Leaders in Logistics provisional conference agenda released

The Leaders in Logistics Conference will be held on November 26th, 2019 at Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai.
Mahmood Al Bastaki, CEO, Dubai Trade delivers the keynote address at a previous Leaders in Logistics.
Mahmood Al Bastaki, CEO, Dubai Trade delivers the keynote address at a previous Leaders in Logistics.


The draft agenda for the upcoming Leaders in Logistics Conference has been revealed, with automation, e-commerce and logistics disruptors taking centre-stage.

The Leaders in Logistics Conference will be held on November 26th, 2019 at Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai.

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Now in its 10th year, the Leaders in Logistics Summit has firmly established itself as the region’s leading high-level strategic conference that brings together the captains of the logistics industry.

Hosted by Logistics Middle East magazine and LogisticsMiddleEast.com, the summit sees more than 150 senior logistics and supply chain professionals gather to take part in a high level strategic debate on the state of the industry, and to share their experiences and best practice.

Industry stake holders interested in sponsorship can contact:

Sanjay Kathan, Sales Manager, +971 4 444 3377, sanjay.kathan@itp.com

Those interested in joining one of our panels or presenting can contact:

Evgenia Zhelyazkova, Conference Producer, +971 4 444 3685, jenny.z@itp.com

The agenda:

Session 1

Regional Industry Review & Outlook

Following a number of years combatting low oil prices and a deteriorating business environment, the region’s economic outlook is finally improving. Oil prices, so critical to the economic fortunes of the GCC, rose almost 20% at one point this year and government economic diversification programs have started to see results in the last year.

As the region continues to pursue political transformation and economic diversification and with the continued rapid pace of urbanisation across the Middle East, the logistics sector is set to play an important role in facilitating its development.

With strong support from governments and authorities to help bring innovation to this sector, as one of the fastest growing e-commerce markets in the world and as a strategic partner to China’s Belt & Road initiative, the Middle East’s logistics and transport players have a wealth of opportunity to capitalise on today and in the future.

This session aims to provide an overview of the current regional logistics and supply chain sector, analyse recent developments within the industry and their impact on the continued drive towards economic diversification within the GCC.

Session 2

E-Commerce Growth in the region

The Middle East, and especially the Gulf region, benefits from high spending potential, as the region boasts a high per capita income. The fact that internet penetration and social media penetration is also some of the best in the world means that the Middle East is ripe for online business.

It continues to grow and as a brand, it’s important today to have a presence in the major marketplaces in the Middle East. Marketplaces such as Souq, Noon, Namshi, eBay, Amazon etc. can be a great way to reach more consumers and increase sales.

This session looks at the disconnect between high per capita income and social media penetration, versus e-com sales themselves and the challenges that businesses face in bridging the divide, specifically, what is the role that logistics plays in that process?

Session 3

Warehouse automation

With increased uptick in technology use inside warehouses, innovative organisations are adopting robots to absorb peaks, squeeze picking time, keep costs down and mitigate staff shortages. This trend is illustrated by the region’s largest online grocery retailer whose success relies on automating key parts of its supply chain and warehouse in Dubai to keep produce as fresh as possible.

New entrants to the market such as IQ Fulfillment are also providing automated infrastructure to SMEs without the CAPEX to deploy it themselves, while established retailers such as Al Marai and Mai Dubai have teamed up with Swisslog to automate their production and storage facilities. This session will look at the disconnect between the benefits of automation and its relatively untapped potential in the GCC.

Session 4

Logistics revolution drivers

The logistics industry is evolving fast through digitisation, led by three main drivers – IoT, Blockchain, and Artificail Intelligence (AI). Since everything is already internet-connected, these three make the supply chain more efficient. Though businesses must understand why this trend is taking place, its potential costs, obstacles, and benefits, and what it means for the future of logistics in the UAE.

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