Gwynne Richards- Supply Chain Consultant, Apprise Consulting Ltd

  • Speaker Bio:

    Gwynne Richards has over thirty-five years’ experience in warehouse management and logistics. He began his career with British Road Services a forerunner of Exel Logistics which later became part of DHL.
    He also worked for Dawsonrentals, Lane Group plc and Nedlloyd Districenters.
    He founded his own logistics consultancy and training company in 2003. His consultancy clients have included Bridgestone and Pirelli Tyres, Mizuno, the NHS, Home Decor and various other public and private companies.
    Gwynne has worked with these companies on improving their warehouse operations through improved layouts, optimum storage methods and better pick strategies. He has assisted companies to benchmark their warehouse operations both internally and externally and has advised on the most appropriate performance measures. He has introduced new procedures and set up communication cells within the warehouse operations to improve productivity and increase throughput.
    Gwynne also produces and runs Warehouse Management and Transport courses on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Singapore Institute of Management, The University of Westminster and The University of Warwick where he is a module tutor for the Masters course in Supply Chain.
    He has taught in the UK, Russia, Hong Kong, Kenya, The Philippines, Malaysia and China. Clients include TNK BP, Sinotrans and China Post, One Stop, a subsidiary of Tesco, Unipart, B & Q, Kuehne and Nagel, BAe Systems, the Saudi Arabian Air Force and many others.
    He is a member of the United Kingdom Warehousing Association, a Practicing Associate of the Academy of Experts and past Chairman of the CILT Outsourcing and Procurement Forum.
    The second edition of his book on Warehouse Management was published in 2014 by Kogan Page and has sold over 9,000 copies worldwide. A book on Logistics and supply chain tools was published in October 2013 and a second edition will be released in July 2016.

    Presentation Title:

    The challenges to and future of warehousing!

    Presentation Synopsis:

    What are the challenges facing today’s warehouses and fulfilment centres?

    Shorter order lead times, shortage of skilled staff and an ageing population are all contributing to a warehouse manager’s daily woes.

    What are the answers? – robotics, automation, better forecasting?

    How will 3D printing affect warehousing in the future?

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