The Microlise Transport Conference has seen record numbers of delegates through its doors today with more than 1,200 transport professionals joining the largest event of its kind in Europe.
Chaired by Quentin Willson, motoring industry journalist, author, TV presenter and campaigner, the conference agenda focused on the key issues affecting commercial fleet operators.
Delegates heard from transport operators, with John Court, CIO at Eddie Stobart speaking following the company’s recent flotation on AIM. Nigel Tullett, Commercial, IT & Property Director at Bibby Distribution also took to the stage emphasising the operator’s unwavering dedication to safety and outlining how it has incorporated IT systems to help it return to profit this year.
The DVSA gave an update on its Earned Recognition Next Generation Enforcement programme and a range of additional speakers and panel sessions covered topics such as insurance & technology, last-mile delivery, compliance, new GDPR data protection laws and the future of the UK logistics industry.
Attendees were also offered a rare chance to see senior executives from four of the leading truck manufacturers; DAF Trucks, MAN Truck & Bus, Scania and Iveco. The session, hosted by Motor Transport group news editor Chris Druce, featured a discussion entitled “Truck to the Future”.
“Each year the conference continues to exceed our expectations, with growth and an agenda that gets stronger year after year,” said Jonathan Dolby, Marketing Director, Microlise. “We are pleased to be able to deliver this for the industry. It’s important that we have a place to discuss the most important issues and challenges so that we can work together to ensure continuing prosperity and success.”
In addition to the main theatre agenda, delegates also got access to three workshop areas featuring the latest Microlise technology, the Road Haulage Association and the most innovative suppliers to the industry. The workshop programmes allowed delegates to tailor their experience to focus on topics most of interest and relevant to their organisations.
Microlise telematics and proof of delivery solutions help its customers reduce costs and the environmental impact of their fleet operations. This is achieved by maximising vehicle utilisation, increasing operational efficiency and improving economy and safety; whilst helping to deliver the very best customer experience by providing real-time visibility of the fleet against schedule.
A privately owned business based in Nottingham in the UK, Microlise invests significantly in research and development annually to ensure its solutions continue to be underpinned by market-leading technology.
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