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F&L 12-13 Nov 2020

12-13 Nov 2020
Participants & networking

F&L network met online 12-13 November 2020

“Build forward better”


Coming out of 2020, with changing stakeholder requirements becoming clearer and opportunities ahead, the logistics sector is creating and being defined by value.  F&L 12-13 November (11:15 – 14:45 CET, both days) brought you short statements from experts and practitioners and a chance to hear what peers across other industries and transport modes said on topics which are essential to “building forward better”.

Together we are significant players across the Eurasian continent and for de-risking longer term developments we will each need the support of others.  Networking is different online but you will be able to follow-up with others whom you meet at the event.  Logistics is in the spotlight: having raised the profile we must not lose this opportunity!  Thank you for joining this important discussion.


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Thurs 12 & Fri 13 November 2020

LogTech pitches & networking

09:30 – 10:30 CET, Thursday 12 November

09:30 – 10:30 CET, Friday 13 November


Pre-conference workshops
2-5 November 2020

Technology as a tool to enable step change

As a tool – if the conditions are right and if industry is ready to accept the change – we can use technology to create value and catapult into growth within our own ecosystems and networks. F&L members, experts and academics discuss results of their pre conference breaking-through-the-silo discussions.

a) What conditions or prerequisites need to be in place to enable the freight logistics sector to create more sustainable economic growth and benefits for all stakeholders? This discussion includes leadership, regulatory, fiscal, educational requirements and settings / choices. Chaired by Martin Neumann and Wolfgang Lehmacher








b)  What structural changes and business models are required in the freight logistics sector to enable us to exploit key technologies leading to sustainable economic growth and benefits for all stakeholders? Choice of key technologies (based on the F&L & KLU work) is included. Chaired by Jakob Muus (Chief Executive TRACKS) and Frank Vorrath (Vice President GARTNER)

Thursday 12 November 2020

Ensuring 2020 is a turning point for logistics

09:30 Discussion with startups (see ‘pre-conference’ tab)

Welcome from Berit Hägerstrand-Åvall VP Divisional Logistics STORA ENSO & President F&L

11:15 – 12:30 CET

Logistics is changing

And the key message is ‘value creation’.  Supply chain and logistics has demonstrated clear value against the challenging backdrop of 2020 and is poised to shape a different future which emphasises value over cost.  Long term trends continue and new strategies are kicking in.

  • Wolfgang Lehmacher (supply chain and technology strategist), Frank Vorrath (Vice President GARTNER) and Philip Evans (Secretary General F&L) ask leading questions and bring context to where the sector is moving, with practical ‘snapshot’ illustrations from:
    • Flattening the Alps, Michail Stahlhut Chief Executive HUPAC INTERMODAL
    • Managing rapid growth, Efe Çapar Supply Chain and Logistics Director KOÇTAŞ
    • Human capital, Antoine Martignon Principal PAGE EXECUTIVE
    • Global shipping markets, Peter Sand Chief Shipping Analyst BIMCO
    • Re-fuelling trucks, Louis Yiakoumi Director LConnect
    • Automotive turns fresh, TESCO & Pedro Ramos Vila Global Account Manager TRANSFESA 

Transformation & startups – Erik Johannson (Investment Director VOLVO GROUP VC), Krzysztof Szmidt Supply Chain Director EMEAR, CARGILL), Wolfgang Lehmacher (Supply Chain & Technology Strategist) and Willem Bulthuis (Founding Partner & CEO, CVA)

Q&A with audience on Brexit: how does January look and what are remaining key issues?

  • Mark Dijk External Affairs PORT OF ROTTERDAM, Brian Frame Managing Director RAUTOMEAD, Jean Aubert Indirect Tax Manager DFDS, John Keefe Director Public Affairs EUROTUNNEL (Getlink), Vleming Geerligs Head Commercial CLdN CARGO – moderated by Alan McKinnon Professor of Logistics KLU, Philip Evans Secretary General F&L

13:15 – 14:45 CET

New research: 100 supply chain and logistics leaders talk “sustainability”

F&L and the Kuehne Logistics University has measured industry’s temperature and will share fascinating insights on balancing profit, people and planet for ‘sustainable value’ 

  • Narrative and analysis: Alan McKinnon Professor of Logistics KUEHNE LOGISTICS UNIVERSITY
    • Live reactions from European Union, World Economic Forum, European Shippers’ Council, Alice, Smart Freight Centre (Global Logistics Emissions Council)

Quick break 13:50

  • Provocation: “Climate doesn’t stand still”, Petteri Taalas Prof & Secretary General WORLD METEOROLOGICAL ORGANISATION

How can different stakeholders translate this feedback into action?  Concrete short term actions, strategic multi-stakeholder collaboration to de-risk longer term sector priorities, changing business models and leadership.

  • Debate and audience commentary, led by Frank Andreesen (VP Logistics Advocacy COVESTRO), Allan Lerberg Jørgensen (Head Sustainable Trade MOLLER-MAERSK), Otto Schacht (EVP Sea Logistics K+N) and Johanna Pirinen (SVP Sustainable Sourcing & Logistics STORA ENSO)

Friday 13 November 2020

2021: Changing business models in the global value chain

09:30 Discussion with startups (see ‘pre-conference’ tab)

11:15 – 12:30 CET

Technology as an enabler for step change 

As a tool – if the conditions are right and if industry is ready to accept the change – we can use technology to create value and catapult into growth within our own ecosystems and networks.  F&L members, experts and academics discuss results of their pre conference breaking-through-the-silo discussions.

  • Most businesses have seen systemic “industry roadblocks” preventing them from exploiting innovations in the freight sector.  Why is commercialisation of innovations in the sector sometimes inefficient?  What are the key barriers, how can they be removed, and – to enable us to tackle essential priority innovations – what is required to build a favourable environment?  Chaired by Martin Neumann and Wolfgang Lehmacher – participants listed in ‘pre-conference’ tab
  • Structural change brings change in where value is created; what does that mean for logistics actors 2020-25?  Two intense scenario planning workshops with industry players looked at how each actor adds value and how, trends and influences driving change, and potential business models to enable actors to deliver sustainable value.  Chaired by Jakob Muus (TRACKS) and Frank Vorrath (GARTNER) – participants listed in ‘pre-conference’ tab

Following debate at the conference, stakeholders will build an industry action plan for further discussion.

13:15 – 14:45 CET

Shifting global value chains offer risk and reward for logistics and the supply chain 

In the global ecosystem, defining trends, shifting priorities and changing geopolitics present strategic opportunities as well as new risks for leaders in logistics and the supply chain.  What does it mean and what might next steps be?

Practitioners Europe-Asia: opportunities and strategies to create value through better engagement  

Moderated by Raymon Krishnan (President LOGISTICS & SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT SOCIETY, Asia) and Philip Evans (Secretary General F&L)

  • Market insight
    • Martin Corner VP Global Supply Chain Logistics VOLVO CARS
    • Louis Yiakoumi Director LConnect
    • Johan Nanninga GUANGZHOU PORT EUROPE
    • Isabelle Van Looy Business Development ELITE DIGITAL
    • Guanzhe Cao Executive Assistant to Chief Executive DUISPORT
  • Critical learnings in gaining business from outside Europe, Jan Arnet Group Chief Executive BERTSCHI

Quick break 13:50 

Paradigm shift?  Inside reflections on how trade is changing and the impact on logistics and the supply chain as governments advance their strategic interests, values and politics

  • Asia-Europe, Michele Geraci Professor of Finance and Chinese Economy, Former Undersecretary of State and Ministry of Economic Development Italian Government
  • Russia-Europe, Raivo Vare Estonian statesman, businessman, economics and international transport logistics expert
  • World, Jan Hoffmann Chief Trade Logistics UNCTAD United Nations Conference on Trade & Development
  • Techno-nationalism and international alliances, Alex Capri Senior Fellow and Lecturer NATIONAL UNIVERSITY SINGAPORE BUSINESS SCHOOL

Conclusions, accessing conference materials & next steps together for 2021

  • “One thing to think about changing”
  • Virtual beer and open discussion at 18:00 CET!



















With a special address from:






Leaders at the World Economic Forum, World Meteorological Organisation and World Trade Organisation will all be present.


Note: networking is different online but remains a vitally important part of the F&L Forum – you will be able to make contact with all those whom you meet at this virtual meeting.

Participants already include the following (updated daily):

A2B Online
ADM (Archer-Daniels-Midland)
Aeler Technologies
ALIS (Logistic Association of Sustainable Intermodality)
Aurora Snowbox
Baltic Rail
Beckers Group
Bertschi Group
Billiet & Co
BIMCO (maritime)
Bluejay Solutions
Blume Global
BMI Trailers
Burgo Group
Cargill Transportation and Logistics
CFL Multimodal
CHEP Europe
CLdN Cargo
CoFace (credit insurers)
ControlPay (Transporeon Group)
Cofano Software Solutions
CVA (Corporate Ventures Advisory)
Cranfield University
DHL Global Forwarding
DP World
ECS European Containers
Edinburgh University Law School
Elite Digital
European Commission DG Move
European Commission DG Connect
European Rail Freight Association (ERFA)
European Shippers’ Council (ESC)
GetLink (Eurotunnel)
Guangzhou Port (Europe)
HaCon Ingenieurgesellschaft
Hafen Hamburg Marketing
Hupac Intermodal
INEOS Styrolution Europe
Invista Resins & Fibers
JDE (Jacobs Douwe Egberts)
Kühne Logistics University (KLU)
Kühne + Nagel
Leiter Fraunhofer-Innovationszentrum für Logistik und IT (FILIT)
LKW-Walter Internationale Transportorganisation
Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society, Asia
National University Singapore Business School
O-I Germany
Olam International
Page Executive
Plymouth University
Port of Antwerp
Port of Gothenburg
Port of Rotterdam
Rail Freight Corridor Rhine-Alpine
Samskip Multimodal
SBB Cargo International
Smart Freight Centre (& GLEC)
Smart Maritime Network
Stora Enso
The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society
Tracks for Trucks
Trans EU Group
UIRR (International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport)
UNCTAD (United Nations Trade Development)
Volvo Cars
VOS Logistics
World Economic Forum (WEF)
World Food Programme (WFP)
World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)




At F&L’s conference, Bertschi sponsors discussion on international trading blocks (13 Nov) to promote industry discussion on how we can all deliver more value.  Speakers include Professor Michele Geraci, Prof of Finance and Chinese Economy, Former Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Economic Development, Italian Government.

About: Bertschi Group is Europe’s market leader in intermodal chemical transport on rail and water.  Handling liquid and solid bulk products, the company is a pioneer in transalpine intermodal transport and eliminates thousands of road transport km each year.  Building on its European network of terminals and subsidiaries, the company has expanded geographically to become a leading global provider and remains true to the philosophy of its founders: safety and protection of the environment are top priorities – without any compromise!

New developments: at the end of September the Group announced a new chemical logistics hub in Zhangjiagang to broaden their service portfolio in the China and North Asian Chemical logistics markets.  The Bertschi Group Board of Directors recently expanded to include China expert Kurt Haerri.





At F&L’s conference, Blume Global sponsors discussion on digitalising logistics processes (13 Nov) to promote industry discussion on how we can all take next steps.  

About: “Blume Global powers the global supply chain ecosystem with its AI-enabled, data-driven digital platform and solutions for asset management, logistics, visibility, optimization and financial settlement”. Since 1994, Blume has built a trusted platform in the intermodal space with 10,000+ users, 10,200+ motor carriers and 300+ intermodal marketing companies (IMCs) across more than 1,400 offices. Blume Digital Platform processes over $1 billion in annual transactions for customers with 99.99% billing accuracy.

Blume Global is in the business of providing an end-to-end logistics and execution software platform that includes visibility, shipment planning, logistics execution & optimization, asset management, and freight audit and pay with a focus on adding value to all supply chain participants.

New developments: Blume was recognised as one of the most innovative and disruptive companies in freight  in the 2020 FreightTech 100 Awards.





About: 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 100,000 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.

News: Real Time Visibility as standard across Transporeon’s platform to create the most powerful Real Time Visibility Network in the world delivering Predictive Transportation.  The journey towards a truly digitised, smart and optimised supply chain starts with real-time visibility. Eliminating guesswork about shipment location and arrival time, this smart product uses existing telematics data to keep shippers, carriers and goods recipients fully informed. And replacing time-consuming processes and poor asset utilisation, it enables proactive transport management and helps you build up actionable insights on KPIs and partner performance.


We are collaborating with the Logistics and Supply Chain Management Society, Singapore