As the air cargo sector slowly but surely emerges from its prolonged slump, industry leading publication, Payload Asia, continues with its highly successful Payload Asia Conference which it initiated in 2012. This year will see a two-day event with industry roundtable discussions and presentations
Disruptive technology impacts the air cargo supply chain
Disruptive technologies are transforming working practices in many fields and certainly the traditional practices of the transport and logistics sector are highly susceptible to these forces of change. What is this disruptive technology all about and how is it challenging the traditional air cargo supply chain? Who are these new breed of ‘disruptive’ players? What impact is this having on the sector and what does the near future look like? How can the traditional actors tap these same forces that are giving impetuous to new disruptive players?
Supply chain models in the midst of upheaval
The pace of growth in e-commerce has turned the retail and logistics world on its head. With traditional models under strain and e-commerce giants like Amazon and Alibaba seeking to bring their logistics needs in-house there appears to be major tremors shaking the foundations of logistics companies, including the integrators, much to the surprise of many.
With China’s e-commerce revolution only in the warm-up stages, what impact on global logistics can we expect as this emerging giant gathers speed? What is the significance of moves by companies like Amazon and Alibaba to handler their own fulfilment logistics? Why is this happening? What does this mean for the traditional players who might have been considering moving into this area? Will these new in-house divisions become new competitors for the existing players in the market?
China’s Silk Road maps out a new era of trade
China’s much vaunted trade strategy of essentially reviving the age-old Silk Road in modern trade and logistics terms has caught the attention of the world. Is there substance in this strategy and what is this initiative all about? What impact will it have on trade within the region and between China and Europe? Is this a threat or an opportunity for the air cargo supply chain? What are some of the concrete examples of this policy now in how does this strategy fit in with the recent signing of the ASEAN Economic Community as well as, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) of which China is not a signatory?
Reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated
The all-freighter segment of the air cargo supply chain has, despite some earlier pronouncements of its imminent demise, continued to evolve and indeed grow. What has been the evolution over the last few years? How has the growth in wide-bodied passenger aircraft impacted this sector? Who are the key maindeck players now? What is the future of the sector? What is their key value proposition? What do these companies need to do, to ensure their continued demand for narrowbody freighters is also surging thanks largely to dramatic e-commerce growth. What do these developments mean for both Airbus and Boeing, as well as the conversion companies?
Can Hong Kong remain the world’s premier cargo hub?
What does it take to create a world class cargo hub and what will it take to maintain Hong Kong’s number one position? Can Hong Kong remain in top spot, particularly in the face of China’s continued economic and air cargo supply chain growth? What are the key challenges to Hong Kong’s position as a top notch logistics hub? What strategies are air cargo supply chain companies employing to surmount the challenges Hong Kong faces? How will e-commerce impact the situation?
The lithium battery debate continues to heat up
What is the current state of lithium battery transport – regulatory versus reality? What are the key issues? Where does responsibility lie – manufacturers/shippers, forwarders, postal authorities, ground handlers, carriers? How is e-commerce impacting the situation? What responsibility do e-commerce platforms have in this? Does the recent ban by ICAO on carriage in passenger belly holds improve safety? Is improved belly/maindeck fire suppression or specialised pallet containment the solution? What is the way forward in this area?
*Conference topics are subject to changes without prior notice