• TPMTech
  • February 23 – 24, 2023 | Hilton Long Beach

Farouk Gomati

Interworld Freight

Vice President

Fluent in five languages and bringing more than ten years of experience in international logistics and warehousing, Farouk’s leadership has contributed to the expansion and growth of Interworld Freight in different areas. He leads Interworld’s technology efforts, manages global partnerships and agent relationships, and has opened the company’s branches in Panama, Bahamas and the Dominican Republic.

Interworld Freight today is the largest American-owned NVOCC by containers and tonnage on the southbound trade lane. It is the sole officer of scheduled, weekly air and sea consolidations to many key Latin American markets making it a reliable and stable supply chain partner for companies in the US and around the world.

From the ages of 18 – 29, Farouk traveled the world as a professional musician, sponsored by the world’s top percussion brands and earning four Latin Grammys. Farouk’s musical career and life were nearly cut short when in 2012 he was hospitalized and spent more than three months fighting for his life and having to re-learn how to walk, speak and breathe due to a very rare syndrome. He looks back on that time as one where God brought him back stronger with the mission to inspire everyone around him with a message of faith and strength.

Sessions With Farouk Gomati

Friday, 24 February

  • 01:45pm - 02:15pm (PST) / 24/feb/2023 09:45 pm - 24/feb/2023 10:15 pm

    Caught in the Middle: What Forwarders Really Think of Technology Investment

    Being a forwarder can sometimes feel like getting trapped in a room where the walls are closing in. On one side are shippers, customers demanding more services, faster response, and better data day by day. On the other side are asset-based capacity providers, the ones holding the physical space forwarders need to serve shippers. In between, forwarders are expected to be great partners to both the supply and demand side of the industry. All the while, they’re fighting to justify their existence to shippers wanting to control more of their logistics function and fighting to keep at bay asset-based companies that see supply chain management services as higher-margin, capex-free opportunities. Amid that tension, forwarders have a huge array of technologies to consider, from the large legacy providers that still dominate the space to upstarts promising to make operations more efficient and sales opportunities more plentiful. In this session, three forwarders will discuss how they navigate these challenges, and what their technology investment choices mean to shippers and capacity providers.