Building for the future: practical tools for the automotive industry


Tuesday September 10th, 2019
08.00 – 15.00
Golf Day at TPC Michigan Course, Detroit. Hosted by DP World.

Pitch things just right and beat the 18-hole championship TPC Michigan course to carry away the coveted team trophy at this year’s Automotive Logistics Global golf day
19.00 – 22.00
Cocktail Reception at Cliff Bells Jazz Club, Detroit. Hosted by Protrans.

A great chance to get together with your fellow delegates in a relaxed atmosphere before the conference starts. Our drinks reception provides an excellent forum in which to exchange views and contact details with some of the finest minds in the automotive logistics sector.
Day One: Wednesday September 11th, 2019
08.00 - 08.15
Registration and welcome coffee.

Join us to collect your badge, enjoy a bite to eat and start the conversation with your fellow delegates.
09.00 – 10.15
SESSION 1: Building for the future: how to succeed in times of change

Advances in connectivity, electrification and artificial intelligence promise to transform logistics, while today’s products, regulations and market volatility present plenty of cost and operational challenges. What should manufacturers, dealers and logistics providers prioritise to succeed both today and for the next 20 years?

  • Keynote presentations on managing transition to electric, autonomous and connected supply chains
  • Insight into the logistics of today versus tomorrow
  • Market and analyst forecasts for North America and global automotive volumes

  • MODERATOR: Louis Yiakoumi, Conference Chairman, Automotive Logistics Group

  • Chris Styles, Senior Director of Logistics, Nissan North America Inc
  • Brandon Mason, Automotive Director and Mobility Leader, PwC
  • Eva Ames, Logistics Lead, Mahindra Automotive North America
  • 10.15 – 11.00
    Coffee break. Hosted by DSV.

    An excellent chance to discuss the opening session with your peers over light refreshments.
    11.15 – 12.15
    SESSION 2a: Journey to collaborative logistics

    The ability to streamline execution and technology systems can be complicated, time-consuming, and costly. From integrating with new and legacy IT systems, to providing end-to-end visibility in the supply chain, what are the best strategies to enable collaborative logistics?

  • Keeping up with the speed of technology
  • Steps to real-time supply chain visibility
  • How to turn visibility into value

  • MODERATOR: Louis Yiakoumi, Conference Chairman, Automotive Logistics Group

  • Brian Joyner, VP Technology Solutions, Ryder Systems, Inc
  • Kendra Phillips, CTO & VP New Products, Ryder Systems, Inc
  • Eric Thorsen, GVP Technical Presales and Field CTO, JDA Software
  • 11.15 – 12.15
    SESSION 2b: Finished vehicle logistics stream – Connecting cars for visibility: transparency in outbound logistics

    Gaps in visibility across the finished vehicle logistics chain are arguably as significant today as they were during the first Automotive Logistics Global conference 20 years ago. But the opportunity to use smart systems and in-vehicle technology present opportunities for a big leap – if carmakers and logistics providers can work together.

  • Using the connected car and telematics in vehicle distribution
  • Changing handling and tracking processes
  • Agreeing common standards and protocol

  • MODERATOR: Trish Zarik, Consultant Finished Vehicle Logistics, AIAG

  • Marc Brazeau, Head of Logistics, FCA US LLC
  • Doug Smith, Mobility Product Owner – Connected Vehicle Platform & Products, Ford Motor Company
  • Ben Shain, Director Vehicle Logistics, Nissan North America Inc.
  • 12.15 – 14.00
    Networking and lunch. Hosted by Trinity Rail.

    An extended networking lunch break giving delegates ample opportunity to rub shoulders with our unique gathering of vehicle-makers, logistics service suppliers, infrastructure operators, sponsors and exhibitors.
    13.00 - 13.45: Learning lunch

    Learning lunch: Automotive Cyber Security
    A bite-sized bonus session for those who wish to feed the body and the mind. Do you want to know more about the world of hacking and learn about your supply chain's vulnerability to unwanted attacks? This session will take a look at vulnerability and how you can make your information secure against the increasing threat of cyber enemies.

    Tara Brewer, IT Analyst Cybersecurity Advisor (CSA) Program, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) U.S. Department of Homeland Security "Automotive Cyber Security"
    14.00 – 15.15
    SESSION 3a: Tier supplier stream
    Planning a smarter supply chain: best practice and technology for tier suppliers

    The variability of the automotive supply chain requires extreme flexibility from suppliers and logistics providers. However, optimised planning, forecasts and closer communication with OEMs could help to reduce disruptions. What tools and processes would benefit both suppliers and OEMs?

  • Advanced forecasting and demand planning strategies
  • Reducing and mitigating disruptions
  • Third party logistics services for the tier supply chain

  • MODERATOR: Christopher Ludwig, Editor-in-Chief, Automotive Logistics Group

  • Jeff Estes, General Manager, Parts Supply Chain,Toyota
  • Adam Pieniazek, Senior Logistics Manager North America,Magna International
  • Faith Wandrie, Vice President Global Supply Chain Management, American Axle & Manufacturing
  • Joseph Gemma Jr, CEO - Americas, KUKA Robotics Corporation US
  • Christoph Nobbe, Manager Logistics Consulting North America, Robert Bosch
  • 14.00 – 15.15
    SESSION 3b: Ideas Labs

    Ideas Labs are practical, solutions-orientated workshops led by supply chain and technology leaders, and designed for collective exploration of complex challenges. Expect to leave with new ideas, action plans and new contacts.

    Ideas Lab 1: EV Supply Chain

    How manufacturers and logistics providers need to prepare for the growth in electric vehicle production and distribution.

  • Amy Paulsen, Director Global Logistics, Rivian
  • Kevin Takai, Senior Manager, Logistics Operations, Rivian

  • Ideas Lab 2: Wringing Cost out of the Warehouse

    Cost savings achieved by using best practice site improvement goals, employee performance incentives, process standardization, facility design, and slotting.
  • Amy Marzonie, Director, Carlisle & Company, Inc.
  • Eric Francucci, Manager, Carlisle & Company, Inc.

  • Ideas Lab 3: Digitalising the outbound supply chain

    From digital insurance and claims tracking, to automated gate entry, vehicle logistics has more opportunities to automate processes and increase transparency.
  • Paul Nurse, CEO, ProAct International

  • Ideas Lab 4: Data analytics for the supply chain

    Data collection and data ownership is fast becoming a key priority for automotive companies – but how can the data be used across the supply chain to improve flows and manufacturing processes and make real cost savings.

  • Oleg Gusikhin, IoT and Analytics Innovation Technical Leader, Ford Motor Company
  • 15.00 – 16.00
    Coffee break. Hosted by DSV.

    Your chance to discuss the key issues of the day so far with fellow delegates over light refreshments.
    16.00 – 17.30
    SESSION 4: Maintaining seamless supply chains: New approaches to global logistics

    Manufacturers, retailers and logistics providers can all benefit from greater reliability in transportation operations. How can the industry ensure the global automotive business is as frictionless as possible?

  • Updates on USMCA, China-US and European trade and tariffs
  • Border crossing optimisation
  • Technological solutions

  • MODERATOR: Louis Yiakoumi, Conference Chairman, Automotive Logistics Group

  • Al Zapanta, President & CEO, US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce
  • Joseph Comartin, Consul General of Canada, Government of Canada
  • Simon Pitout, Vice-President - Commercial & Marketing,DP World
  • Mike Yang, Vice-President, Changjiu Logistics
  • David Walby, Group Director/VP Business Development, Ryder Supply Chain Solutions
  • 17.30
    18.00 – 21.00
    Automotive Logistics Global Detroit conference 20th anniversary Gala Dinner: Detroit Princess Riverboat. Hosted by Ryder.

    Enjoy a refreshing beverage, relax with colleagues and make new contacts, talking over the days’ discussions and insights at the unmissable 20th anniversary Automotive Logististics Global Detroit confrence gala dinner.
    Day Two: Thursday September 12th, 2019
    08.30 – 09.00
    Registration and welcome coffee.

    Another chance for an early conversation with fellow delegates over a bite to eat before the second day begins.
    09.00 – 10.15
    SESSION 5a: Electrifying the supply chain: preparing logistics for new energy vehicles

    OEMs are investing strongly in offering more alternative-powered vehicles, including investments in EV platforms and battery manufacturing. Managing an efficient, safe and sustainable supply chain from production through to aftermarket will be essential to the success of the industry.

  • Insights on the changing supply chain map for EVs and batteries
  • Logistics impact and differentiation
  • Battery replacement, recycling and aftermarket implications

  • MODERATOR: Christopher Ludwig, Editor-in-Chief, Automotive Logistics Group

  • Govin Ranganathan, Head of Logistics, NIO USA
  • James Buckingham, Director Customs & Logistics, Nikola Motor Company
  • Martin Wehner, Global Vice President Automotive, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics
  • Daniel Harrison, Automotive Analyst, Ultima Media Business Intelligence

  • 09.00 – 10.15
    SESSION 5b: Finished Vehicle Logistics stream:
    Speeding up for the future: reducing outbound lead times

    Shortening vehicle cycle times and customer preferences are putting even more pressure on OEMs to deliver fast, and with the right quality and cost. But network bottlenecks, driver shortages and rail disruptions often get in the way. How can outbound logistics pick up the pace?

  • Understanding tools for network optimisation and planning tools
  • Making the most of multimodal transport and alternatives
  • Managing driver and equipment capacity

  • MODERATOR: Dennis Manns, Senior Automotive Advisor, North Motors LLC

  • Tom Ramos, Director, Outbound Logistics, General Motors
  • Randy W. Butler, DBA, PMP, Project Management and Commercial Leader Logistics, CDM Smith
  • Victor Arabe, Senior Manager Operations Support, Hyundai Glovis America
  • Justin Newell, Chief Operating Officer, INFORM

  • 10.15 – 11.00
    Coffee break. Hosted by DSV.

    Your chance to discuss the key issues of the day so far with fellow delegates over light refreshments.
    11.00 – 12.15
    SESSION 6a: Seeing the total supply chain: how to improve visibility across the supply chain

    New technology and innovations are enabling greater transparency across the supply chain, from OEM driven initiatives to the management of the lower tiers from a tier 1 perspective. Industry leaders share their visions for a transparent supply chain and reveal the gaps and opportunities where providers can add value.

  • Improving digital data and shipment notifications
  • The potential for TMS and specialised IT systems for tier suppliers
  • Carrier and transportation notifications
  • Developing industry-level logistics and packaging standards
  • Dealing with volume variation / exception management

  • MODERATOR: Jeffrey Richards, President, JSR Supply Chain Solutions

  • George Grahovac, Senior Manager, NA Supply Chain, Honda of America Manufacturing
  • Christine Krathwohl, VP Global Business Development, FreightVerify
  • Michael Pipia, Global Logistics Manager, Guardian Glass.
  • Greg Slawson, Global Vertical Lead - Automotive, DSV Air & Sea Inc.
  • 11.00 – 12.15
    SESSION 6b: Learning from the next supply chain generation: sharing ideas with students

    Today’s Logistics and supply chain benefit from skills that include data science, mathematics and engineering – plus a whole lot of emotional intelligence. Hear and meet with students studying supply chain management on what creative ideas they have for the future, and what would entice them to join the automotive industry
    12.15 – 14.00
    Networking and lunch

    An extended networking lunch break giving delegates ample opportunity to rub shoulders with our unique gathering of vehicle-makers, logistics service suppliers, infrastructure operators, sponsors and exhibitors.
    14.00 – 14.30
    Keynote speech: The art of leadership in changing times

    Frederiek Toney, President, Ford Customer Service Division, Ford Motor Company
    14.30 – 15.30
    SESSION 7: Debating the future: where is the industry heading?

    Join a lively panel discussion with the industry’s leading decision makers to discuss the trends, technologies and disruptions shaping automotive logistics, and what they expect from their suppliers, stakeholders and customers.

  • Open questions and interviews with heads of supply chain and logistics
  • Understand the visions and personalities of key leaders
  • Separate the hype from the reality for technologies in the supply chain

  • MODERATOR: Louis Yiakoumi, Conference Chairman, Automotive Logistics Group

  • Marc Brazeau, Head of Logistics, FCA US LLC
  • Chris Styles, Senior Director of Logistics, Nissan North America, Inc
  • Frederiek Toney, President, Ford Customer Service Division, Ford Motor Company
  • 15.30