Tuesday 13th March, 2018

8:30 - 15:00
Golf Day

Held at the world-renowned Pelican Hill Golf Club, this is your opportunity to prove yourself on 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. Our welcome reception provides an excellent forum in which to exchange views and contact details with some of the finest minds in the North American finished vehicle logistics sector.... bring lots of business cards!

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Wednesday 14th March, 2018

08:00 - 09:00
Registration, networking and coffee

Join us to collect your badge, enjoy a bite to eat and start the conversation with your fellow delegates.

09:00 - 10:15
Session 1: Behind the wheel – the drivers and trends that are shaping the industry

North America’s finished vehicle logistics industry is facing considerable disruption, with greater connectivity, new mobility patterns and increasing use of data all powering an industry shift towards a fully expanded digital world that will help to determine the driving experience and make travel safer and smarter. At the same time, omnichannel shopping is disrupting the way consumers compare and buy their vehicles, while artificial intelligence – including robotics, blockchain architecture and machine learning – is increasing the pace of change in logistics and accelerating the advent of autonomous, self-orchestrated supply chains.

So what does the automotive industry of the future really look like? How exactly is consumer behaviour changing? And how will the finished vehicle supply chain have to adapt to this new environment?

This flagship opening session will see a wide spectrum of industry insiders explore some of the trends that are already shaping the future of finished vehicle logistics in North America.

10:15 - 11:00
Networking and coffee

An excellent chance to discuss the opening session with your peers over light refreshments.

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11:00 - 12:15
Session 2A: The connected network

The connected supply chain presents a multitude of opportunities and challenges that span the boundaries of the physical and virtual worlds. And at the centre of it all will be the technology embedded in the connected car, which many believe will drive fresh investment in innovation right across finished vehicle distribution operations.

Come and discover:

  • Where the biggest investment opportunities will truly be
  • What you can do to make best use of the latest technology
  • The smartest ways to create seamless machine-to-human interfaces
  • How to capitalise on all these technological advances

Attend this session to develop a deeper understanding of the opportunities the connected network will provide and the new ideas that will pave the way forward.

11:00 - 12:15
Session 2B: The resilient supply chain

Supply chains are exposed to numerous risks, from environmental, geopolitical and security issues to policy, regulatory and economic shifts. Developing a real understanding of the concept of resilience and ensuring it sits at the heart of your management thinking can lead to supply chains that can quickly respond to and recover from such disruptions – minimising their overall impact and cost.

Fine-tune your understanding of:

  • The challenges of identifying and planning an effective resilience strategy
  • The speed with which your supply chain can respond to such events
  • What needs to go into a realistic and robust business continuity plan
  • The benefits of collaborative working in responding to risk

This session will outline why resilience needs to be built into your supply chain, where the investment is required and how other parties can help strengthen your ability to deal with disruption.

12:15 - 14:00
Networking and Lunch

An extended networking lunch break giving delegates ample opportunity to rub shoulders with our unique gathering of vehicle makers, logistics service suppliers, infrastructure operators, sponsors and exhibitors.

14:00 - 15:15
Session 3: Finished Vehicle Logistics Think Tanks

Our popular Think Tanks are back! This series of practical, interactive group discussions will provide an invaluable opportunity to talk directly with key industry figures and peers about the issues that matter most to you.

This year, the Think Tanks will revolve around three core themes:

Connectivity: Exploring solutions in tomorrow’s more connected environment
Collaboration: Finding common ground for co-operation between different partners in the supply chain
Innovation: Developing more innovative approaches to refining logistics operations and problem-solving

Chaired by industry insiders, these open discussions are expected to cover a wide range of topics including:

  • Blockchain’s role in the future
  • Connecting the connected car
  • Optimising network design
  • Resilience, risk and continuity
  • Dealing with supply chain security
  • Rethinking vehicle logistics networks
  • The world of autonomous logistics
  • The need to connect and collaborate
  • Don’t miss this opportunity to pick the brains of leading thinkers in this field and share your own valuable insights about a variety of topics in these vibrant, round-table exchanges.

    15:15 – 16:00
    Networking and coffee

    Your chance to discuss the key issues of the day so far with fellow delegates over light refreshments.

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    16:00 – 17:30
    Session 4: Inspiring fresh ideas and fresh thinking

    When employees are not merely engaged but inspired, organisations begin to see real breakthroughs. Inspired employees are not just far more productive themselves but in turn encourage those around them to strive for greater heights. Creating a culture of innovation with more thinking outside of the box is an essential part of creating organisational strength and building the capabilities required to meet the challenges around the corner.

    Come and find your own inspiration on:

    • What firms like yours can do to stimulate more fresh ideas and lateral thinking
    • How managers can foster a more fulfilling workplace environment for their staff

    In this session, a distinguished panel of industry leaders will identify the key challenges of effective leadership and the best ways of inspiring the next generation.

    17:30 – 21:30
    Gala Dinner

    Dine in style as you compare notes on the first day of the conference with all the top people on the North American finished vehicle logistics scene…


    Thursday 15th March, 2018

    08:30 – 09:00
    Registration, networking and coffee

    Another chance for an early conversation with fellow delegates over a bite to eat before the second day begins.

    09:00 – 10:15
    Session 5: The Automotive revolution – new perspectives, new thinking

    Today’s automotive industry is changing dramatically, triggered by an accelerated rise in new technologies, sustainability policies, and changing consumer preferences around ownership and mobility. New business models are revolutionising all sorts of industries – and automotive will be no exception.

    The forces giving rise to this revolution stem from disruptive technology, diverse mobility strategies, autonomous driving, electrification, and connectivity. In short, the automotive sector is ripe for widespread, game-changing disruption.

    So just what will this industry look like in 10-15 years – and what are the implications for its supply chains?

    This session will examine the revolution to come, the ways in which it will reshape the automotive sector, and what those involved in finished vehicle supply chains should be doing right now to prepare for the upheaval.

    10:15 - 11:00
    Networking and coffee

    Chew over the game-changers highlighted in today’s opening session with your colleagues as you enjoy some light refreshments.

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    11:00 – 12:15
    Session 6A: Rethinking vehicle logistics networks

    In light of all the technological and operational advances being made in this sector, is it time to rethink our vehicle logistics models and challenge the status quo?

    Join us as we debate:

    • The opportunities we already have to change network design
    • The role infrastructure advances will play in driving further opportunities
    • Which innovations will force the most change on current vehicle networks
    • Where the common pathways to collaboration can be found
    • What visions of the future will predominate in the coming autonomous age

    Come and immerse yourself in the fresh ideas and fresh thinking that will come to disrupt current supply chain models and find out what can really be done to reinvent today’s finished vehicle logistics networks accordingly.

    Session 6B: Keep on trucking

    Road transport is an industry on the edge of some breathtaking change. Between vehicle tracking and self-diagnostics advances, new fuels and propulsion systems, advancing regulation and autonomous vehicles, radical change looks absolutely guaranteed.

    This session will examine:

    • How the trucking sector is likely to evolve over the next decade
    • What all the changing technology means for today’s labour pool and fleet managers
    • How autonomous vehicles and platooning will really impact on today’s trucking operations
    • What the key challenges will be in trying to keep ahead of new technology and changing regulation

    Concentrating on the future requirements of the road transport industry, this session will pull together an array of experts to discuss the challenges facing the haulage sector as it attempts to ‘keep on trucking’.

    12:15 - 14:00
    Networking and Lunch

    Our second extended networking lunch gives delegates another great chance to circulate and connect with all the vehicle makers, logistics service providers, infrastructure operators, sponsors and exhibitors at the event.

    14:00 - 15:30
    Session 7: Crossfire Q&A – Connect, Collaborate, Communicate

    It’s already clear that traditional vehicle distribution models will have to change and that the sector will have to take a fresh look at the way it connects, communicates and collaborates in order to enhance its efficiency and keep the metal moving.

    But how will this actually be achieved?

    Bringing the conference to a close, a panel of top logistics executives takes part in a final question-and-answer session, revealing how they expect finished vehicle logistics industry to change and what they – and others – need to do about it.

    Don’t miss this invaluable final opportunity to connect, collaborate and communicate with some of the most senior logistics minds in the North American finished vehicle sector as they draw up the industry’s action plan for the future!

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