Monday, 02 March 2020

9:00 AM — 6:00 PM

Registration

Location: Hyatt Regency Long Beach, Lobby

9:00 AM — 6:00 PM

Registration

Location: Hyatt Regency Long Beach, Lobby

10:00 AM — 5:30 PM

Exhibits Open

Location: Seaside Lobby

1:00 — 2:15 PM

Networking Lunch

Location: S-1 & S-7

2:15 — 2:30 PM

Welcome Remarks

Location: Seaside Ballroom

Eric Johnson

Senior Editor, Technology,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

2:30 — 3:15 PM

Keynote Address

Location: Seaside Ballroom

Speaker Introduction

Eric Johnson

Senior Editor, Technology,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,

IHS Markit

Keynote Speaker

Michael Farlekas

President &
Chief Executive Officer,
E2open

No single technology provider in container shipping has had a more impactful 18-month run than E2open, the supply chain management software company that acquired two of the most widely recognized names in shipping technology: INTTRA and Amber Road. Those two acquisitions transformed E2open from a commonly using planning platform for manufacturers to one that has an indelible reach into the logistics operations of shippers, ocean carriers, and global freight forwarders. The leader behind those acquisitions, CEO Michael Farlekas, believes the acquisitions position E2open to serve large global BCOs who want a single suite of tools to manage their shipments from purchase order to delivery. “It’s about convergence, a company not thinking of these things as isolated events but as parts of the same process,” Farlekas told JOC.com last July. “It talks to the challenges large enterprises face in terms of IT infrastructure with end-to-end supply chains.” In the kickoff discussion at El Dorado, Farlekas will discuss how E2open is navigating the intersection of entrenched software platforms, such as his, and startup technology providers aiming to wrest market share and attention from those established companies. He’ll also give his view of what global BCOs want from their technology providers, what specific pain points they struggle with, and where technology can bridge those gaps. 

3:15 — 3:45 PM

One-on-One:
A Discussion With Flexport CTO James Chen

Location: Seaside Ballroom

Bay Area-based forwarder Flexport has a knack for keeping itself in the news, whether through its massive venture capital funding rounds, publicity around its product developments and acquisitions, or industry skepticism of its current and eventual impact. One of the more interesting developments, which largely flew under the radar in the container shipping industry, was the July 2019 hiring of James Chen as the company’s new CTO. Chen, whose experience includes stints at Amazon and Rakuten, is viewed as somewhat of a star in the Silicon Valley technology engineering community. In a no-holds-barred, one-on-one discussion with JOC Senior Technology Editor Eric Johnson, Chen will address what he views as Flexport’s position in a fragmented and competitive forwarding market; industry naysayers about the Flexport approach: how technology truly differentiates in global forwarding; the relative merits of VC-backed business models versus traditional self-financed, private equity-backed or publicly traded 3PLs; and much more.

Session Chair

Eric Johnson

Senior Editor, Technology,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Featured Speaker

James Chen

Chief Technology Officer,
Flexport

3:45 — 4:15 PM

Networking Break

Location: Seaside Pre-Function

4:15 — 5:00 PM

The Empire Strikes Back

Location: Seaside Ballroom

Startup technology providers, whether neutral providers or tech-enabled 3PLs, tend to suck up a lot of the oxygen in the room when it comes to garnering attention around logistics innovation. That leaves established service providers, both asset- and non-asset-based, in a precarious position: They let those startups appear to be the sole parties driving innovation, or react in a manner that can appear defensive. But the reality is that large container lines and 3PLs have innate advantages they are starting to leverage: vast global networks of experts and salespeople; entrenched customer bases of large BCOs; and access to capital based on a long history of performance and revenue. The question now is whether those incumbents will maintain the momentum of their core business operations while positioning themselves as innovators in their own rights. In this session, executives from Kuehne + Nagel and a leading ocean carrier will discuss how technology — both internally developed and third-party solutions — is factoring into their relationships with customers. That includes determining where automation is possible and where it’s not. It’s also about determining where a customer requires an easy-to-use online interface and where traditional engagement is the preference.

Session Chair

Eric Johnson

Senior Editor, Technology,
JOC, Maritime & Trade,
IHS Markit

Panelist

Markus Johannsen

Senior Vice President,
Global Seafreight,
Kuehne + Nagel

Panelist

Hans Schäfer

Managing Director, Global Markets/Global Sales,

Hapag-Lloyd AG

5:00 — 5:30 PM

The Bots Are Coming:
How RPA Might Change the Face of Logistics

Location: Seaside Ballroom

Concepts such as blockchain and artificial intelligence have received most of the logistics industry’s attention the past two years as technologies that will transform core processes. But, in reality, there’s another development likely to make a much bigger impact on containerized supply chains in the immediate future: robotic process automation, or RPA. This revolves around using programs to accomplish rote and repetitive tasks that humans generally undertake. The idea is to free people up to make decisions more attuned to their strengths: problem solving, customer relations, and strategic thinking, rather than data entry, or other monotonous processes. Two technology providers in the field of RPA (and another emerging field, natural language processing) will explain how process automation creates cost efficiencies for shippers and service providers, and how it provides the backbone for future use of artificial intelligence.

Session Chair

Sarah Barnes-Humphrey

Host of "Let's Talk Supply Chain," and CEO, 
Shipz

Panelist

Jenna Brown

Co-Founder & CEO,
Shipamax

Panelist

Chris Kirchner

Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO,
Slync.io

Panelist

Matt Motsick

CEO,
RPA Labs

5:30 — 7:30 PM

Welcome Reception

Location: Hyatt Regency Long Beach, Regency Ballroom

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