Logistics conference returns to SA

Cape Town, South Africa: A second Cool Logistics conference is planned in Cape Town. It following the success of the first event event which attracted more than 150 participants.

The conference will debate delivering better cold chain costs and efficiency for Africa’s perishable trades.  The cost of shipping a 40ft refrigerated container from Mozambique is over three times higher than moving the same box from the Philippines and almost 16 times more than from Port Moin in Costa Rica.

This high transport cost differential is just one of the factors hampering the competitiveness of Africa’s perishable trades, said Mark Hassenkamp, chief executive of Corvus Investments International and advisor to Chiquita Brands International, at the first Cool LogisticsTM Africa conference earlier this year.

Hassenkamp has just been announced as a member of the industry advisory board consulting with event organiser Cool Logistics Resources to plan content for Cool Logistics Africa 2013. Returning to Cape Town on 16-18 April 2013, the 2nd Cool Logistics Africa conference will continue the debate on how to deliver Africa’s cold chain potential, with a focus on innovation, investment and efficiency.

Other speakers confirmed so far include: Max Braun of Max Braun Consulting Services; Mitchell Brooke, logistics development manager of Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa, Andy Connell, business unit manager, Shipping & Logistics at Dole Foods South Africa; Prof Malcolm Dodd, managing director of Coldchain Solutions; Deon Joubert, general manager operations for Capespan Exports and Iain McIntosh, general manager sales, Mitsui OSK Lines.

“Measuring progress in reducing perishable logistics costs 12 months on will be one of the key issues to be addressed next April,” said Alex von Stempel, co-director at Cool Logistics Resources.

Topics next year will include a review of global and Africa perishable trades, combining macro- and micro-economic trends in Sub-Saharan Africa. New themes will include agricultural investment, a focus on first mile distribution in dairy, fruit shipments to the retail sector and distribution centres, food processing and the use of temperature technology in both transport and static environments, as well as extended sessions on air and ocean freight.

“The 2nd Cool Logistics Africa is designed to complement our established Cool Logistics Global event in Europe, and will connect African perishable producers, exporters, importers and retailers with global and regional logistics and transport expertise”, added Rachael White co-director at Cool Logistics Resources.

“We’re delighted with the active industry encouragement we have received to return to Africa and are looking forward to growing and improving the event in 2013.”

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