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Series 1 | Episode 7

Welcome to Episode 7 of our Freethinking logistics & warehousing podcast

In this episode, Paul Brooks talks to Richard Wilson, Inbound Logistics Director at Arla foods, James Hartley, Partner and National Head of Dispute Resolution at Freeths and Iain Bowler, Partner and National Head of Commercial at Freeths about consumer logistics, the grocery market, and trends across the wider logistics sector.

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In this series of podcasts delivered by Freeths and hosted by logistics consultant, Paul Brooks 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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Missed our previous episodes? Listen to them below.

Series 1 | Episode 1
We speak to Tony Mannix, CEO of Clipper Logistics, about his journey into the sector, supply chain challenges, collaborative working and managing the modern workforce.

Series 1 | Episode 2
Clare Bottle, Chief Executive of the UK Warehousing Association joins us to look at current trends, the growth of e-commerce, the modern warehouse.

Series 1 | Episode 3
Nick Sutton, Dispute Resolution Partner at Freeths and Neil Ashworth, NED, look at current challenges, the rise of data and technology within the supply chain, and what emerging technologies are helping shape the sector.

Series 1 | Episode 4
Anthony Tattersall, Managing Director of Darcica Logistics, Phil Reed, Managing Director of Varamis Rail and Iain Bowler, Partner and National Head of Commercial at Freeths talk all things Net Zero in UK Logistics.

Series 1 | Episode 5
Melanie Tattersall, Director of Sustainability and Communications at Darcica Logistics, Kate Lester, Founder of Diamond Logistics and Philippa Dempster, Senior Partner and London Managing Partner at Freeths explore the topic of women in logistics.

Series 1 | Episode 6
Jamie Hartles, CEO of Howard Tenens Logistics joins Shashi Chambers, Real Estate Partner and Nigel Gardner, Commercial Partner at Freeths to talk about Warehousing, the current property market, NetZero, the role technology plays.

Topics / timestamp

Time: 00:00
Topic:
Welcome
Speaker: Paul Brooks, Logistics Consultant
Description: Welcome from Paul
Ideal for: Owners and senior leaders of logistics and warehousing businesses, retailers and those involved up and down the supply chain

Time: 00:42
Topic:
Introduction
Speaker: Iain Bowler, Partner, and National Head of Commercial at Freeths
Description: Iain talks about Freeths and the range of services the firm offers to support clients across a multitude of sectors including Logistics & Warehousing and Food

Time: 01:42
Topic:
Introduction
Speaker: James Hartley, Partner, and National Head of Dispute Resolution at Freeths
Description: James talks about his role at Freeths, the history of the Leeds office and the types of work his team undertake to support clients regionally and nationally

Time: 02:34
Topic: Introduction
Speaker: Richard Wilson, Inbound Logistics Director at Arla foods
Description: Richard talks about his career in the logistics sector, the history of Arla foods, the strengths of the business in Northern Europe, its structure as a dairy co-operative and Arla’s focus on helping support its 9,400 farmer owners deliver long term sustainable growth and Arla’s response to climate change pressures through its market leading Climate Check initiative

Time: 07:10
Topic: 
Current market challenges and driving innovation
Speaker: Richard Wilson, Inbound Logistics Director at Arla foods
Description: Richard talks about the global dairy market, creating efficiencies to help manage price fluctuations and driving innovation and diversification across the business to add value to the market

Time: 12:55
Topic:  
Supporting businesses with innovation
Speaker: Iain Bowler, Partner, and National Head of Commercial at Freeths
Description: Iain talks about the permacrisis, the effect this has on businesses, managing risk, the importance of ‘the what’ and ‘the why’ to help with ‘the how’, and being proactive to help a business achieve their goals

Time: 17:52
Topic:
Managing price fluctuations and risks in commercial contracts
Speaker: James Hartley, Partner, and National Head of Dispute Resolution at Freeths
Description: James talks about macro pressures, the effects these have on contracts and the importance of strong commercial relationships and proactivity when resolving disputes

Time: 20:00
Topic:
Arla’s Sustainability programmes
Speaker: Richard Wilson, Inbound Logistics Director at Arla foods
Description: Richard talks about Arla’s alternative fuel initiative, lobbying government, internal sustainability ambassadors and being recognised by the industry with their recent award for supply chain excellence

Time: 23:22
Topic:
Supporting clients with implementation
Speaker: Iain Bowler, Partner, and National Head of Commercial at Freeths
Description: Iain talks about EV charging infrastructure, the future of alternative fuels, collaboration and the huge role the government has to play

Time: 25:57
Topic:
Collaboration and customer relationships
Speaker: James Hartley, Partner, and National Head of Dispute Resolution at Freeths
Description: James talks about the role of a trusted advisor, internal and external collaboration to provide client solutions, embracing risk, and making business decisions in the context of people, planet and profit

Time: 28:36
Topic:
The relationship with grocery retailers
Speaker: Richard Wilson, Inbound Logistics Director at Arla foods
Description: Richard talks about collaboration, customer expectations, affordability, and working closely with customers to help drive efficiencies

Time: 31:50
Topic:
What keeps you awake
Speaker: Richard Wilson, Inbound Logistics Director at Arla foods
Description: Richard talks about the challenge of linking supply and demand together whilst ensuring products are available on retailer’s shelves without unacceptable levels of waste

Time: 33:24
Topic: Supply chain agility
Speakers: Iain Bowler, Partner, and National Head of Commercial at Freeths
Description: Iain talks about supply chain resilience, the impact of COVID-19, collaboration and business critical partnerships

Time: 36:52
Topic: Recruiting and retaining staff
Speakers: James Hartley, Partner, and National Head of Dispute Resolution at Freeths
Description: James talks about the changing role of the lawyer and the importance of a candidate’s wider skill set

Time: 38:39
Topic: People & Arla
Speakers: Richard Wilson, Inbound Logistics Director at Arla foods
Description: Richard talks about Arla’s Stronger People initiative, colleague wellbeing, diversity & inclusion and creating the NOVUS logistics graduate programme

Time: 41:50
Topic: Closing comments and key takeaways
Speakers: Richard Wilson, Inbound Logistics Director at Arla foods, James Hartley, Partner, and National Head of Dispute Resolution at Freeths and Iain Bowler, Partner, and National Head of Commercial at Freeths
Description: Richard, James and Iain talk about the volatile world, innovation, embracing and investing in risk, ESG compliance and the importance of listening and understanding clients to add value

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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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