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SII-COI Automated Defence Logistics Visit to Hermes Distribution Hub

SII-COI Automated Defence Logistics Visit to Hermes Distribution Hub

Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Location : Hermes Rugby, Unit 1, Over View Way, RUGBY, CV23 0XE

Time : 09:30 to 16:30

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PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS LIMITED TO 20 PEOPLE ONLY SO PLEASE BOOK EARLY. ONLY ONE PERSON PER COMPANY.  There is no guarantee of places.  If places are full you can apply to be on a reserves list by emailing

Places will will be finally confirmed nearer the date via email. 

This is an exciting opportunity to be with 40 MOD & Industry colleagues for a full day’s session at a start-of-the art Distribution Centre, newly opened by Hermes in Rugby. As well as a tour of the facility, there is a full agenda on the theme of Automation & Robotics in the Defence Supply Chain. This visit is facilitated by the Support Information Innovation Community of Interest (SII-COI) in association with Team Defence Information. Read more at the News Item on the website and download a flyer about this event 


The aim of this SII-COI event is to provide cross sector input to inform the ‘Automating Supply Chain Transactions’ workstream; a part of the Defence Support Network Transformation programme.


Automation and Robotics have the potential to assist with transforming the Defence Supply Chain (DSC) but faced with so many options what approach is most appropriate and where should the automation effort be focused to deliver most efficiencies? To answer these questions this collaboration event will share use-case experience of commercial approaches to: digital transformation, technology enabled automation, emerging operating models and the benefits achieved.


The event will consist of 4 main sections:

Defence Supply Chain – The authority will describe the business drivers for automation, the current supply chain processes and recent experience of implementing digital change

Commercial Digitisation Use Case – Industry will present use cases on how they develop their digital strategies, what they automated, the technology exploited, benefits realised and the hurdles they had to overcome

‘So What’ Workshops – with an understanding of the DSCT aspirations and having heard from a range of industry use cases small group brainstorming sessions will consider what and where effort should be focused, the benefits that could be achieved and the blockers to be overcome. The groups will then feedback their top 3 recommendations for what and where in the supply chain Defence should automate first

Automated Distribution Centre Tour – As a fitting end to the day Hermes will provide a tour of their brand new automated distribution centre capable of processing over 1M parcels per day and how this enables then to meet the increasing demands of the modern consumer

Draft Agenda

  • Planned presentations include:
  • LDOC Strategy direction and need for automation
  • Army Current systems
  • Camcode Current 2D barcode initiative
  • Navy Automation on the QEC
  • Hermes Digital strategy and automated Fulfilment Centre
  • Accenture Robotic Process Automation
  • SAP Automated 3D printing on the move and supply chain operating disruption
  • K&N TBC
  • Academia TBC
  • 'So What' brainstorm session
  • Tour of the Hermes Fulfilment Centre

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Key Words

Automation & Robotics  Digital Revolution  Digitalisation  Event  Supply Chain  Support & Information Innovation Community of Interest (SII-COI)  Ways of Working 

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Visit Report & Presentations - Automation and Robotics in Defence Logistics 03102017 (+7)  Expand

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On 3 October 2017, the Support & Information Innovation Community of Interest (SII-COI) convened its second study visit. The theme was automation in the Defence logistic chain, based around a visit to the new state-of-the-art Hermes Hub. There were approximately 40 attendees, roughly balanced in numbers between Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Industry. The day comprised a full programmeii and presentations are available as indicated in this summary of the day.

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Automation & Robotics  Case Study  Consignment Tracking  Digitalisation  Event  Futures  Innovation & Digital Disruption  Learning  Learning & Development  Logistics  Mobility  MOD: the UK Ministry of Defence  Supply Capability  Supply Chain  Supply Chain Planning  Supply Policy  Support & Information Innovation Community of Interest (SII-COI)  Transformation  Visits: usually organised by TD-info 


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