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Imagine, Transform and Rebuild sets the agenda at Cool Logistics Global virtual conference

Imagine, Transform and Rebuild sets the agenda at Cool Logistics Global virtual conference


Redesigning the Cold Chain: Imagine, Transform and Rebuild sets the agenda at Cool Logistics Global virtual conference, against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic


Thought leaders from across the perishable cargoes industry will share their knowledge at the virtual event next week from 13th to 15th October with  250+ attendees from over 30 countries and 6 continents 

London, October 8th 2020 – Leadership, Skills & Training for Global Cold Chain & Reefer Logistics, Remote Monitoring & Control for the Data-Driven Cold Container Chain, and Digital Transformation, Disruption & Innovation in the Global Cold Supply Chain are just three of the topics that will be debated by 30+ thought leaders across three days of sessions at the 12th Cool Logistics Global conference taking place from 13th to 15th October, in a virtual environment. 

Participants spanning 30 countries worldwide have registered for the 12th Cool Logistics Global which is sponsored by the Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s leading cool port hub connecting sea and landside perishable logistics.  The three-day event includes a series of sessions and panel discussions and numerous networking events to ensure the Cool community can continue to exchange the industry’s main challenges and concerns.

“Even though we can’t meet in person,” said Rachael White, Managing Director of Cool Logistics, “we have created an environment where the industry can meet virtually to explore key issues, discuss trends and share experiences in a productive and informative way. The conference provides a great way to stay ahead of the curve.”

Speakers from companies spanning all sectors of the industry include Maersk Line, Drewry Shipping,  Kuehne+Nagel, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), Datamar, JC Food Republic, TWILL, AgriLedger, ORBCOMM, OceanX and SeaCube Containers, and are also joined by industry associations UN/CEFACT Transport & Logistics and the Global Cold Chain Alliance.

Keynote Speaker Andre Simha, Global Chief Digital & Information Officer, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), will share how MSC has evolved through digital transformation, disruption and innovation.

Cool Logistics Global will also host the 2nd annual Cool Logistics Innovation in Perishable Logistics Award, rewarding a company that has made a difference in the way perishable products are shipped or handled. 

Continued Rachael White: “We are looking forward to hosting our sponsors, attendees and speakers in a virtual environment for insightful debate and discussion: the spotlight that has shone on global cold chain operations during 2020 at a time when COVID-19 has severely tested its resilience has shown that logistics and transport matter now more than ever.”

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Speakers announced for 12th Cool Logistics Global conference

Speakers announced for 12th Cool Logistics Global conference

With two weeks to go to the 12th Cool Logistics Global conference (13th-15th October), speakers and agenda have been finalised for the virtual live event, which you can join from the comfort of your own desk. 

Now in its 12th year, Cool Logistics Global is the leading event and forum for logistics, shipping and supply chain professionals focusing on perishable cargoes. The 2020 full-feature, live virtual event is hosted by the Port of Rotterdam with the theme ‘Redesigning the Cold Chain: Imagine, Transform and Rebuild’. We have a broad agenda covering all aspects of the cold supply chain, set against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, with sessions from industry leaders and thinkers who are active in the global cold supply chain.  Now more than ever, the international cold chain community needs to connect, communicate and collaborate and the 12th Cool Logistics Global live virtual conference is the forum that will allow this community to connect. 

The debate and discussion on key topics and trends will include cold chain technology, shipper case studies and views on post pandemic recovery prospects, the global cold chain in the ‘new’ normal, global vs. near-shore sourcing, ‘the last mile’, ports and cold chain business, energy, efficiency and environmental concerns across the cold chain, reefer technology and global supply considerations plus much more.


13th October

  • Skills & leadership for the next cold chain generation

  • Building smart cold container supply chains with IOT technology

  • Perishable airfreight futures

  • Delivering a global COVID19 vaccine

  • Learn how to pack your reefer containers safely

  • New approaches to tackling food waste


  • Steve Cameron, Director, Cameron Maritime Resources, UK

  • Radu Palamariu, Managing Director Asia Pacific Chief Energy Officer, Alcott Global, Singapore

  • Alan Robertson, Director, Webster Robertson, UK

  • Sebastiaan Scholte, Founder, IMC Careers

  • Hanane Becha, Project Lead IoT Program, DCSA Digital Container Shipping Association, Denmark

  • Lissa D’Arcy, Solutions Integration Manager, Emerson Commercial & Residential Solution, Denmark

  • Don Miller, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Globe Tracker, USA

14th October

  • Global cold supply chain futures

  • Next steps for cold container logistics

  • Digital transformation, automation & disruption

  • First & last mile

  • Through & beyond the pandemic


  • Martin Dixon, Director & Head of Research Products, Drewry, UK

  • Bruce Marshall, Head of Reefer Solutions, Maersk Line, Denmark

  • Ole Schack Petersen, CSO, LCL and Broom Group, Denmark

  • Andre Simha, Global Chief Digital & Information Officer, MSC, Switzerland

  • Genevieve Leveille, CEO, AgriLedger, UK

  • Anne-Sophie Zerlang Karlsen, Global Head, TWILL, Netherlands

  • Juan Andres Ferrari, Vice President, ACF Global Sourcing, Chile

  • Ruben Huber, President, OceanX, Switzerland

  • Andrew Lorimer, CEO, Datamar, Brazil

15th October

  • Multimodal, Intermodal & Cold Chain Infrastructure Forum

  • Assessing new nodes, modes, clusters & corridors for cold chain delivery


  • Sofie Tolk, Cluster Development Manager, SOHAR Port and Freezone, Oman

  • Carlos Rodriguez, CEO, AGRO Merchants Group, UK

  • Matthew Ott, President & CEO, GCCA Global Cold Chain Alliance

  • Ted Prince, Co-Founder/Chief Strategy Officer, Tiger Cool Express


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Optimistic outlook at 7th Cool Logistics Global Conference

The 7th Cool Logistics Global Conference covered issues in the cooled logistics of perishables ranging from the importance of tracking and tracing to improved schedule reliability.

On the first day of the 7th Cool Logistics Global Conference – held September 29 to October 1 in the Belgian city of Brugge – a broad range of topics surrounding the cooled logistics of perishables was discussed, ranging from changing consumer preferences via the importance of tracking and tracing to improved schedule reliability and a lot in between.

The overall outlook was one of optimism. The expectations for the logistics industry are not as bad as some may think. Paul Bosch, supply chain analyst of Food and Agriculture at Rabobank – financer of 85% of Dutch agricultural companies – said the future appears bright for cold. “Growth rates look pretty good, making the rest of the food market jealous.” The key driver for this process being the increasing penetration of cell phones and refrigerators in developing countries, he said.

That observation was shared by Jan Debaillie, director of Group Logistics at Ardo Group, a Belgian producer of high quality frozen vegetables, fruit, pasta and rice which controls its total supply chain. “We see the categories fresh and frozen grow, not so much in Europe but overseas. Specifically, frozen organic foods in the USA are growing very fast, doubling volumes,” Debaillie said.

Changing customers

Bosch agreed that growth in Europe is low and leading to a switch from volume to value. And where is the value? It appears to become more difficult to get to know the customer. Bosch identified 5 different types of customers that will play an important  role in the market in the coming 10 years. One is the “convenience customer” who doesn’t want to wait and doesn’t want to pay extra but who will drive logistical changes.

Online purchases will be important in this consumer profile. “We are at a turning point where online purchases take away market share from retail and supermarkets,” Bosch said. This process calls for other logistics, a need for greater flexibility and new packaging solutions. In other words, this is a growth area for logistics all the more since a huge increase in frozen sales is expected because those products are easier to deliver to homes.

In this respect, Joachim Coens, President – CEO of the Port of Zeebrugge, said the 21st century is bringing a lot of changes. One of these is the changing consumer. The global buying power defers and that leads to layered demand which needs to be facilitated. Coens sees a clear task for ports in this process. “The role of the port is to bring people together and facilitate. We also have a role in intermodal activity.”

Technological solutions and trends in logistics

Tracking and tracing is important in the timing of onions, said Chayenne Wiskerke, managing director of Wiskerke Onions, the leading Dutch packer and exporter of onions. Its onions are exported to 90 countries across the globe and mainly transported by reefer containers. Wiskerke Onions developed a customised system giving its customers traceability on demand. This real time system, accessible via an app, informs them of the whereabouts and quality of the product. “This tool is a great help with customers of different languages and far-away markets,” Wiskerke said. She also predicted continuous growth in global demand for onions which offers potential for the future of the reefer sector.

Apart from technology, Debaillie signaled other changes in the logistics process. “The logistical lines are as short as possible with less logistical partners.” Moreover, retail distributions centres are changing their policies towards keeping products in stock. “There is less stock in the DC’s, (so they are) asking for shorter lead times and making the supplier more logistical providers than traders,” Debaillie said.

Shipping industry positive

It was not only the producers buoyed about good prospects at the Cool Logistics conference, the shipping industry had positive news to share, as well. “We are not so desperate,” said Alexis Michel, vice president of Group Logistics and Reefer at CMA CGM. “The shipping industry is one of the fastest growing industries with good growth predictions.” Behind this optimism is the fact that the worldwide economy is still growing and the US and Chinese markets are still strong. Michel expects the main market will continue to go west and shared that bigger vessels are becoming the standard.

This observations caused Nigel Jenney, CEO of the Fresh Produce Consortium, to call for teamwork to help get produce out of containers as soon as possible because unloading takes longer with larger vessels and reduces shelf life. “It is important to work together and know what is inside the container,” Jenney said.

Drewry Supply Chain Advisors director Philip Damas highlighted the speed and efficiency in reefer maritime supply chains. Slow steaming and transshipment services have lengthened transit times for reefer containers. Specialised reefer ships remain faster. Although leaving room for improvement, the schedule reliability of containers has improved to about 70% on most routes. Damas added that for reefer ships there are no figures but the reliability is most likely to be higher. Both speed and reliability do not appear to be the key focal points in the logistical process as containerisation continues its march. Drewry expects containerisation to rise to 82% by 2018.


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