World Freight Summit 2025

September 2025 /  USA
Innovate Freight Forwarding Globally through Digitalization and Sustainability!
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Leveraging The Technology Innovation & Digital Revolutions

World Freight Summit 2025 brings together key players from the world freight industry to probe and explore winning strategies and technologies in ocean, road, air, rail freight dealing with smart tools making it more efficient, cost-effective, and easier to track and manage global shipments.

With an intense 2-days agenda the conference seeks to expand in-depth discussions to digitalize the process of freight forwarding and improve business efficiency, viability, reduce costs, sustainability, improve customer service and security.

Conference Theme/Key Topics

The conference is seeking presentations that are broadly focused on the following key topics:

Enhance supply chain visibility for intermodal connectivity and the pivotal role of ship-to-rail-to-truck and air-to-truck logistics Discover Strategies to Optimize First and Last Mile Pickup and Delivery Operations to Improve Customer Satisfaction and Drive Growth

Adapt Electric Vehicles for a Greener and Cost-Effective Future with Autonomous Advancements, Emission Reduction, and Sustainable Freight Transportation

Automation of Freight Processes to Increase Efficiency, Reduce Costs, Improve Customer Service, and Enhance Visibility

Traceability and Visibility enables Sustainable Sourcing in F&B by Identifying Raw Material Origins and Assessing Environmental Impact for Informed Decisions

Integrate Sustainability & Digitalization to Drive Unprecedented Advancement in E-commerce

Accelerating Digitalization: IoT & AI/ML, Big Data, Blockchain, and Digitalized Freight Forwarding

Addressing the Labor Shortage in Transportation and Logistics Requires a Dual Approach: Leveraging Technology Solutions and Improving Work Conditions in the Industry

How to Utilise Multi-Channel Strategies of Supply Chain with Global Uncertainties?

Opportunities and Challenges in Intermodal Freight Transportation

The Integration of Advanced Technologies will Revolutionize Customs Operations, Enabling Efficient and Secure Cross-Border Trade

Best practices and Case Studies of Digitalization to Business Objectives and Technology Alignment

Official Agenda 2024

[Day 1] Monday, Sep 23, 2024
Opening Remarks
Automation of Freight Processes to Increase Efficiency, Reduce Costs, Improve Customer Service, and Enhance Visibility
  • Enhanced Efficiency
  • Cost Reduction
  • Enhanced visibility
Vikas Kapur
Operations Manager, Shipping, Trading & Lighterage Co. LLC
Post COVID Cost of Ownership in FTL and LTL Ground Operations
  • Discussion about the trends in resource management and asset management, best practices for acquiring and holding assets during supply chain shortages.
  • What is the future with emissions regulation and how do organizations plan for laws to change from state to state?
  • Maintenance plans to lengthen the life of assets with the total cost of ownership in the forefront.
Brad Smith
Manager, Mercury Associates, Inc.
UK courier shipments to EU and the impact of Brexit on duties and country of origin.
  • Following Brexit it has had a significant impact on companies importing and exporting goods from the EU and EEA countries
  • The rules of origin has made importing certain goods liable for duty even when free trade deals have been agreed with certain countries (Serbia for example)
  • Impact on courier services for businesses with EU coverage after Brexit
James Topps
Supply Chain & Operations Director , SKANWEAR
Innovate Customs and Regulatory Process Globally through Digitalization and Sustainability
  • Overview of the current and future customs and regulatory landscape including challenges and non-tariff barriers to trade
  • Where and how can digital technologies and automation can have significant impacts on customs and other regulatory processes.
  • Practical best developed practices and case examples of digital technologies have changed and reshaped the trade landscape
Jason Blackman
Global Head of Customs Compliance, DHL Supply Chain
Networking Break
Heavy-Duty Fuel Cell Trucks: Lessons from the Road
  • With California’s Advanced Clean Fleets mandate requiring 100% ZEV sales, fleets must start converting their vehicles to zero emissions
  • Initial data was collected from over 15 successful commercial vehicle trials in North America, including port drayage, food and beverage, regional haulage, and chemical distribution
  • Critical quantitative and qualitative learnings from vehicle telemetry, customer feedback, and infrastructure insight provide learnings for fleets deploying vehicles soon
Cory Shumaker
Head of Business Development – Americas, Hyzon Motors
Global Emergency Response Freight
  • Freight challenges that humanitarian relief organizations face when responding to emergencies
  • Logistics cluster and import clearance working groups for humanitarian relief orgs (this could be removed)
  • Problem solving one disaster at a time
  • Stories from the field (Haiti earthquake, Bahamas Hurricane Dorian, Current Sudan conflict)
Natalie Lahutsky,
Specialist, Emergency Response Logistics, Hyzon Motors
How Pandemic and Post Pandemic Logistics Impacted MRO Operations in Public Transportation
  • Introduction – public transportation has long relied on a simplistic view of supply chain and materials management. The pandemic has shown that a more strategic view is needed to sustain growth and financial impacts.
  • Pandemic Impacts – During the pandemic public transportation relied on freight tracking to monitor stock levels of PPE for front line personnel. Provide examples of logistics impacts
  • Post Pandemic Impacts – Post Pandemic are a challenge due to tier 2 and 3 vendors not being able to provide parts to support operations. Provide examples of logistics challenges
  • Future Plans – rethinking supply chain impacts and moving towards digital control towers, route planning, and additive manufacturing. Provide examples of where we are going in our supply chain maturity
Gerald Verno
Director – Supply Chain Planning and Analytics, WMATA
Tech Forward: Embracing Gen AI and AI/ML for Next-Gen Logistics – Exploring Opportunities and Best Practices
  • The Impact of Gen AI and AI/ML on Logistics: Discover how these transformative technologies are revolutionizing the freight forwarders, container, transportation, and logistics industry
  • AI/ML in Supply Chain Management: Learn how AI-driven analytics are optimizing operations, enhancing visibility, and enabling agile decision-making.
  • Reducing Costs and Enhancing Efficiency: Explore real-world examples of how AI/ML implementation leads to cost savings and streamlined logistics processes.
John McFall
CEO, SupplyChainWise
How Global Data Standards are Shaping the Future of Global Trade – From Pilot to Progress
  • US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Global Business Identifier (GBI) Initiative
  • US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) e-filing Program
  • Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Maritime Transportation Data Initiative (MDTI)
Megan Baumer
Business Development Director, eCommerce, GS1 US
Networking Break
Windward and Leeward Islands are part of the Caribbean too
  • The islands that make up the Windward and Leeward Islands, populations, sovereignty and main shipping lines & forwarders in these countries.
  • Jamaica, Trinidad, Martinique and Dominican Republic are not the only territories in the Caribbean – but they play a vital role in getting cargo to the other territories.
  • The way forward for these small islands in terms of logistics.
LaSonja Gilkes
Marketing & Business Development Manager, Premier World Cargo
The need of a global vision in today’s business networking
  • The uncertainties and subsequent cargo flows changes, that require a solid global network to deal with same with Easyfresh (global reefer logistics) and the WWSA ( / shipagency biz).
Rafael Llerena
CEO, Easyfresh Logistics
Opportunities and Challenges in Intermodal Freight Transportation
  • Understanding Intermodal Freight Transportation
  • Highlight the advantages of using multiple modes of transport for efficient cargo movement.
  • Technological Advancements and Intermodal Integration
Tal Singh
CEO, J&S Drayage, LLC
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End of Day 1
[Day 2] Thursday, Oct 24, 2024
Global client centric platform replaces freight logistics forwarders software
  • Freight forwarders and carriers are too focused on their internal process and lack integration with their customers
  • The customer is not even considered as part of the strategy with maybe the exception of tracking
  • Our clients take control and use our technology to manage their global shipping and trading. The world is now their selling field. They integrate using our PO Manager, multimodal flexible options at their fingertips and full visibility of their shipments as well as Customs compliance formalities to wms to final delivery, in short a global supply chain management system in one easy to use cloud based system 247365 and replaces freight forwarders cumbersome antiquated 9-5 restrictive process
John O’Brien Owner, Ecom Global Systems
Towards a green and just transition – key insights from the UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport 2023
  • Decarbonization, changing geography of trade and digitalization: key challenges ahead for the global shipping industry
  • Expected trade growth in different shipping segments. Forces make balancing supply and demand challenging in coming years.
  • Forces at play reshaping the sector’s roles and operating landscape
  • Collaboration for decarbonization
Luisa Antonia Rodriguez Ortega,
Manager, Mercury Associates, Inc. UNCTAD
Automation of freight processes to Increase efficiency, reduce costs, improve customer service, and enhance visibility.
  • In terms of automation aiding freight cost reductions, we can touch upon certain process like optimized route planning, Inventory management, Load optimization, Price comparison, Documentation and compliance, Freight Tracking and visibility, Demand forecasting and collaborating with various stakeholders
  • • In terms of providing better customer services, prime in the picture is the order tracking real time with RFID based system, download of the FCRs and electronic bill of lading and issue of delivery orders, also by providing real time information on the logistics snags in the supply chain, it aides the customers to have confidence in a service provider in terms of exchange of information and builds trust.
Sampath Raghavan
Head of Exim & Logistics, Raymond Limited
Looking Ahead: Evolving Market Trends in Global Container Freight
  • A deep dive into global spot freight rate trends as they currently stand
  • A look at current supply/demand fundamentals as cargo volumes remain weak, and ocean carriers continue to order vessels
  • An analysis of the containership orderbook as it stands, with respect to volume, fuel choice, and scrapping potential
David Lademan
Analyst, Price Assessments, S&P Global
One Mile at a time, Bayer’s Digital Journey towards Smart Logistics
  • Gradual Implementation: When automating a warehouse, it’s important to introduce changes gradually to avoid disrupting ongoing operations.
  • Collaborative Planning: Involve warehouse staff and management in the planning and implementation process
  • Training and Support: Provide comprehensive training and ongoing support to warehouse staff during the automation process.
Johnny Ivanyi
Supply Chain Sr. Director, Global Head of Logistics Excellence, Bayer Crop Science
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How to automate warehouses without disrupting the current operation
  • Gradual Implementation: When automating a warehouse, it’s important to introduce changes gradually to avoid disrupting ongoing operations.
  • Collaborative Planning: Involve warehouse staff and management in the planning and implementation process
  • Training and Support: Provide comprehensive training and ongoing support to warehouse staff during the automation process.
Serkan Celik
Regional Director, Barsan Global Logistics Co., Ltd
Networking Break
Overcoming Integration Roadblocks
  • Identifying timeline roadblocks
  • Acknowledging the roadblock and determining solution feasibility
  • Solving/addressing roadblock and retaining roadblock solution for future implementations (efficiencies, cost reduction)
Kimberly Saez Controller for Client Onboarding, Redwood Logistics
Redwood Logistics
Selling value in a logistics market
  • Everyone else is going cheap, why that does not mean you are the best
  • How to deliver value, prospect, and speak to customers about value.
  • Sometimes the customer has to experience bad service to value great service.
Charles O’Byrne
Director of Sales, Swan Transportation Services
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Best Practices and Case Studies Of Digitalization To Business Objectives And Technology Alignment
  • Conversion Of Sales Leads / Queries To Bookings
  • Service Mails
  • Customised Solutions / Dedicated Customer Service
Vyankatesh Tulshibagwale
Team Leader – Liner Division, Waypoint Port Services Pvt. Ltd.


Opportunities and Challenges in Intermodal Freight Transportation in Africa
  • Opportunities: Enhanced Connectivity, Trade Facilitation, Sustainable Development
  • Challenges: Infrastructure Deficiencies, Regulatory Harmonization, Intensified Security Risks
  • Conclusion: Africa is ready to secure its position in the global trade landscape.
Nontobeko Nzimande
Operations Controller, Operations Controller
Closing Remarks

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