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Conference paints a picture of future logistics



475 delegates from 16 countries attended the annual International Conference on Logistics and Innovation organized by Dinalog (the Dutch Institute for Advanced Logistics) and SoCool@EU (the sustainability project for the EU Regions) on April 1st, in Amsterdam. The event provided an update on trends and innovations in logistics and supply management, and the status quo in the Netherlands as it pursues its goal of becoming global logistics market leader by 2020.

This year’s conference was attended by logistics students, logistics managers from industry, logistics suppliers, software providers and representatives of Dutch Customs and regulatory bodies. The event opened with a welcome address from Dinalog MD Remco Overwater, who told the audience: “Going Dutch in logistics is no option,” going on to say that the only way for Logistics to grow towards 2020 is by sharing of knowledge and ideas.

The afternoon session included workshops on supply chain management and global trade management, cluster development and internationalization, smart urban cities, intelligent hubs and synchro modality, the role of logistics in international trade, sustainable logistics and horizontal collaboration, service logistics as the binder of aftersales service, and supply chain finance and performance.

Mayor of Amsterdam Eberhard van der Laan also addressed the gathering, along with Christina Busch from the International Trade Department arm of the World Bank, who gave a presentation on the Dutch rise to second place in its Logistics Performance Index.


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