Nominations Open for the Multimodal Awards 2020 as the Logistics Industry Plans its Annual Meet

UK –  More than ever the Multimodal exhibition, conference and awards are building to be one of the most talked about events on the logistics calendar. With Brexit dead, but not lying down, this year’s seminars will doubtless be of even more interest than usual, whilst there is additional appeal for those in the freight forwarding and warehousing sectors, and this week nominations for the Multimodal awards have opened. The assorted topics at the three days of seminars, held in the exhibitions internal discussion rooms, will be ‘must attend’ forums for many visitors, covering as they do subjects ranging from adapting logistics to the modern world, transport in the North, the labour crisis, blockchain and a host of other items.

This year’s Multimodal Exhibition, held between June 16-18, is the 13th annual show, once again being held at the Birmingham NEC, and for the first time will see a dedicated ‘Freight Forwarders Village’, hosted by the British International Freight Association (BIFA) in addition to the usual warehouse and storage conglomerate which is the ever popular United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) Pavilion. Another returnee will be Kevin Keegan who will host the winner’s VIP dinner and awards ceremony after being an outstanding success in the role six years ago. To be in with a chance of sharing the stage with the footballing maestro nominees those in the nominated categories will need to get their supporters to name them by 27 March.

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has agreed to be the headline sponsor of the awards this year, prompting Robert Jervis, Logistics Portfolio Director at Clarion Events to comment: “Having the FTA, which represents companies that both purchase and supply freight services, as the headline sponsor adds gravitas to the Multimodal Awards and anyone who was present when Kevin last hosted our awards will know what fantastic entertainment he provided.” With over 650 guests expected to attend the dinner tickets will doubtless be as popular as in recent years, and the awards cover seven modal categories recognising operational excellence by companies involved in air cargo, road freight, rail freight, sea freight, port operations, 3PL activities and pallet networks.

Entries are also open in three judged categories: Shipper of the Year; Young Logistics Professional of the Year; and, a new category, the Multimodal Sustainability Award. This will reward a company that can demonstrate its sustainable credentials by describing a project and its positive impact on the business, or defining a measurable strategy within a clear timeline. Nominations can be made via this link and anyone in the logistics industry can select their favourite operators without fear or favour on the independent software system, whilst the three, often self nominated, judged categories are reviewed by an independent panel and allow longer for the entries which will close on 1 May 2020.

Robert Jervis concludes: “The 2020 Multimodal Awards give participants on all sides of the UK’s supply chains a unique opportunity to recognise outstanding achievements in the industry as most of the categories are judged via an independent voting process. This differentiates them somewhat from most of the other awards in the sector.”

Photo: Kevin Keegan in the glory days heads toward goal for England in the 1982 World Cup.

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