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FAQs

Senior business leaders ask

What is F&L?

F&L is a highly active network of senior business leaders working across all areas of logistics and the supply chain. They are typically based in Europe and most have global roles, remits and interests.

The purpose of F&L is to creates a safe space for leaders to question experts and practitioners, to learn, debate and to meet others who are active in the supply chain and logistics across the globe. It is no longer enough to be a frontrunner – we need to understand the big picture in the end-to-end supply chain and collaborate with others to make sure that our business can continue to add value within our own ecosystems.

Who is part of it?

Senior business leaders looking after logistics and supply chain for shippers, 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.

This is a large network but very people focused.  Your goals are important to us.  F&L discussions and agendas are often collaborative. 

Why such a diverse network?

By listening and talking across, up and down the end-to-end supply chain we can each improve our own results. 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 need to understand what others are doing and how we fit in.  To that end, we focus on a mix of perspectives and on keeping the network fresh for the benefit of all.  

Why is F&L unique?

Members see F&L as a tool for achieving competitive edge. All discussions – online and in-person – are held in confidence so that dialogue can be open and frank. Questions are encouraged. All members sit at the same table and all are welcome to contribute to and lead topics that they want to discuss.

We talk about the whole, holistic, end-to-end supply chain.  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.

How can I participate, and what benefits do I gain?

The benefit is exchanging ideas, picking up signals about what is going on in the market, learning what we don’t yet know, building on what others are doing to enhance your own planning and strategies, asking and listening to questions, and driving topics which are of interest to you within an end-to-end supply chain and logistics network. Our agenda topics are global, practical, focus on short and medium term, often look out of the box and concentrate on what industry can do now as well as what it would like to do.

Members participate in different ways; many contribute, others collaborate, many more listen and ask questions.  Your colleagues are always welcome with no extra costs.  

To participate, please tell us you are potentially interested.

How do members engage with F&L?

Via in-person as well as online dialogue, meetings, workshops and visits. We are active 12 months of the year.

Frequent short discussions are held online and in-person. Online meetings typically last no longer than 45 minutes and include plenty of Q&A. Conferences take place in May and November each year in locations all over the European continent, and attendance is in-person as well as online. Project teams work in small groups to address specific company or industry issues year round. And we use strong relationships with experts, thought-leaders, regulators, global and European NGOs and others to bring you clarity on issues which are important and to open up new ideas for strategies you are thinking about.

Members benefit from thought-leadership, innovation and access to expertise across all aspects of freight logistics, participating in robust and open debate in a confidential environment.

What does F&L talk about?

All matters which are relevant to stakeholders in the end-to-end supply chain.  We have a special focus on logistics, but we are not limited to logistics discussions.

This is a network of practitioners and leaders, the people who make things happen.  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 highly relevant and timely.  

Who is welcome to join?

Everyone who is active in logistics, although we tend to be based around market players rather than associations.

How much time is required to participate in F&L?

Business leaders are short of time, so F&L discussions are short and to-the-point. We encourage members to involve other members of their team as this saves them time, increases benefit and brings the 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.

Does F&L lobby? Do you share content?

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.

When was F&L set up?

1994. Although those who participate in the network has changed since then, the concept endures.

How much does it cost to join F&L?

Membership is €1,950 per year, per company. You can involve any of your colleagues at any time with no change in cost. There is only one membership category because all members sit at the same table.

Members pay a fee of €400 pp to join an in-person event to help F&L cover the direct costs. Non-members pay more. F&L is a not-for-profit registered in Belgium.

How is F&L funded?

Member companies pay one annual fee of €1,950 for unrestricted access to all online and in-person events. For in-person meetings we welcome sponsors. We do not receive any other funding and run a lean and hard-working organisation to keep costs down.

How does F&L sit in the landscape of Associations?

We do not replicate the work of other associations but are always happy to learn from each other and to bring the best of what is there to our network.

F&L focuses on its core strength, which is bringing a network of senior business leaders together to listen and talk across, up and down the end-to-end supply chain so that our network can improve their own results.  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 need to understand what others are doing and how we fit in.  This is what the F&L network helps you to do.  

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