AstraZeneca, Blockfarm, Bollo, Bonita, Drewry, Kuehne & Nagel, Maersk, Rabobank and SeaCube execs among confirmed speakers for annual perishable logistics and transport gathering in Valencia, Spain this September
London, 23-05-2019 – Increasing awareness by consumers, government and industry of climate change, biodiversity, ethics, safety and waste have become key drivers for end-to-end international cold chain operations from production and post-harvest to sale and retail including the transport and logistics industry that provides the vital link in between.
Set against the commercial realities of modern reefer shipping and air transport, trade insecurity and constraints, and the march of digitalisation, the 11th Cool Logistics Global conference and exhibition hosted in Spain by Valenciaport from 17-19 September will bring all the parties together under the “Smart, Sustainable & Connected” banner to examine:
- How to reduce all types of waste in international cold supply chains
- E-commerce, blockchain, IoT and other smart technologies
- Shifting global trends in perishables trade flows, shipping, finance and infrastructure
- The impact of impending low emission ocean shipping regulations
- Trends in airfreight
- Reefer equipment supply and demand challenges
- Trends in reefer seaports, inland clusters and intermodal rail operations
Over three days, the event will feature a series of technical and business panels analysing how changes in global production and consumption methods for food, pharma and other key perishable cargoes are having a direct impact on the world of temperature-controlled cargo in transit, including how e-commerce and smart technologies could simultaneously disrupt and enhance the perishables supply chain.
To borrow a phrase from best-selling author Yuval Noah Hariri: “Every routine is an invitation for disruption”. The annual Cool Logistics Technical Workshop will kick off with a technology keynote on digitalisation, transformation and transparency from Mark Buhl, co-founder of DataHarvest and Chairman of Blockfarm. Mr Buhl comes from a farming background with detailed knowledge of avocado production but is equally at home in the world of retail. Critically, he thinks that logistics and data hold the key to the future of the food industry and that asset-driven companies may find it hardest to adapt to the new commercial realities.
In the opening session on the first business day of the Cool Logistics Global conference Ronald Veldman of Seabury Consulting will provide an outlook of the main perishable commodities, including fresh produce, protein, pharmaceutical and flowers shipped by sea. Joining him on the panel will by Juan Puchades, Overseas Sales Coordinator & GM for Bollo, a leading Spanish melon producer, Julian Wann, Global Category Leader Freight & Logistics at AstraZeneca, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies worldwide, and Matteo Iagetti, Food & Agri \supply Chain Analyst at Rabobank, leading financier of agri-enterprises worldwide,
In the afternoon, there will be a focus on bananas, which remain the single perishables commodity shipped worldwide in the fresh produce category. With a major shift away from conventional shipping, a panel consisting of Anne-Sophie Zerlang Karlsen, Head of Global Reefer Solutions at Maersk Line, Kevin Bragg, Managing Director Bonita (Europe) and Robert Mant, Vice President, Kuehne + Nagel key players in the shipment of bananas will discuss practicalities and the implications of the near-complete containerisation of this fruit which has long resisted the move into reefer boxes. What will this mean for other reefer container users in a tight capacity market?
On the second business day Martin Dixon, Director and Head of Research Products at Drewry will provide an outlook for perishable shipping. He will discuss the likely impact of IMO 2020 on reefer freight rates and also provide forecasts about the prolonged potential shortage of reefer containers this year, with Robert Sappio, CEO of leading reefer box lessor SeaCube providing a detailed analysis of this question.
Running alongside the debates, the Cool Logistics exhibition will showcase the latest in logistics technology, equipment and services for international shipment of chilled and frozen goods. Networking and learning opportunities also include a tour of Valenciaport, icebreaker reception and official reception including the 1st Annual Innovation in Perishable Logistics Awards.
The 11th edition of Cool Logistics has attracted more support than ever before. Sponsors include Valenciaport, Puertos del Estado (Ports of Spain), Emerson Climate Technologies, Globe Tracker, MSC, TRAXENS, Wireless Maritime Services (an AT&T subsidiary), Fruit Logistica, Klinge, Kuehne + Nagel, Remant NV, Seacube, Thermo King, DP World London Gateway, Kloosterboer, Martico, Port of Rotterdam, Seaco and Visbeen. A growing list of exhibitors includes Emerson Climate Technologies, Globe Tracker, Hapag-Lloyd, Kuehne + Nagel, MSC, TRAXENS, Valenciaport and Wireless Maritime Services.
To view the latest agenda, speakers, sponsors/exhibitors, supporters, award details and to register visit www.coollogisticsglobal.com
11th Cool Logistics Global
17-19 September 2019
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About the organisers
Cool Logistics Resources Ltd. provides top-quality business intelligence and networking for supply chain, logistics and transport professionals in the international perishables markets. The annual Cool LogisticsTM Global Conference in Europe connects perishable cargo owners with cold chain logistics and transport professionals from around the world to assess key market trends and operational best practice for the international movement of chilled and frozen cargoes by air, land and sea.
The live event is supported year-round by the Cool Logistics discussion group on LinkedIn, social media and website activity, and the online Cool Logistics Community for Conference participants.