Each year thousands of logistics and supply chain professionals are attending multiple supply chain and logistics events that are not only helping them to learn about the current industry’s best practices but also giving them the insight about the trends and technologies of tomorrow. Although each event has its highlights, unfortunately, it is almost impossible to attend all of the good logistics conferences due to the tight schedules, limited time and budget. In order to save your time, we made you a list of 10 best Supply Chain and Logistics events happening in Europe in 2019.
We’ve selected the best conferences that have high-quality participants and provide you with actionable insights that make a real impact on your business based on the latest trends and technologies.
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Between 19th and 21st of February, 2019 international exhibitors and decision-makers from industry, trade and the service sector will be coming together at the Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre to find new business partners and to catch up with their current network at LogiMAT 2019. This is one of the world’s largest intralogistics trade shows, which offers a complete overview of everything driving the intralogistics industry, from production to procurement to shipping.
International exhibitors gather early in the year to showcase innovative technologies, products, systems, and solutions for streamlining operations, optimizing processes, and cutting costs in a company’s internal logistics. Last year, the trade fair was attended by over 55,000 professionals, and the organizers expect this number to grow even bigger in 2019.
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Dates: 19-21 February 2019
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
2. Logistics CIO Forum EU
The Logistics CIO Forum: Europe brings together 200 senior IT executives and industry experts from Europe’s leading logistics providers to discuss the biggest challenges and opportunities that technology disruption is creating for the logistics industry. 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.
Speakers Highlight: Markus Sontheimer, CIO/CDO, Member of the Board of Management at DB Schenker; Marcus Würker, CIO at DHL Supply Chain; Andreas Pichler, Head of Innovation at Gebrüder Weiss and others.
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dates: 5-6 March 2019
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
3. 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, onboard systems, tyres), etc. Jointly held with Intralogistics Europe and Transport Next Generation, SITL offers a high concentration of logistics providers, and transport users from industry, trade, and distribution.
The upcoming event will present an interactive area – Smart Demo by SITL, a dedicated space for demonstrating innovative solutions in real conditions which is open to all exhibitors. The “Startups” village will be located right next to it, while Intralogistics and Transport Next Generation will occupy the areas by the trade show entrance. As in 2018, when the event had a special presentation from Amazon on its logistics strategy, SITL 2019 will build the event around major players who are developing creative methods in logistics approaches.
Location: Paris, France
Dates: 26-28 March 2019
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/
4. Leaders in Logistics: Post and Parcel 2019 Europe
In its third decade, Europe’s premier strategic event for the post and parcel industry goes to Madrid in March 2019. Comprising two forums, the Innovation in Operations day and the two day Post & Parcel Europe Summit, this post and parcel conference offers the actionable insight you need to ensure continued business success.
The continent’s foremost strategy-led post & parcel conference continues to unite senior executives from Europe’s leading postal and logistics operators, as they explore the critical trends shaping the future of the industry. Topics to be explored – Harnessing technology to implement change; Liberation through automation; Engaging with the explosion of e-commerce; Recognizing mail as the heart of the postal business; Growing the workforce of tomorrow and other important discussion points.
Speakers Highlight: Achim Dünnwald, Chief Executive Officer – DHL Parcel at Deutsche Post DHL Group; Juan Manuel Serrano Quintana, Executive Chairman, Grupo Correos; Mary Traversy, Chief Operating Officer at Canada Post and others.
Location: Madrid, Spain
Dates: 26-28 March 2019
Tickets information: Tickets range from €995 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/
5. Logistics Meets Innovation – “AI in Logistics: from Theory to Practice”
The fourth edition of Logistics meets Innovation conference is focusing on exploring both the basics of AI, machine learning and data science, as well as successful use-cases to demonstrate how some of the logistics industry innovators are getting benefits from AI already today.
This year’s conference takes place in Brussels on May 28th on the Vlerick Business School campus. The event gathers 50+ senior executives from logistics and supply chain companies including Amazon, DHL, ECS, Kuehne + Nagel, LKW Walter, Lufthansa Cargo, NileDutch, Panalpina, Pfizer, Novartis, and many others.
Previous editions of the conference covered such topics as Collaboration in Logistics: From Blockchain to the Physical Internet, Big Data in Logistics: Forecasting, Optimization and Planning, and Improving Transport Capacity Utilization in the Supply Chain.
Conference Overview: https://transmetrics.eu/blog/ai-in-logistics-from-theory-to-practice/
Speakers Highlight: Jonah McIntire, Founder & Managing Director, TNX Logistics; Nicholas Minde, SVP Overland Germany, Kuehne + Nagel; Asparuh Koev, CEO and Co-Founder of Transmetrics; Vincent Beaufils, Director / CDO, LKW Walter.
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Dates: May 28th, 2019
Tickets information: The conference is an invite-only event for the senior executives from the logistics and supply chain industry.
Sponsor this event: https://transmetrics.eu/logistics-meets-innovation/
6. transport logistic
Every two years, the entire industry meets at the world’s leading trade fair for logistics, mobility, IT and supply chain management in Munich. After all, with more than 2,000 exhibitors and more than 55,000 trade visitors from around the world, transport logistic is the perfect platform for discussing the latest developments and concepts, getting a comprehensive market overview and closing important deals.
The importance of the trade fair for the industry was emphasized by Alexander Dobrindt, the Former German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and a regular guest at transport logistic: “transport logistic is the summit meeting for the movers and shakers of this world. Logistics is and will remain a key factor in modern economies.”
Location: Munich, Germany
Dates: 4-7 June 2019
Tickets information: TBA in January 2019. More information here: https://www.transportlogistic.de/visitors/planning-your-visit/tickets/index.html
7. TOC Europe
TOC Europe is the world’s leading port technology and terminal operations event. A truly global showcase of equipment, technology, and services – this is a must-attend for port and terminal professionals. Port Authorities, Terminal Operators, Logistics Providers, Shipping Lines and Cargo Owners attend TOC Europe as visitors and delegates to learn, debate and network. On the other hand, Port Equipment Manufacturers and Technology Providers participate as exhibitors and sponsors to showcase the excellence of the industry. Last time, the conference welcomed around 4,000 industry executives.
Speakers Highlight: TBA; Previous speakers included: Wolfgang Lehmacher, Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industries at the World Economic Forum; Lamia Kerdoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General of FEPORT, the Federation of European Private Port Companies and Terminals and others.
Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Dates: 18-20 June 2019
Tickets information: Free for visitors, requires registration. More information here: https://www.tocevents-europe.com/en/Visiting/visit-the-exhibition.html
Sponsor this event: https://www.tocevents-europe.com/en/Exhibiting/sponsorship-enquiry-form.html
8. POST-EXPO 2019
POST-EXPO 2019 will provide one the most significant opportunities 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 more than 3,000 people attending each year from 100+ countries, the event is the global meeting place for the post, courier and express industry.
POST-EXPO Exhibition is free-to-attend which gives the participants an easy access to 150+ international exhibitors and provides an excellent opportunity to get a first-hand look at new services, innovations, and technology that can help transform and develop your business.
Speakers Highlight: TBA; Previous speakers included: Holger Winklbauer, CEO at International Post Corporation; Mandy Deakin-Snell, Director of International Operations DPD UK; Clemens Beckmann, Executive Vice President – Innovation at Deutsche Post DHL Group and others.
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dates: 1-3 October 2019
Tickets information: Free for visitors
Sponsor this event: For information on becoming a sponsor, contact Matthew Gunn at firstname.lastname@example.org
9. European 3PL & Supply Chain Summit
European 3PL & Supply Chain Summit is an annual meeting which brings together the leading C-Level 3PL executives and their manufacturer and retailer supply chain counterparts to explore the future of supply chain and logistics. Over 450+ senior supply chain and logistics executives attend the event every year, making the 3PL Summit the one event that you cannot afford to miss.
Last time, the event focused on 3 key tracks for the industry professionals: Logistics Track, Supply Chain Track and eCommerce Track.
Speakers Highlight: TBA; Previous speakers included: Mark Wilkinson, SVP, Director of Sales, Supply Chain Europe at XPO Logistics; Lori Chao, Director, International Corporate Affairs at JD.com; Philippe De Carné, CCO & VP Innovation at GEODIS and others.
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Dates: 14 – 16 October 2019
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. 36th International Supply Chain Conference
The 36th International Supply Chain Conference by BVL will take place in 2019 in Berlin. It is one of Europe’s leading business gathering for the logistics and supply chain management professionals.
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. Industry leaders and champions use the conference as a platform to share knowledge recommendations for action and as a forum for the discussion of current issues and future themes in the field of supply chain management.
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 while also involving state and academia. Year to year the event attracts more than 3,500 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.
Speakers Highlight: TBA; Previous speakers included: Carsten Spohr, Chief Executive Officer at Deutsche Lufthansa AG; Carole Walker, Chief Executive Officer at Hermes Europe GmbH; Matthias Fischer, President and Chief Executive Officer at Toyota Material Handling Europe and others.
Location: Berlin, Germany
Dates: 23-25 October 2019
Tickets information: To be announced, registration starts from February. In 2018, the ticket prices were the following: €1,830 for BVL-Members, €2,030 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
Bonus: Intermodal Europe 2019
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.
In 2018, the event welcomed more than 6,000 participants from 75+ countries. They had a chance to meet with over 140 exhibitors including such companies as Seaco, Maersk Container Industry, Caru Containers and others.
Speakers Highlight: TBA; Previous speakers included: Thomas Kowitzki, Head of China Rail & Multimodal at DHL Forwarding GmbH; Donald Baan, Senior Business Manager Logistics at Port of Rotterdam and others.
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Dates: 5-7 November 2019
Tickets information: Free for Visitors
Sponsor this event: https://www.intermodal-events.com/en/exhibiting/sponsorship-opportunities.html
Did we miss any other high-quality logistics and supply chain events happening in Europe in 2019? Please let us know in the comments below which conferences, exhibitions and fairs you are planning to attend in 2019!