October 29 - 30, 2018
Las Vegas, NV

Monday, October 29, 2018

 

 

 
7:00 AM — 5:00 PM
 

Registration

 
 

 


 
7:30 — 8:30 AM
 

 Networking Breakfast

 
 

 
8:30 — 8:45 AM
 

Welcome Remarks

 
Chris Brooks
Executive Editor,
The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events,
Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

 
8:45 — 9:30 AM
 

The JOC’s Roadmap for How Technology Will Reshape Logistics

The technologies that will change the future of logistics have, by and large, already deeply impacted a range of other commercial industries, including finance, advertising, insurance, and even manufacturing. But how will blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, the Internet of Things, and other concepts reshape how logistics is conducted? It’s a big question, dependent on a multitude of variables: the cost of the technologies, industry reluctance to change, and a perception that some of these concepts aren’t ready for prime time. So what can the logistics industry learn from the adoption of these technologies in other industries? What might that adoption curve look like?

 
— Introduction by —
Chris Brooks
Executive Editor,
The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events,
Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit
 
— Featured Speaker —
Eric Johnson
Senior Editor,
Technology, JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

 
9:30 — 10:00 AM
 

Blockchain 101:
An Analysis of What It Is and Isnt

If you don’t know what blockchain is, you’re not alone. Most logistics practitioners are too busy moving freight to take the time required to understand this mercurial technology that — if the buzz is any indication — soon will take the industry by storm. This session will provide attendees with a foundational understanding of blockchain technology, analyzing its potential benefits and the factors that might inhibit its adoption.

   

 
10:00 — 10:30 AM
 

 Networking Break

   

 
10:30 — 11:30 AM
 

Global TMS and Visibility:
The Table Stakes for International Shippers

A decade ago, the ability to plan, procure, execute and track container shipments was often on the wishlist for beneficial cargo owners. Now it’s an integral part of almost every big shipper’s toolbox. While shippers grapple with an onslaught of buzzworthy tech terms, the reality is that the blocking and tackling of international logistics today is still incredibly difficult to manage, and most companies have turned to self-managed systems or their 3PLs to manage these integral processes. But where do we go from here? How are software providers, logistics service providers, and BCOs themselves innovating to keep up? This session will delve into these questions and more.

 
— Panelists —
Guy Courtin
Vice President,
Industry and Solution Strategy,
Fashion and Retail,
Infor

 

Jett McCandless
Founder and CEO,
project44

 

Jack Oney
CEO,
Oney Consulting

 

Mike Powell
Chief Technology Officer,
SEKO Logistics

 
11:30 AM — 12:30 PM
 

The Fate of the Forwarder in the Digital World

Everyone wants to know if the forwarder is going to be doomed by technology. But there are hundreds of thousands of forwarders around the world, and a small fraction of freight is transacted completely digitally today. So the real question is, what will the forwarding community look like once the industry has embraced a more digital, automated future. And what does that mean to BCOs?

 
— Session Chair —
Cathy Roberson
Founder and Head Analyst,
Logistics Trends & Insights

 

— Panelists —
Angela Czajkowski
Director,
Supply Chain, Shapiro

 

Zvi Schreiber
CEO,
Freightos

 

Fauad Shariff
Co-Founder and CEO,
CoLoadX

 
12:30 — 1:30 PM
 

 Networking Lunch

 
 

 1:30 — 2:15 PM
 

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

 
 
         
 

 

 

Blockchain's Impact:
Shipment Documentation

A host of purported use cases for blockchain technology exist in logistics, but one of the ideas to quickly gain commercial traction is putting the creation and submission of bills of lading on a blockchain. Shipping lines, including Maersk Line and APL, have been building applications to tackle this use case as part of larger consortiums that include shippers, ports, and blockchain development providers. Those solutions are currently in a phase somewhere between “beta” and “ready for primetime” in terms of their commercial viability. This use case session will examine another provider’s attempt to use blockchain technology to move paper-based bills of lading to an electronic environment through a blockchain solution. The targeted advantages of such an approach are reduced costs of physically moving paper documentation around the world, while increasing data accuracy. Global freight forwarder and non-vessel-operating common carrier BDP International will talk about what this solution means to their business and that of their shipper customers alongside the solution provider CargoX.

 
— Panelist —
Stefan Kukman
CEO,
CargoX

 

Andrew McLoone
Director,
Operations,
BDP International
   

 
 

 

 

Global Trade Management:
Effectively Managing Logistics and Trade Compliance

 
— Panelist —
Julie Gibbs
Director,
BPE Global

 2:15 — 3:00 PM
 

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

 
 
         
 

 

 

Is the Timing Right for Blockchain Adoption?

The hype around blockchain technology might have outpaced actual products in the market and the market’s readiness for adoption of such systems. This session will explore when the global logistics market might be ready for blockchain, where it’s best applied and what it will take to drive critical mass. Included in those considerations is the identification of processes that aren’t suitable for blockchain and market niches where adoption is less likely to occur, so solutions providers can focus their energies on products that will move the needle. Panelists will share their experiences of developing potentially transformative solutions, including blockchain, to the market, and why those efforts succeeded or not. The discussion also will drill into whether so-called permissioned or permissionless blockchains will eventually be the norm in logistics, and the value of permissioned blockchains.

 
— Panelists —
Chris Kirchner
Founder and CEO,
Slync

 

John Monarch
CEO,
ShipChain

 

Colin Taylor
Founder and Principal,
Cleaca Consulting
   

 
 

 

 

Automating the Freight Procurement Process

   

 
3:00 — 3:30 PM
 

 Networking Break

   

 
3:30 — 4:15 PM
 

Cybersecurity:
Analyzing the Risks to Liner Shipping

On June 27, 2017, the shipping world received a rude shock of how vulnerable it is to weaknesses in cybersecurity when Maersk fell victim to the so-called NotPetra ransomware attack that crippled its network. It took months for Maersk to recover, and millions of dollars. The attack, of which Maersk was one of thousands of victims, caused the shutdown of several Maersk-owned marine terminals, booking functionality and back-end systems, and required the world’s largest container carrier to temporarily revert to the days of manual operations. It possibly cost the carrier 400,000 TEU worth of business, according to analyst Lars Jensen, and the cost to its bottom line, as the company revealed in November, was $250 million to 300 million. The attack also brought to life the latest and possibly least predictable risk to container supply chains. A shipper can pull cargo from a financially weak carrier and avoid ports vulnerable to longshore labor action, but how can shippers protect their supply chains from the risk of cyberattack when they’re perpetrated by shadowy, possibly state-sponsored actors who evolve their methods faster than defenses can keep up with them? In this session, we'll take a close look at this question, bringing in cybersecurity experts to help us better understand the nature of the risk, the likelihood and severity of possible future attacks, and most importantly what shippers can do to mitigate the risk.

   

 
4:15 — 5:00 PM
 

One-on-One:
A Fireside Chat With James Swanston, CEO of Voyage Control

A thought-provoking discussion with the CEO of a technology provider aiming to bring better efficiency and visibility to container ports. James Swanston will discuss not only his work in applying technology to container freight movement, but also his experiences getting other industries, including the construction and events businesses, to adapt culturally and technologically to new ways of thinking, and applying those lessons to the logistics industry. Swanston also will discuss his military background and how that’s made him think about ways to better plan container movement through process and technology.

 
— Session Chair —
Eric Johnson
Senior Editor,
Technology, JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

 

— Featured Speaker —
James Swanston
Director,
CEO, Voyage Control

 
5:00 — 6:30 PM
 

 Networking Reception

 
 

 

 

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