AMHSA Finalises Agenda for 2009 Symposium Driving Down Logistics Costs

The Automated Material Handling Systems Association (AMHSA) has lined up a strong agenda for its symposium on 2nd April 2009. 

The morning session will include presentations on e-commerce retailing, new build management and the purchase of warehouse management and control systems.  Then, following a lunchtime networking opportunity, there will be case studies from leading organisations including Clarks Shoes, Redcats, the British Library and Cromwell Tools.

 Interest in the event is high, explains AMHSA secretary Graham Watts. Both the presentations and the case studies cover subjects that are of real value to logistics and material handling professionals.  The day will afford powerful insights into how to achieve the best results when developing an automated warehouse facility, as well as providing delegates with an opportunity to pose questions to the experts.

To be held at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire, this free one day event is by invitation only and AMHSA recommends all those interested in attending should register online straight away to avoid disappointment: .  The full agenda for the day can be viewed at


Driving Down Logistics Costs, 2nd April 2009 - Agenda

9.50 10.00

Welcome Address

Steve Knights AMHSA President


10.00 10.30

Delivering the Demands of e-Commerce Retailing

Project development, design and execution of a resilient transport link between the packing and despatch/sorting operations of the distribution centre.

Philip Hull - Director of Retail Logistics Operations - Boots UK Ltd


10.30 11.00

The Black Hole - The interface and relationship between building contractor, the MHE contractor and the client

David Horton - Distribution Director - Bowmer & Kirkland Limited


11.00 11.30 Mid-Morning Break


11.30 12.00

Purchasing Warehouse Management and Control Systems

Exploring the issues associated with the purchase of software systems for the control of automated distribution facilities.

Nigel Mitson - AMHSA


12.00 13.00 Drinks, Networking and Museum Visit


13.00 14.00 Buffet Lunch


14.00 14.30

Case Study 1 Handling system for picked orders and stock replenishment, enabling next day delivery of 180,000 items to 80 branches.

David Sealey, Group Director - Cromwell Tools


14.30 15.00

Case Study 2 Redcats (UK) PLC, one of the UK's top five mail order companies, has made a substantial investment in a sophisticated order-picking and despatch facility.

Andrew Parker - Redcats (UK)


15.00 15.30

Case Study 3 Covering an area of 28,000 m2, the automatic batch and dispatch sorting system of the Clarks distribution centre processes several thousand shoe cartons on a daily basis.

Paul Clark - Clarks Shoes


15.30 16.00

Case Study 4 British Library, Boston Spa.  A world first low-oxygen, BS5454:2000-compliant

AS/RS archive store. The building is designed to store 262 linear kilometres of books and newspapers in

compliance with BS5454:2000 environmental conditions.

Mike Wilson - AMHSA


16.00 16.15

Closing Address

Greger Lundesj - Lundesj Consulting

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