Breakbulk Americas 2022: 3 Reflections on one of the Project Cargo and Breakbulk Industry’s Biggest Events
It’s been a busy time for us here at e2log! We recently attended the Fluor Supply Chain Summit, the Gartner Supply Chain Symposium, and Breakbulk Americas. It was wonderful to connect with the project logistics community in Houston, at the Breakbulk Americas 2022 event.
Breakbulk Americas is the region’s largest trade event for the project cargo and breakbulk industry and is the place for networking and discovering the trends shaping project opportunities. And WOW was it a great event!
Breakbulk Americas 2022 Highlights
1. Connecting with the Global Shipper Community in the e2log Lounge
We loved sponsoring the Global Shipper Lounge in Rotterdam so much, that we did it again in Houston! Shippers and cargo owners used the lounge to connect, share experiences, discuss problems and find solutions as a group while at the conference. We had great conversations about industrial supply chain and logistics with logistics leaders at EPCs, energy companies, industrial manufacturers, and mining and metal companies.
Importantly, we heard from you, the shippers and cargo owners, about your requirements for technology that supports industrial project logistics. This invaluable feedback helps us to continue to develop tools that cater to the unique needs and specific problems of industrial project logistics. Thank you!
Watch the video below to hear more from our Founder and CEO, Adolph Colaco, on why we continue to support the Global Shipper Network Lounge:
Take a peek into the Lounge…
2. Main stage panel: How to build a business case for deployment of logistics technology for industrial projects
Our VP, Supply Chain Solutions, Arun Joseph, moderated a panel of accomplished logistics professionals tackling the topic of how to best build a business case for deploying logistics technology.
- Do more with less: Technology is key to enabling logistics teams to continually optimize and improve
- It’s more than cost savings: In addition to reducing costs, technology brings visibility, and enables organizations to differentiate, and ensure long-term sustainability and scalability
- Visibility is at the core of risk management: If you can see risk, you can manage it
- Be thorough, committed, and timely: Be prepared, believe in your business case, ensure the logistics team are aligned, and be aware of budget cycles and governance processes.
- Link to organizational goals: Highlight how logistics technology will improve entire supply chain operations and positively impact overall revenue
- Change management is key: You are running a project when implementing new technology, and that must come with robust change management and continuity measures to drive success
- Engage your stakeholders early: Your request should not come as a surprise to those who need to approve it. Cultivate the idea with those influencing the decision so that when it’s time to sign, all are informed and aligned.
3. Women in Breakbulk Breakfast
Our Director, Onboarding and Training, Kary Alanis had the pleasure of joining an amazing group of female supply chain colleagues for a fantastic morning of networking and discussion. The speakers, Dea Chincuanco from dship Carriers and Audrey Murillo from Bechtel Corporation discussed the low percentages of women in logistics and in the C-Suite, the fact that there is still a significant pay gap, and that networking is key.
Three key pieces of advice were:
- Find others, of all genders, within your network to amplify the great work women are doing in the industry
- Empower others and fill your network with people who are different from you, willing to support women, and whom you can learn from
- Remember to give back to other women starting out in the industry
Thanks to the Breakbulk team, our panelists, and everyone we connected with at Breakbulk Americas! We can’t wait to see you again soon.