The question is not IF change will happen, but HOW supply chain & logistics management can ensure they are ready for the consequences. In a pre-meeting short online discussion (1 March), we look at key pillars of Romans empire logistics 2,000 years ago and see an astonishing resemblance to current logistics operational models still in use today. For supply chain: the past that brought you here – cannot – will not – move you forward. The next 30 years will revolutionise fundamentals of humanity which have been substantially untouched in the last 3,000 years.
How will technology capability change fundamentals through new endeavours like space economy and why does supply chain & logistics need to care? Quantum computing and AI are making possible the unthinkable for optimisation and forecasting. IoT and autonomous robotics, along with evolving customer habits (I want it now and here) are pushing manufacturing to the limits, creating exceptional pressure on supply chains. The old siloed structures are challenged by the need to partner with very different players, to build integrated value networks, to adopt technologies considered exotic until now. New leadership based on new paradigms (from know-it-all to learn-it-all) is required. How can we reconcile the speed paradox (time to learn greater than shelf life of technology)? How can we stay on top if we can’t see the competitor coming so fast? How can we compete with organisations coming from a totally different background and culture? How can we attract and retain young talents? How best to deliver operational excellence & sustainability objectives today? Who will make the margins when others own/use the data?
Sponsors & partners include large shippers and will soon be announced.
A significant shift in AI is already taking place now – today, moving from weak statistical models with limited capabilities to strong deep neural networks which can interact with humans and generate their own answers in a wide range of applications. Regardless how advanced our digital strategy and transition, it is imperative to understand what is happening because every strategy we have – from operational excellence to innovation to sustainability – is impacted.
09:30 – registration
10:00 – led by experts, academics & industry leaders who will make comment throughout
The future of commerce
The future of operations
The future of the future for supply chain & logistics
Workshops & priority topics including but not limited to
Closing approx 17:30
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.
Participant list for Trieste
ALIS (Italy’s sustainable intermodal logistics association)
BAT British American Tobacco
Billiet & Co
CFL Multimodal SA
Codognotto Italia Spa
Duisport-Duisburger Hafen AG
ECS European Container
EIB European Investment Bank
Francesco Parisi Group
GATX Rail France
Greenlog Intermodal Logistics
Guangzhou Port (Europe)
HHLA PLT Italy
HHLA TK Estonia
INEOS Styrolution Europe
IPCSA Port System Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea
Julius & Clark
Kühne + Nagel
MIB School of Management
Mitsubishi Electric Europe
North Sea Port
ÖBB Rail Cargo Group
Port Authority Eastern Med Sea (Trieste & Monfalcone)
Port of Barcelona
Port of Calais
Port of Trieste
Rail Force 1
Samer & Co Shipping
Samskip Multimodal BV
Smart Join Logistik
TMT Container Terminal, Trieste
VTG Rail Europe
Zunarelli – Studio Legale Associato
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Who is this meeting for? F&L’s diverse network of senior management responsible for supply chain and logistics for shippers and brand owners, retail, supply, LPSs (all modes), ports, technology companies – all those who are actively working in, or with, the international supply chain and logistics. F&L is a network which helps business leaders move their own strategies forward through collaborative discussion with practitioners, sector experts and industry leaders across the supply chain.
Why should I attend?
Discussing 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.
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 2024-25”. Together we can progress faster than we can alone and the F&L network represents significant players across Europe.
Innovation never comes from one mind; it is a process.
What can I expect? Industry practitioners and experts sharing meaningful case studies, learning from their own journeys, meaningful case studies, peers and experts asking – and answering – questions. You will leave knowing more than when you arrived, and with new peer contacts who may be helpful in your own strategies.
Is there anyone who may not attend? Journalists and press are not permitted because discussions were open throughout the meeting. We are a welcoming group, interested in enabling senior management and their teams to improve their understanding of what others in the market are doing and collaboration opportunities. F&L is independent and all discussions are confidential using the Chatham House Rule which means that no-one can be quoted.