TRANSLOG Connect 2012 Post Event Press Release
The second edition of TRANSLOG Connect has once again proved that the congress is distinguished as the market leading logistics and supply chain management event for a reason. On 28th-29th November, more than 500 senior decision-makers from 21 different European countries gathered in Budapest to exchange ideas and find solutions for the major challenges in logistics and supply chain management.
The five-star event took place in the equally prestigious Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal, where delegates had the chance to meet Europe’s leading solution providers, offering a wide range of solutions from transportation to printing. Nearly 1500 one-to-one business meetings were conducted during the two days, all of which were pre-scheduled on the online TEG platform, the Meeting Scheduler. The website has been one of the most popular and useful features of the event. As David Cuenca, the General Manager of CHEP commented on it: “The Meeting Scheduler was one of the key factors for us to decide to come here. It’s very useful to optimise your time, it’s brilliant.”
The conference programme has been exceptionally well-received by the knowledgeable audience. Among the numerous acclaimed presentations, one of the most popular was Professor Sebastian Kummer’s (Vienna University of Business and Economics), highlighting the importance of supply chain flexibility in the dynamic, uncertain and volatile business environment of today. Delegates received practical advice from Miguel Suarez (former Supply Chain Director of Kotányi, currently the Global Supply Chain Director, Center of Business Excellence at Swarovski), who compared forecasting challenges and solutions he implemented at Kotányi and Swarovski. All other speakers, such as Rogier van Zon (Director of Global Warehousing and Distribution at TP Vision), or Pascal Männche, (Senior Vice President for Global Logistics at Deutz) provided delegates with exclusive information, who in addition had the chance to receive valuable impressions during the Audi and Coca-Cola plant excursions as well. The chairman of the first event day, Prof. Kummer summarised it as follows: “The format is very professional, the audience and the speakers were excellent, the mixture of presentations was perfect. So we’ve received a lot of new ideas which we can bring back home.”
The cocktail reception on the first day was opened by Jos Marinus, President of the European Logistics Association together with Wolfgang Kubesch, General Manager of BVL Austria, who praised the strong regional focus, the quality of the venue as well as the diversity of the delegates at the congress, emphasizing that these factors make TRANSLOG Connect a truly unique event among European congresses. As Iris Ravnihar, Purchasing Logistics Director of Hella Saturnus Slovenia so accurately expressed the main values of the event: “It opens your windows to new opportunities. Meetings with suppliers, networking and getting to know the practice of other companies broaden your horizon and make you see your situation from a whole new perspective.”
Nearly 2000 effective pre-scheduled and ad-hoc business meetings, hundreds of decision-makers from all countries of the region and countless exchange of ideas made the second edition of TRANSLOG Connect an outstanding success.
TRANSLOG will be taking place again in November, 2013 in Budapest.