10 logistics and supply chain events in Europe you should visit in 2020
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Each year thousands of professionals in the cargo transport industry are attending supply chain and logistics events. These events help attendees learn about the best practices in the industry today, and provide them with insights about the trends and technological developments of tomorrow. Each event is unique and important for diverse reasons. Unfortunately, it is challenging to attend all of the good logistics conferences due to busy schedules, limited time and budget. It makes it difficult to choose which events to prioritize.
To save you time, Transmetrics prepared a list of 10 best supply chain and logistics events taking place in Europe in 2020. We have selected some of the best conferences that will provide you with actionable insights that can guide you to make a real impact on your business, based on the latest trends and technologies in the industry:
Between the 10th and 12th of March, 2020 international exhibitors and decision-makers from industry, trade and service sector will be coming together at Messe Stuttgart convention center to find new business partners and to catch up with their current network at LogiMAT 2020. This is the world’s largest intralogistics trade show, which offers a complete overview of everything driving the intralogistics industry, from production to procurement to shipping.
International exhibitors gather early in the year to showcase innovative technologies, products, systems, and solutions for streamlining operations, optimizing processes, and cutting costs in a company’s internal logistics. In 2019, the trade fair was attended by 60,000+ professionals and 1,600+ companies from 42 countries. The organizers expect these numbers to grow even bigger in 2020.
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Dates: 10-12 March 2020
Tickets: Free with an invitation code, otherwise tickets range from €28 to €42. More information here: logimat-messe.de/en/fair/tickets
Sponsor this event: logimat-messe.de/en/exhibitors/exhibition/exhibitor-service-center
2. Logistics CIO Forum EU
The Logistics CIO Forum: Europe brings together 250+ senior IT executives and industry experts from Europe’s leading logistics providers to discuss the biggest challenges and opportunities that technology disruption is creating for the logistics industry. Being one of the best logistics events in Europe, the forum provides an opportunity for the speakers and attendees to discuss the changing role of technology, the evolving responsibility of the CIO, and how to adopt the latest technology to enable winning customer experiences.
Speakers Highlight: TBA; Previous speakers included: Markus Sontheimer, CIO/CDO, Member of the Board of Management at DB Schenker; Mario Harik, CIO, XPO Logistics; Andreas Pichler, Head of Innovation at Gebrüder Weiss and others.
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dates: 11-12 March 2019
Tickets: Free for CIOs or senior IT executives at a logistics provider and starting from €2,395 for solution providers. More information here: events.eft.com/cioeu/register.php
Sponsor this event: events.eft.com/cioeu/sponsor-info-request.php
3. SITL Europe
SITL is the essential gathering for the transport, logistics chain and supply chain sector. SITL covers all products and services for the transport of goods and for the logistics chain. The various areas of freight expertise are represented at the event: urban logistics, rail freight, air freight, maritime and inland waterway freight, dangerous goods transport, import-export, the cold chain, and robotics. The previous edition of the event has gathered more than 40,000 participants and 800 exhibitors.
Location: Paris, France
Dates: 17-20 March 2020
Tickets: Free with an invitation code, otherwise tickets range from €70 (online) to €100 (at the event). More information here: sitl.eu/en-gb/usefull-info.html
Sponsor or exhibit at this event: sitl.eu/en-gb/exhibit.html
4. Leaders in Logistics: Post and Parcel Summit
Leaders in Logistics: Post and Parcel Summit (formerly Leaders in Logistics: Post and Parcel Europe) is heading to Copenhagen in March 2020! The summit will gather 400+ senior executives from the supply chain, national posts and logistics operators, exciting start-ups, and retailers.
With over 90 speakers sharing their pioneering insights across four specialist stages – Digital Transformation, Innovating Fulfillment, Last-Mile Delivery, and Post & Parcel Strategy – the event is a must-attend for every post and parcel professional.
Speakers Highlight: Frank Sportolari, Chief Executive Officer, Germany, UPS; Peter Jensen, Chief Executive Officer: Denmark, PostNord; Vincent Phang, Chief Executive Officer for Postal Services and Singapore Business, SingPost and others.
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Dates: 23 – 24 March 2020
Tickets: Tickets range from €1,495 to €2,095 (excluding VAT). More information here: marketforcelive.com/leaders-in-logistics/events/post-parcel-summit/#tickets
Sponsor this event: marketforcelive.com/leaders-in-logistics/sponsorship/
5. Logistics meets Innovation
In 2019, the 5th edition of the Logistics meets Innovation conference will take place in Brussels. This is an invite-only evening event that provides an exclusive opportunity for senior professionals and executives from the logistics and supply chain industry to exchange their views on the current challenges faced by the industry and discuss the best practices on how to practically tackle those challenges with technology.
The 2020 edition of Logistics meets Innovation takes place in Brussels on the Vlerick Business School campus. The event gathers 50+ senior executives from logistics and supply chain companies including Amazon, DHL, ECS, Kuehne + Nagel, LKW Walter, Lufthansa Cargo, NileDutch, Panalpina, Pfizer, Novartis, and many others.
The logistics space has been changing and fast-evolving in recent years, especially in regards to digital transformation. Throughout the years, the conference has covered a number of important topics at: improving capacity utilization; Big Data for forecasting, planning and optimization; collaboration in logistics (from blockchain to the Physical Internet); the role and the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the practical examples of using AI in the logistics industry today. The exact dates of the next conference, as well as the topic, will be announced soon.
Speakers Highlight: TBA; Previous speakers included: Jonah McIntire, Founder & Managing Director, TNX Logistics; Nicholas Minde, SVP Overland Germany, Kuehne + Nagel; Vincent Beaufils, Director / CDO, LKW Walter.
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Tickets: This Conference is an invite-only event for the senior executives from the logistics and supply chain industry.
6. TOC Europe
TOC Europe is the world’s leading port technology and terminal operations event. A truly global showcase of equipment, technology, and services – this is a must-attend for port and terminal professionals. Port Authorities, Terminal Operators, Logistics Providers, Shipping Lines, and Cargo Owners attend TOC Europe as visitors and delegates to learn, debate and network. On the other hand, Port Equipment Manufacturers and Technology Providers participate as exhibitors and sponsors to showcase the excellence of the industry.
What’s new for TOC in 2020? In addition to the vastly extended floor plan and extended networking opportunities, the event will feature several zones of interest such as Start-up & innovation Zone, Live Demo & Product Display Zone, SME Village, and Platform for Ports & Associations.
Speakers Highlight: TBA; Previous speakers included: Wolfgang Lehmacher, Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industries at the World Economic Forum; Lamia Kerdoudj-Belkaid, Secretary-General of FEPORT, the Federation of European Private Port Companies and Terminals and others.
Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Dates: 9-11 June 2020
Tickets: Free for visitors, requires registration. More information here: tocevents-europe.com/en/Visiting/visit-the-exhibition.html
Sponsor this event: tocevents-europe.com/en/Exhibiting/sponsorship-enquiry-form.html
7. PARCEL+POST EXPO
In 2020 PARCEL+POST EXPO will provide one of the most significant opportunities for postal operators, courier and express companies, and fulfillment and logistics companies to debate current issues and form business relationships on a global scale. With more than 4,000 industry leaders and decision-makers from 100 countries, the event is the global meeting place for the post, courier and express industry.
PARCEL+POST EXPO is free-to-attend which gives the participants easy access to 250+ international exhibitors and provides an excellent opportunity to get a first-hand look at new services, innovations, and technology that can help transform and develop your post&parcel business.
Speakers Highlight: TBA; Previous speakers included: Holger Winklbauer, CEO at International Post Corporation; Mandy Deakin-Snell, Director of International Operations DPD UK; Clemens Beckmann, Executive Vice President – Innovation at Deutsche Post DHL Group and others.
Location: Vienna, Austria
Dates: 13-15 October 2020
Tickets: Free for visitors
Sponsor this event: For information on becoming a sponsor, contact Matthew Gunn at firstname.lastname@example.org
8. European 3PL & Supply Chain Summit
European 3PL & Supply Chain Summit is an annual meeting that brings together the leading C-Level 3PL executives and their manufacturer and retailer supply chain counterparts to explore the future of supply chain and logistics. Over 400+ senior supply chain and logistics executives attend the event every year, making the 3PL Summit one of the logistics events that you cannot afford to miss.
In 2019, the event focused on 4 key themes for industry professionals: Agility, Visibility, Responsiveness, and Growth.
Speakers Highlight: TBA; Previous speakers included: Jereon Eijsink, President of Europe, C.H Robinson; Wilbert Tholhuijsen, CCO Road, DSV Global Transport & Logistics; Jan van Casteren, Vice President Europe, Flexport, and others.
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Dates: 12 – 14 October 2020
Tickets: TBA. More information here: events.eft.com/eu3pl/register.php
Sponsor this event: events.eft.com/eu3pl/sponsor-info-request.php
9. BVL 37th International Supply Chain Conference
The 37th International Supply Chain Conference by BVL will take place in 2020 in Berlin. It is one of Europe’s leading business gatherings for the logistics and supply chain management professionals.
Since it was first staged in 1983, the three-day conference has developed into a wide-ranging forum attracting more than 3,000 participants from all areas of logistics. Industry leaders and champions use the conference as a platform to share knowledge, recommendations for action and as a forum for the discussion of current issues and future themes in the field of supply chain management.
Every year it provides a platform in Berlin for interaction between entrepreneurs from logistics IT, transport and services, logistics properties and the manufacturing industry, scientists, politicians, and journalists. The exchange of ideas drives innovations and synergies between industry, trade and logistics services while also involving state and academia. Year to year the event attracts more than 3,500 attendees from 40 countries, 120 speakers and over 200 exhibitors. More than 50% of the attendees are represented by the senior and top management of the companies.
Speakers Highlight: TBA; Previous speakers included: Reiner Heiken, CEO, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics; Martin Daum, Member of the Board of Management, Daimler AG; Andreas Marschner, Vice President, EU Transportation Services, Amazon Deutschland Services, and others.
Location: Berlin, Germany
Tickets: TBA. In 2019, the ticket prices were the following: €1,830 for BVL-Members, €2,030 for Non-BVL-Members. Special offers for scientists and students were available on request.
Sponsor this event: Please contact Clas Vögeding at email@example.com
10. Intermodal Europe 2020
Intermodal Europe is the world-leading exhibition and conference for companies associated with the container and intermodal industries and covers all areas of container transport and logistics across road, rail and sea. The event provides an invaluable industry forum, bringing together high-quality speakers and key exhibitors.
In 2019, the event welcomed more than 6,000 participants from 75+ countries. They had a chance to meet with over 140 exhibitors including such companies as Seaco, Maersk Container Industry, Caru Containers, and others.
Speakers Highlight: TBA; Previous speakers included: John Harnett, Senior Director: Marine & Intermodal, Globe Tracker; Christian Roeloffs, Managing Director, Container xChange; Stefan Verberckmoes, Liner Shipping Analyst & Editor North Europe, Alphaliner, and others.
Tickets: Free for Visitors
Sponsor this event: intermodal-events.com/en/exhibiting/sponsorship-opportunities.html
Bonus: HyperLOG 2020
Organized for the first time in 2019, HyperLOG has set itself apart as a unique event providing transport, forwarding, and logistics sectors with only essential content and inspirations, without marketing, boredom, and politics. The forum attracts important European decision-makers and the industry’s visionaries, who are sharing their logistics expertise during presentations, debates and networking sessions.
In addition to impressive keynotes, the conference creates a great opportunity for startups from the CEE region to present their solutions in front of 300 high-level executives.
Speakers Highlight: TBA; Previous speakers included: Nabil Malouli, Vice President, DHL; Daniel Buczkowski, Head of Expansion, Europe, Uber Freight; Asparuh Koev, CEO and Co-Founder, Transmetrics, and others.
Tickets information: TBA
Sponsor this event: hyperlog.info/en/pl/partnerzy/