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It has been predicted that almost a third of the value to be created by AI in the next 20 years will result from applying the technology to supply chains alone. With AI powered robotics, automation and data analytics already being commonly deployed, intralogistics has a lot to gain from the artificial intelligence revolution.

This webinar will hear from industry figures and AI experts on:

  • the potential of artificial intelligence in the warehousing environment covering productivity, safety, inventory control and contingency planning
  • what the warehouse of the future will look like and how it will operate
  • real world applications of the technology
  • managing the risks that come with its deployment
  • the implications for the workforce and skills development

All attendees will receive a CPD certificate.

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Simon Duddy

Simon Duddy

Vincent Harant

Vincent Harant

IT Consultant (digitalisation and automation)

KION Group

With 6 years of experience in B2B IT consulting as a sales and industrial engineer, I specialize in customized solutions and excellent service. My expertise lies in efficiently implementing IT logistics projects and bridging the gap between analog hardware, such as forklifts, AGVs, and conveyor systems, and overarching software systems.

I focus on optimizing, automating, and digitizing business and logistic processes. Driven by the ambition to shape a progressive world through new technologies.

Ian Abbott

Ian Abbott

Director, Solution Development, UK / IRE & Nordics

KION Group

With over 17 years of professional experience in Logistics and Supply Chain, I specialise in the solution development of highly complex logistics automation.

Dematic combines sophisticated warehouse execution software with high performing mechatronics to deliver substantial improvements in supply chain and warehouse operations for customers around the globe.

I have designed and delivered automated solutions for customers across multiple markets and sectors, particularly: multi-channel order fulfilment; high rate item picking for eCommerce; automated full case palletising; high speed sortation; continuous flow manual pick and order consolidation.

Using skills I have in Mechanical Design Engineering; Data Analysis; Bid / Proposal Management; Project Management; Sales; and Software Development, I create and broaden relationships with customers throughout Northern Europe.

My team is driven by achieving Excellence, being Innovative, agile in Collaboration, and demonstrating Courage as we strive to be the best performing group in logistics automation across Europe. No challenge is too big, and no contribution too small. I continue to grow the team in size and capability, to be flexible with uncertain market demands.

I personally continue to find new ways to improve and establish Dematic's position as a global leader in Intralogistics with a Software Centric vision.
David Coombes MBA FCILT FCMI

David Coombes MBA FCILT FCMI

Managing Director

Skills for Logistics

With well over three decades in the transport and logistics industry, David Coombes has amassed valuable experience. Initially dedicating two decades to the Third-Party Logistics sector, he excelled in managing large transport fleets and warehouse operations both in the UK and internationally, ultimately rising to the position of director within a global logistics organisation.

In 2006 David had the opportunity to start his own business, initially offering consultancy and recruitment services to the sector. In 2015 he acquired Skills for Logistics which became one of the largest End-point Assessment organisations for the logistics apprenticeship standards.

In 2023 Skills for Logistics was acquired by market-leading specialist awarding organisation VTCT Group, and David stays on as MD focusing on developing new initiatives to support the logistics skills agenda.

Adding to his professional portfolio, David has served as the Regional Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) for over a decade. Furthermore, he holds the role of Chairman and co-founder of the Logistics Skills Network, a not-for-profit trade association launched in September 2020. This association is dedicated to representing the vocational training sector in transport and logistics, showcasing David's ongoing commitment to shaping and enhancing the industry's educational landscape.

Martin Brickell

Martin Brickell


Accenture UK

Martin is a luminary logistics leader that catalyses change and drives successful delivery of C-level sponsored Capex intensive technology enabled logistics programmes.  Martin works with large national, multi-national and global brands with complex legacy Supply Chain infrastructure and technology to transform by leveraging technology and operating models’ companies achieve their future competitiveness and Strategic Propositions. 

With 18 years consulting experience across a wide range of sectors and geographies, along side 16 year of manufacturing, eCommece and 3PL business management experience Martin as unique perspective.  Motivated by the belief that sustainable business performance is obtained by leveraging the right Human capital & capabilities, alongside technology and leadership.
Clare Bottle

Clare Bottle

Chief Executive

UK Warehousing Association (UKWA)

Clare Bottle FCILT is CEO of the UK Warehousing Association and Vice-Chair of Women in Logistics UK. Having joined the logistics industry in the 90s she has worked across a number of sectors including chemicals, construction and food & drink.

Before joining UKWA in 2021, Clare was Associate Director of Warehousing at Coca-Cola Europacific Partners. As head of UKWA, a leading trade association with 1,000 members, Clare has pursued an agenda of economic, social and environmental sustainability, as well as driving diversity and inclusion.

She has led a co-ordinated campaign to highlight the opportunities offered by solar power and advises Government on the significant benefits and barriers of solar power on warehouse rooftops, and has launched ‘2024 The Year of Warehousing,’ an initiative designed to build awareness and recognition of the sector as a crucial part of supply chains and a major contributor to the UK economy.

Aleksandar Krnjaic

Aleksandar Krnjaic

Senior Research Engineer


Aleksandar is a seasoned professional with over 10 years of experience in industrial automation and logistics. As a Senior Research Engineer at Dematic, he leverages his extensive expertise to integrate cutting-edge advancements in artificial intelligence, machine learning, machine vision, and robotics into Dematic's products and services. His innovative work in AI has been successfully implemented in customer systems, significantly enhancing efficiency and performance.

In addition to his technical contributions, Aleksandar plays a pivotal role in fostering partnerships with leading research institutions, driving collaborative efforts to push the boundaries of technology in the field. His commitment to advancing AI is further demonstrated by his ongoing pursuit of a PhD in artificial intelligence, where he continues to explore and develop new methodologies to propel the industry forward.


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