TRANSLOG Connect Congress | 23-24 NOVEMBER 2016
2016's TRANSLOG Connect Congress - generally known as a great professional hub for logistics and supply chain management peers and decision makers in Central & Eastern Europe - several new cooperation and partnership has been established that promotes collaboration between the delegates and solution providers in the rapidly growing CEE region.
More than 2000 pre-scheduled and ad-hoc business meetings, hundreds of decision-makers from all countries of the region and countless exchange of ideas and best practises made the sixth annual TRANSLOG Connect an outstanding success.
The conference doors closed but new business opportunities opened in our cutting-edge B2B networking event as professionals were facing the future of the industry, innovative technologies and services. Digitalisation, increasing flexibility of supply chain in line with cost reduction – defined as key challenges waiting to overcome in the CEE markets from different angles.
Extensive Speaker Lineup
A well-managed supply chain operation is increasingly a critical factor in a business’s success. Transforming and bringing it up-to-date generally involves not just the introduction of powerful new technologies but a fundamental review of processes and organization. The programme and activities of TRANSLOG Connect have been exceptionally well-received by the knowledgeable audience from more than 14 countries. Among the numerous acclaimed presentations, one of the most visited was Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kummer’s - Vienna University of Business and Economics. The charismatic Austrian presenter and chairman of the event was highlighting the challenges of digitalization globally as well as addressing the Central and Eastern European countries: how the augmented reality might change our lives and our logistics performance, furthermore how personal assistants and artificial intelligence could support our supply chain processes, ultimately how smart robotics are becoming more and more usable in many fields of logistics. The age of self-driven cars and trucks are getting closer to our industries, businesses and our everyday lives as well.
“Full truckload, what else?” – asked Ferenc Lajkó, CEO of Waberer’s International Zrt., as giving keynote opening presentation about Waberer’s slightly different new business model and considerable business philosophy. On behalf of the memorable presentation and pre-arranged business meetings the company could catch more attention than expected. Homogenous fleets, same complementary equipment, full compatibility, pre-scheduled and long service intervals, centralized purchasing, significant buying power, centralized maintenance, optimised fuel price by countries and at least trusted by many – are just a few stepping stones of the company’s decades lasting success story.
Delegates received fascinating presentations from leading industry professionals like Tomas Mayer, (Head of Corporate Key Account Management, Corporate, Gebrüder Weiss) who spoke about Gebrüder Weiss’s solution model, Slawomir Blotny (Business Development Director, Raben Group) who was providing exclusive information about “supply the west from the east” and Arkadiusz Glinka (Director of Transportation Eastern Europe, C.H. Robinson) who was sharing the secrets where to find the biggest, fastest transportation savings in our supply chains.
Recognizing Excellence in the CEE Region
One of the most prominent and expected moments of the event was the 4th Central Eastern European Logistics & Supply Chain Excellence Award ceremony opened by Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kummer - Head of Institute of Transport and Logistics, WU Vienna - who announced the winners and handed out the CEE Awards to the French-Polish Blulog in the service provider category and to the Serbian interCLEAN company in the manufacturer category.
Companies don’t need to be big to have great ideas. – Let us know one of the jury member during the cocktail reception which gave an exclusive environment and background to celebrate and discuss further developments, sharing best practices and benchmarking strategies for achieving “the next frontier of supply chain operations.”