Wednesday 8th March, 2017

8:30 - 15:00
Golf Day

Held at the world-renowned Pelican Hill Golf Club. Your chance to play golf at Pelican Hills, a PGA course that hosts events including the Tiger Woods Charity Playoffs

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18:00 - 21:00
Welcome Reception

A great chance for you to get together with fellow delegates, in a relaxed atmosphere, before the conference starts... Bring lots of business cards!

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Thursday 9th March, 2017

08:00 - 09:00
Registration & Welcome Coffee
09:00 - 10:15
Session 1 Keeping ahead of the game

The automobile needs to compete in our increasingly digital world, and this is creating demand for new expertise and bringing new competitors into the vehicle industry. Increasing digitalisation in finished vehicle supply chains – including the monitoring of onboard IT systems to track vehicles through the supply chain, the potential use of autonomous cars that can drive themselves around ports and yards, and more effective sharing of information across the supply chain between OEMs, suppliers and logistics partners – looks set to change the whole game.

So just how is the finished vehicle logistics sector evolving, what does the future really hold and where will the real opportunities be?

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi Publisher Automotive Logistics Group

John Felitto President of WWL Vehicle Services Americas WWL
Alex Meza President Jack Cooper Transport
Brandon W Mason Global Automotive Practice Director PwC

10:15 - 11:00
Networking & Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:15
Session 2A The route to smarter networks

The US has the largest freight transportation system in the world, with 4m miles of roads, 140,000 miles of railroad track, 25,000 miles of navigable waterways, 9,800 coastal and inland waterway facilities and 5,200 public airports, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Choosing the smartest way to get from A to B is one of the most important decisions facing the finished vehicle logistics sector on a daily basis. So how do we create the smartest possible networks? What must we do to achieve the kind of visibility we need to make the smartest choices? And how do we ensure we are making best use of all available resources?

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig Editor Automotive Logistics Group

Scott Mabry Sr Manager, Planning & Optimization Volkswagen
Dennis Manns Chief Commercial Officer Road & Rail
Dave Fleenor Asst Vice President BNSF

11:00 - 12:15
Session 2B Yards ahead

Terminals and yards – whether on the coast or inland – are being seriously tested in today’s buoyant finished vehicle sector. Balancing the demands of high volumes and diverse product characteristics with the need for efficiency, quality and safety requires investment and flexibility in both staffing and IT. Driving improvements in operations and customer experience is essential to remaining competitive.

This session will examine how better business insight can help keep such operations competitive, what new technology can do to help raise their efficiency, what current and future innovations really promise, and how best to manage customers’ rising expectations.

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi Publisher Automotive Logistics Group

Stuart Kessler Port Operations Manager Volkswagen
Brian Mason VP Planning, Analysis & Development Pasha Automotive Services
Paul Nurse CEO ProAct

12:15 - 14:00
Networking & Lunch
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14:00 - 15:15
Session 3A Navigating the digital seas

There are many challenges in navigating marine logistics including capacity constraints, productivity pressures, fiscal limitations and environmental concerns. Innovations in physical infrastructure and IT are poised to boost productivity with smart ports and autonomous ships on the horizon, transforming the way vessels and ports are managed and operated.
This session will consider what the main future requirements are, how space and operational efficiency can be optimised, what the key challenges will be in terms of increasing velocity, and how to make smarter use of our resources.

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi Publisher Automotive Logistics Group

Scott Davies Director Office of Marine Highways & Passenger Services US DoT Maritime Administration
Charles Franklin Manager Export Logistics American Honda
Christoph Seitz Managing Member CFR Rinkens
Bill Kerrigan Vice President Logistics, Auto Division SSA Marine

14:00 - 15:15
WORKSHOP 3B: Supply chain security

Supply chain security – managing risks and building resilience

In a world of global trade dependent on elongated logistics networks, interference at any point in the supply chain can break down the entire process. Organisations can only compete if their supply chains are resilient; and given their complexity, such chains can never be stronger than their weakest link.

This interactive workshop will cover issues including:

Logistics security
Rick management
Business continuity
Supply chain resilience

Workshop leader: James Kniestedt President Gravick Group

15:15 – 16:00
Networking & Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:30
Session 4 Intelligent transformations

The IDC estimates there will be 200 billion connected devices in use worldwide by 2020. Linked with global supply chains, they will transform the amount of information that can be used to track shipments and manage logistics operations, allowing organisations of all sizes to move towards more intelligent value chains.

Taking best advantage of this highly connected future will require the use of fully networked supply chains with advanced technology like autonomous vehicles and more intelligent sensors and communication systems to both move the goods and exchange vital logistics information, reducing lead times, improving ETAs and making the whole supply chain even more flexible and efficient.

This session will look at how we can use such information to move from descriptive to prescriptive analytics, the steps we need to take to truly standardise information sharing, where the main opportunities can be found in terms of waste reduction and what the key challenges really are in terms of building a fully networked supply chain.

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig Editor Automotive Logistics Group

Tom Swennes VP, Strategic planning and administration ICL Systems
Mark Anderson President & COO United Road
Daniel Gosson Consultant Inform

17:30 – 21:30
Gala Dinner at Crevier Classic Cars
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Friday 10th March, 2017

08:30 – 09:00
09:00 – 10:15
Session 5 Warning: Digital disruption ahead

The car of the future will be connected and able to monitor, in real time, its own working parts and the conditions around it, while communicating with other vehicles, intelligent road infrastructure, its occupants and a variety of third parties, all making it a productive data centre and part of a much wider, intelligent mobility network. At the same time, the vehicle’s ability to monitor its own performance and that of its individual components will be of great use to dealers and carmakers, presenting new opportunities in manufacturing, distribution and aftersales that will help eliminate waste and boost productivity.

But there will be challenges, too – not least the potential cyber security threat and the possible imposition of unfair or impractical regulation. So what are the technology innovations driving the connected car? How exactly will our road transport infrastructure become more intelligent and to what end? What are the productivity gains on offer and who will be the new players in the game?

Moderator: Christopher Ludwig Editor Automotive Logistics Group

Chris Wilson Director CW Consulting
Ben Stanley Global Automotive Leader IBM Institute for Business Value

10:15 - 11:00
Networking & Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:15
Session 6 Think Tanks

An invaluable chance to talk directly with key industry figures about the topics that matter most to you. These popular and practical interactive discussions give delegates the chance to share ideas and develop useful new business strategies. Many real-life changes have been triggered by such sessions in the past.

Topics to be covered include network optimisation, new technology, short-sea shipping, vehicle processing, dealing with damage, vehicle telematics, intermodal distribution, Mexico, vehicle remarketing, rail freight, capacity issues, the connected car, and Big Data.

12:15 - 14:00
Networking & Lunch
14:00 - 15:30
Session 7 Crossfire Q&A

An invaluable opportunity to put your questions to some of the most senior logistics minds in the North American finished vehicle sector.

Moderators: Louis Yiakoumi Publisher Automotive Logistics Group
Christopher Ludwig Editor Automotive Logistics Group

Marc Brazeau Director of outbound and Mexico logistics FCA
Glenn Clift CEO Glovis America
Gerald Lee VP Vehicle Planning & Logistics Subaru
Jim Kasamis Manager National Imports & Logistics Mercedes-Benz USA


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