The South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) has announced that it will host its annual event online this year, on 16 and 17 September 2021. Themed “Creating Industry Connectivity”, the Summit will explore the opportunities and challenges around building seamless supply chains, with an added mix of stories to motivate and inspire delegates.
Higher levels of connectivity and transparency are essential for the functioning - and successes - of supply chains. These developments have been accelerated over the past year, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In our highly digitalised world, Industry 4.0 and its related-cutting edge technologies such as deep learning, machine learning and artificial intelligence, are driving unprecedented changes and bringing about both complex challenges and opportunities for freight forwarders,” says David Logan, Chief Executive Officer of SAAFF. “Connectivity, which is the seamless flow of materials, information, and financial resources along the supply chain, is key. Connectivity is enabled by two factors: information systems connectivity and physical connectivity.”
On the Agenda
The SAAFF Summit Programme has been carefully crafted to address connectivity challenges and opportunities. From e-commerce to enhanced trade and compliance, SMART borders to the Single Window, education to ethics, the SAAFF Summit covers topics essential for companies to not only survive, but thrive.
The speaker line-up includes experts and leaders from the private sector, governmental departments and non-governmental organisations, from around the globe.
Hosted by television personality and seasoned journalist Derek Watts, a mix of broad business topics and industry specific items will be covered over the two-day event, including:
Industry-focused topics include:
Networking and Knowledge-Building
In addition to the talks and panel discussions, attendees will have many opportunities to build new relationships and renew existing ones, through several networking opportunities. The Summit’s online expo will comprise an array of industry service providers, industry organisations and companies.
Shipshape Software Solutions is a Silver Sponsor of this year’s Summit.