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Urban Freight Platform informs: Webinar "Innovation in sustainable food supply chains" organised by Catapult on Wednesday May 20, 2020.

The webinar will take a look at how food gets from farm to consumer, giving insights into possible impacts of Covid-19 on supply chains.

Pre-COVID, many of us would have given little thought to how food makes its way to supermarket shelves or to our front door. Behind the scenes, there is a major operational effort supporting the smooth running of this distribution network. Research is suggesting various operational and innovative approaches to both help create more resilient supply chains post-COVID and reduce the carbon associated with e-commerce and deliveries.

Join this webinar to:

  • Explore vulnerabilities of our food supply chains, including the operational challenges exposed by Covid-19
  • Examine how specific innovative approaches can increase resilience of supply chains whilst enabling the sector to meet customer demands
  • Be inspired by the leading research showcasing international best practice and gaps in the market.
  • Learn how innovation can be a real game changer in urban food distribution.


  • Professor Michael Bourlakis, Director of Research and Director of the Centre for Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Cranfield University
  • Dr Eleonora Morganti, University Academic Fellow, University of Leeds
  • Moderator: Tracy Savil, Initiative Lead, Connected Places Catapult



  • Welcome by Tracy Savil, Initiative Lead, Connected Places Catapult
  • Presentation from Professor Michael Bourlakis, Director of Research and Director of the Centre for Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Cranfield University
  • Presentation from Dr Eleonora Morganti, University Academic Fellow, University of Leeds

11:45 - Q&A from audience to panel

11:55 – Summary and close by Tracy Savill, Initiative Lead, Connected Places Catapult

12:00 – Webinar ends


The registration for the conference is now open and is free of charge: Register here


Event: Innovation in sustainable food supply chains

When: 20 May, 2020, 11.00 am to 12.00 pm BST (one hour)

Questions about the seminar can be addressed here


The Connected Places Catapult accelerates smarter living and travelling in and between the places of tomorrow.

The organisation focuses on growing businesses with innovations in mobility services and the built environment that enable new levels of physical, digital and social connectedness. It operates at the intersection between public and private sectors and between local government and transport authorities.

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