THE ninth Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference (ALMC), an annual event jointly organised for these industries by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and the Hong Kong government, will be held on November 19-20 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).
Under the theme of "Connect and Innovate: Navigating Challenging Times", this year's ALMC will focus on three key areas: Asian connectivity, e-commerce customer experience, and logistics technology.
Some 60 experts from the logistics and maritime sectors will share their insights at the conference, which is expected to attract 2,000 industry players from 25 countries and regions.
"In addition to exploring the challenges faced by Asian supply chains under an uncertain geopolitical situation, the event will focus on a range of hot industry topics such as the retention of customers in the e-commerce arena, smart shipping, digital transformation in the air freight industry and logistics technology developments," said HKTDC deputy executive director Patrick Lau.
With the launch of the Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, and with various Asian countries actively promoting different trade agreements and regional development strategies, further integration between different trades and supply chains can be expected, resulting in a significant impact on both the logistics and shipping industries in the region.
As manufacturing investment in countries in ASEAN accelerates amid ongoing trade disputes and uncertainties around the globe, the logistics industry needs to adjust its strategy. A panel of leading logistics service providers and facilities operation representatives will share their views during the first plenary session on how Asia can catch up and play a larger global role.
In the second plenary session, "Keeping the customer 'King' in the e-commerce arena", experts from e-commerce service providers, online sales platforms and innovative start-ups will share their strategies for driving improvements in supply chain management and strengthening customer relationships, in addition to offering forecasts for upcoming industry trends.
A new session, InnoTalks, has been added to the conference this year to facilitate a discussion on the application of new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics automation, big data and smart supply chains for the logistics industry.
The new MarketTalks session at ALMC will invite overseas industry representatives to share updated market information, while another new session, Market Clinic, will enable four local logistics associations' representatives, as well as industry elites from North America, Southeast Asia and Japan, to provide complimentary one-on-one logistics consultation services for participants.
Alongside the plenary sessions, other forums will focus on the topics of cold-chain logistics, smart logistics and the digital transformation of air freight.
Exhibitions and networking receptions will be staged alongside the conference to provide participants with a more complete picture of the latest market intelligence and business opportunities. The maritime forum will focus on three areas: geopolitics, smart shipping, and the transformation of the structure of the shipping industry.
In addition, Canadian National Railway (CN) will hold a regional forum to discuss Asia's collaboration with North American ports and railways under the theme of "North American outlook: what changing trade policies, regulations and sourcing shifts mean for supply chains".
Sichuan province's Port & Logistics Office will also hold another regional forum to discuss how to develop the Air Silk Road, as well as land-air transport to promote global trade.