The eleventh annual EASTLOG 2008 regional logistics and transport congress, held on April 9-11 at the TOP Hotel Praha, posted record attendance attracting 1150 logistics professionals. This major event on the Central European logistics and transport calendar offered a rich program of events and several innovative additions to past congresses. A total of 11 program segments introduced the latest information and trends on the logistics market and provided the ideal forum for networking among logistics professionals. The Business Arena, Conferences, Regional Days, the Transport Meeting, the Logistics HR Forum, Company Seminars, the Logistics Business Mixer, Logistics Center Excursions, Modern IT Systems in Logistics and the RFID-EPC Round Table all served to make EASTLOG 2008 an invaluable business tool.
“This year’s EASTLOG was extremely important for us,” says ATOZ EVENT Group Logistics Congress Manager, Irena Seibertová. “The project has gone from a local forum to a regional logistics and transport congress with numerous innovations and a broad offering of pilot projects. The Eastlog 2008 motto was: Expanding beyond our borders to provide a ‘congress’ in the true sense of the word. The Feedback has been more than positive. We think this is the beginning of a new era for the project.”
The Business Arena program
The centrally situated Business Arena – one of the main additions to Eastlog 2008 – was extremely well received by participants. Fifty major players from the fields of logistics services, products and technology presented their wares in the form of an interactive program of competitions and other professional as well as informal activities, making the Business Arena a true venue for doing business among providers and users of logistics services in Central Europe. The regional scope of this year’s congress was introduced via the Regional Days program in which major associations, media and diplomatic bodies from Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia participated. The Regional Days program featured numerous prominent figures (e.g. Martin Varačka from Colliers International and Alfonz Antoni from the European Logistics Association) from the Central European logistics arena who led discussions on current topics in logistics across the region. The Company Seminar program introduced the latest information and projects of major companies operating in the logistics sector. The EASTLOG congress also held its own Corporate Events featuring GS1 Czech Republic and Barco. GS1 Czech Republic conducted a round table discussion on the topic of RFID-EPC and Barco prepared a full-day workshop on Modern IT Systems in Logistics.
“Eastlog 2008 remains the same, even though it continues to change. As ever, Eastlog is the ideal place to get the latest information about innovations and trends, to make business contacts and contribute to the development of logistics in the CR. But it’s also taken several new steps in directions that I feel are very positive. This is why we participate. We want to be part of the logistics process,” says Jan Klesňák, Director of Marketing, EASTLOG Gold Partner BT Česká republika.
Conferences – an overview of projects and trends
As in past years the EASTLOG congress featured a two-day program of conferences broken down into two main focal topics (automobile and retail) and section of trends. This year’s EASTLOG conferences were devoted both to projects on the Czech market as well as significant activities on the Central European stage. This year’s conference program saw 16 presentations, panel discussions and case studies led by 35 well-known local and international speakers including Armin F. Schwolgin of Lörrach - Dual University, Ferdinand Hlobil from Cushman & Wakefield, Vladimir Badic of Unilever Corporate Audit – Europe, Gergely Gesce of the Hungarian Ministry of Economy and Transport, SCHENKER’S Tomáš Holomoucký, Martin Kiaba of GEFCO Slovakia and Mark O´Bornick from Analytiqa,. Among the conference topics on discussion were the Industrial real-estate market, Logistics and the ecology, Strategy and expansion to Central and Eastern European markets, Mergers and acquisitions in logistics, When and how to automate your logistics processes, Modern freight packaging, Railway possibilities in Europe, Electronic delivery bills and receipts, The ins and outs of textile logistics, Outsourcing logistics in the Balkans at Unilever and a Case study of PSA Trnava.
Logistics HR Forum
The Logistics HR Forum successfully completed its second year at the EASTLOG congress. Devoted to issues concerning human resources in logistics, this three-program segment (discussion forum for HR and line managers, student seminars, job fair) hosted 260 students of high schools, vocational schools and universities/colleges, 45 HR managers and 25 companies offering logistics products and services. Led by professionals such as Jarmila Valešková of HR logistic support and HR specialist Yvonna Charouzdová, the Discussion Forum addressed issues concerning the management and development of human resources in logistics. The Student Seminar program dealt with job candidate selection and offered students valuable advice and information about specific student programs available to people interested in a career in logistics. The Job Fair provided a venue for students to meet face to face with potential employers and opened the door for greater cooperation between schools and logistics companies.
This year’s Logistics HR Forum partners and professional overseers were HR logistic support and GEFCO Česká republika.
Logistics Business Mixer
Held at the Mercedes Forum Praha, the Logistics Business Mixer concluded the first day of the EASTLOG congress. This VIP social event has become synonymous with networking and peer-to-peer informal discussion among logistics professionals throughout Central Europe. This year’s highly entertaining evening of contests and games was attended by 350 participants. The LBM General Partner this year was Pinnacle Central & Eastern Europe.
The Logistics Center Excursion program offered guided tours of five facilities including the Bridgestone / Fiege European Distribution Center in Bor, the Ahold Czech Republic DC in Klecany and the Philip Morris Product Warehouse Kutná Hora.
The Transport Meeting was a specialized program block devoted to road and rail transport. It hosted major organizations such as ČESMAD BOHEMIA and The Federation of Freight Forwarding and Logistics CR. The Transport Meeting addressed current topics and provided a discussion forum for suppliers of transport services and their clients. The pre-lunch segment dealt with Road transport and legislative topics, the Economy of road transport and Driver issues. The afternoon part of the event dealt with two panel discussions on the topics of Transferring goods from road to rail and Logistics centers in the CR and their relation to transport.
Martin Špryňar, General Secretary of ČESMAD BOHEMIA writes:
“We were very pleased to see how much interest was shown in the Transport Meeting, even in its first year. The topics of driver shortages, Czech legislation and cost analysis of road transport attracted more listeners than we had room for. Although we didn’t resolve these issues, we did bring attention to them which will no doubt contribute to their improvement.”
The EASTLOG congress was made possible by the support of our partners from a host of companies offering logistics services and products. This year’s Gold Partners were BT Česká republika and ProLogis. Our Silver Partners were CCV, CN WorldWide, Cushman & Wakefield, ČESMAD BOHEMIA, ČD Cargo, DHS, GS1 Czech Republic, Mecalux Česká republika, SEGRO, Schoeller Arca Systems and TNT Express. The congress was further supported by an additional 26 bronze partners.
EASTLOG 2008 in Numbers:
– 1150 congress participants
– 305 Logistics HR Forum participants
– 160 high school students
– 100 vocational and tertiary level school students
– 45 discussion forum managers
– 350 Logistics Business Mixer participants
– 210 congressional delegates
– 550 Business Arena participants
– 160 Transport Meeting participants
– 35 conference speakers
– 11 program blocks
– 5 logistics center excursions
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