Three Questions to Stefan Rummel, Managing Director
The doors to the world's largest logistics fair, transport logistic, will open in Munich on June 4. The trade fair covers the entire supply chain, be it by water, air or land. What are the main topics? Three Questions to Stefan Rummel, Managing Director of Messe München:
1. China's New Silk Road initiative is stirring the logistics industry. At transport logistic too?
The Silk Road initiative will be clearly visible at transport logistics, and Chinese companies are increasingly looking for cooperation partners in Europe. The number of exhibitors from China has almost doubled with 30 new ones to a total of 64, including Sinotrans, China Railway Container Transport and Yuxinou Logistics. The Middle Kingdom has currently moved from 10th place to 6th place among the top ten exhibitors in Germany. We will also welcome a large Chinese delegation, and the conference program reflects the topic in particular in the panel discussions “China-Europe Blocktrain: Bringing The Silk Road Alive” and “The New Silk Road—Where is the Hype Leading Us?”.
2. Keyword—Driver shortage: How's the industry doing here?
Shortage of drivers and skilled workers is the dominant topic in the conference program. The logistics industry knows that it must change and make the driver's profession more attractive. This starts with salary and working conditions and extends to the situation on the ramp, i.e., at the interface between transporter and customer. At the same time, new technologies such as autonomous driving and artificial intelligence will increasingly transform the job profile into that of a logistics manager. Diversity and, in particular, the proportion of women are other important levers that are being addressed.
3. Your top event at the trade fair?
It’s obvious: the opening. Dr. Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post AG DHL, Dorothea von Boxberg, Management Board Product and Sales, Lufthansa Cargo AG, Alexander Doll, Management Board Finance, Freight Transport and Logistics, Deutsche Bahn AG, and Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd AG. will discuss whether logistics is more a designer or a driver of the international economy in the face of trade conflicts all the way to Brexit. Prior to this, Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer will officially open the trade fair. (Hall B2, Forum I at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2019)