THE WAREHOUSE AND PRODUCTION MARKET IN THE COMING 2 TO 5 YEARS

27 MARCH 2019, THE GOLD SILVIA HOTEL, GLIWICE

Dear Sir/Madam

In 2018, we and our partners organized a nationwide series of meetings in the Future 2 to 5 cycle. We there attempted to identify the key challenges facing the logistics and production sectors in the coming years.

Changes in consumer behaviour, the growth of European-Asian trade, technological development, the growth of the e-commerce sector, the robotization of warehouses, electro-mobility in transport, the use of drones and virtual reality – these are not speculative prognoses, they are real phenomena evolving before our very eyes and represent a challenge to our and other sectors.

The changes not only bring in their wake upgrades of production lines and supply chains, to an equal degree they require shifts in the competences of employees and new recruits.

PwC research findings show that close to 60% of management believe there is still a considerable challenge in finding people to cooperate with in the domain of digital technologies. Technology changes also require work reorganization, as well as new approaches to staff management. So-called future competencies have ever greater meaning: the ability to learn quickly, openness to change and critical thinking. The future will demand from us the creation of a new vision of the relationship between technology and employee aptitudes – a vision which will impact not only how we work but how we run our businesses.

How can we prepare for these changes? What investments should we plan for to increase our competitive advantage and profit?

It is essential to understand the changes that are taking place on the market and adapt to them – both in terms of products and in terms of staff. It is important to observe, research and analyse client needs as well as general consumer behaviour. For these factors are the driving force of the current changes. Testing new business models and new technologies has become a necessity. Investment in tools for the analysis and prognosis of trends is no longer the exclusive domain of global players but a basic source of knowledge for all conscious participants in the market.

The dynamic development of online trade, matters related to environmental protection and climate change, the circular economy, low emissions, electric transport … these are changes taking place in the consciousness of consumers and the changes impose subsequent changes in logistics and industry.

The governmental Electromobility Program in Poland is an answer to challenge to understand the inevitable changes taking place in the market. We should have no doubt that a revolution awaits us in all branches of the transportation sector.

The growing production levels of electric cars will change the supply chain, which will in turn affect producers of parts. A further result will be a drop in the sale of petrol-fuelled cars and a consequent fall in employment in that sector. Other effects include the development of charging infrastructure as well as changes in the taxation of petrol and electrical energy. The development of electro-mobility represents a major challenge for the traditional motor industry, but also opportunities for the development of new segments of the market and new technologies.

It is no accident that in this year’s Future 2to5 we begin with Gliwice. Silesia is, after all, both a logistic hub and the heart of the Polish motor industry.

How will the technological revolution we are witnesses to affect our market, region and city? We shall attempt to identify these consequences, describe our chances of implementing them and evaluate the risks involved. We will pay particular attention to the application of machines in storage and production: robots, drones, bots and automatic and electric vehicles impacting the automation and digitization of processes. We will try to come up with a picture of the labour market in the near future, a labour market defined by multiculturalism, variety and technology.

We invite you cordially on the 27 March to the VIII conference on LOGISTICS – INVESTMENT – THE FUTURE, taking the form of a discussion about the future of the logistics market in the coming 2 to 5 years.

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