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Key Challenges to be Discussed in 2020

Keynotes
Market Analysis
  • Take a look at global megatrends such as consumer buying habits, economic and political landscapes in order to predict demands on the logistics industry through 2020 and beyond
  • Understand the competitive landscape and how companies are shifting ratios of freight movement across land and ocean to be more land focussed to keep in line with competition
  • What does it take to shift from a 3PL to a 4PL? Build partnerships with warehousing services to offer a full service to customers and expand your offering portfolio
Political Landscape – Trade and Boarder Controls
  • The global trade market is currently in flux, and with new political and trade environments on the horizon, knowing how to structure the network and prepping for what new documentation will be required is a must to keep the business and loads moving at pace.
IoT: A New Way to Create Transparency in the Logistics Industry
  • Address why IoT is special for logistics
  • Present the different levels of IoT
  • Show an outlook and interlink this idea with the idea of digital twins
Reasons to Apply Technology – Now: Proactive Vs Reactive
  • Look at the competitive landscape! Tech and PE funded players are entering the market, providing agile and innovative solutions to customers – don’t get left behind
  • Understand how innovation money spent today is the only strategy to future-proof your business whilst scoping out the market so you’re ready to jump when the time comes
  • Experimentation is at an all-time high in logistics. Investment is accelerating now, to improve the bottom line in the future and safeguard against getting crowded out
Change Management – Digitizing a Company

Change management is key – it can be responsible for 70% of the result. But how do you set yourselves up for effective change?

  • Understand how to assess the current culture and the restrictions within it that may inhibit change in order to build an effective change management strategy in line with requirements
  • Take a look at cultures that foster innovation and the associated KPI’s and reward schemes in order to build these into change programs to encourage staff to embrace these changes
  • Philosophy of change: Understand the leadership tactics required to implement change e.g. hiring relevant talent and setting new cultures from the top down

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Culture & the Workforce
The Role of the CIO and IT Department
  • Understand the evolving role of the CIO from internally focused to being front and centre in evolving the products and services in line with digital opportunities and customer demands
  • Look at board strategies e.g. optimising process, efficiency, reducing cost and digital innovation. What skill sets and experience does the CIO of today need to achieve these?
  • Determine the cross-departmental collaborations and overarching company cultures CIOs need to drive forward in order to implement new tech and competitive services
Innovation & Scaling Pilot Projects
  • Understand how to find innovative minds within the organisation and how to prioritise and scale innovation initiatives
  • How to grow a start-up ecosystem and establish partnerships on eye-level to access promising technology and new business models
  • When to apply which innovation discipline such as intrapreneuship, pilots, corporate ventures or investments
Ecosystem - Choose your partners
  • Understand platforms and API’s to choose technology that successfully integrates with each other to achieve visibility throughout the supply chain rather than siloed systems
  • Take a look at how to identify process where tech integration can offer maximum returns
  • Learn how to source ecosystem partners, build trust, create an open working dynamic that is not vendor and buyer but equal partners with clear goals, objectives and ownership

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Technology Strategy
Legacy System Integration with New Tech
  • Take a look at how to manage technology innovations alongside legacy systems as a transition period in line with investment dollars and improving efficiencies over time
  • Understand the type of platforms available that allow for agility & API integration in order to choose partners accordingly
  • Evaluate where the digital and manual worlds collide to ensure that the manual data doesn’t skew the digital
Getting Real about the Build versus Buy Debate
  • Compete: Formulate a software strategy that will provide you with a competitive advantage
  • Leadership: Understand the technology ability of your organization to identify that gaps that exist
  • Hybrid Strategy: Understand the benefits of a hybrid approach to deliver long-term value
The Digital Customer Experience – Process Automation
  • Look at the process stages from online ordering, invoicing, document completion that is involved when digitising the customer experience
  • Understand the hidden benefits of process automation such as allocating job boards which send tasks to those best qualified to speed up execution of tasks
  • Identify appropriate data structures and overlaying applications such as DevOps that will achieve process automation and predictive analytics activities
Optimize Your Warehouse
  • 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
Last Mile – Gain Competitive Ground
  • Look at technology requirements around the last mile delivery in order to succeed in the urban environment and reduce pain points around missed deliveries
  • Decipher the tools that will enable last mile e.g. mapping technologies, real time data insights and customer portals
  • What IT requirements are needed – plus how do you build a reverse logistics infrastructure

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Data, Data, Data
Data Standardisation
  • Really assess where the competitive edge lies? How beneficial is it to have a proprietary data strategy when end-2-end visibility relies on the ecosystem working together?
  • Understand how standardised data is the pre-requisite of applying blockchain, AI or IoT into the relevant areas of the supply chain
  • Look at areas to standardise e.g. arrival timestamps, a cyber protocol, and where uniform data definitions will enable the removal of paper from the process
Data Strategy and IT Architecture– Data Lakes and Warehouses
  • Understand the importance of ‘one version of the truth’ throughout data sets across the company in order to effectively apply any level of digitisation
  • Pros and cons of cloud based or on-premise solutions
  • Decipher the role these play in providing meaningful business intelligence and how to structure user interfaces in a meaningful way
Data Strategy – Clean & Enriched Data Sets
  • Understand how and where to apply ML in order to clean and complete data sets
  • Look at 3rd party information such as weather, traffic, address, news which can be integrated in order to form more complete data sets that allow for more accurate predictions
  • Look at processes and data entry points to highlight where discrepancies can occur and decide a strategy to remove variances in data e.g. by implementing pick lists rather than free type fields
Connected Logistics: New Data Opportunities, New Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities
  • 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
Blockchain – an Update

The hype has died down now for Blockchain but it’s still a very real option for future visibility and controls across the supply chain. Look at where development is at and where this technology can benefit your business

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