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Thrive in the Age of Connected Logistics

Forum Agenda: Keynotes
08:30 - 09:00
Panel: As Technology Evolves, so Must the I.T. Executive

As technology continues to change at breakneck speed, understand the necessary evolution that needs to be made in order to thrive as an I.T. leader in logistics in 2019.

  • The era of CIO 2.0: Understand how the modern I.T. leader needs a broader business skillset than previously to meet company goals such as improving CX & driving growth
  • Futureproof your organization: Learn the mindset that is required to stay abreast of the latest technology issues to ensure the ones you implement are right for your use-case
  • Business objectives: Practical insights to presenting to the Board of Directors in order to synthesise technology and innovation needs with evolving business objectives

Moderator: Randy Bradley Associate Professor of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management University of Tennessee

Jay Tomasello CIO Forward Air Corporation

Rob Cook VP Technology and Solutions SheerTrans Solutions

Pal Narayanan EVP, CIO Geodis

09:00 - 09:30
Beyond ELD – Maximizing Data in the Logistics Industry

The ELD mandate has had a large impact on the logistics industry, join this session to understand how to leverage the data from the ELD mandate to maximize your competitive advantage.

  • Return on investment:Learn how to integrate system data to streamline process in order to improve efficiencies and reduce costs
  • Driver retention:Listen to real testimonials of how seamlessly integrated technologies have improved driver satisfaction and loyalty
  • Future state:Walk away with knowledge of how using open source APIs and integrated systems can help your business remain relevant in this competitive industry
09:30 - 10:00
Data Drives the Future of Connected Logistics

Customers are demanding greater visibility on their orders, in turn shippers are demanding greater visibility for their customers. This is driving a greater need to utilize data effectively.

  • Flexibility: Build and implement nimble software architectures that are easier to deploy and cheaper to use for your customers
  • Data lakes: Undertake an agile approach to data-lake development to allow you to build a software suit that will enable you to better service your customers
  • Customer demands: Overcome the challenge of fluctuating volumes with innovative strategies such as RPA to drive operational efficiency and consumer satisfaction

Kalyan Sakthivelayutham VP I.T. DHL

09:30 - 10:00
Web vs Native: Choosing the Right Approach for Your Digital Journey in Manufacturing

With the ongoing transition from analogue to digital it is critical that modern LSPs choose the correct approach to ensure that the process is as seamless as possible.

  • Reduce lead times: Find out how to accelerate new product initiatives and time-to-profit through the latest digital technology and tools
  • What works for you: Understand the tradeoffs between web and native application technologies to find out which one is relevant for your use-case
  • Driving a culture of innovation: Learn how going digital involves a cultural change as well as a complete business transformation.

Sean Ginevan Head of Global Strategy & Digital Partnerships, Android Enterprise Google

09:30 - 10:00
Redwood Logistics: Keynote

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Eric Rempel CIO Redwood Logistics

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Realise the potential for your data
08:30 - 09:00
Digital Freight Matching: Driving a Wave of Digitalization in Logistics

Despite the wave of digital disruption in logistics, only a small percentage of freight is transacted digitally. Join this session, to separate the wood from the trees and move beyond the hype of DFM.

  • The role of the intermediary: Assess the impact that new entrants into the DFM space including Uber Freight and Amazon will have on the traditional role of the freight broker
  • Technology transformation strategies:Hear how traditional 3PLs are developing DFM platforms to leverage their existing transport volumes & industry networks to stay relevant
  • Realize the potential of your network:Learn how DFM tools allow you to smartly match demand and supply in real-time to allow you to maximize capacity of your logistics network

Bart De Muynck Research Vice President – Transportation Technology Gartner

Greg Carter CTO GlobalTranz

Lidia Yan CEO NEXT Trucking

09:00 - 09:30
Tackling the Cybersecurity Threat

Securing your network requires a wider approach that combines technology solutions, people, process and policies.

  • Education and empowerment: Learn how to create awareness in your organization about the importance of cybersecurity to foster a culture of engagement to protect against attacks
  • The power of the value chain:Uncover effective techniques to leverage your value chain’s third-party ecosystem while understanding the security risk they bring to bear
  • External collaboration: Learn about the pressing need for cross industry, cross-company collaboration to effectively tackle the existential issue of cybersecurity

Kevin Glynn CIO DSC Logistics

09:30 - 10:00
Connected Logistics: New Digital Opportunities, New Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

Connectivity is on the rise in the industry, but more digital connection points equal more cyber vulnerabilities. Be prepared!

  • Digital transformation: As logistics goes through its digital transformation understand how cybersecurity needs to be at the centre of any strategy
  • Keeping up: Find out the best methods to ensure that cybersecurity threats don’t constrain your technology onboarding in order to have a successful innovation strategy
  • Key tools for battle:Explore the cybersecurity tools and strategies that LSPs are employing throughout their networks, including micro segmentation and flexible cloud strategies

Kevin Paige VP, CISO Flexport

Jamie Lee CIO, VP Wabash National

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Innovation Culture
08:30 - 09:00
Technology – More Solutions… More Confusion

With an increased focus on the number of potentially “game-changing” technologies in logistics, it is pivotal that technology executives move beyond confusion to find the relevant technologies.

  • Navigating legacy systems: Understand the context of these exciting new technologies within the framework of existing legacy systems in the logistics industry
  • Transformative technologies: From blockchain, to autonomous vehicles, to robotics, to chat bots, understand the importance of a clear implementation strategy to maximize the RoI
  • Applications: With tangible hurdles including a lack of technology-adoption strategies and limited funds to invest, ensure the technologies are relevant to your use-case

Deryk Gillespie VP Network Operations & Fleet Trimac Transportation

Mike Powell CTO Seko Logistics

Moderator: Nancy Marino COO Horizon Group USA

09:00 - 09:30
Overcoming the Talent Shortages in the Logistics Industry

A recent Gallup report on the millennial generation reveals that 21% of millennials say they've changed jobs within the past year. Build a strategy to tackle this challenge head on.

  • Create your future talent pool:Find out how colleges and LSPs are collaborating to engage young talent early and drive enthusiasm for entering careers in logistics
  • Build bridges to industry:Discuss how introducing students to the moving industry through internships and training programs can help colleges prepare them for logistics
  • Engage with Millennials:Understand the career objectives of a tech savvy, socially aware generation, and explore how to develop and retain a talented, diverse workforce

Scott Auslund CSCO Gulf Relay

09:00 - 09:30
Unlock Your Teams Full Potential

Inspiring your team to optimally perform requires a leader to see individual potential. When your team knows they are led by someone who genuinely cares, there is no limit to what can be accomplished.

  • Insourcing over Outsourcing: Make an investment in your team for long-term returns.
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback: Timely, constructive feedback enables individuals to achieve better business results.
  • Leader of Leaders: It is essential to not only champion the team’s goals, but also one’s personal and professional goals.

Ted R. Nelson Chief Information Officer East Coast Warehouse & Distribution Corp.

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Disruptive Technologies
08:30 - 09:00
Blockchain… a Solution in Search of a Problem?

Blockchain continues to be one of the most talked about technologies in the industry and continues to be a source of great debate in the industry. Learn about relevant use cases in the market. 

  • Gain end-to-end visibility:Find out how blockchain technologies can deliver full transparency across supply chains, and how this helps to build trusting partnerships
  • Trough of disillusionment: Move beyond the hype and understand the processes needed in order identify whether blockchain is relevant to your use-case (such as the Cold Chain)
  • Collaboration:Understand the importance of cross company collaboration between LSPs and tech vendors alike to fully realise the potential blockchain technology offers the industry

Stefan Rehm CEO Intelipost

09:00 - 09:30
Navigating the Confusion around AI and Machine Learning

The majority of contemporary software developers claim they offer AI and machine learning services, join this session to understand what this truly means.

  • Strategy: Sift through the buzzwords and misnomers surrounding AI to get to the heart of how it can simplify business practices and ultimately drive major efficiency gains
  • Efficiency gains: Learn how AI creates opportunities to eliminate menial tasks, allowing the logistics workforce to have more time to be innovative and generate business value
  • Proactive: Hear how AI has the ability to shift the logistics industry from being reactive to proactive through capabilities such as predicting weather patterns and image recognition

Guillermo Pardon CTO CaseStack

09:30 - 10:00
Optimize your Warehouse through Advanced Analytics

With ever decreasing lead teams, it is essential the modern warehouse is flexible to be responsive to customer demands.

  • Elevate your warehouse performance: Learn how to decrease order fulfilment times using technologies such as machine learning and real-time optimization
  • Improve accuracy at scale: Hear how image recognition software can direct tasks and accurately manage large volumes of orders and SKUs
  • Freight optimization: Weigh up the benefits of dedicated and private fleets and how to apply freight optimization to lower truckload and LTL rates

Manjeet Singh Research Director DHL

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Technology Investment Strategy and the Future
08:30 - 09:00
Preparing for 5G: Unfounded Capabilities for the Logistics Industry

5G is coming and the possibilities for the logistics industry are endless. Over the next 5 years we will see an increase in uptake in 5G technologies until full influence by 2025.

  • Unprecedented visibility: Learn how the use of 5G and IoT will allow you to track items from the factory all the way to your customer, thus eliminating “transit dead-zone areas”
  • New technological capabilities: Hear how increased connectivity from 5G opens huge potential for warehouses to upgrade to robot workers and reduce costs
  • Preparing now:Understand the necessary steps you need to take now in order to be ready to fully benefit from the opportunities that 5G presents including tracking devices

Greg Smith Enterprise Consultant TechMahindra

09:00 - 09:30
Understanding the Rise of Start-Ups in the Logistics

Not a day goes by without a press release from a start up that has raised a fresh round of funding. Join this session to understand the impact the new wave of start-ups is having on this industry. 

  • Applying existing models: Take a look at start-up business models e.g. the sharing economy
  • Innovation mindset: Learn how established players are tapping into the start-up community to expedite their digital transformation processes
  • Size matters: Weigh up the common issues around scaling too fast and being able to service enterprise clients in order to ensure that you are in it for the long haul

Fabrizio Anner Senior Venture Development Manager Panalpina Digital Hub

09:00 - 09:30
The VC View: Investing in Logistics

The last 18 months has seen a large increase in interest from the investment community in the logistics industry, join this session to understand more around the recent influx in investment.

  • Why so attractive? Learn more about the opportunities that investors see that makes investment in this industry so attractive
  • The context: Understand the importance of understanding the industry in order to effectively asses the adoption realities of the companies you are investing in
  • Predicting the future: Despite the difficulty to predict which VC funded companies will have a lasting impact on the industry, understand the common pitfalls and the KPIs needed to thrive in the long run
09:00 - 09:30
The State of the Supply Chain & Logistics Industry – Insights from Bloomberg

Lee Klaskow Sector Head & Senior Analyst – Freight Transportation and Logistics Bloomberg Intelligence

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