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Ferrier Hodgson Partner and Prime Mover columnist, Brendan Richards, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker for plenary session, ‘Preparing for the Future’ at Trucking Australia 2017 to take place on 21-23 June at the Darwin Convention Centre.
“The freight industry as we know it today is set to be dramatically different by 2050. Mega trends like demographic changes in populations and technological innovation will change and impact every aspect of how we do business along the value chain,” Richards said.
“It is important for everyone in the trucking industry to think about the future and work backwards with a big picture viewpoint.
“As we see more and more emerging technologies like drones and 3D printing, those advances will change how we interact with freight transportation.
“It could well be possible that one day you go into a store and 3D print clothing to size from a diagram; so the movement of freight changes to moving raw materials as opposed to finished goods.
“An increased and ageing population will also have an effect on infrastructure and transportation and knowing how these changes could affect you will allow you to make more informed decisions for your company.
“This plenary session will give attendees contextual information on the changing landscape as well as practical information on how to prepare for the future and make sustainable business choices.”
According to event host Australian Trucking Association, Richards will also be joined by Michelle Hendy from the National Transport Commission and Brendan Tenison-Woods from DECA.