Global Supply Chain Week

Published on 2/20/2021 9:40:04 PM

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FEB.22-MAR.3.2021 // VIRTUAL EVENT

Even with a global pandemic, supply chains of the future will be increasingly global in nature. During this full week of supply chain insights, you’ll hear from different sectors of the supply chain universe: automotive; food and perishables; retail; manufacturing; consumer packaged goods; and much more. Expect to hear about the most important trends affecting every mode of transportation, from first- to last-mile and everything in between. Additionally, FreightWaves will get you up to speed with all of the important developments in trade relations that can open up opportunities for your organization in the future. We no longer live in the world of isolated supply chains. Disruptions in one corner of the world can impact your operations at home. With the turbulence of 2020 behind us (hopefully), Global Supply Chain Week will examine where the dust has settled and share lessons on reacting to the enormous disruptions of the previous year. We’re covering all the bases in eight straight days of supply chain  focus. 

EIGHT DAYS. WORLDWIDE IMPACT.

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Military/Aerospace & Manufacturing

Day 1 of the Global Supply Chain Week will dive into the defense and military supply chains that keep us safe. After all, many of the logistics practices used today were pioneered by the U.S. military. It operates globally, its bases are far-flung, and its supply chains must be protected and function smoothly 24/7. Logistics providers and companies working with the U.S. military won’t want to miss this impactful day so they can better serve the needs of our armed forces. We’ll examine the inputs and coordination needed to keep the defense sector producing the materials essential to maintaining a strong military. 

Additionally, with recent technology improvements and market swings, Day 1 of Global Supply Chain Week will cover the latest trends and best strategies for success in global manufacturing. How can organizations become more agile in an increasingly complex world? Lean supply chains are crucial to successful manufacturing strategies.


Retail & Building/Construction

Tag in for Day 2 when attention turns to the growing complexities and demands of retail supply, building and construction supply chains. Consumer expectations are rapidly changing and retail businesses are having to reevaluate age-old practices to keep up with e-commerce. From warehousing to navigating the turbulent waters of exporting and importing, expect to hear from big-name organizations and the next generation of innovative retail strategies. 
In addition, the unique qualities of the construction sector are up for discussion on Day 4. Unlike other sectors, virtually every finished product in the construction industry is different from the last. This creates unique challenges for supply chains. From design to procurement to suppliers and contracts, expect to hear discussions around managing the execution of these chains from start to finish.

Food/Perishables, CPG

From sourcing through consumption, food and CPG supply chains were pivotal to keeping the world sane in 2020. Without the strength of these vital sectors, the stress and anxiety that so many people experienced would have been exponentially worse. Getting food to the places that need it most, whether in the developed or developing world, requires intense coordination and forward planning. This day will cover agriculture, restaurants, perishables and more! Produce transportation has never looked so good!

Automotive

Automotive supply chains, just like other supply chains, have seen significant disruptions throughout the entire network over the past year. COVID-19 halted production for weeks. Suppliers and OEMs experienced labor shortages as outbreaks wreaked havoc. However, the industry’s recovery process has been well underway as suppliers play catch-up on orders. Tune in today as we dive deeper into the issues that are driving the auto industry, including cross-border trade, the push toward electrification, and Asian suppliers’ role in trans-Pacific volatility.

Energy, Chemicals & Mining

From oil and gas to everything hazmat and underground, the fifth day of the Global Supply Chain Week will dive into the raw materials and energy industries. After a year that saw the price of a barrel of oil dip into negative territory, what can transportation professionals and others expect from the turbulent energy sector? The ripple effects caused by drastic market changes in oil and gas can be felt throughout the economy and especially in transportation and supply chains. What can we expect from demand for new pipelines and drilling equipment? Don’t miss out on this impactful day during the Global Supply Chain Week.

Global Maritime Logistics

Week two is certain to let it all out. We’re diving into everything maritime, geopolitics, air cargo and container shipping. Getting goods from point A to point B when there are customs and international regulatory hurdles is an ever-evolving challenge. Expect to hear conversations on global logistics, importing/exporting, trade relations, sustainability, containerized trade, ports and, of course, the technology propelling all of these topics forward.
In addition, we’ll introduce influential speakers from outside the world of freight. Attendees will hear from leaders who have a history of shaking things up and who can bring experience and insights unique to their lives. These are keynotes that you simply do not want to miss. Hop on the bus and ride along with the future of global supply chains!

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