New technologies greatly facilitate supply chain management and have a positive impact on the logistics industry in general. The best way for leaders and representatives of transportation companies to be aware of the latest strategies and tools that can improve delivery services is to attend the top logistics conferences. In this article, we’ve put together a list of the most attractive logistics conferences in 2019 to help you plan your business trip calendar for the coming year in advance.
Why Attend Logistics Conferences?
If you work in the retail, wholesale or any other industry that deals with transport and the delivery of goods, you should be interested in joining the best logistics conferences. Such events are held in different countries worldwide, and their number is growing year by year, which proves their great importance for freight companies.
Conferences usually include a range of activities:
- Presentations of reports by insightful speakers and professionals in the field
- Roundtable discussions
- One-to-one meetings
- Informal networking
Being a part of these activities, you can greatly promote your business development. There are several reasons why conferences can make a significant contribution to your company.
Personal interaction has always been the most effective tool for business communication. A specialized conference is a unique place where you can meet numerous leading professionals, peers and potential clients under one roof and talk to them in a favorable atmosphere. As a result, you can establish close and reliable partnerships.
At a logistics summit or conference, like-minded people exchange their best practices, discuss the most effective strategies and tools, and learn about the latest trends in the market. If you are in the thick of the action, you absorb loads of useful experience and skills that you can later apply to your working processes.
A featured event is a perfect place to showcase and promote your brand. Prepare high-quality marketing materials (presentations, services profiles, advertising cards, etc.) to be remembered by other participants. If you do this job right, potential clients will keep you in mind in case they need the services you provide.
The List of Logistics Conferences to Participate in 2019
Here is a chronological list of top ten logistic digital conferences in North America and Europe.
1. 17th Annual Utility Supply Chain Conference
When: January 21-22, 2019
Where: San Antonio, TX, USA
Among the attendees of this annual conference are leading industry experts, executives, procurement specialists, managers and other peers. They will mingle on the ongoing supply chain trends and challenges during roundtable sessions and interactive discussions at the picturesque Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa.
Main topics of the conference are:
- Energy industry modernization
- Electric vehicles regulation
- Big data vision accommodation
- Contract risk management
- Reshaping procurement organizations and implementation of source-to-pay solutions
Representatives of companies such as Agile Sourcing Partners, Inc., Black Hills Corporation, Edison Electric Institute, Evergy, KPMG and others will present at the conference.
2. Cargo Logistics Canada
When: February 7-9, 2019
Where: Vancouver, Canada
A multimodal supply chain expo will gather cargo owners (manufacturers, retailers, importers, exporters); logistics providers; air, rail, road and sea carriers; as well as brokers, agents and government representatives, in Vancouver Convention Center West.
They will participate in networking events, receptions, seminars and roundtables.
When: February 19-21, 2019
Where: Stuttgart, Germany
LogiMAT is one of the world’s largest intralogistics trade shows. In 2018, this international exhibition and conference in logistics gathered more than 55,000 participants. In the coming year, this number is expected to be even larger.
This event is a must for everyone involved in the intralogistics market that is currently undergoing digitalization under the influence of information technology trends, artificial intelligence and big data in particular. Exhibitors will represent their cutting-edge solutions, systems and products for optimizing and streamlining processes in internal logistics of companies.
4. Logistics CIO Forum EU
When: March 5-6, 2019
Where: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Forty industry speakers and 200 senior IT executives from leading logistics providers will gather in Amsterdam at the Logistics CIO Forum. Attendees and speakers will discuss opportunities and challenges that are evolving with the technology disruption of the supply chain industry. They will also share best practices of the latest technologies adoption in the field and explain the increasing responsibility of the CIO in a company.
5. Leaders in Logistics: Post and Parcel 2019 Europe
When: March 26-28, 2019
Where: Madrid, Spain
The event consists of two forums — the Innovation in Operations day and the Post and Parcel Europe Summit. The leading logistics and postal operators, start-ups, retailers and the supply chain executives from Europe and beyond are heading to Madrid to learn about the latest trends and technology strategies within the post and parcel industry.
250+ attendees and 50+ speakers will discuss hot topics that include:
- Technological innovations
- Cross-border delivery
- Evolving customer expectations
When: April 7-10, 2019
Where: Houston, TX, USA
The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) organizes its annual conference to attract more than 2,500 supply-chain professionals from all around the globe. Attendees will get a chance to interact with more than 100 supplier organizations, participate in 70+ breakout sessions and listen to three keynote speakers.
You can choose the registration package that best suits you and your company.
7. American Supply Chain Summit 2019
When: April 25-26, 2019
Where: Dallas, TX, USA
The annual summit serves as a platform for supply chain leaders to collaborate and discuss the impact of emerging technologies on the industrial processes.
In 2019, key topics will be:
- Profitability and risk management
- Cost optimization
- Disruptive technologies
- Workforce management
8. Supply Chain Logistics Management Executive Seminar
When: May 5-10, 2019
Where: Lansing, MI, USA
The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development has been conducting the world’s premier logistics executive seminar for more than 50 years. The seminar includes intensive programs filled with discussions of academic frameworks and real-world examples. A six-day course aims at experienced personnel, specifically executives and senior managers. All tutorials and lectures will be conducted by industry leaders and top-level academics.
9. Transport Logistic
When: June 4-7, 2019
Where: Munich, Germany
The leading global trade exhibition for logistics, mobility, IT and supply chain management is held every two years in Munich. More than 55,000 attendees and 2,000 exhibitors gather in one place from around the world to get an insight market overview and discuss the latest trends and most effective strategies.
The fair is divided into four sectors:
- IT/telematics, e-business, telecommunications
- Intralogistics, warehouse management systems, auto-ID, packaging
- Equipment for freight transport
- Services, freight transport, logistics
10. RoboBusiness 2019
When: October 1-3, 2019
Where: Santa Clara, CA, USA
The aim of the conference is to bring together supply chain and logistics managers, senior and mid-level executives and CEOs with robotic technology developers, start-ups and investors.
Organizers are still working on the agenda, but it is clearly known that attendees will participate in numerous breakout sessions and networking opportunities.
To Sum Up
SaM Solutions is a regular participant of various conferences, exhibitions and other events where we can catch up with our current clients and find new business partners.
Our company has a special interest in attending transport and logistics events, since we have extensive experience in creating customized solutions for this field.
Our experience includes successfully completing the following projects:
- Geo-location mobile application for marketing and advertising in local communities
- The enhancement of a web application for logistics and transportation management
- 3D traffic visualization solution
- The development of route visualization and calculation functionality for a parcel delivery application
- Mobile application for electric car charging management
Meet SaM Solution’s representatives at international events, or arrange personal meetings via the contact form to communicate about future collaboration.