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F&L business leaders' round-table: central London event 16-17 November 2022
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F&L welcomed a multi-stakeholder community of international and UK-based market leaders to central London on Wed 16 Nov.  Hosted by a global risk advisor and at a time of intense pressure and structural shift in the sector, freight logistics leaders took one day to meet at the same table to discuss today’s unprecedented pressures, priorities & structural change.  

  • Tues 15 Nov, welcome networking dinner 19:30 beside conference hotel 
  • Key day: Wed 16 Nov round-table workshops & sponsored dinner with Verizon, Nokia & Intel
  • Thur 17 Nov morning only, choice of visits for those still in London

F&L discussions are practical and always in confidence.  This was an in-person meeting.  We do not record, and press/media are not permitted.  F&L is independent, and the benefit for participants of discussions at F&L is built around the network present.  

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 At a time of intense pressure in the global freight logistics sector, F&L brings together 200 senior business leaders from its multi-stakeholder community. Topic: today’s extraordinary pressures, priorities & structural change, discussed as a multi-stakeholder community of international & UK-based market leaders. We also look ahead to actionable improvements.

This was an in-person meeting (Lime Street & also at Tower Hill).

Wed, 16 Nov 


1. Strategic & operational practitioner priorities

Leadership teams focus on freight logistics sector priorities in today’s volatile and complex markets. Looking through the prism of our roles, what can we do to move forward? Concrete insights:

Leadership teams host round-table workshops (parallel discussions)

A. Robust sourcing in a volatile environment, risk, JIT to JIC?
Leadership team – Ineos, WTW, AB InBev

B. Overcoming distribution challenges across complex logistics value chains
Leadership team – Bacardi, Electrolux, Nike, Mars, Ikea, Julius & Clark, Windesheim

C. Right skilling our businesses (re-skill or recruit?)
Leadership team – Invista, CSL Behring, Seerefine, Holmes Noble, Trans EU, Unilever, GATF

D. Steps to sustainability (freight user’s perspective)
Leadership team – Holcim, Tata Steel, Mars, Scania, KTN, Log4Chem

Leadership summaries of each workshop

  • Full audience review concrete insight from each discussion & follow-up for all stakeholders



2. Strategic priorities given today’s intense challenges

Where do our operational priorities leave our strategic necessities? Linking today’s pressures to necessary structural changes, we utilise the unique position of F&L and its network to consider how to manage structural change and support the decision-making process.

Freight logistics tenders in 2025: what a difference three years makes?

Interactive debate with LSPs & shippers in the audience, with challenging questions posed by Dow, Danone, Samskip, Prow Capital, Supply Chain Finance Community, Myton Law, Shipsta, Ikigai, Deloitte, WTW & other leaders

Fuel & asset decarbonisation: the investment decision pathway

Interactive discussion between panel members & audience led by Shell, Coca Cola, Tevva, University Cambridge, Volvo, Forth Ports, Ikigai, Macquarie & other leaders

Next steps?

  • Full audience review take-home points from the day & agree follow-up for all stakeholders

Meeting close  

Evening networking dinner

Sponsored dinner


Networking dinner at the Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
generously sponsored by Verizon, Nokia & Intel








Thurs 17 Nov 

A choice of visits (morning only)

  • London Gateway port & logistics park tour (DP World)
  • Lloyds of London
  • House of Lords

Online: follow up discussions in the F&L network will be announced




Four venues in London, online pre-meeting briefings for all participants as well as their colleagues who were not attending in person, a “menu” of practical visits the day after the round-table were all part of the London meeting.  



Participation costs

Costs per person (card payment preferred)

  • Conference – €400 F&L member companies or €500 including both dinners & transport between venues
  • Conference – non-members are usually asked to contribute  €1,500 (F&L is not-for-profit) –  please contact to discuss
  • Participants invited by sponsors have separate arrangements
  • €0 manufacturer attending for the first time (by arrangement, please get in touch)

Dress code

Business wear throughout, and casual dress evening of Tues 15 Nov.


Who is the London meeting for?  This event is for business leaders and decision-makers in manufacturing, retail, supply, all modes of logistics, ports, technology companies including startups, insurance, finance, academics, NGOs, policymakers, politicians and experts – all those who are actively working in, or with, the international supply chain and logistics.

You will move your own strategy ahead through collaborative inclusive discussion across the end-to-end supply chain between practitioners, sector experts and industry leaders.

Why is this international group coming to the London?

  • To share ideas and possible solutions to today’s challenges in an open and confidential environment, learning from current best practice, sector experts and industry leaders across Europe and looking through the lens of the Thames Estuary to address some of the challenges which face our sector
  • To discuss structural shifts in the freight logistics marketplace, some driven by policy changes & others by innovation and technical progress
  • To network.  Members of the F&L network continuously develop their networks and thinking, and physical meetings are an important element of new collaborations with the UK and with each other.
  • Innovation never comes from one mind; it is a process.

Why should I attend?  Discussing trade and supply chain strategy in an open, professional and social atmosphere so that we can listen and learn from each other is a strong fundament for further growth.  

At this meeting you will find your input is encouraged.  Speakers, dialogue, debate and a chance to engage with peers and experts on topics which are helpful to “building your better 2022-25” as well as opportunity to talk to innovators and disruptors.  Together we can progress faster than we can alone and you will meet each other as well as many from the F&L network which represents significant players across Europe.  

What is F&L?  F&L is an active international non-profit Forum.  We do not lobby as that would imply there was one right answer, and we welcome leaders who are active in the sector across Council of Europe 47 countries and the globe.

What can I expect?  You will not hear speakers trying to sell, or sharing long complex plans for their company’s development.  You will:

  • Listen and contribute to open discussions throughout the meeting (companies & individuals cannot  be quoted)
  • Be welcome to contribute your ideas and questions throughout – this is a meeting where the audience contributes as much as the speakers
  • Informal networking with senior business leaders and practitioners.

Is there anyone who may not attend?  Journalists and press are not permitted because discussions are open throughout the meeting. 


F&L is independent, not-for-profit and international.  We engage business leaders and decision-makers in global manufacturing, logistics (road, rail, sea, waterways, air), academia, policymakers and science.  All discussions are focused around freight logistics.  

Participants of F&L London:

4FOLD containers
A2B Online Container
Aengevelt Immobilien
Arcese Trasporti
Asahi UK
Bacardi Group
Baltic Rail
Bertschi Global Logistics Solutions
BLS Bulk
Blume Global
British American Tobacco
Codognotto Italia
Combined Cargo Terminals
Corporate Ventures Advisory
Cranfield School of Management
CSL Behring
DCSA Digital Container Shipping Association
Delegation European Union to UK
DP World
DP World London Gateway
ECS European Containers
Edinburgh Business School, Heriot Watt University
European Parliament
Forth Ports – London Container Terminal
Forwarding Advisory EU
GATF (Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation)
Guangzhou Port (Europe)
Herchenbach Industrial Buildings
Here Technologies
HHLA TK Estonia AS
Holmes Noble
Ikigai Capital
INEOS Styrolution Europe
Innovation Gateway UK
Intel Corporation
Irish Ferries – Scanco
JLR Jaguar Land Rover
Julius & Clark
Klaipeda Free Economic Zone
Knowledge Transfer Network
LKW Walter
M.I.S. Magli Intermodal Service
Macquarie Equipment Finance Services
MIT Global Scale Network
MK Cargo Consult EU
Move Intermodal
O-I Europe
Offshore Wind Growth Partnership
PLA Port London Authority
Plymouth University
Port of Antwerp-Bruges
Port of Calais
Port of Hamburg
Port of Rotterdam
Port Oostende
PROW Capital
Russell Group
Samskip Multimodal
SBB Cargo International
Shell International
Smart Freight Centre
Smart Join Logistic
Stora Enso
Tata Steel Europe
TfL Transport for London
Thames Estuary Growth Board
Thames Freeport
Trans EU
Transfesa Logistics
Transped Europe
TT Club
UK Rail Freight Group
Unit 45
University of Cambridge
University of Greenwich
Visionet Systems
Vlantana Logistics Company
Volvo Trucks
Vos Bulk Logistics
VOS Logistics
Windesheim University
WTW (Willis Towers Watson)
Zaragoza Logistics Center

Participation list May 2022 Luxembourg

Participation list November 2021 Geneva

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