industry’s leading associations, including Leaders in Supply Chain, ELUPEG, and the Rail Freight Group.

The UK Warehouse Association returned to host a pavilion, which included representation from Potter Logistics, Miniclipper and AV Dawson. Multimodal 2016 will take place from May 10th to 12th 2016 at the Birmingham NEC.