Digitalization & Disruption to take centre-stage at TOC Asia during Singapore Maritime Week

PSA International, Coca-Cola, Adidas, DACHSER Asia Pacific, ICTSI, Ericsson & Caterpillar already confirmed as speakers

10 January 2018

TOC Asia returns to Singapore - one of the world’s most important transhipment hubs - in conjunction with Singapore Maritime Week. The two-track conference and exhibition has at its heart the core theme of Digitalization & Disruption. Attendees will converge at the event to discuss new trade dynamics and to be updated on the latest technology.

Historically, container carriers attempted to increase productivity by increasing capacity -leading to well documented fleets of underutilised mega-vessels. But as the age of the 4th Industrial Revolution gathers pace, it is the big data explosion that is allowing the industry to take a huge leap forward in gathering, analyzing, and distributing data that can be turned into information to enable the integrated management of activities across the supply chain. Container shipping invented the
digitalization of the seas; but to date has barely exploited the huge volume of data that it daily collects and transmits. Now the industry needs to embrace digitalization and innovation more than ever.

Following a Keynote presentation from Tan Chong Meng, Group CEO at PSA International, TOC will once again dedicate the first day of the Container Supply Chain conference track to discussing the issue of Digitalization and Disruption, from the viewpoint of the major players in the supply chain. The first panel will be a cargo panel,
composed solely of mega Shippers. The following session will feature the rest of the supply chain - shipping lines, 3pls and ports / terminals. This super-session will culminate in a high-level roundtable debate with all the day’s speakers brought back for in-depth Q&A both in person and via the conference app.

Big Box Shipper Debate

Ecommerce is transforming how transactions and trades are done domestically and across borders. Artificial intelligence, robotics, Big Data, 3D printing, the Internet of Things, communication technology, augmented reality and nano technologies are converging on the industry to create a supply chain model where everything is digitized, connected, shared, personalized and directly available to all.

Threats remain in the transformation of conventional container business models. Last June’s cyber-attack on Maersk showing that the industry is still relatively unprotected from potential cyber-attacks. The industry is embracing digitalization and innovation more than ever but still needs to look towards developing a comprehensive digital strategy. A strategy which liberates the untapped potential of current processes and generates long-term value because digitalization is about enhancing and not replacing current processes. With an astounding $14.2 trillion to be realized through digital business by 2022, the time for digital is now!

Big Box Shipper Debate speakers include

Sundararaman Anandan, Head of Logistics & Transportation – Asia, Coca-Cola

Kamish Mirza, Head of Supply Chain Management APAC, Ericsson

Warren Ng, Director, Operations - South East Asia, Adidas

Tommy Lui, EVP - North Asia, iDS Medical Systems (a member of the Fung Group)

Michael Nielsen, Transportation Operations Manager - ASEAN & India, Caterpillar

Edoardo Podestá, MD Asia Pacific Air & Sea Logistics, DACHSER Asia Pacific

Guillaume Lucci, Vice President & Director of Global Engineering, ICTSI

The two-track TOC Asia conference also features

-  Trade & Shipping Outlook

-  Asia & Middle East port infrastructure and investment


-  Terminal Operations


TOC Events Worldwide Event Director Paul Holloway states “We are extremely honoured that Mr Tan Chong Meng will once again deliver the Keynote Address at TOC Asia.”

Mr Holloway continues “The conference goes from strength to strength each year. We are delighted to once again have a host of large scale shippers, as part of the Big Box Shipper session, including the first ever contribution from Coca-Cola.  Attendees will gain a vast amount of insight and knowledge from thought leaders and experts sourced from the entire container supply chain.  The high-level knowledge and networking available at TOC Asia this year is the best we have ever produced’

TOC Asia
24 – 25 April 2018

Marina Bay Sands Singapore


About TOC Worldwide 

For 40 years, TOC Worldwide has provided the market-leading conference and exhibition forums for the global port and terminal industries and their customers. With a change of name to TOC Container Supply Chain, the TOC event portfolio is now evolving fast to attract a wider audience of container supply chain professionals. Taking place each year in the world’s four key shipping hubs – Europe, Middle East, Americas and Asia – each TOC is now a complete container supply chain event for its region, bringing together cargo owners, logistics providers, carriers, ports, terminals and other key members of the container supply chain to learn, debate, network and foster new business solutions. 

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