Tuesday 23rd April, 2019

8:00 - 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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19:00 - 22:00
Welcome Drinks 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 automotive supply chain sector... bring lots of business cards!

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Wednesday 24th April, 2019

08:00 - 09:00

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

09:00 - 10:30
Session 1: Decade in review: where have we been, where are we going?

The last decade of vehicle logistics in North America has seen tremendous change in the market, production, technology, vehicle mix and regulations. What has the vehicle logistics industry learned, and how must it still adapt?

As the next decade looks to bring even more radical change, how should carmakers, logistics and technology providers adapt their processes, equipment, systems and skills to survive and thrive?

Topics covered by speakers and panellists will include:

  • Market data on regional vehicle and logistics market with forecasts on the future for sales, production, dimensions and services
  • Understanding the regulatory and trade changes impacting North American vehicle logistics
  • The most significant changes and developments in vehicle logistics then, now and in future
  • Case studies on how carmakers and service providers are keeping the outbound chain fit for the future
10:30 - 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 - 12:30
Session 2:
Session 2A:
Dealing with disruption

Vehicle logistics requires tremendous resilience and response, from managing production stops, extreme weather, vandalism and more. Experts discuss what tools, processes and partnerships can help the industry to better cope – and how it can prepare for even more unpredictability and potential disruption in future.

Topics covered by speakers and panellists will include:

  • Best practice in responding to emergencies and disruption – both in advance and afterwards
  • The impacts of changing weather and how to prepare
  • Using technology and data to better forecast, anticipate and avoid major disruption
  • Collaborating with partners, competitors and authorities to anticipate disruption and improve response
Ideas Labs

Ideas Labs are practical, solutions-orientated workshops led by supply chain and technology leaders and designed for collective exploration of complex challenges. Expect to leave with new ideas, action plans and new contacts

Ideas Lab 1: The future of repair and insurance
Discuss how the industry should improve its damage, insurance and claims processes

Ideas Lab 2: Ocean and port optimisation
Join this discussion on improving vehicle shipping and port processing for the next decade and beyond

Ideas Lab 3: Second-hand future
Tracking the changes for logistics for the used car and auction markets

12:30 - 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.

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14:00 - 15:15
Session 3:
Session 3A:
Connected for delivery: outbound IT and technology

Vehicle logistics has not always been the fastest to adapt to new technology, however opportunities in IoT, vehicle connectivity, cloud systems, data analytics and more are helping to improve tracking and ETA, carrier and capacity management across the outbound chain. Experts discuss what technologies will be most effective for outbound logistics, and the standards, processes and skills they require.

Topics covered by speakers and panellists will include:

  • Case studies on current best practice for tracking, transport management, ePOD and ETA forecasting
  • Possibilities for further outbound digitalisation and automation
  • Exploring outbound potential for technologies such as AI and blockchain
  • The future of connected car-and-truck-based distribution
Session 3B:
Ideas Labs

Ideas Lab 4: Rail capacity and service
Ensuring that vehicle rail services meet the cost, quality and capacity requirements for OEMs

Ideas Lab 5: ELD challenges and solutions
Trucking experts will lead discussion on the rollout of electronic logging devices and their impacts for vehicle transport, along with best practice processes and technology

Ideas Lab 6: The dealer challenge
With the changing landscape of both product offering and customer behaviour, what are the key factors that are shaping the dealerships of today and tomorrow? How much is the dealer business model designed to meet local market needs, how much is shaped by by regulation and what about the OEM’s?

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: Getting bigger and smarter: transport and capacity management

The industry has seen a huge shift from cars to pickups and SUVs, with impacts for vehicle logistics capacity and equipment across all transport modes. The future may require even more flexibility and innovation to manage changing consumer, dealer and industry requirements.

Topics covered by speakers and panellists will include:

  • Strategies for managing transport capacity and assets, from scheduling to network design
  • Road, rail and shipping transport equipment innovation, design and investment for the future
  • Connected truck, vehicle and infrastructure potential
  • Multimodal optimisation
17:30 – 21:00
Gala Dinner and Finished Vehicle Logistics North America Awards Ceremony
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Thursday 25th April, 2019

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: Outbound talent and skills: keeping vehicles moving

Technology may bring automation and optimisation potential, but vehicles are still delivered thanks to the labour, processes and skills of people across the supply chain. Whether overcoming shortages of drivers or staff in terminals, or recruiting management, software talent or new partners, how can the outbound sector find, train and retain the people it needs to stay competitive?

Topics covered by speakers and panellists will include:

  • Overcoming truck driver and labour shortages now and in future
  • The hard and soft skills needed to succeed in tomorrow’s outbound logistics
  • Helping people to work with technology
  • Maximising partnership, from long-term suppliers to start-ups
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 6: Law and order FVL

Regulatory changes have played major roles in equipment, hours of service, environment and trade for vehicle logistics. With new rules set to come in for the USMCA, and uncertainty over global trade, the future of policy looks murky, at best. How should the industry be preparing and where should it collaborate together?

Topics covered by speakers and panellists will include:

  • Changing transport regulations and their effect on outbound operations, from hours of service to ELDs
  • Environmental regulations, from sulphur limits to fuel economy
  • The new Nafta
  • Global trade impacts for vehicle imports and exports
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: The future of outbound logistics: FVL 2030

Will the next decade transform vehicle logistics with autonomous trucks and vehicles? Will new retail and distribution models change outbound? Will freight services become automated via apps and AI? Or will the industry continue to struggle will its perennial bottlenecks?

Whether radical or gradual change, the industry must invest and prepare both to maintain stability, and keep up with their customers

Topics covered by speakers and panellists will include:

  • What technology innovation could look like for outbound, from paperless delivery to autonomous trucks, platooning and yard automation
  • How retail and distribution networks and services could evolve physically and online
  • Impacts of electric, autonomous and shared vehicle on outbound logistics
  • How vehicle logistics service and technology providers must innovate
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