0930 – 1000
GCC relies heavily on import of foods which account for 94% of its consumption. Whether it’s finished frozen and chilled products or raw food ingredients, the food industry needs constant supply of product into the region. And in the case of medicine, patient safety could be at risk without necessary treatments available. Without ongoing access to foreign suppliers, they need sufficient storage on home soil to stay prepared for an interruption in the supply chain in a ‘no-deal’ scenario
1000 - 1030
How will e-commerce fresh produce trading alter GCC’s traditional in store model? How will the food safety and perishable supply chain integrity be impacted by the same. Will the existing cold store investments meet demand or capacity expansion is required. How will it impact the end consumer. Will he witness an increase in final landing cost.
1030 – 1100
Providing the freshest products to customers remains a challenge for retailers, since doing so is not tied to a single business function; merchandising, store operations and the supply chain all play a collaborative role in managing and maintaining freshness and reducing shrinkage in the perishables cycle. While different approaches can help retailers achieve this goal, developing a high- velocity supply chain is one of the most straight- forward strategies for ensuring freshness and realizing top- and bottom-line improvements.
1100 - 1130
Besides human handling during the delivery process, the way retailers handle and store cold chain products like food or vaccines, how their staff approach the preservation and safety of products, as well as the measures they take to reduce spoilage, everything ultimately affects quality. The lack of understanding about cold chain best-practices can create risks for the quality of cold chain products, and the lack of visibility at the store level creates a blind spot for manufacturers with regards to their cold chain's integrity from manufacturing to point-of-sale.
1130 – 1200
1200 – 1230
In perishable logistics, time is of the essence to ensure pharma produce, vaccines, flowers, fish, and other products reach their destinations while they still offer maximum appeal and shelf life. As a result, many of these goods move via air. But the potential complications of shipping perishables via air include uncertainty in timelines, gaps in maintaining cold chain, and higher costs. How can these be optimised.
1230 – 1300
Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to be a greater disruptor as tracking sensors and smart devices have gained prominence in manufacturing supply chains due to the proliferation of RFID technology and faster internet connectivity. For pharma & food companies the benefits of real-time data are immense as the manufacturing process is complex and sensitive, the product quality needs to be perfect and the transportation has to be handled efficiently and often temperature controlled to ensure safe consumption for the customers. There is zero margin for error in both, production and delivery standards.
1300 – 1330
Both Food Processing and Pharma Manufacturing are sectors which have huge health impacts and follow stringent standards and guidelines. Temperature control in logistics is a key factor to ensure the integrity of supply chains. Global majors are looking to Blockchain for solutions. How can these be applied in GCC
1330 - 1415
A key characteristic of transport operations is the number of ‘touch-points’, ‘hand-offs’ or process and service exchanges between the various organizations and individuals involved. The TTSPP product is at the greatest risk of improper handling during these exchanges. For this reason they are defined as Critical Control Points in the transport supply chain. Identifying and mitigating the potential risks is critical for every supplier.
1445 - 1515
The typical active shipping system is a dedicated portable container. They come in two types: systems with cooling only, and systems with both heating and cooling. The temperature stabilizing medium in active shipping systems comprise dry ice or use phase change materials as a means to provide temperature control; alternatively compressor-driven cooling systems are also widely used.
1515 - 1545
Pharmaceuticals & Food Products with temperature-sensitive and shelf-life concerns deserve the most experienced, extensive, and expedient shipping attention. But that doesn’t assure quality and safety unless products are packed correctly. According to experts the responsibility lies with the shippers to ensure appropriate packaging. What are the latest developments in temperature sensitive packaging. Any packaging should be tested, in the lab and the field, first for distribution stresses, such as vibrations and drops, and then for temperature influences.
1545 - 1615
Supply chains have always been complex and more so in the case of temperature sensitive ones, requiring the integration of multiple processes, applications, technologies, and organizational components. However, the fast-evolving digital transformation and globalization of today’s businesses have added new layers of complexity and introduced challenges from people, process, and technology perspectives. What is the best practice in transforming temperature controlled supply chains.
1615 - 1630
1630 - 1700
Although in many warehouse and cold chain storage applications temperature is the most common parameter measured, in situations where bulk powders are stored, relative humidity is equally as important and in some cases more important. High levels of humidity will cause powders to congeal which can affect product quality or deem ingredients unusable. Data Loggers for a while have supported the industry in this space however the use of wireless monitoring across geographies avoids much of the installation cost and disruption that can occur with hardwired systems.
1700 - 1730
Despite the technological advances in cold chain technology, the most reliable solutions out there aren’t easily available because they’re simply too expensive. Most of the times, you or your transport provider are making do with what is “just enough.” This means, the risk of failure of a technology or equipment or the required amount of human effort in your cold chain is high.
1730 - 1800
Globalization requires complying with international regulations which vary from market to market. Quality control necessitates controlling texture, taste, temperature and reducing the amount of processing. Multi cell carriers are finding increased applications in reducing cost. What are the effective strategies to manage business within this environment.