Straightline Aviation, World Food Logistics and Bonita Europe are the three latest companies to develop their visions for a bright new logistics reality at Cool Logistics Global
“Short-term food price volatility across the board is the most likely outcome. Existing trading relations are likely to become less comfortable, ” says Alex von Stempel, Managing Director of Cool Logistics Resources, adding, “Cool Logistics Global will provide a platform to re-assess the changes set to dominate the discussion.”
Striking a note of hope, Clive Lawrance, General Manager of World Food Logistics, is seeking to put matters into context: “The global food supply is changing for a number of reasons. The decision by the British people to exit from the EU is one element.”
A need to drive to reduce cost and improve efficiencies for the import and export of food products is now high on the agenda at Cool Logistics Global according to Lawrance, who will talk about e-commerce and the distribution revolution at the conference which takes place on 27-28 Septemberin Bremen, Germany.
With uncertainty on currencies, producers need to continue to trade but with reduced cost and greater control and efficiency.
E-commerce will be a major tool to achieve this requirement by assisting in providing a real time environment from source to shelf, giving the producer the ability to manage the logistics food supply chain more efficiently.
“E-commerce will help to reduce wastage and support demand from an ever increasing population that will result in food producers having to produce more from less in order to feed the world, ” Lawrence adds. “Creating an integrated supply chain in food similar to general parcel carrier’s integrators is a new aspect of the food supply chain.”
Joining him in the session ‘From ship to shop’ on the second day of the conference will be Mark
Dorey, Chief Operating Officer at Straightline Aviation who will present an innovative airship concept offering a unique freight solution to regions of the world not well served by traditional forms of transport, “Capable of landing and taking off from unprepared ground, including desert, ice, snow and even water, the new hybrid aircraft system is cheaper and more environmentally friendly to operate, as well as making huge savings on infrastructure costs.”
Critically, the hybrid can be configured to carry standard climate controlled containers delivering fresh produce anywhere in the world.
“90 percent of world trade is conducted by sea”, states von Stempel. “It would be foolish to ignore the contribution that shipping continues to make, ” he argues.
Kevin Bragg, Managing Director of Bonita Europe, a banana company, will take part in a panel about shipping and the cold chain addressing issues relating to supply chain reliability and cold chain investments. Bonita Europe manages the shipping and land logistics to supply the largest and most diverse markets in the Bonita global system.
Preparing for change in the world of cold stores, Julie Hanson, Director of the European Division of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) will provide a vision of what the cold store of the future will look like.
Torn between new e-commerce-driven distribution models and traditional food import demands cold store technology is not only having to develop new energy and operational efficiency savings, it may even have to look at entirely new platforms combining drone technologies with more traditional forms of transport.
Supported by a growing number of sponsors, displaying the latest developments in reefer container monitoring, telematics and CA boxes, the 8th Cool Logistics Global conference promises to offer an exciting vista of the latest developments in technology, temperature-controlled transport and services for international perishable supply chains set against the historical backdrop of the iconic Park Hotel in Bremen.