Ten conferences for supply chain management
Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference
19th-20th September 2016 – London, UK
The Gartner Supply Chain Conference is designed for supply chain, logistics and procurement executives. Topics of discussion at the conference include the impact of Brexit, talent management, cost reduction, analytics and supply chain planning. Guest speakers include Neil Humphrey, Senior Vice President at Supply Chain Europe; Karthik Rajaram, Global Supply Chain Transformation and Company Program Director for Schneider Electric, and Frank Vetter, Director of Global Sourcing.
CSCMP’s Annual Conference
25th – 28th September 2016, Kissimmee, Florida
CSCMP’s conference is a way for companies and businesses to learn from industry experts, hear speakers and network with influential supply chain leaders. Guest speakers include Seth Bodnar, Chief Digital Officer at GE Transportation; Mark Schulman, renowned drummer and motivational speaker and Captain Scott Kelly, U.S Astronaut and retired U.S Navy Captain. 74 percent of those who attend are director level and above and attending companies include 7- Eleven, Nexus, Givens Logistics, Harper College and Caterpillar Inc.
24th - 25th October 2016, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The NLPA conference brings together leading procurement practitioners and technology leaders. The conference includes guest speakers giving insights into issues and challenges, workshops on the latest strategies, networking opportunities and advice to use in the office.
Sustainable Supply Chain Summit Europe
20th – 21st October 2016, London, UK
The Supply Chain Summit is aimed at supply chain, procurement and sustainability professionals. The key issues addressed will be the value of having a responsible supply chain as a competitive advantage, the leverage a responsible supply chain has on the bottom line and understanding the full impact a supply chain can have on a business. Guest speakers include, Filippo Bettini, Chief Sustainability and Risk Governance Officer at Pirelli; Erik Nooteboom, Acting Director of Investment and Company reporting at European Commission and Christine Diamente, Head of Brand Strategy at Nokia.
Supply Chain Risk Management Forum
12th- 13th September 2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands
BIS group is hosting a supply chain forum with the senior executives and industry leaders of the supply chain industry. The event is to disclose how to identify and assess risks in the supply chain and how to use tools to capture the necessary data. Vice Presidents, Directors and Managers in supply chain management will share knowledge and ideas through case studies, discussions and workshops. The event will ensure extensive networking and business opportunities.
4th Edition Third Party Vendor Risk Management for Financial Institutions
12th – 14th September 2016, San Francisco, California
The Third Party Vendor Conference is hosted by GFMI and demonstrates practical ways to optimise and improve your third party risk strategies and minimise risk exposures. Key topics include: First Republic Bank explains effective creation of a third party risk programme; Capital One evaluate strategies to reduce fourth party risk and Prospect Mortgage demonstrates an automated workflow to manage third party risk. Companies who have previously attended include: Bank of America, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley and TD Bank Group.
4th Annual Global Supply Chain Excellence Summit
15th – 16th September 2016, Los Angeles, California
The annual supply chain summit is an opportunity for industry executives to share insight into how they have navigated the supply chain industry in a rapidly changing environment. There will be presentations and discussions from various industry leaders with the opportunity to ask questions. The main goal of the event is to provide a broad network of supply chain influencers and leaders, with over 400 attending the event each year.
14th Cold Chain GDP & Temperature Management Logistics Global Forum
26th – 30th September 2016, Boston, Massachusetts
Cold Chain GDP logistics forum is the world’s largest event for temperature controlled life science supply chains. Over 850 people will be attending, with over 100 guest speakers, including: Lisa Baker, Supply Chain Director, Amgen; Scott Cornwell, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Dispensary of Hope and Luis Reveiz, Head of Security, Novartis. The event is an opportunity to tackle specific logistical challenges, standardise data monitoring and discover cost reduction strategies.
Consumer Returns 2016
26th – 28th September 2016, Nashville, Tennessee
Consumer Returns is an event dedicated to reverse logistics and returns management professionals, looking to reduce costs. The event will be based around manufacturer – retailer partnerships, identifying and preventing return fraud and ensuring brand integrity. Guest speakers include: Steve Freemerman, Global Logistics Manager, GoPro; Julie Ryan, Returns and Remarketing Manager, HP Inc and Amy Augustine, Manager Reverse Logistics, US Cellular.
Annual Sales & Operations Planning summit
29th – 30th September 2016, Prague, Czech Republic
The event is a gathering of senior level executives working in sales and operations planning to provide a platform discussing business challenges in the modern environment and changing technology. Guest speakers include: Jesper Waaben, Senior Principle CSM, Centre of Excellence SAP; Marcel Frielinck, VP Supplies Planning, Xerox and Jan Steenberg, Tata Consultancy, Associate Director – Supply Chain Centre.
Top 10 air freight carriers
10. Cargolux Group
The Luxembourgish freight carrier Cargolux Group (comprised of Cargolux Airlines and Cargolux Italia, established in 2008) remained in the number 10 spot, with a total reported FTK (Freight Tonne Kilometer) equaling 7.45 bn, which represents a 7.7% expansion year-over-year. The carrier group currently operates a fleet of 30 aircraft (26 through Cargolux Airlines and an addition four through Cargolux Italia), primarily variants of the Boeing 747.
9. Korean Air
Headquartered in Seoul, Korean Air provides cargo and passenger services to over 100 destinations in 44 countries. The carrier fell from eighth place in the previous year’s rankings, with a total FTK of 7.66 bn, representing a 7.1% decrease year-over-year. Korean Air reported a net revenue of $10.7bn in 2017, also reporting a return to profitability for the first time in five years, according to Forbes.
8. Air France-KLM
The Air France-KLM freight carrier group was founded in 1947. The group is comprised of Air France, KLM, and Martinair, and is based in Paris, France. Falling from seventh place in the Freight 50 rankings, the carrier reported a total FTK of 8.13 bn, which represents a 9.2% decrease in traffic year-over-year. The group reported a net revenue of $29.08bn at the end of 2017 and is ranked #28 on Forbes Magazine’s list of Best Employers.
7. Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways, the nationally owned airline of the Kingdom of Qatar is based in Doha, and ascended two places in the Freight 50 rankings, with a total FTK of 9.22 bn, representing a 19.6% increase in comparison to the previous financial year. The carrier’s Cargo division recently launched facilities at its hub in Doha to provide a “Seamless Cool Chain”, comprised of a “2,470 square metres Climate Control Centre situated at the airside… equipped with segregated temperature-controlled sections for storing pharmaceuticals and perishables.” This end-to-end supply chain control is expected to further improve Qatar’s standing as a leader of Middle Eastern air freight.
6. Lufthansa Group
Based in Cologne, Germany, the Lufthansa Group (comprised of Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian, and Brussels Airlines) fell from the fourth position in the Freight 50, with a combined FTK of 9.46 bn. While this represents a 1.6% increase in traffic, year-over-year, the carrier was forced down the list by drastic growth from other German freight company, DHL. According to Forbes, Lufthansa’s revenue and net profits ($41.5 bn and $2.78 bn, respectively) in 2017 are both the highest reported by the company over a ten-year period.
5. Cathay Group
The Cathay Group (composed of Cathay Pacific Airlines and Dragonair) is headquartered in Hong Kong and its Cargo division accounts for 21% of the airline’s total revenue. The company’s first dedicated cargo flight between Hong Kong, Frankfurt, and London, was established in 1981, according to the official site. Now, Cathay Pacific’s Cargo Division services over 47 destinations worldwide. The carrier fell from the fourth position on the Freight 50 ranking, as its total FTK fell by 3.6%, to 10.21 bn. According to Forbes, Cathay Pacific experienced a second year of unprofitability, although the airline’s asset portfolio reached a record high in 2017, with a net value of $24.1bn.
4. DHL Express Group
Operating as the largest European carrier group, DHL Express Group (composed of DHL Air, DHL International, Air Hong Kong, Polar Air Cargo, ABX Air, Southern Air, Aerologic, and EAT Leipzig) rose two positions in the Freight 50 rankings. The carrier reported a total FTK of 10.56 bn, which represents an increase of 15.1% year-over-year. In 2018, at the Farnborough Air Show, DHL Express announced the purchase of 14 Boeing 777s, part of a new strategy to modernise its fleet.
3. UPS Airlines
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, UPS Airlines is part of United Parcel Service, Inc. Founded in 1908, UPS is the oldest company in the Top Ten, and retained third place in the Freight 50 rankings, with a total FTK of 11.26 bn. This represents a 3.9% increase year-over-year. The Company as a whole reported a net revenue of $67.7 bn, according to Forbes, representing a continuation of a ten-year trend of continuous growth. Forbes also ranks UPS among the world’s top 100 most-innovative companies, and the world’s top 50 most-valuable brands.
2. Emirates Skycargo
The state-owned air freight carrier for the UAE, Emirates Skycargo remains in second place on the Freight 50, with a total FTK of 12.27 bn, representing a 0.4% decrease year-over-year. The carrier’s central hub in Dubai allows its 259-strong fleet to reach over 1.5 bn consumers in under eight hours. Current purchasing plans are underway for Emirates Skycargo to almost double its fleet size. According to Albawaba, “In response to increasing demand from its customers, Emirates SkyCargo introduced a range of air transport solutions specific to industry verticals including Emirates Pharma, Emirates Wheels and Emirates Fresh.” Emirates Wheels has transported close to 150 cars per month since the program’s inception.
1. FedEx Express
Founded in 1998, FedEx Express is both the youngest and largest air freight carrier worldwide, with a total FTK of 15.71 bn. Haulage decreased by 0.9% year-over-year, while revenue increased to $60.5 bn in 2016, and again to $63.8 bn in 2017, continuing an eight-year growth trend. FedEx employs 395,000 members of staff, with FedEx Express operating across twelve transport hubs globally. The carrier purchased an additional 24 Boeing 777 variants in 2018, maintaining their company’s position as the largest airline in terms of cargo haulage.