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F&L Napoli Meeting

14-15 November 2019
Video Invitation

Sustainability – the long view

How do business leaders ensure that their companies are ‘sustainable’ enough to play a role in tomorrow’s world for their customers, employees and shareholders despite the challenges of the turbulent international supply chain today?

Context: Numerous game-changers challenge international supply chain business leaders: trade volatility, politics, changing volumes, technology, regulatory responses including IMO 2020, wider environmental issues, a volatile consumer, population growth and shifting demographics …. what is important, what’s next and what can we learn from industry leaders about how to respond?  

Within the twin themes of ‘challenges of the turbulent global geopolitical climate for the supply chain’ and ‘sustainability in the broadest sense’  (more than environmental), business leaders debate whether there is an inherent contradiction in developing long term and sustainable solutions when uncertainty reigns across global supply chains?



09:00 trade compliance workshop – see ‘schedule’ tab

11:15 – 12:45
Security passes, registration and lunch

12:45 – 13:00

13:00 – 13:30
Keynote: international trade and changing supply chains.  What is the outlook for the supply chain?

13:30 – 14:45
Sustainability in the broadest sense.  More than ‘climate change’, more than replicating an action efficiently without loss or damage, sustainability covers how companies will ensure they play a role in tomorrow’s world for their customers, employees and shareholders.

  • What does the journey to ‘mobility utopia’ look like?
    • Krzysztof Szmidt Transport and Logistics EMEA Lead CARGILL, and F&L Think Tank
  • Industry focus – shippers from waste, food and drink, plastics and retail industries discuss their strategies

14:45 – 15:15

15:15 – 16:30
Sustainability in the procurement decision.  Expert panel debate on what, when, and how much will energy transition, truck manufacturing, technology and legislation contribute to improved sustainable mobility?  What is coming and where should we invest?

  • Rod Franklin Adjunct Professor of Logistics and Academic Director Executive Education KLU
  • Daniel Persson Gl
  • Mats Johansson Head Global Land Logistics NESTE 
  • Philippe Billiet Laywer BILLIET & CO
  • Chaired by Sergio Barbarino, Research Fellow P&G, with time for audience discussion

16:30 – 17:30
What’s next?  Debate.  Today’s new leadership examine key aspects of asset management, technology and international supply chains within our discussions on challenges for international supply chains in the current turbulent geopolitical climate and long term ‘sustainability’ in the broadest sense.  We see the challenges of our future through the eyes of the next generation. 

Networking Gala Dinner generously sponsored by Grimaldi Group and ALIS



08:30- 09:00
F&L updates

  • Generating tools and new knowledge for transport and logistics on how climate change will impact the sector.  Fascinating insight from data collected: what do you need to know?
  • Trade compliance: challenges and opportunities

09:00 – 09:45
A global platform; trading effectively in turbulent international markets to ensure local and global sustainability for our organisations.

  • Europe’s evolving trading relationship with China and BRI; implications for the structure of international trade in the future?
    • Professor Michele Geraci Former Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Economic Development GOVERNMENT ITALIAN REPUBLIC

09:45 – 10:15

10:15 – 11:00
Assessing and managing risk in the world’s most volatile environments.  A view of humanitarian emergencies – where is everyone?  The role of the private sector and why it needs to stay. 

11:00 – 12:15
Synchromodality* – are we on this journey together?  Supply chain transparency benefits all stakeholders but what can we expect  from different players in the entire process, today and tomorrow?  

  • A cross-section of industry has been invited and speakers will be announced shortly

*Synchromodality describes the evolution of inter- and co-modal transport concepts, where stakeholders of the transport chain actively interact within a cooperative network to flexibly plan transport processes and switch in real-time between transport modes tailored to available resources.

12:15 – 12:45
Learning and next steps


Closer to the conference the final agenda will be available to download in pdf format.

Conference location: Intesa Sanpaolo, Via Toledo, 177, 80132 Napoli, Italy (2 minutes’ walk from the F&L hotel – see ‘register’ tab).

F&L’s conference begins with lunch Thursday 14 and finishes with lunch Friday 15th November, however there are wider networking and learning opportunities:

Wed 13 November 2019 

From 19:30
Neopolitan pizza and relaxed networking

Thursday 14 November 2019

09:00 – 11:30
WORKSHOP: Supply chain compliance – global trade management – challenge of 2020 and beyond.  Discussion with market leaders.

(08:30 – 11:30)
Tour of historical Naples (departs from hotel at 08:30 and finishes at hotel 11:30).  All welcome.

11:15 – 13:00
Security passes, registration and lunch

13:00 – 17:30
F&L conference Day 1


Networking dinner generously sponsored by Grimaldi Group at Villa Diamante in Napoli (buses leave hotel at 19:30)



Friday 15 November 2019

09:00 – 12:30 
F&L conference Day 2

12:30 – 13:30
Lunch for all conference participants

09:00 – 14:00
Partners & spouses: visit to the amazing ruins of Pompei.  You will depart from the hotel around 09:00, returning by 14:00.  Lunch will be provided at Pompei.  Further details shortly!  All welcome.

What else to see?

Many of our group will remain in Napoli after the conference and you may wish to enjoy some of the wonderful places that Napoli offers.  We are happy to put you in touch with others doing the same thing (please ask!):

On Saturday morning 16th November, for those interested, we have an opportunity to visit the ruins of the ancient settlement of Ninfa in the Garden of Ninfa, one of Italy’s most beautiful parks.  The garden is usually closed at this time of year but they have agreed to open with a guide.  We’ll travel together from Naples to the garden (2 hour journey), and after our visit some of the group will depart for Rome (arrival by approx 15:30) and others for Naples (arrival 17:00). Price depends on group size and will include transport.  Please ask.


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Member’s rate (usual €400 + 22% Italian VAT) – €488.00
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Non-member's rate (usual €1,250  + 22% Italian VAT) – €1,525.00
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Wed 13 November, small contribution to informal networking dinner (no VAT) – €30.00.
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Discounted Hotel Rooms
We have reduced rates at Marriott Renaissance Naples Hotel Mediterraneo which is 2 minutes' walk from the conference. Breakfast included. Discounted rates are 139-169 EUR and we will email you a link to book when you press the 'submit now' button below.

For those still in Napoli on Saturday 16th November, we have a chance to visit the ruins of the ancient settlement of Ninfa in the Garden of Ninfa, one of Italy's most beautiful parks and described as 'the most romantic garden in the world'. The garden is usually closed at this time of year but we have secured a guide and tour for those interested. We'll travel together from Naples to the garden (2 hours), and after our visit some of the group will depart for Rome (arrival by 15:30) and others for Naples (arrival 17:00). Price depends on group size and will include transport:

I am interestedor not interested

Stephen Cahill is Director of Logistics at the World Food Programme, the leading humanitarian organization delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.  Helping currently 86.7 million people in around 83 countries each year, the WFP every day has 5,000 trucks, 20 ships and 92 planes on the move.  Stephen will be talking about risk in the most challenging of situations and the role of the private sector.  In WFP, Stephen has been in his current role for 9 years and was previously Head of Shipping Operations.


Sergio Barbarino is a Research Fellow at P&G’s Brussels Innovation Center, Chairman of ALICE (EU Innovation Platform for Logistics aimed at realizing the Physical Internet) and has a Masters degree in chemical engineering from the University of Napoli Federico II as well as an MBA from Solvay Business School in Brussels. Sergio created the first Supply Chain & Logistics R&D within P&G, named the Supply Network Innovation Center, of which he was Scientific Coordinator for 10 years. He has been Scientific Leader of 2 EU FP7 projects: the C03 consortium aiming at increasing shipper collaboration on Logistics in Europe, and Modulushca which aims to develop new shareable and reusable logistics standard modules for the last mile delivery. He has represented P&G in the Large Collaborative projects Impulse and F3 on innovative micro processing leading some of the best demonstrators, developed the manufacturing processes of numerous well-known P&G Brands and has been chief P&G designer of Innovative Liquid Manufacturing systems for developing markets. He is also responsible for several P&G Academic Partnerships and has been Visiting Professor – among others – at the École des Mines de Paris, the City University of London, Laval University Quebec, Solvay Brussels School, Georgiatech and Purdue. Sergio is a certified sommelier and is co-owner of the


Rod Franklin is Adjunct Professor of Logistics and Academic Director of Executive Education at Kühne Logistics University. An engineer and operations manager by training and experience, he received his Doctorate in Management from the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Professor Franklin has held management positions at Kühne + Nagel, USCO Logistics, ENTEX Information Services, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Cameron Iron Works. He has been a consultant for Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Theodore Barry & Associates and Arthur Young & Co and was a development engineer for the Saginaw Steering Gear Division of General Motors Corporation. Franklin’s research focuses on the application of modern management techniques to the efficient and effective operation of supply chains, sustainable business models, green logistics, corporate social responsibility and cloud based supply chain management.


Mats Johansson is Head of Global Land Logistics at Neste.  Neste is the world’s most sustainable energy company according to the Global 100 List and aims to become the global leader in renewable and circular energy solutions.  Mats leads Nestle’s growing global land logistics team to provide competitive advantage and enable business growth, and has previous experience leading Neste’s transportation operation.  He has previous senior management roles in Oy TransAtlantic, Containerships and SeaRail.  


Workshop Speakers, Trade Compliance (Thursday 14 Nov)

Peter Bulters is CEO and founder of Catts, which offers its clients expertise in customs and trade compliance.  Peter is a global compliance specialist, chairs and holds numerous roles in Advisory Bodies and Foreign Trade Groups, and regularly leads workshops and master classes.  He is former Senior Vice President of Global Trade Governance at a major international customs broker and Global Trade Management service provider, and has held senior trade compliance positions within a major financial institution as well as in Fortune 500 logistics and technology companies.  

Napoli is the home of the Grimaldi Group which was founded in 1947.  With worldwide shipping and logistics operations, we are delighted to be working with this innovative company.  Grimaldi specialises in roll-on/roll-off vessels, car carriers and ferries. It is a dedicated supplier of integrated logistics services based on maritime transport to the world’s major vehicle manufacturers. Through its maritime services, the Group transports cars, any type of rolling cargo, containers, palletised/unitised cargo and passengers.


ALIS is the Logistics Association of Sustainable Intermodality.  Based in Italy, it ‘gives voice’ to the intermodal logistics sector. Two years after its foundation A.L.I.S. is a network that counts more than 1,510 members companies, over 165,000 workforce units, a fleet of over 110,000 vehicles with more than 140,500 annual maritime connections and more than 125 Motorways of the Sea, more than 60,500 annual train connection, more than 120 train lines and 23 billion euros of aggregate revenues.


SRM is a Centre for Economic Studies and Research.  It analyses the Italian regional economy from a European and Mediterranean perspective, with a special focus on Southern Italy’s economic, entrepreneurial and social tissue.  The group is connected across the world with maritime experts and organisations and publishes reports and studies for the business and academic community on a regular basis.


Port of Valencia sponsors our networking coffee break on Thursday at the conference. Largest seaport in Spain and in the Mediterranean Sea basin, the Port is the fifth busiest seaport in Europe. The port is working on its Port Community System tool to enable transparency and information to all end clients.

Transporeon boosts logistics performance and profitability with every freight load. Founded in Germany in 2000, Transporeon connects a worldwide network of more than 1,200 industrial shippers and retailers with over 90,000 logistics service providers in 100+ countries in real time. Its security-certified platforms offer digital solutions for freight benchmarking and sourcing, freight assignment and shipment execution, time slot management, shipment tracking, and end-to-end supply chain visibility. By leveraging the latest capabilities, including artificial intelligence and predictive analytics, Transporeon solutions cut CO2 emissions, empty runs and truck waiting times while digitizing manual processes. Transporeon is located across Europe, Russia, Asia and the US.

This list is growing fast; please check back frequently:

A2B Online Container NV
Air France / KLM Engineering & Maintenance
ALIS (Logistic Association of Sustainable Intermodality)
Amber Road
Arcese Trasporti
Baltic Rail
Billiet & Co
BJ Solutions
BLS Cargo
Bulk Logistic Solutions
Burgo Group
C. H. Robinson Europe
Chemical Express
CHEP Europe
CLdN Cargo
Combined Cargo Terminals
DFDS Logistics
DHL Global Forwarding
Direct Rail Services
ECS European Containers
European Rail Freight Association (ERFA)
Fahrzeugwerk Bernard Krone
Francesco Parisi Group
GEBA Trans
Grimaldi Group
Hafen Hamburg Marketing
Hannibal SPA – MELZO
HHLA TK Estonia
Hupac Intermodal
INEOS Styrolution Europe
INVISTA Resins & Fibers
Iorio Trasporti e Logistica
Kuehne Logistics University
LKW-Walter International
MBS Logistics
Mondi Group
Move Intermodal
N+P Group
Plymouth University
Port of Antwerp
Port of Valencia
Ports of Naples & Salerno
Propellor Club
Rail Freight Group
Russell Group
SABIC Petrochemicals
Samskip Multimodal
SBB Cargo International AG
SRM Intesa Sanpaolo
Stena Line
Stora Enso
Transfesa Logistics
Transped Europe
TT Club
Unit 45
Universidad de los Andes
Vlantana Group
Vos Bulk Logistics
VTG Rail Europe GmbH
World Food Programme
Yara SA

Travelling to Naples

PLANE Naples International (NAP) is approx 20 minutes by car from the F&L hotel (see ‘Register’ tab) plus traffic. Or fly into Rome–Fiumicino “Leonardo da Vinci (FCO) or Rome Ciampino (CIA). Fiumicino is connected to the train network, but you need to change at Roma Termini to take the high speed train to Napoli.

TRAIN Book high speed train tickets.  Journey time from Roma Termini or Tiburtina to to Napoli Centrale 70 minutes.  Many other Italian cities are connected to the high speed network.

CAR If you are staying at the F&L Marriott hotel, you can park for €22 per day.  Hotel address for car navigation is Renaissance Naples Mediterraneo, Via Ponte di Tappia 25, Naples, 80133.  (The link to book discounted hotel rooms in the Marriott will be sent automatically when you click ‘submit’ on the ‘register’ tab.