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2021 Conference Programme





08:00 – 14:00 PDT

Finished Vehicle Logistics North America Golf Day hosted by KHS Global

Swing into action.


17:00 – 21:00 PDT

Welcome drinks reception, hosted by Accelerated Services Auto Transporters

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 finished vehicle logistics sector.



08:00 - 09:00 PDT

Conference open for registration, networking & refreshments

Join us to collect your badge, enjoy a bite to eat and start making up for lost time making new connections and catching up with colleagues and friends..

09:00 - 09:10 PDT

Welcome from the Finished Vehicle Logistics team

09:10 - 09:40 PDT

Session 1: Pioneers on the new frontier of vehicle logistics

Automotive is breaking down boundaries, including ramping up sustainable mobility, leveraging technology and data, and decarbonising supply chains, all of which will redefine requirements and technology for finished vehicle logistics. Join this session to understand the pioneering strategies that will give the sector to keep pace with industry evolution and deliver success on the new frontiers of FVL in North America.

09:40 - 10:15 PDT

Session 2: Global automotive outlook – what’s in store as the 20s roar

Get the latest facts, figures, forecasts and trends for vehicle sales and production, including what’s next for the automotive market’s recovery in North America and beyond, the development of electrified and alternative propulsion vehicles, along with top insights and analysis on future market consolidation, growth opportunities, semiconductor production and much more.

10:15 - 11:00 PDT

Networking, meetings and exhibition

11:00 - 11:40 PDT

Session 3: Building the green machine to achieve net zero

Net carbon zero emissions in the supply chain are no longer a utopian dream, but a clear target from government, CEOs and, increasingly, vehicle customers. Achieving that goal for vehicle logistics will require a combination of standardised reporting standards, network analysis and optimisation, changes to purchasing considerations and significant investments in new and emerging technologies. It will also mean constant innovation and collaboration. Join this session to hear the latest examples of how OEMs and providers are measuring and reducing emissions, using alternative fuels and powertrain technology to create more sustainable multimodal networks on the road to zero carbon logistics.

1:40 - 12:15 PDT

Session 4: Outsmarting the capacity crunch

Low vehicle inventory level, driver shortages, carrier consolidation along with recovering demand have increased the pressure on maintaining visibility and throughput across the vehicle logistics network. As there is no ‘magic bullet’ to address these issues overnight, OEMs and logistics service providers need to outsmart such challenges to keep pace with demand – notably through better visibility, digitalisation, data, and collaboration. Hear how outbound specialists are identifying alternative routes and developing solutions to overcome the capacity crunch and keep the recovery on track.

12:15 - 12:45 PDT

Session 5: All aboard the railroad to future vehicle logistics

Rail plays a crucial role in delivering automotive freight and finished vehicles across North America and like other transport modes, it must adapt to meet the changing needs of the industry in terms of digitalisation, connectivity, and sustainability. So, it’s ‘All aboard!’ this session to discuss the impact of the changing rail network, the shift to flexible railcars, infrastructure upgrades and how technology and collaboration will improve service.

12:45 - 14:00 PDT

Lunch, networking & exhibitions

Buffet lunch hosted by Freight Verify

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14:00 - 15:00 PDT

Finished Vehicle Logistics Ideas Labs: Workshop phase

The Finished Vehicle Logistics Ideas Labs are small, solutions-orientated working groups that provide an invaluable opportunity to interact and work directly with key industry peers on the real-life issues that matter most to you. Facilitated by subject-matter experts, each Ideas Lab is an open discussion that address challenges head on. In our first phase, each group will workshop the topic with the goal of determining no more than three action points.

Ideas Lab 1: Connecting the dots – maximising data from in-vehicle connectivity, telematics, and tracking tools

Advanced vehicle technology is putting more resources at the fingertips of outbound operators and decision makers, but maximising such visibility requires new investment, standards, partnerships, and skills. This group will identify the barriers to entry and focus on solutions to make the most of this real-time information.

Ideas Lab 2: Shredding the paper – digitising outbound processes

OEMs and vehicle logistics providers are increasingly turning to digital tools to automate and optimise vehicle logistics, from carrier management and purchasing, freight audit and invoicing, inventory management, scheduling and more. Discuss the biggest opportunities and low-hanging fruit to help make outbound more efficient.

Ideas Lab 3: Damage repair and prevention – to protect and to serve

With inventories low, vehicle protection and damage limitation are critical to maintaining supply and meeting demand efficiently. In this session, quality experts will explore the latest analysis tools and best practises to improve vehicle security, identify and address damage risks, speed up repair and ensure higher rates of undamaged deliveries.

Ideas Lab 4: Vehicle processing – maximising space and reducing dwell

The need for agility and flexibility at ports, plants and distribution centres has never been greater as OEMs and logistics providers manage disruption, make use of all available assets, and use new tools to optimise PDI and accessory installation. This lab will focus on techniques and tools for improving vehicle processing, yard management and decreasing dwell time.

15:00 - 15:40 PDT

Networking and meetings

15:40 - 16:15 PDT

Finished Vehicle Logistics Ideas Labs: Pitch phase

Leaders from each Ideas Lab present the key findings on the main conference stage in a series of short, quickfire pitches that outline their key action points. These actions will inform further conference discussion, as well as follow up after the event.

16:15 - 16:50

Session 6: Energising partnerships

Strong relationships and better communications have helped vehicle logistics through the pandemic, while partnering with the right stakeholders will be critical as the industry adapts to new products, technology and sustainability requirements. In this session our panel of logistics leaders shares insights on balancing in-house operations and outsourcing external competence, long-term partnership investments in a time of continuous short-term disruptions and creating next-level alliances to future-proof success.

16:50 - 17:20 PDT

Session 7: Enhancing vehicle logistics service – the customer is always right

As carmakers and dealers increasingly put customers at the heart of their distribution strategies, offering more digital and flexible sales, service and delivery options, vehicle logistics is becoming even more critical to the customer journey. Understand how customer-centric approaches are evolving the roles and requirements of the outbound supply chains for new and used vehicles, including the processes and technology required to offer customers the experiences they now expect, including real-time order tracking, customisation and a blend of in-person and online retail.

17:20 - 17:30 PDT

Reflections on Day 1 & wrap up from the Finished Vehicle Logistics team

18:00 - 21:00 PDT

Finished Vehicle Logistics North America Dinner


08:30 - 09:00 PDT

Conference open for registration, networking & refreshments

Re-group and re-fuel for Day 2 with some early morning refreshments and kick start the conversation with new found colleagues and connections.

09:00 - 09:05 PDT

Welcome from the team

09:05 - 10:00 PDT

Session 8: FVL Family Feud – A game that challenges new ideas and innovations

Wake up to a fun, interactive game involving industry innovators and audience participation. Contestants will be shown a series of pictures selected by our industry advisors that represent different challenges in vehicle logistics, whether cost, operational, capacity, rail transport or IT related. For each image, the contestant identifies the challenge as they see it, and then describes a solution. Audience members have the chance to vote on which solution would be most effective, and provide alternatives during a live Q&A.

There will be prizes for best answers from contestants and the audience!

10:00 - 10:30 PDT

Session 9: Alternative propulsion, alternative thinking

While most electrified and alternative propulsion vehicles can flow through existing networks and channels, the outbound sector must adapt processes and equipment to accommodate the complexities of moving these vehicles to market, whether in weight and dimensions, battery handling or charge. Hear how traditional and start-up OEMs and logistics providers are scaling up operations, developing new skills and offering new service opportunities.

10:30 - 11:15 PDT

Networking, meetings and exhibition

11:15 - 12:15 PDT

Ideas Labs: Workshop phase – sustainable transport

Round 2 of the FVL Ideas Labs offers another opportunity to collaborate with fellow attendees to identify common issues and break down boundaries in the most critical areas for the supply chain. Lead by industry experts, these breakouts will focus on identifying meaningful and practical actions to reduce emissions and empty miles, cut CO2 footprints and create more sustainable logistics networks for the outbound sector.

Ideas Lab 5: Life on the open road

Sustainable transport for trucking and road services

Ideas Lab 6: Rail renaissance

Sustainable transport for the rail and intermodal services

Ideas Lab 7: Ship-shape supply chains

Sustainable transport for shipping and port processing services

12:15 - 13:30 PDT

Lunch, networking & exhibitions

13:30 - 13:50 PDT

Ideas Lab – pitch phase

Leaders from each Ideas Lab present the key findings on the main conference stage in a series of short, quickfire pitches that outline their key action points. These actions will inform further conference discussion, as well as follow up after the event.

13:50 - 14:30 PDT

Session 10: Digital vehicle logistics – the end-to-end supply chain is nigh

Repent, the spreadsheet apocalypse is here! In a volatile market, greater visibility and transparency across the supply chain will enhance order-to-delivery planning, improve forecasting, and provide faster updates for key stakeholders in the chain. Understand how new technology and systems are outperforming manual processes, offering greater control and faster decision making and hear about the true potential of increased visibility throughout the outbound supply chain.

14:30 - 15:10 PDT

Session 11: Planning ahead – future-proofing vehicle logistics

In this final session, we delve into the minds and strategies of supply chain and logistics leaders as they plan for future vehicle logistics. Join this high-level panel discussion as we explore not only best practice for overcoming today’s challenges, but look ahead to the markets, products and technology that will reshape the outbound sector beyond what’s possible today. Understand which tools and innovations those in the know are backing and start preparing for an exciting and transformative road ahead.

15:10 - 15:40 PDT

Reflections on Day 2 & wrap up from the Finished Vehicle Logistics team