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FAQs

Senior business leaders ask

Why does F&L actually do?

F&L is an international network of senior business leaders focused on freight logistics across the supply chain and operating in all sectors and transport modes, based across Europe and globally.

We deliberately include different stakeholders.  Manufacturers/brand owners form a large core of our network and we balance this with a diverse mix of others who are active in the global supply chain.  The network is constantly changing and updating, and is significantly bigger than the list of member companies for the members’ benefit.  

The objective of F&L is to create a safe space for leaders to come together for confidential discussion with a broad spectrum of leaders across other industries, sectors and geographies to network, learn, ask questions, inform themselves about the market and issues that concern them, and to exchange experiences – what’s going well, not so well and how can we prepare for what’s coming next? 

We do not record any of our discussions, and press/media are not permitted.  

Who is here?

Senior business leaders of manufacturers, brand owners, carriers, LSPs (all modes), ports, terminals, technology companies and platforms, retailers and suppliers, for multiple industry sectors and across all transport modes.  Different countries all over the European continent.  Academics and experts, thought-leaders and policymakers, NGOs, financiers, lawyers and insurance. Innovators, LogTech start-ups and scale-ups.  They are typically based in Europe and most have global roles, remits and interests.

We have good relationships with experts, thought-leaders, regulators, global and European NGOs and others to bring you clarity on issues & open up new ideas.

What benefits do I gain?

You will find your topics in the large range of discussions we have.

It is no longer enough to be a frontrunner.  The lines between our businesses are blurring and we must adapt and think forward to ensure we remain relevant within our own networks and value chains. 

We know that none of us are big enough to solve any of today’s challenges on our own.

F&L gives you access to a European & global network of individuals.  By listening and talking across, up and down the end-to-end supply chain we  improve our own results.  Members see F&L as a tool for achieving competitive edge.  All discussions – online and in-person – are held in confidence.  Questions are encouraged.  Members sit at the “same table” and all are welcome to contribute to and lead topics that they want to discuss.  Members benefit from thought-leadership, innovation and access to expertise across all aspects of freight logistics.

F&L is independent and does not lobby; that leaves us free to focus on member companies’ agendas.  

What are the opportunities to engage with F&L?

You can engage as a member, as a thought-leader or contributor, as a sponsor.

Member companies contribute, collaborate, talk, listen and ask questions.   Your colleagues are always welcome with no extra costs.  Thought-leaders and contributors are often invited and we are always interested to meet anyone who may like to get involved.  Sponsors see an opportunity for tremendous added value by getting involved in our in-person meetings as well as the relevant agenda discussions.  

We are active 12 months of the year.  

  • Frequent online meetings, typically 45 minutes with plenty Q&A
  • In-person meetings May & November across Europe
  • We take every opportunity to meet members at events and in their own countries
  • Year-round small groups addressing specific company or industry issues 

Questions welcome and please get in touch at any time.

What does F&L talk about?

This is a network of practitioners and leaders; people who make things happen.  We are generally solutions-focused and look at the end-to-end supply chain.  Topics are global and focus on short / medium term – while an element of blue sky thinking and post-2030 is included, discussions are practical and concrete.  Members, experts, thought-leaders and marketplace dynamic often prompt dialogue which is relevant and timely.  

F&L defines “sustainability” as profit, planet and people, looking at logistics and supply chain operations with a “value” focus. 

F&L is neutral, independent and not-for-profit.

What's the cost in time / €?

Business leaders are short of time, so F&L discussions are short and to-the-point.  

Membership is €1,950 per year, per company.  We focus on keeping costs down and there is only one membership category because all members sit at the same table.   The members who get most from the network involve other members of their teams as this  increases benefit and brings best knowledge to the table in vast range of topics (the membership fee is the same regardless of whether one or 10 people in your company participate).  We maintain a balanced mix of members to enable end-to-end supply chain and logistics discussion. 

Member companies pay a fee of €400 pp to join an in-person event. Non-members pay €1,500 per person and must be invited.   

Please get in touch if you may be interested in joining.

How do you fit with other associations?

We work with many organisations and other associations to learn from each other and to bring the best of what is available to our network.

F&L focuses on its core strength, which is bringing a network of senior business leaders together so that our network can improve their own results. 

Does F&L lobby or share member discussions?

No, F&L does not lobby.

Any material gathered from discussions with experts and practitioners is available to members. As our focus is to be a neutral platform to enable your discussions, we do not share information outside the network, or names of organisations or individuals who participate.

Where is F&L registered & how is it funded?

F&L is an independent not-for-profit AISBL registered in Belgium.  Set up in 1994, the concept of a safe space for supply chain and logistics leaders endures.

Member companies pay one annual fee of €1,950 for unrestricted access to all online and in-person events.  F&L is funded by membership fees which have not increased in price since 2008.  To keep costs down, we run a lean and hard-working organisation.  

Competition & anti trust laws

Every jurisdiction throughout Europe provides for the fundamental right to assemble. Members and participants at F&L behave at all times in compliance with competition and anti-trust laws and this obligation is stated in Articles 6 and 9 of the F&L Articles of Association (English).

Questions are very welcome.  Please get in touch at any time.