2nd CoolTech  – a Cool Logistics event – announced!

CoolTech 2023 –  a Cool Logistics event – will take place 21-22 June 2023 at the Steigenberger Airport Hotel, Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam. 

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This will be our 2nd CoolTech – our 1st CoolTech 2022 was held in June 2022 and was a great success. Missed it? Visit our event showcase page here

What is CoolTech – a Cool Logistics event?

CoolTech – a Cool Logistics event –  was introduced following industry demand for a dedicated platform to explore global reefer and cold chain technology, and to discuss what needs to change to help this particular sector of the industry move forward. The event gathers together the best and brightest to exchange technical knowledge and technology innovation in order to build the temperature-controlled supply chains of the future. We cover every node and mode and fuse established industry with newcomers, investors, educators and more. 

 Schiphol Airport- global airfreight hub

Schiphol moves 1.7M tonnes of cargo each year, with pharmaceuticals and flowers a dominant sector.  The airport is a vitally important perishable cargo hub. Airfreight is also increasingly used for cold chain logistics as well as ocean transportation – so there is no better location than this global cargo hub for CoolTech 2023 to take place. This is the first time that Cool Logistics has held an event at an airport – this reflects the increased and ongoing integration of cold chain logistics across sea, air and land. Find out more about the specialist airport cargo services here

Speak at our event!

We are always interested to hear from you if you have a topic that will be of interest to our CoolTech attendees. Contact our team on rachael@coollogisticsconference.com or alan.robertson@websterrobertson.com with your topic idea!

Why Cool Logistics events?

Cool Logistics events provide trusted platforms to openly discuss and debate all-things cold chain, from production to consumption. We all share a passion for perishable logistics and want to promote end-to-end excellence for the global cold supply chain. We pride ourselves on healthy debate, useful discussion and industry insight.


First-class, fun and friendly networking

Cool Logistics conferences are well-known for their first-class networking events: from roof-top canapes to exclusive port tours, regional food events with live music and wine-tasting evenings - we provide the perfect conditions for you to meet and greet colleagues and make new business connections!

Towards net zero

We are all engaged in driving towards a net zero world and cool logistics has many marks to make and milestones to post today and onwards into the future.  At our second Cool Tech event we will gather together innovators and influencers to showcase and share their drive towards the aim in the many building links that comprise the cold chain.  We will explore this through the following sessions* over our two day conference:

“Back to the Future” – How past technology got us to 2023 and how innovations today will contribute to global goals 

The paradox for growers and temp controlled shippers in meeting product demands whilst facing logistics cost and other dynamic sustainability issues now and in the future. Here we shall look at how greater availability of smarter assets fuels demand of them and creates future obsolescence of older equipment. Opportunity or threat?

The challenge of achieving future logistics asset supply at a lower per unit real time cost as well as progressing towards net zero – planes , ships , trucks , trains and delivery systems  – the future challenge for prime cargo movers

Cargo on the ground generates impact on net zero – will future data management across silos finally deliver the overall possibilities from warehousing and storage . Can we collect consignment data and organize it so that it can be mined and fed along the chain for the benefit of all in the cold chain community

We live in an era of new and future compliance how may future planned legislation impact on assets employed in our systems (e.g reefer containers and trailers ). Here we shall look some current and future fundamentals such as the developments in new and proposed refrigerants , efficiency changes in design of the container as well as how these may inspire operational effectiveness.  

We are all on a journey – here are 3 case studies presented from the Cool logistics library where work towards net zero is well on the way

a). Asset tracking 2013-2023-2035
b). Direct and Indirect role of China in coldchain development 
c). A carriers perspective 

 “It’s life Jim but not as we know it” – How digital tools and new data handling will develop into the unknown future for cool logistics

Forecasts , compliance  and anticipation of future technological impact on cool logistics

Transitional management – living with the acceleration of change and its impact on all of us in cool logistics. Recruitment and team development and building a culture of innovation in cold chain businesses to meet the “net zero” challenge.   

Financing the future impact and how this can stand together with organisations to “seize the day”

CoolTech 2023 speakers

Martin Dixon

Director- Head of Research Products, Drewry Shipping, UK
Martin has more than 30 years’ strategic and operational experience in shipping and supply chain management.  He has followed a wide and varied career in international logistics and maritime intensive supply chains. Immediately prior to joining Drewry he spent several years analysing the container shipping needs of shippers and logistics service providers for London-based journal Containerisation International. 
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Alan Kennedy

Director, Team Poseidon, UK
Alan Kennedy is a specialist in supply chain dynamics who, with his extensive cross-sector experience, is focused on bringing best-collaboration practice to pharma-logistics. Alan has served as the Executive Director of Poseidon, the independent pharmaceutical logistics network and is a founder of the GDP - Universal Compliance initiative.
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Richard Lawton

Technical Director, Cambridge Refrigeration Technology, UK
Richard is also president of IIR commission D. Appointments include convenor of for container standards TC104 (ISO 1496 part II & ISO 20854) and The UN refrigeration technical options committee chapter 6 (transport) He has worked on a variety of transport systems for more than twenty years including road systems refrigerated marine containers and conventional refrigerated ships.
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Richard Jacobsen

Director of Sales for Containers Ports and Solutions, ORBCOMM, Faroe Islands
Richard Jacobsen is ORBCOMM’s Director of Sales for Containers Ports and Solutions. He has extensive experience in IoT, shipping, cold chain, telematics and logistics.
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Leo Lukasse

Expertise Leader Postharvest Engineering, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, The Netherlands
Over 20 years of experience as applied scientist in the Postharvest Technology dept at Wageningen University & Research. Many of his research projects relate to energy savings and climate control in refrigerated transport applications, with Quest being the most well-known output of his work. Recently he has been involved in developing digital twins of fresh-produce supply chains, in which real time cold chain data are combined with fruit quality prediction models to improve quality-driven logistics.
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Jeroen Van der Hulst

Managing Director, FlowerWatch, The Netherlands
Jeroen is passionate about improving the quality of flowers and plants all through the supply chain, from where ever the flowers are grown to the florist or supermarket next door. Together with their grower and retail customers, they are developing and implementing the standards and product specifications for "Flower Busines 2.0". Jeroen believes flower growers and traders around the world can be more sustainable and more profitable by implementing their standards.
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Hasanuddin Yasni

Chairman, Indonesian Cold Chain Association, Indonesia

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