The Retail Hive UK/EU: Supply Chain Leaders,
Automation and the Talent Crunch,
19th-20th May 2022

Location: De Vere, Beaumont Estate, Windsor

We are delighted to introduce our new meeting for supply chain leaders in 2022: Exchange. Based on the model of our original Exchange; across two days, we will curate your experience to join roundtable discussions, workshops, small-group think-tanks and one-to-one meetings centred on your priorities. Then, you have the opportunity to relax in style in the sumptuous surroundings of the De Vere, Beaumont Estate, Windsor.

Curated especially for senior professionals across supply chain, this closed-door meeting is centred on the challenges most relevant to this group. Bringing together brings together Directors of eCommerce & Omnichannel, Supply Chain, Warehouse & Logistics Directors and COOs.

Advances in warehouse robotics, coupled with increasing labour costs and difficulty finding workers, have created a watershed moment in the logistics industry. With covid lockdowns causing supply chain disruptions and a boom in home deliveries that is likely to endure, fulfilment centres have been working at full tilt.

Tailored exclusively for:
Directors of eCommerce & Omnichannel, Supply Chain, Warehouse & Logistics Directors, COOs, and Heads of Fulfilment and Delivery.

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    So what does a residential meeting with The Retail Hive entail?

    Check out what went down at Exchange

    Great day, as always. The best mix of supply chain colleagues in any of the meetings/conferences that I routinely attend. Thank you.

    There is a genuine feeling of collaboration and understanding a need for change. And this was a great opportunity to reflect, share and gain new insight.

    The Retail Hive events are always relevant and exceptionally well organised. A great place to learn and share.

    Director of Logistics

    Customer Service Director

    Fulfilment Operations Director

    Discussion topics will focus around:

    With contributions from:

    Responding to the Talent Crunch in Supply Chain
    Innovation in Delivery Models
    Customer Experience

    • Martin Atkinson, Business Unit Director, GXO
    • Sunil Bhudia, Head of Carrier Solutions, River Island
    • Alex Hislop, Vice President Retail and Consumer, DHL
    • Tristan Holiday, Head of Logistics, New Look
    • Ian Howes, Supply Development and Imports Director, Sainsbury’s Argos
    • James Hurrell, MD, Wincanton
    • John Munnelly, Head of Operations, John Lewis
    • Simon Raynes, Director of Business Change, The White Company
    • Liz Smith, Manufacturing Director, Lush

    As well as the experience and knowledge sharing, we’ll have some interesting keynotes from:

    Professor Richard Wilding OBE, Full Professor & Chair of Supply Chain Strategy, Cranfield School of Management:

    The necessity of supply chain resilience has become a new mindset needed to drive economic, environmental and societal sustainability. Richard’s session will discuss supply chain strategy, its requirements in a digital world and how resilience can be created including within leadership and collaboration. He hopes to share new ‘outside-the-box’ ideas for you to take away and further innovate in order to create economic, environmental and societal value!

    Chris Middleton, one of the UK’s leading independent business and technology journalists, an acknowledged robotics expert, author of several books:

    Chris specialises in robotics, AI, the Internet of Things, and other Industry 4.0 technologies, such as blockchain, drones, and autonomous transport. He’ll introduce us to some actual robots and will discuss the development of robotics and applications for supply chain. Also sharing how it’s likely to impact the skills sets we need in our teams as we prepare for a future where robotics and automation play a critical role in supply chain operations.

    Have you met our Supply Chain Superheroes?

    Read their individual industry stories below as they help us drive change within the supply chain and overcome issues such as the talent crunch, automation and sustainability.

    The Voyager
    Alex Hislop

    The Master Planner
    Andy Wilmot

    The Supply Chain Jedi
    Ian Howes

    The Leader
    John Waldock
    The White Company

    The Business Builder
    Jonathan Williams
    Kingfisher Group

    The Ethics Champion
    Liz Smith

    The Robotics Guru
    Richard Foster

    The Co-Ordinator
    Simon Raynes
    The White Company

    The Problem Solver
    Sunil Bhudia
    River Island

    The Leader
    Tanja Dysli

    The Innovator
    Tristan Holiday
    New Look

    Competition for staff is fierce. In the run up to the holiday shopping season in December, Amazon brought in some 150,000 extra workers in America alone, offering sign on bonuses of up to $3000. The long term implications of such a high reliance on increasingly hard to find labour in distribution is clear, according to a new study by McKinsey, “Automation in warehousing is no longer just nice to have but an imperative for sustainable growth.” The study forecasts the warehouse automation market will grow at a compound rate of 23% to be worth more than $50bn by 2030. But knowing where to start, or how to scale automation can be difficult with so many solutions continuously coming to market. Having a clear roadmap for how to phase automation into your business is critical, and talking to your peer group, hearing their lessons and recommendations will help achieve this.
    Many members of the Retail Hive fulfilment community feel the pain of these challenges around the talent shortage and the push to automation, which will form the backbone of discussions at our Supply Chain Leaders on 19-20 May at the gorgeous Devere Beaumont near Windsor. The need for collaboration and experience sharing has never been greater as we scramble to adapt to these macro challenges, and meet the growing demands of customers for flexible, sustainable fulfilment options.

    As always, your peer group is your secret source – Closed doors, open minds, Chatham House Rule applies.

    As well as in depth discussion and brainstorming, and a smattering of provoking keynotes, there will be a range of automation solutions and partners showcased to help retailers and brands make decisions about where to invest, whatever stage of the automation journey they are on.
    Full accomodation at the 5 star Beaumont is provided for Retail Hive members for the night of 19 May. The experience also includes dinner & entertainment in the fabulous chapel on the 19th and golf options on the 20th. Partners are welcome to share the evening and accommodation, leaving them free to explore the attractions of Windsor during the day.
    By Invitation Only
    – To ensure productive discussion all participants must meet a requirement for strategic and investment responsibility. Please contact to request an invitation.