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This year's conference programme will be delivered through a combination of content packed keynote panel discussions, ideas labs, learning lunches, case study presentations, Q&As, and more...

The full programme can be found below. But please watch this page for regular updates between now and the 08 December.

Online booking is now open and complimentary places are available to vehicle makers and dealerships.

08:00 – 14:00

Golf Day

The Finished Vehicle Logistics North America Golf Day is a very popular highlight of the conference.

This year, we will be heading to 'The Saticoy Club' in The Ventura County.

Quietly nestled in the hillsides of Somis, California; The Saticoy Club is considered one of the areas best kept golf secrets and the club has been host to many U.S.G.A. Championship Qualifiers and SCGA Amateur Championships.

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19:00 – 22:00

Welcome drinks reception hosted by Accelerated Services Auto Transporters

A great chance for you to get together with fellow delegates in a relaxed atmosphere before the conference starts. Our welcome reception provides an excellent forum in which to exchange views and contact details with some of the finest minds in the North American vehicle logistics sector...


08:00 - 09:00

Registration and breakfast

Join us to collect your badge, enjoy a bite to eat and start the conversation with your fellow delegates.

09:00 - 09:45

State of the FVL Nation 2020

The North American vehicle industry in the 2020s is set for significant shifts, from increasing volumes of electrified vehicles, changing regulatory and trade dynamics, and new technology opportunities, all requiring significant investment. And yet, the outlook for overall automotive sales, not least in a critical election year in the US, remains uncertain, increasing pressure on costs and profits.

This session highlights the critical factors and disruptors that will define the automotive sector in the coming years and explores the most relevant impacts for the finished vehicle logistics sector, including model trends, transport capacity and flows, commercial and investment planning.

Moderator: Louis Yiakoumi, Publisher, Automotive Logistics group

09:45 – 10:30

America, we want YOU: securing capacity, drivers and talent to deliver vehicles and mobility in the 2020s

The vehicle logistics industry faces a shortage of truck drivers, railroad staff, facility workers and other capacity. In some cases, regulations can also limit capacity or subcontracting, leaving questions on how to move the metal. Despite uncertainty in the vehicle market, as well as questions over the impact of new products and mobility services, demand for both reliable labour and new skills look set to rise.

This session explores how the industry can work together to address shortages and secure the future.

10:30 - 11:00

Networking and coffee

An excellent chance to discuss the opening session with your peers over light refreshments. FVLNA2020_Sponsor_Acertus391

11.00 – 11.40

Electrifying change: What the vehicle logistics sector needs to know ahead of new energy vehicle and truck growth

Electrified vehicles may represent a small share of the North America market today, but expectations are that they could rise to 10% or higher during the 2020s, while other powertrains, including fuel cell vehicles and commercial trucks, will emerge as well. This session explores the specific impacts and considerations for vehicle logistics, including EV weight and load factors, transport regulations by road, rail and ocean, charging requirements and more.

11.40 – 12.15

PANEL: Setting logistics standards for a new generation of vehicles

OEMs and logistics providers benefit when standards and protocols are consistent, if not shared across the sector. This panel of vehicle logistics experts and leaders discuss and debate the most important areas in need of further standardisation when handling electric and new energy vehicles, as well as other new technology features in trucking, rail and shipping equipment.

12.30 – 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 – 15.00

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: ELD in full phase

Following the final phase of the rollout of electronic logging devices (ELDs) for US trucking, this workshop explores impacts on capacity, ways to use data and best practice for vehicle logistics carriers.

Ideas Lab 2: Optimising rail capacity and service

Railcar availability and speed of service remain critical issues for carmakers across North America. This workshop will explore how planning, technology, collaboration and investment can improve service.

Ideas Lab 3: Maximising space at ports

The growth in sales of larger vehicles, along with bigger ocean vessels, has strained port storage space. This workshop explores practical ways that OEMs, processors, port authorities and logistics providers can better manage dwell and turnover.

Ideas Lab 4: Making the most of outbound data

Never have more vehicle logistics data been available, whether from connected vehicles and trucks, RFID or TMS, with advanced systems to analyse it. But which data is most useful, and what might new data protection laws mean? Join this lab to discuss and determine how best to respond.

Ideas Lab 5: Minimising damage and insurance costs

From digital systems to track damage and claims, to data-driven insurance, OEMs and vehicle providers have new technology and processes to reduce costs and time lost from damage. This workshop explores the most relevant applications.

Ideas Lab 6: Cross-border vehicle logistics

With the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement moving into the next phase of implementation, join this workshop to understand the key changes, impacts and key opportunities for transport vehicles within the North American region as NAFTA ends and USMCA begins.

Ideas Lab 7: To own or not to own, that is the asset question

Despite better visibility and planning tools, vehicle logistics continues to face huge peaks and troughs, and mismatches across inventory and transport capacity. To what extent should the industry turn more to technology-based load matching and non-asset transport solutions?

Ideas Lab 8: Launching a success story

A successful model launch depends on forward planning, good customer data, reliable release dates and a flexible transport capacity. With more new products, including EVs and hybrids, set to come to market, join this workshop to discuss how OEMs and providers can assure that everything is set for lift-off.

15.00 – 15.30

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.

15.30 – 16.00

Networking and coffee

Your chance to discuss the key issues of the day with fellow delegates over light refreshments. FVLNA2020_Sponsor_Acertus391

16:00 – 16:30

CASE STUDY: Connected vision – using connected technology to enhance vehicle tracking

The opportunity to locate, monitor and track finished vehicles in real time has never been greater, whether through connected vehicle features, truck telematics, sensors in railcars, or RFID. In this case study, we look at a real life, practical example of using technology to achieve the level of visibility that customers and supply chain stakeholders require

16.30 – 17.15

PANEL: Moving beyond the Amazon effect

Real-time visibility or orders, demand and products in the supply chain has long been the ambition but rarely the reality of the finished vehicle logistics industry, even as other sectors make progress. In this interactive Q&A, we discuss the real actions that both the new and used vehicle industry should undertake to move into ‘real time’ for sales order, tracking and even retailing – and which technology the industry should backs.

17.15 – 17.30

That’s a wrap

Our session moderators and journalists interview each other and comment on the main topics and takeaways from the first day of the conference and look ahead to the key themes to come.


Gala Dinner and Finished Vehicle Logistics North America Awards Ceremony

Dine in style as you compare notes on the first day of the conference with all the top people on the North American automotive supply chain scene.



Registration, networking and coffee

Another chance for an early conversation with fellow delegates over a bite to eat before the second day begins.

9.00 – 10.00

THE SOLUTION 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

CASE STUDY: Network design for uncertain times

The North American and global vehicle trade markets remain volatile with increasing competition and price pressure. But that makes the imperative for dynamic, reliable and efficient outbound logistics across road, rail and ports even more essential. In this case study, we explore real life, practical examples of how an OEM and its providers have improved delivery quality and speed whilst maintaining competitive costs.

10.30 – 11.00

Networking and coffee

Chew over today’s sessions with your colleagues as you enjoy some light refreshments. FVLNA2020_Sponsor_Acertus391

11.00 – 11.40

Prevention or cure? Best practices for reducing vehicle transport damage, from products to processes

Vehicle damage can stop the supply chain in its tracks. But OEMs and logistics providers have a range of options to either prevent the worst impacts from damage or get vehicles quickly back en route to customers. In this session, experts will explore options that range from using data analytics to pinpoint root causes, how to address different modes of transport, as well as new products and technologies related to protection, repair or insuring vehicles.

11.40 – 12.25

PANEL: If you start me up, I never stop

New brands, startups and disruptors are entering the North American and global automotive industry, from electric vehicles to shared mobility and other new entrants. How does a startup’s vehicle logistics planning, network and outbound execution differ from those of more established brands? This panel will provide key insights and articulate more about the needs of these companies.

12.25 – 14.00

Networking and lunch

Our second extended networking lunch gives delegates another great chance to circulate and connect with all the vehicle makers, logistics service providers, infrastructure operators, sponsors and exhibitors at the event.


13.15 – 13.45

LEARNING LUNCH: Going back for seconds

A bonus track session. If you’re hungry for more knowledge over lunch, head to the main stage where we are holding a special workshop on optimising used and remarketing vehicle logistics, whether in dedicated, value-added services, or combining logistics capacity and flows with new vehicles.


PANEL: Investment strategies for the vehicle logistics industry

Despite uncertainty, and a quickening pace of change in model types and regulations, vehicle logistics managers and service providers must plan their networks over the short and long term, whether securing seasonal storage space, one-year trucking contracts, or leasing ships and railcars over decades.

In this Q&A session, we learn more about the investment strategies that underpin the sector, from financing logistics equipment, installing new infrastructure, staff planning to investor expectations for returns.

14.40 – 15.15

PANEL: The new roaring 20s

In our final sessions, key decision-makers in logistics at vehicle makers participate in an interactive panel that will discuss the most important issues they are facing this year and into the new decade, whether in capacity, quality, technology, regulations or service. The audience will also be invited to vote on their top issues.

15.15 – 15.30

That’s a wrap

Our session moderators and journalists interview each other and comment on the main topics and takeaways from the conference and look ahead to what actions the vehicle logistics industry should take next.


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