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Chasing Change – Are We Building Sustainable Strategies?

In transformative times, we move from Gothenburg where we discussed how innovation and collaboration, automation, sustainability and technology are driving/ supporting change as we race towards the “new normal”.  Markets are changing faster than we can keep up, capacity/service issues remain challenging, environment/society/politics present new problems and management needs tools and more information to plan for success in an uncertain global trading environment.  Spain is the strategic location of choice for F&L’s next meeting: fourth largest economy in the Euro zone, a thriving industrial sector, and critical function as ‘garden of Europe’.  “VUCA” is the new normal (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity) and companies along the end-to-end supply chain therefore find extra challenge when planning the next 3/5 years and beyond. Understanding, dialogue and positioning are critical for success.  Understand how experts in varied manufacturing sectors are tackling today’s challenges to satisfy demanding consumers across the globe * see leading examples of how management can gain more visibility/control * exchange ideas about optimising the flow of goods/cargo across Europe * debate whether growing collaboration between stakeholders can bring solutions * discuss the service/capacity crisis across all modes.

15-16 November 2018

Wednesday 14 November 2018

19:30 onwards
Informal networking dinner and drinks (always well attended, spouses/partners welcome)

Thursday 15 November 2018

8:45- 12:30

Visits and Workshops

  • VIP tour of one of the world’s most automated plants (CHEP)
  • Workshop – environment and sustainable mobility
  • Workshop – getting the most from the new generation of leaders
  • Further options tbc

You may be able to participate in a mix of activities.

12:30 – 14:00
Conference opening lunch
14:00 – 16:15

Industry Insight: Retail and FMCG

Pressure from stakeholders along the supply chain is driving innovation and ‘disruption’ across sectors.  The Retail and FMCG industries face key pressures: need for flexibility/speed, and high volumes.  With a focus on innovation or supply chain developments, we will debate and how these might apply to all sectors.

  • Convenience (Vision and Challenges of Future Supply, a Moving Target)Lars Höglund, Senior VP Retail, MOL GROUP
  • Electronics (Selecting the Right Partner)Pedro Vicente, Operations Manager, TPV VISION EUROPE
  • Packaging (Innovations)Ewonne Lennartsson, Integrated Logistics Director Europe/Central Asia, TETRA PAK
  • Fashion – tbc
  • Food/drink – tbc
  • Health and wellbeing – tbc
  • Automotive – FORD tbc

Time for debate between audience and speakers is planned.

16:45 – 18:00

Supply chain visibility and tools for management control

During this period of innovation, the ability to understand, manage and adjust amid the “data maelstrom” will help build sustainable strategies.  Speakers will engage the audience in discussion about how visibility can provide management control and better use of resources, as well as reducing risk and vulnerability. 

  • Speakers tbc

Time for debate between audience and speakers is planned.

19:30 – 22:30
Networking dinner celebration evening (spouses/partners welcome)

Friday 16 November 2018

08:30 – 09:30


  • To be announced – data platforms and stakeholder cooperation

Win-Win Stakeholder Solutions

  • Practical examples – one link in the supply chain can change everything.  Shipper speakers tbc

09:50 – 11:00


Harmonisation, rail and intermodal options Elisabeth Werner, Director Land Transport DG MOVE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

STREAM A: Rail is part of the optimal solution – the Med Corridor and Morocco

  • Rail in the Med Corridor
  • Morocco: what does it offer the supply chain?  
  • Grasping the opportunity Shipper perspective
  • Time for audience discussion and Q&A is planned

STREAM B: Deep sea delivery uncertainty – reversing the trend and growth opportunities

  • Enhanced communications Axel Mattern, CEO and Member Executive Board HAFEN HAMBURG MARKETING
  • Container transport in 2043 Andrew Huxley, Regional Development Director TT CLUB
  • Time for audience discussion and Q&A is planned

11:00 – 11:30

Full audience discussion with Streams A and B 

  • Land Elisabeth Werner, Director Land Transport DG MOVE EUROPEAN COMMISSION
  • Sea Berit Hägerstrand-Åvall, Vice President Sales and Services STORA ENSO

12:00 – 13:00

Gavin Roser’s News Hour: Small Island vs Big Continent

  • Off-the-record chat with key stakeholders and the audience on the impact of Brexit – can we learn to love Brexit?
13:15 – 14:30

Closing lunch (spouses/partners welcome)

  • Airport – the closest airport is MAD (Madrid-Barajas Airport).  15 minutes by car to hotel.
  • Conference – Hotel Miguel Ángel, Calle Miguel Ángel, 29-31, 28010 Madrid, Spain.  Tel +34 914 42 00 22.
  • Sleeping rooms – at the Hotel Miguel Ángel,€125 / €135 (double occupancy) including breakfast, WIFI etc.

Note:  Spouses/partners are extremely welcome and we will have a programme arranged.  Full details of addresses, times and arrangements will be sent to all participants in advance.  Please ask if you have questions or need help.  Thank you!