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The efficiency equation = 

velocity + throughput + space

 imea 2014With light vehicle sales headed for 20m units this year, there’s never been a more vital time to look for big improvements in the practical execution of logistics. And with fallout from labour disputes still affecting West Coast ports, operation at all North American entry points are in the spotlight.

“We’ve got work to do to make sure that our port capacity is maintained and adequate for what is coming,” said Paul Jaenichen, Maritime Administrator at the Department of Transportation.

Rolling and sailing over the horizon is not just volume, but a significantly-changed pattern of flows.  Dramatic expansion of Mexico production and the strong dollar demand a new approach to the challenges of capacity and efficiency.

Which is why the second Import Export North America conference has an equation as its theme. By examining the practical operations of flow-speed through the terminal, the elimination of restrictions and smoothing of PDI, and the vital provision of sufficient space, vehicle logistics can address the challenge of being efficient enough.

The one-day meeting will run from breakfast to cocktails. It will see OEMs listening to and challenging the key logistics players: ocean carriers, rail companies and hauliers; port authorities and terminal operators; inspection and damage repair professionals; and a whole range of other providers. Customers and providers will together address the issues of moving the right number of cars efficiently and damage-free.

“Great, especially considering it’s the first Import Export conference,” commented Ed Wilson, general manager of vehicle logistics at VW, after the inaugural event last year. “Great networking possibilities, relevant topics and effective speakers,” added Doug Jackson of ACL/Grimaldi Lines.  “Short, sweet and very informative,” concluded Barry Williams, vice president of operations at Hansen and Adkins Auto Transport.

The 2015 event will be held at the Marriott Inner Harbour in the Port of Baltimore in August; just before the Propeller Club’s Crabfeast, providing a unique opportunity to combine business with relaxation.

You can register on the tab at the top of this page. Join your peers, suppliers and competitors for one day which will help shape your solution to the challenges of efficiency in vehicle logistics in North America.  

The conference is part of the worldwide Automotive Logistics series, which in 2015 includes:

In summary, delegates at Import Export north America 2015 can:

•    Hear great presentations from OEMs and LSPs
•    Ask questions in person and join discussions
•    Network with senior executives across the industry
•    Make new contacts, gain new introductions and develop new business opportunities
•    Benefit from the interaction at social occasions, including drinks reception (included in the delegate fee)
•    Receive soft copies of the speaker presentations to download and circulate within their organisations