Our webinar will examine how contemporary food supply chains are evolving and adapting to the ongoing business challenges (e.g. Covid-19, Brexit etc.) and what strategies are available to food companies to mitigate these challenges.

Some of those strategies include, inter alia, collaboration and co-opetition in food supply chain operations such as the last mile as well as developing responsiveness, resilience, relationships, different mindsets and managerial skills.

This webinar will:

  • Explore current challenges in food supply chains
  • Analyse specific strategies to overcome these challenges
  • Showcase current thought leadership and leading research in food supply chain management.


Professor Martin Christopher, Cranfield School of Management

Professor Emel Aktas, Professor of Supply Chain Analytics, Cranfield School of Management

Chris Sturman (FCILT FRSA)

Christopher Sturman was until recently Chief Executive of the UK Food Storage and Distribution Federation. He also has worked closely with the European Cold Storage and Logistics Association and Transfrigoroute International. His fifty year career in the logistics and supply chain industry from early days with transportation, distribution shipping and forwarding, initially in the automotive sector, and then in food logistics with Mars, Ross Youngs Frozen Foods and Wincanton Temperature Controlled Distribution,  with wide experience of operational, tactical and strategic food supply chain and logistics management. This was followed by roles as Managing Director of West Kent Cold Storage and Chief Executive of Linq Alliance, a haulage company consortium.

Chris has also undertaken high profile consultancy assignments across the supply chain and logistics sector in UK, Europe, Central Asia and USA. Chris previously served as a Board member of FSDF. He is a Fellow and past member of the Council and Board of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK, and co-chairs the CILT UK Retail and Food Logistics Forum, as well as being a Food Chain Resilience advisor to UK Government.


10:00–10:05  Welcome - Professor Michael Bourlakis
10:05–10:15  Supply Chains Compete: Not Companies – Professor Martin Christopher
10:15–10:30  U-TURN: Rethinking Urban Transportation through Advanced Tools and Supply Chain collaboration – Professor Emel Aktas
10:30–10:45  Current Issues in the Food Supply Chain – Chris Sturman
10:45–11:00  Questions from participants


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