Welcome to the first view of the 2020 Conference Programme which is being added to continuously, so to keep fully up to date please visit our website from time to time.
As you will be aware, one of the few statements that is fairly safe to say in a year of confusion, is that in the case of the parcel delivery business, the world health crisis has added even more momentum to e-commerce and online business, at least domestically. It’s also accelerated further assessment and development in the ‘last mile’ with greater consideration being given to robotics and drones than may otherwise have occurred at this point in time. With headlines such as ‘UK online sales soar to a 10 year high’, Emirates Post announcing a 45% increase in last mile deliveries since the start of 2020 it’s been a year that feels like a 365 day Christmas for the world’s parcel deliverers. Indeed, Swiss Post have declared that with 17.3 million parcels delivered in April it’s been busier than any Christmas they’ve experienced! And whereas the traditional business of the posts has not been food and groceries, suddenly we see a real emergence of food joining the parcels that they’re carrying. In our conference this year we’ll be hearing from some of the Posts that have really risen to the challenge and we’ll be exploring the long term implications of potentially permanent changes to the way people work and shop.
Our Vienna venue is a rather fortuitous choice for this year. The conference rooms are bigger than we need and therefore whatever social distancing measures may be required we are able to fall in line and make sure we have a safe environment for everybody joining us at the Conference.
We have already run one show in Europe just before the global lockdown started where measures we put in place included airport industry temperature monitoring of all attendees before they got to the main entrance, electronic non-contact hand sanitisers and a new entirely wifi based on site registration and badging arrangement; and that means everything you do at the entrance is on your own smartphone or similar personal device.
In addition Austria has been a front-runner in Europe in managing their own processes during this health crisis exceedingly well and the Messe where the event will be held has confirmed they will be open for business and that they very much look forward to hosting us. Full updates on all measures will of course be on our website and news bulletins
Tony Robinson, Founder Parcel & Post Expo