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Environmental issues force logistics to think the unthinkable

Have logisticians been doing all the wrong things for the environment in their efforts to increase efficiency and minimise costs? And, what can be done to reverse any damage done now that the environment is coming to the top of most people’s agendas?

These are the key themes of the 2007 SCALA Annual Logistics Debate being held this year with the debate theme “Will Environmental Issues Force Logistics Operators to Think the Unthinkable?”

The debate is once again taking place in the superb grounds of Wroxall Abbey, near Coventry, on the evening of 12th July and the organisers, SCALA Consulting, once again have the support of the West Midlands region of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK.

Four high profile speakers representing retailers, suppliers and environmental groups will debate this issue and then throw discussion open to the 200 top supply chain and logistics professionals who will be attending. (Note to press – the speakers names will be announced when all four have confirmed).

SCALA have recently undertaken a transport efficiency survey of more than 7500 vehicles on behalf of the Department for Transport and John Perry, Managing Director of SCALA Logistics Consulting, said “The environment is now top of the government’s and many company’s agendas. Logisticians find themselves under pressure from Chief Executives, some of whom may have shown only limited interest in logistics – but are now very aware of the environmental concerns”.

“Logistics and supply chain professionals have for many years been developing their strategic plans and striving to create cost effective operations, but usually without any consideration of the impact on the environment. This approach is no longer acceptable, and we must re-prioritise the cost, service and environmental trade offs.” This is now a critical subject.

The speakers will address issues such as:

• Have we been doing all the wrong things for the wrong reasons?

• What can we do to correct the balance?

• Does green logistics have to cost the earth?

• Will senior management really give their support?

Mr Perry told us “It is important to get views and ideas from as many logisticians as possible. That is why this event is in the form of an event delegates can express their views during the subsequent debate.

This summer evening at Wroxall is an excellent networking event and begins with Pimms on the lawn followed by the debate and supper. This provides an excellent opportunity for the top supply chain and logistics professionals to meet and discuss important issues in a relaxed environment.

Reasons to attend:-

• Learn about leading edge approaches to logistics and the environment

• Have your say – are we going too far or not going far enough?

• Network with managers in a similar situation to you; your customers; your competitors!

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