Following the success of the inaugural Multimodal in 2008, this years event, once more to be held at Birminghams NEC from 28-30 April, aims to become the UKs leading transport and logistics conference and exhibition.
The event promises to be even larger this year and has expanded into the NECs more spacious Hall 9. Some 68% of last years exhibitors have rebooked space for this year, and new exhibitors will represent some 30% of the shows expanded space.
Multimodal 2008 opened its doors to around 1900 high quality visitors and 700 VIPs, conference attendees and press. These key industry figures, eager to source new products and services, make new contacts and take advantage of the numerous networking opportunities were greeted with enthusiasm by exhibitors.
Multimodal is unique. It is the only event in its field to embrace the complete spectrum of freight transportation and logistics. Despite current trends, the show has already grown by 60% in its second year, with new exhibitors representing 30% of the expansion. This enlargement has necessitated a move to Hall 9 at the NEC in 2009. Totally unique in its appeal, Multimodal is an educational, topical and informative experience for all. Whether youre a buyer, seller, shipper, freight forwarder or equipment supplier, the event will provide a stimulating and interactive environment where you can build your business and expand on customer relations.
In addition, www.multimodal.org.uk is fast becoming a major focal point for industry news, and is updated daily with the latest news stories and features.
Multimodal this year will feature a unique, new concept in information exchange -- Supply Chain Insight. This will be an interactive knowledge forum which aims to help managers drive their supply chains by improving understanding of current trends, practices and techniques. The forum will be organised by the shipper community facilitator, The Shippers Voice (www.shippersvoice.com) and will consist of a series of Master Classes as well as one-on-one surgeries.
Dr Andrew Trail of Shippers Voice comments, The Supply Chain Council estimates that a reduction in a companys supply chain costs by one percent can be the equivalent of increasing revenues by between four to 12 percent. Supply Chain Insight aims to help shippers find the answers to where these cost savings lie within their own operations.
The Master Classes will be given by a variety of shippers who have successfully streamlined their logistics networks to make them more efficient and reduce costs. Among the topics to be covered will be
How to be a better shipper
Terminology, regulations and systems
How to ask the right questions
How to get the most out of your transport provider
Understanding your responsibilities
Supply Chain Insight will run during the three-day Multimodal Exhibition. Three drop-in Master class sessions will feature panels of up to four experts and be followed by surgery sessions of up to 20 minutes of pre-booked, one-on-one time with the experts. These experts will be drawn from the professional ranks of shippers, forwarders and transport providers, and will feature the latest information from major associations such as IATA, BIFA, the FTA and Sitpro. They will be available to answer specific questions from individual shippers during the course of each one-to-one session.
Day one will focus on air-freight and day three will feature a series of innovative case studies from leading transport professionals. Participants are able to pre-book personal surgery slots by visiting www.multimodal.org.uk and by following the surgery link.
Running concurrently with the exhibition and Supply Chain Insight will be a top-level Conference Programme, featuring speakers from a wide range of transport and logistics operating companies, academic institutions, trade and professional bodies. It provides one of the best opportunities for industry professionals to network, exchange views, and to source new products and services.
In 2008 Multimodal began to fill a major gap in the freight transport event market, and we are pleased to report that this year the event will go from strength to strength in once more pursuing this aim, said Multimodals Director, Robert Jervis. Whether youre a buyer, seller, shipper, freight forwarder or equipment supplier, the event will provide a stimulating and interactive environment where participants can build their businesses and expand their customer relations. Multimodal is the only event in the UK that covers all aspects of freight transport and logistics and is one that nobody in the industry can afford to miss.
Multimodal at the NEC from 28-30 April 2009 is a must do event and visitor registration is free. Find out more about the show, exhibitors and sponsors by visiting www.multimodal.org.uk