Today was the second day of the EyeforTransport 3PL Summit. As I’m looking at the program I’m realizing that the title of this post can be confusing for some, as the program says Main Conference Day One. I wrote about Day One yesterday, so I’ll just stubbornly call this Day Two.
The day started with a presentation by Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Damco in which he gave his views on Opportunities & Threats for the 3PL Industry. According to Jansen important opportunities are facilitating truly global networks and a focus on driving out waste in the Supply Chain. Think End to End and not Port to Port! In the ensuing panel discussion the CEOs of GEFCO, Al-Futtaim Logistics, Ahlers, SDV and Jansen further discussed the subject. Key takeaway: 3PLs (and Shippers) need to move away from transactional relationships and choose long term partners.
After the coffee break Amadou Diallo, CEO DHL Freight and Henri le Gous, CEO SDV discussed Global Network Expansion. Important points: Customization and an Industry Driven Approach and Information Management.
A long lunch was followed by three separate sessions. I chose to sit in on “Innovation for Customers” in which Bram Ewals, CEO of Ewals Cargo Care and Jochen Freese, President EMENA of UTi both presented customer case studies. Ewals stressed the importance of continuous improvement. The fact that what works today, may not work tomorrow necessitates constant re-engineering. And on volatility he said: Volatility is the steady state, the given. Volatility is a reason for existence for LSPs.
The closing session of the day was a panel discussion “To Combat the Threat of Commodization and Drive Innovation”. There was panel consensus on the fact that when the price is low, the room for innovation is low as well. For now let me wrap this overview up with the closing remark bij Bart Ewals: “Logistics is not complicated. You just have to do it right.”
I’m looking forward to the final day tomorrow. Send me a mail or a tweet if you want to have a coffee.
On a closing note I would like to thank the kind people of the Hilton Hotel Antwerp, for granting me access to their wifi.
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