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SITL Europe 2016 promises a content-rich programme serving transport, freight forwarding and the logistics chain

The only exhibition in France and internationally to cover all the links in transport, freight forwarding and the logistics chain is SITL Europe 2016, taking place on 22-25 March in Hall 6 of the Parc des Expositions, Paris Nord Villepinte. It is a hub for discussion and discovery on the challenges, trends and innovations in the sector.

More than 100 conferences will take place during the exhibition

The 2016 conference programme consists of 10 highlighted themes which have been designed and will be chaired by the members of the Strategic Committee, all of whom are logistics, transport and/or supply chain directors of major companies in manufacturing and retail.

They will focus on new consumer expectations, sustainable development, the link between industrial logistics and e-commerce, urban logistics, tracking the cold chain, the spare parts supply chain, distribution networks evolution, the digital revolution and the new business of operational excellence.

For several years now, an increasing number of special programmes have been developed for SITL Europe:

A series of conferences will be opened on 22 March, with the World Transport & Logistics Forum and the bi-annual presentation by the World Bank of their study into logistics competitiveness.

This will be followed by the Overseas Day (22 March), the Waterways Programme (22 March), Maritime Day (23 March), European Rail Freight Day (24 March), and a further series of conferences focusing on dangerous goods logistics (22-25 March).

The programme is concluded with a series of conferences dedicated to Intralogistics (22-25 March) and a further one on new generation transport equipment (22-25 March).

New to the agenda is the first African Logistics Conference, “Gearing up Africa!”, which explores establishing a logistics chain in Africa.

Finally, the first “Start-up Contest” has been introduced to the sixteenth edition of the Logistics Innovation Awards this year.

Attendees such as Coca-Cola Enterprise, Bolloré Logistics and the start-up Shippeo are representative of the rich variety of the programmes taking place at SITL Europe 2016.

Promoting sustainable logistics

Following COP21 in Paris in 2015, sustainable supply chains will be subject to a special focus on the opening day of the exhibition on 22 March, with a conference dedicated to Green Logistics.

The conference will feature several programmes aimed at reducing greenhouse gases in transport together with the Fret 21 charter supported by shippers.

“With the initiatives of the AUTF, the ADEME and the Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, this process is in complete synchronisation with our policy of social and environmental responsibility which aims to achieve a reduction by one third of the carbon footprint of our products by 2020. On the basis of voluntary commitments, Fret 21 helps us establish our objectives and provides technical support to measure its impact.”

Eric  Desbonnets, Logistics and Client Services Director at Coca-Cola Enterprise (where transport represents 6% of the total emissions)

By following a structured process comprising three courses of action, Coca-Cola Enterprise is therefore committed to reducing its transport CO2 emissions by 30%:

The first course of action is to reduce the number of kilometres travelled by moving production closer to demand, knowing that 90% of soft drinks sold in France by Coca-Cola Enterprise are produced within the country. “Since 2009, an investment of €265 million to increase production and reduce carbon footprint has resulted in our five national factories producing almost all our packaging. With rigorous stock management, these measures have reduced our average delivery kilometres to 273km. Over half of the journeys are for less than 150km.”

With collaborative approaches developed with clients and suppliers, the second course of action involves optimisation of the lorries used on the road by using techniques such as “back hauling” and “front hauling”, direct delivery and shared services so as to reduce empty kilometres.

Thirdly, an increase in use of alternative transport and fuel such as using LNG vehicles and combined rail-road transport.

Gearing up Africa

Responding to an increased interest in Africa, on 22-24 March, SITL Europe 2016 is offering a series of conferences dedicated to the logistics challenges on this continent.

“With more than a billion inhabitants and a rapidly developing middle class comprising 130 million consumers, Africa offers an exceptional opportunity supported by multi-billion euro investment programmes in all areas of industry and distribution. In the last five years, economic growth has exceeded 5%.”

Edouard de Vergeron, Managing Director for Africa at Bolloré Logistics

Large-scale e-commerce projects

With a continuous presence in Africa for over 50 years, Bolloré Logistics is one of the key participants in this series of conferences. Employing 23,100 people, its integrated network covers 46 countries and is complemented with local partners. This gives Bolloré Logistics unequalled expertise in administrative and customs procedures, port and airport transit and management of overland road and rail corridors which provide secure access to landlocked countries.

“To control, trace and track in real time across the whole continent, Bolloré Logistics has created an exclusive solution called LINK. It allows our clients to follow their operations with a single interface and a mobile application used by our teams and partners on the ground. From the order through to proof of delivery and reporting, analyses and KPI’s, LINK delivers unique value-added services in the market.”

Designed to respond to the logistics requirements of all industries and also of large-scale projects, Bolloré Logistics’ current African network of 300 warehouses is able to support the development of e-commerce businesses such as C-Discount.

Start-up Contest

SITL Europe 2016 is also organising the first edition of the Start-up Contest.

“This initiative recognises the most innovative start-up in the transport and logistics sector,” explains Alain Bagnaud, Reed Exhibitions Transport & Logistics Director.

Shippeo has developed an innovative solution to manage road chartering allowing the connection in real time of the order givers and their transporters in order to facilitate sharing information and carry out real time tracking of transport services.

“The Start-up Contest is a unique opportunity in terms of visibility and awareness for our product. It is an occasion for start-ups to present their innovations to professionals in the sector and to find future partners for large scale development.”

Jean-Bastien Dussart , Co-founder of Shippeo

The contest is split into two phases. Having sent their entry between 1 and 26 February, the start-ups go through a first selection process. On 8 March, eight pre-selected entrants are chosen. They are then invited to give a five minute presentation in front of a jury on Friday 25 March at 9:30am.

The winner will be announced on 25 March during the sixteenth edition of the Logistics Innovation Awards, taking place at 12pm in Hall 6/Plenary Hall at the Parc des Expositions, Paris Nord Villepinte.

The winning start-up will also be awarded with the use of a 9m² exhibitor stand at SITL 2017 in Paris.

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