Blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning and other tech terms are thrown around every day in the logistics industry when articles and discussions are focused on where the industry is headed and what is the future of not only the freight forwarding specifically, but the general logistics industry as a whole.

X2 Group has taken notice of the acceleration of technology and solutions service providers in the industry and has made it a feature of the 5th Annual X2 Conference 2018. The Annual X2 Conference brings together all the groups under X2 Logistics Networks to a single location where they can establish and reinforce professional relationships with fellow members. The CEO and Founder of X2 Group, Richard Overton, says “Conferences are essential for success within the network, especially for those who will be attending their first X2 Conference.”

For the upcoming event that will be held in Hua Hin, Thailand from 24-28 February 2018, X2 has invited 3 software solutions providers and an insurance partner that will offer X2 Cargo Protect, an e-insurance platform made available to X2 Logistics Networks members.

The 4 companies will be represented by guest speakers, and their representatives will be available for conversations and meetings throughout the duration of the event. The companies who will be participating are WiseTech Global, Softlink, ConsolFreight, and Nacora.

For Softlink, ConsolFreight, and Nacora, 2018 will be their first appearances at an X2 Logistics Networks event, however WiseTech has had a regular presence at X2 Annual Conferences since 2016.

WiseTech Global and Softlink will both be promoting their software solution platforms oriented towards freight forwarders. WiseTech Global is known throughout the industry for their CargoWise One system. Softlink offers multiple software solutions for different industries, however the focus will likely be their Logi-Sys freight forwarding oriented software.
Nacora is owned by Kuehne + Nagel, and although they are an insurance broker, they also have a tech aspect to their presence at the upcoming X2 Conference. Through its e-insurance platform X2 members will be able to easily and quickly insure their shipments.

“2018 is already demonstrating that technology will be a strong influence for the immediate future of the logistics industry and that’s something that not only our members. But other freight forwarders need to pay attention also and begin adapting,” says Murray Backhouse, the General Manager Global Networks for X2 Logistics Networks when asked about the increased presence of technology for 2018.

The 5th Annual X2 Conference 2018 will be held in Hua Hin, Thailand from 24-28 February at the Dusit Thani Resort and will be attended by freight forwarding and logistics industry professionals from around the globe.

Alternative networking

Conferences and annual general meetings have been around longer than logistics networking has been an industry. If you’re a freight forwarder or your customers are freight forwarders you likely attend 3 or 4 events a year. Reading this, your mind has probably already started running through the logistics networking routine; arrive at the event, cocktail reception, presentations, one-on-one meetings, attendee dinner, depart for the airport.

Of course the basics are unavoidable. Every event needs a cocktail reception, and, of course, what would a networking conference be without a dinner and meetings? It all becomes routine after attending your first few events.

But what if you could network in the sky? Attend an English Garden Party? And have a Floating Market come to you? All while meeting with not only freight forwarders but tech startups, airlines, and other potential partners?

This year, X2 Logistics Networks is elevating logistics networking to a new level.

“Networking in the sky,” is how Richard Overton, X2 Group’s Founder & CEO describes why there will be hot air balloons at the 5th Annual X2 Conference 2018.“This year, our 5th year, which is a milestone for any logistics network, means that we need to go big. Well, we always go big if you look at our past events. But for this coming conference we need to go seriously big.”

Going big means attendees will have the opportunity to network while in the baskets of hot air balloons. There has never been a logistics network event offering this type of memorable and unique opportunity for its attendees.

The hot air balloons aren’t just for conversation. X2 members were offered the chance to sponsor a balloon and a few quick and lucky members who managed to claim a balloon sponsorship will receive a drone video of their balloon plus their brand displayed on a 7 x 5 meter banner.

The hot air balloons will make their first appearance at the Mad Hatter’s English Garden Party. Why an English Garden Party? Richard Overton explained, “We like to have a little bit of fun at our events and I thought I’d bring some of the UK to Thailand for our conference.”

In balance to the English influence, X2’s event places a very Thai spin on the regular Gala Dinner. Plenty of networking conferences are held in Thailand and the typical Thai element has been a traditional Thai dance performance. X2 is is going in a different direction for their event. The X2 Team will be bringing a floating market to guests. Boats loaded with food will be crossing a lake at the venue during the dinner to provide a delicious meal and memorable experience.

Guest entertainment and experience won’t be the only elements to be elevated during the 5th Annual X2 Conference 2018. The event will host an array of insurance, tech startups, airlines, and network partners from other industries who will be providing unique and exclusive opportunities to the members of X2 Logistics Networks.

From hot air balloons and a floating market to airlines and tech startups. The 5th Annual X2 Conference will be very different alternative logistics networking event that is designed to facilitate the forming and strengthening of business relationships but avoid the monotony of the standard logistics network event.

The 5th Annual X2 Conference 2018 will be held in Hua Hin, Thailand at the Dusit Thani Resort from 24-28 February 2018. Registration can be completed via www.x2conference.com

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