Attending the best logistics and supply chain conferences can help your company learn about the industry’s best practices and stay ahead of the game. Even though each conference has its own strengths, unfortunately, it is almost impossible to attend all of the good conferences due to the limited time and budget. Moreover, it’s not always easy to decide which event is worth attending. We made for you a list of 10 best logistics and supply chain conferences happening in Europe in 2018. We tried to add the conferences that have high-quality attendees and are designed to make a real impact on your business, so that you can choose those that best fit your needs and your schedule:
1. Logistics CIO Forum EU
The Logistics CIO Summit Europe is the premier meeting place for senior IT, digital and technology leaders from the world’s biggest and most advanced LSPs. At the event the speakers and attendees discuss the changing role of technology, the evolving responsibility of the CIO, and how to adopt the latest technology to enable winning customer experiences. This year’s event focuses on Future of Logistics Through Robotics, Automation and Artificial Intelligence.
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dates: 6-7 March, 2018
Tickets information: Free for CIOs or senior IT executives at a logistics provider and €2,995 for solution providers. More information here: https://events.eft.com/cioeu/register.php
Sponsor this event: https://events.eft.com/cioeu/sponsor-info-request.php
LogiMAT, the International Trade Fair for Intralogistics Solutions and Process Management, sets new standards as the biggest annual intralogistics exhibition in Europe. This is the leading international trade fair that provides a comprehensive market overview and competent knowledge-transfer.
Between 13 and 15 March 2018 international exhibitors and decision-makers from industry, trade and the service sector will be coming together at the exhibition centre at Stuttgart Airport to find new business partners. The focus will be on innovative products, solutions and systems for procurement, warehouse, production and distribution logistics.
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Dates: 13-15 March, 2018
Tickets information: Tickets range from €0 to €42. More information here: https://www.logimat-messe.de/en/fair/tickets
Sponsor this event: https://www.logimat-messe.de/en/exhibitors/exhibition/exhibitor-service-center
3. Leaders in Logistics: Post and Parcel 2018 Europe
The continent’s foremost strategy-led post & parcel conference continues to bring together senior executives from Europe’s leading postal and logistics operators, but is evolving and growing in tandem with the industry. Topics to be explored include: dealing with disruptive new entrants; cross-border delivery; connected infrastructure; crowdshipping; the future of the branch network; regulatory change; changing customer expectations; and the outlook for letter mail.
Location: Berlin, Germany
Dates: 20-22 March, 2018
Tickets information: Tickets range from €1,195 to €2,345. More information here: https://new.marketforce.eu.com/leaders-in-logistics/events/post-parcel-europe/#tickets
Sponsor this event: https://new.marketforce.eu.com/leaders-in-logistics/sponsorship/
4. SITL Europe
SITL is the essential gathering for the transport, logistics chain and supply chain sector. SITL covers all products and services for the transport of goods and for the logistics chain. The various areas of freight expertise are represented at the event: modal transport (road, shipping, rail) and specialisms (temperature-controlled, dangerous goods, urban etc.), information systems/RFID (TMS and WMS software), supply chain management, infrastructure, real estate, transport equipment (fuels, on-board systems, tyres), etc. Jointly held with Intralogistics Europe, SITL offers a high concentration of logistics providers, and transport users from industry, trade and distribution. The event brings together industry and distribution professionals seeking innovative solutions.
The event will be held jointly with Intralogistics Europe, which covers all automated handling systems and equipment for managing and streamlining physical supply chain, production and distribution flows. This innovative event offers pragmatic content focused on the needs of industry and distribution professionals.
Location: Paris, France
Dates: 20-23 March, 2018
Tickets information: Free with an invitation code, otherwise tickets range from €61 (online) to €91 (at the event). More information here: https://badge.sitl-intralogistics.com/en/visitor.htm
Sponsor this event: http://www.sitl.eu/en/SITL-Europe/Our-partners/
5. CeMAT 2018
Industrie 4.0 meets Logistics 4.0. In April 2018, the world’s largest exhibition venue will host two top events at the same time: HANNOVER MESSE and CeMAT. This will generate unprecedented synergies between automation, digitization, energy technology, intralogistics and supply chain management.
Connected supply chain solutions are revolutionizing trade and industry. In the face of growing competition enterprises need to digitize and integrate their value chains. Under the heading “Connected Supply Chain Solutions” CeMAT 2018 will get to grips with this key trend. To this end, new and exciting formats have been created. At the Logistics Hub you can explore successful 4.0 concepts in the area of order picking, palletization and identification. The Logistics 4.0 Forum will discuss key issues such as blockchain and IT security, robots and drones, digital shadows and artificial intelligence. At the Logistics Solutions Forum you can assess the potential of digital warehouses and smart containers – for example, in connection with returns management. Finally, the CeMAT offshoot of Young Tech Enterprises will deliver fresh ideas for the start-up community.
Location: Hannover, Germany
Dates: 23-27 April, 2018
Tickets information: Tickets range from €17 to €84. More information here: http://www.cemat.de/en/register-plan/for-visitors/tickets/
6. Logistics Meets Innovation
In 2018, the 4th edition of the Logistics meets Innovation conference will take place in Brussels. It’s an annual evening conference, which provides an exclusive meeting place for the senior professionals and executives from the logistics and supply chain fields where they can learn and discuss the latest innovations and topics happening in these industries. The event gathers 50+ decision makers from the leading companies such as DHL, P&G, Amazon, DPD, Air France, McKinsey & Co., and others.
While last year the conference covered the topic of Collaboration in Logistics: From Blockchain to the Physical Internet, this year the main focus is on the practical examples of Artificial Intelligence and Automation in Supply Chain.
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Dates: To be announced
Tickets information: The conference is open to senior executives from the logistics and supply chain industry. The tickets are free, but the confirmation of the registration is required due to the limited seating capacity. More information here: http://transmetrics.eu/logistics-meets-innovation/
Sponsor this event: http://transmetrics.eu/logistics-meets-innovation/#contacts
7. POST-EXPO 2018
POST-EXPO is the leading global event for the world’s postal, parcel and express business.
The event in 2018 will provide the most significant opportunity for postal operators, courier and express companies, and fulfillment and logistics companies to debate current issues and form business relationships on a global scale. With 3,000 people attending each year from more than 100 countries, POST-EXPO is the global meeting place for the industry.
The free-to-attend POST-EXPO Exhibition is the world’s largest annual postal and parcel exhibition. With 150+ international exhibitors, it provides an excellent opportunity to get a first-hand look at new services, innovations and technology that can help transform and develop your business.
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Dates: 9-11 October, 2018
Tickets information: Free for all visitors. Register here: http://www.postexpo.com/en/register.php
Sponsor this event: For information on becoming a sponsor, contact Matthew Gunn at firstname.lastname@example.org
8. 35th International Supply Chain Conference
The 35th International Supply Chain Conference by BVL will take place in 2018 under the motto Digital meets Reality in Berlin. It is one of Europe’s leading business events for logistics and supply chain management.
Since it was first staged in 1983, the three-day conference has developed into a wide-ranging forum attracting more than 3,000 participants from all areas of logistics. It is the place where leading thinkers and movers in the logistics sector share knowledge and recommendations for action, and a forum for the discussion of current issues and future themes in the field of supply chain management.
There is no other event in Germany where “the logistics market” is as tangible as at the International Supply Chain Conference. Every year, it provides a platform in Berlin for interaction between entrepreneurs from logistics IT, transport and services, logistics properties and the manufacturing industry, scientists, politicians and journalists. The exchange of ideas drives innovations and synergies between industry, trade and logistics services.
In 2017 the event attracted more than 3,300 attendees from 40 countries, 120 speakers and over 200 exhibitors. More than 50% of the attendees are represented by the senior and top management of the companies.
Location: Berlin, Germany
Dates: October 17-19, 2018
Tickets information: To be announced, registration starts from February. In 2017, the ticket prices were the following: €1,730 for BVL-Members, €1,930 for Non-BVL-Members. Special offers for scientists and students were available on request.
Sponsor this event: Please contact Clas Vögeding at email@example.com
9. European 3PL & Supply Chain Summit
Europe’s annual meeting of the leading C-Level 3PL executives and their CSCO supply chain counterparts. Over 400 senior supply chain and logistics executives attend the event year on year, making the 3PL Summit the one event that you cannot afford to miss.
Location: Düsseldorf, Germany
Dates: October 29-31, 2018
Tickets information: Tickets range from €1,795 (early-bird, 2-day basic pass) to €3,495 (regular price, 3-day executive pass). More information here: https://events.eft.com/eu3pl/register.php
Sponsor this event: https://events.eft.com/eu3pl/sponsor-info-request.php
10. Intermodal Europe 2018
Intermodal Europe is the world-leading exhibition and conference for companies associated with the container and intermodal industries and covers all areas of container transport and logistics across road, rail and sea. The event provides an invaluable industry forum, bringing together high-quality speakers and key exhibitors. The exhibition attracts the industry’s biggest names from over 75 countries, showcasing their latest products and services. Over 6,000 people from all over the world attend the event over three days.
Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Dates: 6-8 November, 2018
Tickets information: Free for all visitors
Sponsor this event: http://www.intermodal-events.com/exhibiting/sponsorship-opportunitites
Many people still argue whether Russia is an Asian or European country since geographically the country is located in both regions. However, TransRussia/TransLogistica takes places in Moscow, so we decided to add it to our list.
TransRussia/TransLogistica is the largest exhibition of transport and logistics services and technologies in Russia and CIS. 345 companies from Russia and around the world took part in the 2017 edition. 14,745 industry professionals attended from 76 Russian regions.
The TransRussia/TransLogistica Exhibition is a unique opportunity to increase the load of your own fleet of trucks, containers, railway cars, ships and aircrafts, terminals, warehouses and port infrastructure, as well as to increase sales of integrated transport and logistics services through direct contacts with key senior professionals of freight forwarding companies and logistics departments of Russian trade companies and industrial enterprises.
Location: Moscow, Russia
Dates: 17-19 April, 2018
Tickets information: Tickets range from free (with a promo code) to about €15 at the exhibition. More information here: https://www.transrussia.ru/en-GB/visitors/E-ticket.aspx
Sponsor this event: https://www.transrussia.ru/en-GB/exhibitors/opportunities.aspx
Did we miss any other high-quality logistics and supply chain events happening in Europe in 2018? Let us know in the comments below which conferences and exhibitions you are planning to attend in 2018!