Registration & Coffee


Welcome Remarks by Conference Convenor

9:00 – 9:30

One Belt & One Road – Opportunities & Challenges for KSA as a Major Player in the Region

The belt, the physical road, and the maritime Silk Road would re-create the shipping routes that made China one of the world’s foremost powers many, many years ago. This is bound to create big opportunities for many countries and challenges for a few. How can KSA benefit from this

9:30 – 10:00

New Trade Corridors Between Asia And Africa, Asia and South America and Within Asia will Re-Chart Global Supply Chains – How will KSA Need to Prepare to Benefit From the Same and Mitigate any Emerging Risks

According to a recent report by Boston Consulting Group (BCG), global trade rose by 8.7%, with the Middle East showing the greatest increase, at 16%, and non-EU European countries second at 13%. The focal point of global trade may shift to Asia, away from the US.This would see Asia’s portion of global trade flow increase from 36% in 2016 to 38% by 2020, while US-based trade flow would fall from 9.2% to 8.7%.Trade routes in Asia would grow between 4-9% annually to 2026. How can KSA benefit from these changes?

Umberto de Pretto, Secretary General, IRU
10:00 – 10:30

Refreshment & Networking Break

10:30 – 11:00

How did China Re-Engineer its Logistics & Supply Chains to become the Worlds Manufacturing Hub. What are the key learnings that can be imbibed in KSA Context.

Without doubt it can be said that the innovation and engineering of the supply chains contributed significantly to China becoming the global manufacturing powerhouse that it is. The transformation in Chinese supply chains evolved almost unnoticed over several years till the time it became a subject of curiosity for the entire world. What all did China do right and what lessons can KSA learn from it.

Mark Xue, Vice President, Huawei Technologies
11:00 – 11:30

The Changing Trade Lanes are Providing Sri Lanka, Maldives, Indonesia, Oman Opportunities to become Logistics Centres. What are they doing to capture the opportunities and how can KSA leverage the learnings

Situated close to some of the world’s most important sea lanes, connecting the Asian, African and European continents, Sri Lanka has some major strategic advantages when it comes to global transport links. They have also leveraged their proximity to the world’s largest and fastest-developing economies – India – while enjoying excellent relations with another global leader, China thereby developing a strong transhipment business. Similiarly Oman, Maldives, Indonesia are capturing opportunities. How can KSA align with major economies to boost its logistics sector.

Iqbal Ali Khan, Program Director,, IBM
11:30 -12:00

Ecommerce will be a Big Driver in GCC Region in the Coming Years. How Can KSA Make the Most of The Opportunity by Priming its Logistics Chains

It has been witnessed that in 2017 the number of e-commerce users in Saudi Arabia has reached to 12.5 million and is further expected to increase at a CAGR of 12.4% by 2020. The average user spends SAR 2,317 online, which is expected to reach SAR 2,405 by 2020, reflecting right time to make strategic move by tapping into the uncovered online space. The logistics, last mile and omnichannel networks optimisation will be key to capture this growth

12:00 -12:30

Prayer and coffee break

12:30 – 13:00

Development & Management of Key Trade Related Infrastructure, Especially SEZ’s, Gateways and Multimodal Facilities for Improving Logistics Efficiencies & National Logistics Performance Index

Logistics and transport increasingly play a pivotal role in international trade relations. The Logistics Performance Index (LPI) analyses differences between countries in terms of customs procedures, logistics costs and the quality of the infrastructure for overland and maritime transport. How can KSA improve its LPI by developing robust infrastructure

Mohammed saeed, Senior Trade Facilitation Adviser, International Trade Center
13:00 – 13:30

Panel Discussion: The Impact of Port Infrastructure and Logistics Performance on Economic Growth: The Mediating Role of Seaborne Trade

Today, over 80% of all trade is seaborne. The history of urban development also reveals that economic advancement is especially apparent in cities with seaports. Globalisation of complex industrial production processes has increased the importance of seaports in the global supply chain. Port activity is no longer limited to just cargo handling; logistics service provision in an international context has become a core part of the business. In this situation, the most imperative aspects of logistics performance are logistics costs and reliability of supply chains. Poor logistics facilitation takes a large toll on a country’s competitive advantage.

14:30 – 14:00

Port Automation: Freight Management, Terminal Management & Container Management for Increased Port Efficiencies

Increasing numbers of terminals are using higher levels of automation to improve productivity, efficiency and competitive advantage. According to a recent survey 75% of terminal operators believe that automation in some form will be critical to stay competitive in the next 3-5 years. Experts believe automation can help them realise increased operational safety, better operational control and consistency, lower overall terminal operational costs and increase operational productivity. Its estimated that automation could help increase productivity by 16-25%.and reduce operational costs by 16-25%.

14:00 – 14:30

Refreshment Break

14:30 – 15:30

Panel Discussion: Building Next Gen Reefer Operations Efficiencies for Enhanced Share of Temperature Sensitive Products

The global cold chain market is set to be worth a huge US$293.2Bn with annual growth of 7.6% by the end of 2023 according to a report from Markets and Markets. It highlighted the growth in international trade of perishable foods, and an increase in consumer demand for perishable foods as the key causes for the market increase.He pointed out that refrigerated storage capabilities in Asia has grown, as has the refrigerated transport industry across North America and Europe, as the technology in refrigerated vans, trailers and reefer containers advances. What are the opportunities for KSA

15:00 -15:30

Panel Discussion: Leveraging Smart Warehousing to Increase Supply Chain Efficiencies

If we compare it to a “smart phone” or “smart appliance,” one may conclude that only the most highly automated facilities using robotics and being run by computers are considered “smart.” While automated picking, loading and replenishment systems are indeed smart by today’s standards, a Smart Warehouse is one that operates as efficiently as possible, always with an eye to best practices, under ever changing demands and within the budget constraints put on by the business itself. These Key Attributes are “size neutral” and apply to anyone running a warehouse or distribution center that needs to stay responsive and competitive – no matter what the budget.

15:30 - 16:00

Closing Remarks And End Of Day 1

08:00 - 08:30

Registration & Coffee

08:30 - 09:00

Welcome Remarks by Conference Convenor

09:00 – 09:30

Blockchain Applications to Enhance the Security, Transparency and Efficiency of Exim Trade

Blockchain enhanced by electronic tracking technology can help speed up supply chains, while adding greater intelligence along the way. It could be especially powerful when combined with smart contracts, in which contractual rights and obligations, including the terms for payment and delivery of goods and services, can be automatically executed by an autonomous system that’s trusted by all signatories.”

09:30 – 10:00

Predictive Analytics & Big Data: Analytics Driven Cross-Functional Optimisation for Predictive Decision Making in Logistics & Supply Chain

As supply chains become increasingly complex and begin leveraging more data, the role of advanced analytics in business planning processes is slowly becoming a necessity. Gartner’s 2016 CEO Survey shows that 54% of CEOs claimed that their top strategic priority for the year was business growth. One of the key tools is an efficient supply chain that can ensure decisions are bolstered with advanced analytics which provide and predictive and prescriptive insights using big data.

Frederic Gomer, Partner, B2G
10:00 – 10:30

End to End Supply Chain Visibility using Cloud and IOT for Optimising Inventory, Costs, Distribution Networks

End-to-end supply chain visibility empowers supply chain and logistics managers to make educated decisions. It helps companies to decrease the impact of disruptions on the supply chain by providing actionable data. Supply chain leaders recognize the importance of visibility as it streamlines operations, reduces business risk, increases efficiencies and enables better decision making and forecasting based on insights offered by real-time data.

Everen Ozkaya, Founder and CEO, Wizard supply chain Co.
10:30 – 11:00

Artificial Intelligence in Logistics & Supply Chains

The artificial intelligence in supply chain market is expected to reach USD 10,110.2 million by 2025 from USD 730.6 million in 2018, at a CAGR of 45.55%. Growth in this market can largely be attributed to factors such as growing big data, demand for greater visibility and transparency into supply chain data and processes, and adoption of AI for improving consumer services and their satisfaction. What are the potential applications in the KSA context

Mr. Brad Hollister, Chief Executive Officer, Swan Leap
11:00 – 11:30

Sensors, Robotics, Automation as key Enablers of Future Logistics & Supply Chain Networks – how can KSA Benefit from the Revolution

The usage of sensors is evolving in the supply chain as the demand for predictive data and analytics continues its dramatic rise.It’s no longer just about knowing where in the supply chain something is; it’s also about getting the bigger picture. The comprehensive transparency of assets that can be provided stretches from the raw material to last-mile delivery, giving businesses a degree of insight that was once unimaginable. What a business can achieve with sensors depends on its goal. Take the example of a shipment of blueberries. Temperatures are undoubtedly critical, but it’s also important to keep tabs on shock and tilt given the berries’ fragility.

11:30 – 12:00

Prayer and coffee break

12:00 – 12:30

Making the Move from Human Judgement to Machine Learning for Automation of Procurement Processes and Strengthening Logistics Networks

Machine learning is a special type of technology through which the computer system can learn many useful things from the given data. With the help of machine learning, companies can model a powerful algorithm which will go with the flow of the market. Unlike traditional algorithms, machine learning learns from the market scenario and can create a dynamic model. Through machine learning, the computer system can actually refine the model without the help of any human interaction. This means that as more data enters the machine learning system’s reservoir, it will become more intelligent and the data will become more manageable and easier to interpret.

12:30 – 13:00

Fleet Telematics for Logistics Efficiency

Fleet telematics utilization is on the rise in the transportation industry, and is helping carriers of all sizes boost their bottom line, improve driver satisfaction and increase security. The shipper gets an alert that the trailer has been delivered, an alert when the doors open and an alert when the trailer is empty. It allows users to make a much quicker turn. Knowing the real-time status and location of cargo and trailers eliminates unnecessary yard checks and ensures trailers are picked up or re-deployed with less downtime, translating into more paid road time for the driver.

13:00 – 13:30

Coffee break

13:30 – 14:00

Panel Discussion: Best Strategies in Developing Intelligent Logistics Networks and Managing Cybersecurity for Efficient Air, Sea and Road Transport

When it comes to the modern supply chain, managers have a relatively new risk to consider, cybersecurity. As major logistics providers from all around the world struggle with keeping their private data secure, businesses are investing time and resources to address this serious concern. From shutting down major ports to the risk of losing private client data, the time is now to address cybersecurity in the supply chain. According to IBM’s Cyber Security Intelligence Index, transportation was the 5th most cyber-attacked industry in 2016. Because of its relatively weaker security infrastructure, it is an easy target for hackers.

Pak Chin, President of Security and Detection Systems, L-3 Technologies
14:00 – 14:30

Transportation and Warehousing Technology for Better First Mile and Last Mile Ecommerce Operations

In the last few years Warehousing and Transportation Industry has witnessed significant transformation supported by ever increasing demands, new consumption patterns, digital age of commerce and global trade growth. The “first mile” facilities are expanding with e-Commerce boom and the “last mile” facilities are becoming highly localized to support quick deliveries to consumers. Moving forward experts are looking forward to second generation of IoT, Big Data and Cloud based products to further revolutionize the space.

14:30 – 15:00

Transport Spend Optimisaton

Transportation and shipping costs represent one of the largest spend categories for companies. Sourcing and managing this category is very complex for many reasons, including effectively managing various modes of transportation, inbound shipments from suppliers, outbound to customers, ongoing volatility in fuel costs and a dynamic supplier base, to name a few.

15:00 – 15:30

Refreshment break

15:30 -16:00

Valedictory Session

  • Key action steps emerging for execution over the next 12 months.
  • Setting up prioritisation criteria for deployment of action plans.
  • Defining Strategies and Key Stakeholder responsibility areas.
  • Formulating strategies to measure effectiveness of deployed initiatives.
  • Designing plans to mitigate risks and correct variances

16:00 -16:30

Closing remarks and end of day 2