At the international logistics conference SpeedCHAIN 2017. Photo by PAT
The twelfth edition of the SpeedCHAIN International Logistics Conference was held at the beginning of November in Prague. A traditional professional meeting of logistics, entrepreneurs, academics and the state administration representatives took place in Břevnov Monastery in Prague under the motto Global Economy: Challenge for Local Logistics. This year, 627 people from eleven countries arrived at Břevnov to attend the conference.
“The successful long-standing tradition of the international conference SpeedCHAIN shows that this meeting brings new and up-to-date values to its participants,” said Miroslav Rumler, Managing Director of organizing company RELIANT. “SpeedCHAIN always reflects current issues that stir the logistics field.”
The first presentation introduced a world of top logistics that puts first the emphasis on sustainability and the environment. Petr Ungerman, Coordinator of Logistics Strategy and Innovation in ŠKODA AUTO logistics spoke about what Green Logistics and state-of-the-art technology means for this biggest carmaker in the Czech Republic.
Andy Rooke, British APCO vice president, presented the eCall system, which allows quick assistance to road accident users and is gradually introduced into passenger cars in EU. Andy Rooke is currently working to extend this system further to enhance also the security HGVs.
The traceability is important for the smooth operation of supply chains and the safe flow of goods, explained Milan Ludvik, Country Manager of ZETES Czech Republic. He stressed the importance of visibility and traceability throughout the supply chain to prevent disruption in production.
With the continued growth and development of large cities and agglomerations problems arise that logistics have to face. The situation and possible solutions were presented by Jakub Holec, Managing Director of 108 AGENCY.
At the SpeedCHAIN conference, also the panel discussions could not be missed. This year experts discussed a number of topical issues in the logistics industry, such as employing foreigners with related risks and benefits, introducing new warehouse technologies and the question of what role multimodal transport should play in the logistics chain.
The working part of the first conference day was rounded off with the traditional Logistics Hydepark. This year’s Hydepark included two personalities: Roman Horvát, the Managing Director of SATUM CZECH and Aleš Loprais of the Loprais Tatra Team. In more than an hour lasting block, the words sounded about what associates insurance business with the top truck race at the Dakar Rally and the obstacles that both the two disciplines have to overcome.
In the end, the first day of the conference culminated in the Gala Evening and the V.I.P. Logistic Rendezvous with a rich social program full of entertainment, food, drink, and music. The Gala Evening programme included announcing this year’s GRYF Supply Chain Award for Ferdinand Hlobil, Cushman & Wakefield. In addition, for the first time, the prize for the Environmental Project of the Year was awarded, which was acquired by ŠKODA AUTO.
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