Even with a global pandemic, supply chains of the future will be increasingly global in nature. During this full week of supply chain insights, you’ll hear from different sectors of the supply chain universe: automotive; food and perishables; retail; manufacturing; consumer packaged goods; and much more. Expect to hear about the most important trends affecting every mode of transportation, from first- to last-mile and everything in between. Additionally, FreightWaves will get you up to speed with all of the important developments in trade relations that can open up opportunities for your organization in the future. We no longer live in the world of isolated supply chains. Disruptions in one corner of the world can impact your operations at home. With the turbulence of 2020 behind us (hopefully), Global Supply Chain Week will examine where the dust has settled and share lessons on reacting to the enormous disruptions of the previous year. We’re covering all the bases in five straight days of supply chain  focus. 


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Day 1 of the Global Supply Chain Week will dive into many of the logistics practices used today that were pioneered by the U.S. military. It operates globally and its bases are far-flung. The U.S. military’s supply chains must be protected and operate smoothly 24/7. Logistics providers and companies working with the U.S. military won’t want to miss this impactful day so they can better serve the needs of our armed forces.

Manufacturing & Building/Construction

With recent technology improvements and market swings, Day 2 of Global Supply Chain Week will cover the latest trends and best strategies for success in global manufacturing. How can organizations become more agile in an increasingly complex world? Lean supply chains are more crucial than ever to successful manufacturing strategies.

In addition, the unique qualities of the construction sector are up for discussion on Day 4. Unlike other sectors, every finished product in the construction industry is different from the last. This creates unique challenges for supply chains. From design to procurement to suppliers and contracts, expect to hear discussions around managing the execution of these chains from start to finish. 

Food/Perishables, CPG and Retail

One of the many lessons learned in 2020 was the importance of supply chains that keep our supermarket and pharmacy shelves stocked. It’s difficult to imagine how difficult the year would have been if consumers weren’t able to get food and everyday goods to support their families. After a year of enormous strain, many suppliers and shippers that were forced into  difficult situations have learned amazing insights and valuable lessons. On top of that, the accelerated growth of e-commerce has provided opportunities and challenges for logistics companies and supply chain managers alike. Will we see a return to normal in the retail sector or not? 

Energy/Oil & Mining/Chemicals

Day 4 will examine the transportation of raw materials, from those that are mined or extracted to energy components. In a sector that’s under intense pressure to adapt to 21st century demands, the networks needed to support them are similarly changing. Will renewable energy sources impact today’s standard practices? Technology is improving rapidly and supply chain expectations will need to adapt as well. What does the future hold for this vital sector?


Automotive supply chains, just like other supply chains this year, have seen significant disruptions throughout the entire network. COVID-19 halted production for weeks. Suppliers and OEMs experienced labor shortages as outbreaks wreaked havoc. However, the industry’s recovery process has been well underway as suppliers play catch-up on orders. Tune in today as we dive deeper into the issues that are driving the auto industry, including cross-border trade, the push toward electrification, and Asian suppliers with regards to trans-Pacific volatility.

Global Maritime Logistics

Week two is certain to let it all out. We’re diving into everything maritime, geopolitics, air cargo, and container shipping. Getting goods from point A to point B when there are customs and international regulatory hurdles is an ever-evolving challenge. Expect to hear conversations on global logistics, importing/exporting, trade relations, sustainability, containerized trade, ports, and, of course, the technology propelling all of these topics forward. 

In addition, we’ll introduce influential speakers from outside of the world of freight. Attendees will hear from leaders who have a history of shaking things up and who can bring experience and insights unique to their lives. These are keynotes that you simply do not want to miss. Hop on the bus and ride along with the future of global supply chains!



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