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[post_content] => What could be so important that around 5,000 senior executives from the global logistics industry would be willing to give up two or three days of their time and head off to Rotterdam? It could only be the Intermodal Europe show, which opens its doors once again at the Ahoy in Rotterdam on 15 November for three days of exhibitions, conference sessions and networking opportunities.
The event’s organisers expect a bumper crowd to this year’s event, attracted by the free-to-attend exhibition that will feature more than 140 companies with products and services for all links in the intermodal supply chain. Intermodal Europe also offers 30 hours of free conference sessions with more than 70 speakers lined up to offer insights and the latest intelligence on key trends in international trade, container shipping strategy and transport logistics.
“With a dramatically changing business landscape, our three-day conference programme will provide executives with the practical tools they need to stay ahead,” says Sophie Ahmed, event director. “They’ll be discussing the hottest topics in the industry which I’m sure will spark insightful debate and provide attendees with knowledge that can be applied to future business strategies.”
ECONOMY AND DATA
Since the recession, the container shipping industry has faced extreme market pressures. Although embracing new initiatives and technologies has provided some tangible benefits, the carrier community may finally be coming to grips with the need for significant industry change.
With global trade not only reliant on continued efficient transport but also demanding ‘smarter’ transport options, the keynote conference sessions at Intermodal Europe 2016 aim to address and provide an in-depth overview of the current and future perspectives on strategy, finance, demand and supply within the container shipping industry.
The need to be smarter will be reflected in a forum on the Internet of Things and the use of ‘Big Data’. “In this connected age, data is probably the most important asset a company can possess. But the big question is how do you collect this data, filter it, decipher it and deploy it in order to make actionable, real-time business decisions?” asks Mark Fletcher, editor of International Trade Magazine
. “This is certainly a challenge – one that is already being addressed – but it is also an opportunity that should certainly not be ignored, as the business benefits delivered by a data-capable supply chain will deliver an almost instant ROI, while bringing new levels of flexibility and predictability into even the most complex supply chains.”
“It has become increasingly important to bring technology to the forefront of discussion at Intermodal Europe,” adds Ahmed. “Bringing these speakers together will create the opportunity for discussion and sharing of knowledge and the forum will present processes for greater efficiency and cost reduction, all of which are crucial to the development of the industry.”
KIT FOR THE NEEDY
Those same approaches to connectivity apply down on the dockside, especially since the introduction of the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) requirements earlier this year. That will certainly be one area where vendors will be keen to make their services known.
Among them is Tamtron, which is offering scales that can be fitted to container stackers and straddle carriers, allowing containers to be accurately weighed without interrupting the handling process. Information from the scale can be transferred through bi-directional data communication and integrated with operator and carrier systems.
Container tracking is also an area where technology is advancing quickly. Hirschmann Asset Tracking will be at Intermodal Europe with its latest intelligent sensors and software. Its tamper-evident sensors, which can be installed in minutes on the container door, provide information on temperature, humidity and shock as well as location and the data can be integrated with a range of back-end systems.
Also showing for the first time at this year’s event will be the Container Traders and Innovators Association (CTIA), a new organisation representing the interests of container traders and innovators worldwide. CTIA will launch in January 2017 and has partnered with Intermodal Europe to help spread its message.
There will be plenty more to see at the Hamburg Messe this month; full details of the conference sessions and exhibitor listings can be found on the event’s website, www.intermodal-events.com
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Intermodal Europe: Open the box
Intermodal Europe sets out its stall in Rotterdam this month at a crucial time for the global container industry