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Cool Logistics Global 2020 to go ahead as a live virtual event

Cool Logistics Global 2020 to go ahead as a live virtual event

After much consideration and in consultation with key stakeholders, the 12th Cool Logistics Global conference will now run as a full feature live virtual event from 13-15 October 2020. The planned in-person event due to take place aboard the SS Rotterdam, Netherlands is now postponed until spring 2021 with preliminary dates of 18 – 19 May 2021.

Rachael White, Cool Logistics Director, said, “Nothing beats the power of a face to face meeting. Under current circumstances, however, with limits on the number of people allowed to physically gather, plus corporate travel bans, we would not be able to deliver the onsite, in-person global event experience to the standards that the Cool Logistics community rightly expects.  We are also committed to delivering carbon-neutral events and that simply would not be possible with the procedures needed to safely host an onsite conference and exhibition.” 

 “With the decision taken to now hold a live virtual event, we are able to deliver the same high-quality and insightful debate, discussion and networking in a safe manner to our attendees wherever they are in the world, without the worry of international travel. Our theme for this year is ‘Redesigning the Cold Chain: Imagine, Transform and Rebuild’ and as always we are pleased to host sessions from the industry leaders and thinkers who are active in the global cold supply chain. With the support of our host Port of Rotterdam, together with key sponsors and supporters including Fruit Logistica, AgroMerchants Group, Kuehne + Nagel,  Emerson, Mundo Maritimo and World Cargo News, we look forward to serving the Cool Logistics global perishables trade community and indeed reaching new audiences in the virtual world,” she continued.

 Now in its 12th year, Cool Logistics Global conference is the leading event for logistics, shipping and supply chain professionals focusing on perishable cargoes. This year’s event is hosted by the Port of Rotterdam and with over 20 speakers already confirmed, attendees can expect a broad agenda encompassing all aspects of the cold supply chain, set against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. “COVID-19 has severely tested the resilience of the supply chain and demonstrated that logistics really matters and now more than ever, the international cold chain community needs to connect, communicate and collaborate. Our 2020 live virtual event will provide the opportunity to welcome back both our established Cool Logistics Global community but to also welcome new colleagues to join our discussions”, concluded Rachael White.

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Cool Logistics Global 12th conference: 13 – 15 October 2020

Cool Logistics Global 12th conference: 13 - 15 October 2020

The 12th Cool Logistics Global conference will be held both physically and online and is now open for bookings with limited availability until June 12th on special offer tickets. The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a very public spotlight on the importance of world supply chains, logistics and freight transport. Not surprisingly, food and medical supply chains have received the most attention. Now more than ever the international cold supply chain community needs to connect, communicate and collaborate, with some big questions to debate and discuss, such as:

  • What lessons can we collectively learn from this crisis?

  • Do we need to rethink industry working fundamentals?

  • What role will digitalisation, automation and other technology innovation play in the future?

  • How do we improve global cold supply chain resilience against future shocks to the system?

Ports across the world are very much open for business and our event host, Port of Rotterdam, is busy keeping vital perishable- and other cargoes moving.  As lockdown measures ease across Europe, we are looking forward to meeting our colleagues in October in Rotterdam:  the Dutch government has now announced that from September 1st, meetings with up to 200 people in person can take place with appropriate distancing measures, so Cool Logistics Global is very much open for business and our team is planning our event.

Nothing beats the power of a face-to-face Cool Logistics Global event, but not everyone who wants to attend in person may be able to do so. In 2020 we will host a virtual Cool Logistics Global at the same time as the physical event. 

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Omnia Management takes innovation prize

Omnia Management takes innovation prize


Omnia Management is the winner of the 1st Cool Logistics ‘Innovation in Perishable Logistics’ Award at the 11th Cool Logistics Global Conference in Valencia.  The winner of the award was selected by an international panel of stakeholders with an interest in furthering perishable supply chain excellence. Omnia Management was recognized for its contribution and adding value to the cold supply chain.  

Omnia Management has set the standard for innovation in the cold supply chain “It was a great honour to receive the award at Cool Logistics Valencia.  True recognition of my Shortest Route to Market using innovation to remove outer packaging in the Logistic supply chain” said Clive Lawrance, Omnia Management.

Omnia Management implemented a packaging project in three countries, working with growers and major retail importers.  Polarthermal covers were used to maintain fresh produce temperature integrity throughout the supply chain instead of typical packagings such as cardboard, plastic or polystyrene. This reduced wastage at the point of destination. Straight-line temperatures were maintained throughout the journey of the fresh produce together with significant cost reductions in packaging and waste disposal.  Reducing waste packaging waste is an issue of global interest, and in this case, the waste packaging reductions were achieved in the air freight cold chain. Packaging, reducing waste and the use of plastic packaging have been major themes through Cool Logistic Global 2019 so the judging panel was delighted to recognize and acknowledge the importance of Omnia Management’s initiative

Honest Branch was highly commended for its contribution to the cold supply chain. “Connecting every farmer across Africa with buyers in Europe is a massive undertaking. Winning this award delivers a huge boost to our company and its profile, as well as instantly providing new, invaluable connections across the industry. Additionally, it illustrates the understanding Cool Logistics has of the positive impact on the lives of people across Africa our platform will have.” said N Russell Tomlin, MD at Honest Branch. 

Honest Branch developed a mobile-friendly platform that allows European buyers of tropical fruit to source their supplies in a single place.  Working with local cooperative farmers across the entire logistical process from sourcing fruit to assisting with exports, Honest Branch’s initiative allows African farmers to access European fresh produce markets with their surplus produce, helping to boost African fresh produce exports.

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Maersk buys 14,800 ‘smart’ reefer containers

Boasting the world’s largest reefer fleet, with more than 270,000 containers, Maersk Line said the expansion of its reefer fleet aims to cater to its future growth in the reefer segment.

Maersk Line has ordered 14,800 new reefer containers this year, all of which feature built-in Remote Container Management (RCM) technology – a key component of its plan to offer enhanced supply chain visibility next year.

In a press release, Maersk Line said combined with the 30,000 reefers acquired in 2015, this will drive the average age of its reefer container fleet down to 7.9 years – well below the industry average of 12 years.

Boasting the world’s largest reefer fleet, with more than 270,000 containers, Maersk Line said the expansion of its reefer fleet aims to cater to its future growth in the reefer segment.

It is also part of the line’s investment in the latest technology in supply chain visibility and cargo care in order to enhance transparency and care for its customers’ perishable products, said Maersk Line’s head of reefer management Shereen Zarkani.

RCM technology turns each reefer into a digitally connected device. Speaking to the industry at Cool Logistics in Bremen, Germany, Zarkani said Maersk went live with the technology last year and plans to give customers access to this technology in 2017.

“Reefer visibility only makes sense if applied to the entire fleet…so with more than 270.000 reefers in operation it has been a massive undertaking to get to where we are today.

“Since we launched RCM in 2015 we matured our internal processes and gained operational experience in handling the data. We have now entered the next stage and will be ready to offer this enhanced data visibility to our customers in the coming year,” she said.

Maersk said key milestones it plans to reach before next year’s launch include a customer facing IT-platform and customer pilots.




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2nd Cool Logistics Asia conference takes place September 7

In September, the 2nd edition of Cool Logistics Asia will revisit perishable trade and cold chain developments in China and assess how the slowing down of one of the world’s leading food markets is affecting perishable trade patterns across the region.

Conveniently co-located with the Asia Fruit Logistica 2016 Exhibition, the 2nd edition of Cool Logistics Asia will revisit perishable trade and cold chain developments in China and assess how the slowing down of one of the world’s leading food markets is affecting perishable trade patterns across the region.

How Southeast Asian markets will react and how external factors will affect demand for fruit and vegetable handling, transport and logistics services are among issues to be addressed at the event, being held in Hong Kong on September 7.

Investment prospects for Asia’s temperature-controlled transport and distribution, port infrastructure access and how to improve liner shipping reliability across the region will also be among key topics.

Cool Logistics Asia is designed as a regional event to complement Cool Logistics Global in Europe and other regional events such as Cool Logistics Africa and Cool Logistics Americas. The Cool Logistics Conferences have become an internationally recognised platform for connecting perishable logistics and cold chain experts with producers and shippers of commodities that require temperature control.

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