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

Thorsten Diephaus


Vice President, Strategic Alliances

As Xeneta’s VP of Strategic Alliances, Thorsten Diephaus is building a mutually beneficial partner ecosystem that brings ocean & air freight transparency to a wider network. This includes Data Partnerships wherein partners integrate Xeneta data into their offerings or vice versa. This integration can evolve into the development of new products — bringing outdated procurement processes into the 21st century.

Prior to joining Xeneta in 2017, Thorsten spent over a decade optimizing the procurement processes at various global logistics service providers. He holds a degree in industrial engineering.

Sessions With Thorsten Diephaus

Thursday, 23 February

  • 02:00pm - 02:30pm (PST) / 23/feb/2023 10:00 pm - 23/feb/2023 10:30 pm

    Ocean Procurement: Can Tech Help Smooth a Naturally Bumpy Industry?

    The act of buying ocean capacity seems ideally suited to technology. With thousands of suppliers in the market — vessel operators and NVOs that resell capacity — and thousands of port pair configurations to manage, procurement is the ideal puzzle to throw at optimization software. And yet most logistics teams still talk about spreadsheets and rate sheets, and PDFs and email strings when it comes to buying space. Additionally, procurement teams still view buying contracted ocean capacity as an annual process, to be managed periodically when rates spike or drop. Wild swings in rates during the pandemic may have changed the picture permanently, pricing some shippers out of the market and highlighting the differences between the procurement haves and have-nots. As ocean rates drop to something approaching their historic norm, three technology providers catering to shippers will discuss how technology can help manage what appears to be an era of turbocharged volatility.