On the 15th of November, Paul Bambrough-Smith, Global Logistics Manager at CML, was invited to speak at the Brexit Procurement & Supply Chain Forum at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London. Speaking as a representative of third party logistics provider, CML, Paul gave delegates an understanding on how logistics can aid business operations with changes to supply chain and distribution regulations post-Brexit.
The topic for the discussion, 'The roles logistics play to help businesses navigate changing distribution networks, regulations and trade rules', covered what the effects of Brexit means for logistics and distribution networks across the EU. With this in mind, Paul addressed the importance of setting up new channels and distribution networks during the upcoming period of transition. The discussion progressed on to how businesses need to build capacity in order to deal with changing custom rules and in turn ensure efficient and timely distribution.
Industry professionals speaking alongside Paul included Anna Wright, Regional Marketing Manager of Honeywell and Jonas Rani Hatem, Managing Director/Partner of Mobius UK. Having worked in the industry for over 24 years, Paul used his experience to give delegates an in-depth breakdown of how businesses can best prepare for Brexit.
He commented: "With trade agreements seeing a huge change, understandably many people I spoke to at the Brexit Procurement & Supply Chains Forum were concerned about how Brexit will impact their businesses. Taking this into account, it was great to be able to provide delegates with guidance on how to prepare for changing tariffs and duty fees across the EU border. When considering the changes that could be made to importation and exportation rules, the event gave me the chance to highlight the importance of having a smooth and transparent logistics operation in place, and explore how to assemble advanced logistic services that function at maximum efficiency with a reduced number of trips in response to increased fuel duty.
"Brexit will see changes happening across the country, but it is businesses that need to be taking the time to evaluate their procedures to help establish optimum efficiency. While on a personal level I thoroughly enjoyed speaking at this year's Brexit Procurement & Supply Chains Forum, it was a great opportunity to represent CML, share our knowledge, and emphasise the critical role logistics will play in retaining competitive operations after Brexit.
The Brexit Procurement & Supply Chain Forum was set up to help businesses in regards to a wide range of topics including; cross-border trade, supply chain management, procurement and new technologies. It gave various speakers the opportunity to tackle issues surrounding European trade, supply chain management, adapting procurement strategies and optimising costs as a business, and gave attendees an insight into how to approach Brexit practically, from key industry decision makers, as well as legal advisors, in this liminal period before Brexit begins.