FOCUS: Logistics – Current Trends, Opportunities, and Challenges

FOCUS: Logistics – Current Trends, Opportunities, and Challenges

• Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York
• German American Chambers of Commerce, Inc. (GACC)

Logistics has become an indispensable component of today’s global economy. Worldwide supply chains and worldwide distribution networks are a key performance factor for many companies. The optimization of transportation and logistics solutions provides a competitive edge. The issues companies and their logistics providers face include efficiency, flexibility, quality, security, and sustainability. How are our airports and ports able to handle future growth and maximize efficiency while minimizing vulnerability? How can logistics companies balance energy efficiency and supply chain resilience? How will new developments in the field of logistics affect our businesses and daily lives? Experts from DB Schenker, Cisco, Hapag-Lloyd, Lufthansa and Georgia Tech discussed current trends, opportunities, and challenges in the field of logistics.


Heiner Murmann (keynote speech)
Member of the Board of Management, Schenker AG, responsible for Air and Ocean Freight
CEO of DB Schenker in the Americas

Jack Allen
Senior Director, Logistics and Manufacturing Solutions, Cisco Systems

Gary Cleave
Senior Vice President Regional Sales & Customer Service, Hapag-Lloyd (A), Inc.

Alexander Karst
Director Sales & Handling, USA Northeast & Mid-Atlantic, Lufthansa Cargo AG

John-Paul Clarke (moderator)
Associate Professor, The Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering and H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Director, Air Transportation Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology

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