2 DAYS OF INSPIRATION, NETWORKING, AND LEARNING!
CSS Group took part in the Neptune Cargo Network’s Fourth Annual Partnership meeting held on May 11-14th at the Grand Hyatt, Dubai. It was attended by approximately 210 consolidators , NVOCC, and LCL forwarders from 41 countries.
After a two-year hiatus, the in-person networking summit kicked off with a fun-filled and hi-octane welcome cocktail party which was sponsored by our UK consolidation agent Cardinal. Day Two of the event was all about opportunities to learn, get inspired, and connect. The opening session was ably headed by Nils Walle, Director, and Co-founder of Neptune Cargo Network. Mr. Walle presented network updates from Neptune. This was followed by the exhilarating “Newbie Open Mic segment,” where the new members introduced themselves and their companies.
A Stellar Key Note Address by Mark Millar
The inspiring and informative keynote address was delivered by Mark Millar, one of Asia’s foremost speaker on supply chain and logistics industry. With over 30 years of global business experience spanning four continents, Millar has worked for leading service providers, including DHL and UPS. Focused on the key shaping of the logistics industry, especially in the air and sea sectors, his approach made the attendees think laterally as he provided relevant information based on key industry insights.
Millar compelled the attendees to confront and analyze tomorrow’s most significant supply chain challenges. Attendees left the session empowered with the knowledge, confidence, and motivation to implement innovative solutions for their companies.
The Ice-Breaker Session
Several well-crafted video presentations by sponsors followed the thought-provoking keynote address. In one of the ensuing sessions, consolidators and LCL forwarders took the opportunity to express their immense pleasure and gratitude to other members. This was indeed the “ice-breaking” event of the conference. The customary Neptune group photograph for this year’s conference was taken as this was not possible in the past two years.
The delegates also went on a desert safari to experience the sandy dunes of the Dubai desert. It was another opportunity to forge ties and friendships within the industry.
Mashie Escando, Marketing Manager of Neptune Cargo Network, expressed the sentiment of every attendee, “It was our much-awaited event after the long 2-year hiatus of staying at home and attending virtual meetings, so it was a huge success and indeed a memorable and extraordinary experience.”
About Neptune Network
The Global NVOCC & Consolidators Network, Neptune Consol, addresses the massive gap between consolidators, forwarders, and sea freight professionals. Many sea freight consolidators face the challenge of finding the right partners worldwide. The Network allows consolidators to forge lasting partnerships and secures a reliable global platform for logistics companies to grow and flourish. The members are guided by a standard code of ethics and guidelines. In the first year of its launch, the Consol had just above 100 members, which grew to 200 participants in the following year. The third meeting hosted in Manila, Philippines, had more than 230 Consolidators & LCL Forwarders were present.
CSS group has been an active member of the Consol and has enthusiastically participated in Neptune Network’s conferences in the past years. Being a part of the Network has helped Team to equip themselves with specific tools and solutions that aid us to excel in the industry.