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Logistics & Warehousing Freethinking Podcast

Series 1 | Episode 2

Welcome to Episode 2 of our Freethinking logistics & warehousing podcast

In this series of podcasts delivered by Freeths and hosted by logistics consultant, Paul Brooks we will be talking to business leaders across the UK, looking at the impact of global supply chains on the UK economy and how they are responding through warehousing solutions, innovative technologies and managing risk through commercial contracts.


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In this episode, Shashi Chambers, Partner at Freeths talks to Clare Bottle, Chief Executive of the UK Warehousing Association about her journey into the sector, current trends, the growth of e-commerce, the modern warehouse plus much more… 

🎧 Logistics and Warehousing Freethinking Podcast – Episode 2 – Clare Bottle, Chief Executive of the UK Warehousing Association >


Missed episode 1? Listen back below.

Series 1 | Episode 1

Topics and Timestamps

Time: 00:00
Topic: Introduction
Speakers: Paul Brooks, Logistics Consultant
Description: Welcome and introduction from Paul, Clare and Shashi
Ideal for: Owners and senior leaders of Logistics and Warehousing businesses, retailers and those involved up and down the supply chain

Time: 00:20
Topic: The story of Clare Bottle
Speakers: Claire Bottle, Chief Executive of the UK Warehousing Association
Description: Clare shares her work life story, beginning with how she got into the warehousing sector, starting up her own company and through to her recent appointment as the first lady chief executive of the UKWA

Time: 03:15
Topic: The story of Shashi Chambers
Speakers: Shashi Chambers, Real Estate Partner Freeths
Description: Shashi shares his work life story, from getting into the legal sector, through to how he came to specialising in supporting businesses in the warehousing and logistics sector at Freeths

Time: 5:50
Topic: The UK Warehousing market
Speakers: Clare Bottle
Description: Clare shares insight into how members of the UKWA are feeling post Brexit, current challenges and shortages in the sector, the growth of e-commerce and opportunities within the warehousing market

Time: 9:00
Topic: Current trends in warehousing
Speakers: Shashi Chambers
Description: Shashi shares his views on current trends, the occupier driven market, key considerations when determining the location of warehousing and how the increase in costs are affecting the marketplace

Time: 11:39
Topic: The Warehouse – New and redevelopment
Speakers: Clare Bottle
Description: Clare shares insight into modern warehouses, automation and redevelopment of existing space

Time: 15:22
Topic: Managing risk within a lease
Speakers: Shashi and Clare
Description: Shashi and Clare talk about long leases, the importance of building in flexibility to allow for future works and changes, and the benefits of moving offices/HQs to warehouse locations

Time: 21:17
Topic: The changing development
Speakers: Shashi Chambers
Description: Shashi talks about repurposing and sharing space, how planning is creating a competitive market and the occupational efficiencies that can be gained from collaboration

Time: 24:08
Topic: ESG
Speakers: Clare Bottle
Description: Clare talks about the need for more stringent standards for new builds, the adoption of renewables, the demand for electricity in the sector and the role of the warehouse in a circular economy

Time: 27.24
Topic: The future of the sector
Speakers: Shashi Chambers
Description: Shashi talks about moving away from the traditional lease model, having the flexibility to update buildings and rebalancing the landlord/tenant relationship to meet occupier/market demands

Time: 29:40
Topic: Key takeaways and considerations – UK warehousing
Speakers: Clare Bottle
Description: Clare talks about the UKWA, the changing patterns of 3PLs, logistics users and own account operators and the benefits of their generation logistics initiative, which aims to help further support the sector by finding the next generation of logistics talent

Time: 31:03
Topic: Closing comments
Speakers: Shashi Chambers
Description: Closing comments


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Notable Work

Recent logistics and warehousing matters include:

  • advice in connection with the construction, operation and maintenance of an automated regional distribution centre and complex MHE
  • outsourcing of regional transportation services for a leading construction materials business
  • arrest and recovery of a vessel from European jurisdiction
  • global distribution arrangements for a leading online fashion retailer
  • licences of cutting edge warehouse management software
  • all aspects of employment law and HR support for an international parcel carrier company
  • leases of large strategic warehouse and distribution centres for an international multi billion pound logistics business
  • persuaded HMRC to withdraw alcohol duty assessment of £20m against one of the world’s largest hauliers
  • sale of a portfolio of warehouses across the UK
  • acting on behalf of a Turkish airline carrier in respect of defending a claim following the catastrophic failure of its aircraft

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