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  • February 23 – 24, 2023 | Hilton Long Beach
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Thomas Grunau

DHL Global Forwarding

Senior Vice President and Global Head of Business Strategy and Digitalization

Thomas Grunau has over 10 years of experience in digital logistics. He was appointed the Senior Vice President of Global Business Strategy & Digitalization at DHL Global Forwarding in June 2019. Under his leadership DHL Global Forwarding has developed with the customer portal myDHLi an industry-leading customer portal, that allows DGF customers to collaborate with their supplier, customers and partners and to have a 360-degree view on their shipments.

Prior to his current role, Thomas Grunau was from 2018 to 2020 the CEO of Saloodo!, the DPDHL road freight platform in Europe. Thomas Grunau has joined DPDHL from Kuehne + Nagel where he was responsible for Digitalization and Global Marketing for almost 7 years.

Sessions With Thomas Grunau

Thursday, 23 February

  • 03:30pm - 04:00pm (PST) / 23/feb/2023 11:30 pm - 24/feb/2023 12:00 am

    Real Talk About the Digital Forwarding Model

    A million words have been written about the so-called digital forwarding model over the past decade, and not all of them have been kind. Outside the logistics industry, digital forwarding has been seen as a way to progress an antiquated industry toward a more digitized future, to bring logistics in line with other industries that have embraced technology in a tangible way. Inside the industry, critics scoff at the idea that logistics providers have turned their backs on technology, as well as the idea that tech startups are developing anything they already haven’t thought of. With billions of dollars having been invested in the model — through Flexport, Forto, Nowports, and more — the question now is whether digital forwarding carves out a truly differentiated niche, or whether the well-funded digital forwarders get subsumed by a fragmented and competitive industry that has no designs on being wiped away. In this session, DHL Forwarding’s head of digitalization will query three tech-native forwarders about what is and isn’t differentiated about the model.