During 10-15 October 2016, Mark Millar welcomed leaders of several international industry associations for the Logistics Leaders Program in China.

The program was anchored around the bi-annual Council Meeting of the International Federation of Warehousing & Logistics Associations (IFWLA), which is a global organisation that brings together national warehousing and logistics associations from around the world to develop and share industry best practice. 

The IFWLA Council meeting in Shenzhen was attended by senior executives from China, the USA, India and the UK, including:

  • President, International Federation of Warehousing & Logistics Associations (IFWLA Global)
  • Secretary General, International Federation of Warehousing & Logistics Associations (IFWLA Global)
  • President & CEO, International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA, USA)
  • President, China Association of Warehouses and Distribution (CAWD, China)
  • Deputy Secretary-General, China Association of Warehouses and Distribution (CAWD, China)
  • Chief Executive, United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA, UK)
  • Honorary Vice President, United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA, UK)
  • Secretary General, India’s National Association of Warehousing Corporations (NAWC, India)

Following the IFWLA Council meeting, Mark Millar hosted international delegates from the USA, India and the UK for a full five-day program of activities in Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

In Shenzhen the program included VIP participation in two of China’s largest trade shows – the China International Logistics Fair (CILF) and the China Internet & E-Commerce Expo – held simultaneously at the Shenzhen Exhibition and Convention Centre with a combined profile of 1,500+ exhibitors and over 20,000 visitors.

Evening receptions included participation in the annual gala dinner of the Global Logistics Alliance at the Marco Polo Hotel and the CILF VIP Dinner hosted by Tempus group at their international wine trading centre in the Futian bonded zone of Shenzhen.

In Hong Kong, the delegation was treated to unique behind-the-scenes site-visits to four of the region’s most spectacular warehousing operations and cargo facilities, including what are reputed to be the world’s largest warehouse and the world’s tallest warehouse!

1. ATL Logistics Centre – the world's first and largest intelligent multi-storey drive-in cargo logistics centre.

Located in the heart of Kwai Chung Container Terminals, the 9.3 million sq ft, multi-storey ATL Logistics Centre houses 1,730 loading bays over 13 floors, all accessible by direct drive-in vehicular access – including 45-foot container trucks – via 27 kilometres of internal, three-lane roadway, with average traffic throughput of 8,000 vehicles per day.

2. Goodman Interlink – the landmark 2.4 million sq ft, drive-up, 24-storey warehouse development.

Goodman Interlink is a landmark warehouse and distribution development in Hong Kong. Located at Tsing Yi in the heart of the port district and adjacent to the Stonecutters Bridge, Goodman Interlink is the fourth largest warehouse in Hong Kong with 224,000 sq m (2.4 million sq ft) of space over 24 floors.

3. Tradeport – the 30,000 sq m on-airport Warehouse Operation that serves as both a local distribution centre and regional logistics hub. 

Actively contributing to Hong Kong’s leadership position as the logistics hub of Asia and the world, Tradeport is uniquely located adjacent to the world’s busiest cargo airport. Its state-of-the-art facilities, top-tier services and well-trained workforce differentiate them as a preferred logistics partner for many blue-chip clients. 

4. Hactl  the highly automated Cargo Handling Terminal at the world’s largest air freight hub, Hong Kong international Airport (HKIA). 

Hactl Super Terminal 1 is the single largest multi-level air cargo terminal in the world, with 3,500 Container Storage System positions, 10,000 Box Storage System positions, and a comprehensive range of specialised cargo handling facilities to cater for all cargo types, from temperature-controlled products to valuable goods to livestock.

SCLP industry networking reception

The program’s industry networking reception for Supply Chain & Logistics Professionals (SCLP) was held on the outdoor terrace atop the 24-story Interlink building at Tsing Yi in Hong Kong. Exclusively sponsored by Goodman, the networking reception featured a BBQ menu, Australian wines, a DJ and spectacular views over the Stonecutters Bridge and Hong Kong’s container port facilities.

Following the success of this program, Mark Millar is working on plans to establish and convene a regular ‘Logistics Leadership Forum’. The forum will provide a platform for senior industry executives to gather in a neutral environment for strategic discussions about key issues impacting the shipping and logistics sectors. 

The forum’s assemblies – to be initially held bi-annually in Hong Kong – will also enable a convivial gathering that strengthens industry fellowship and provides a conduit through which members can nurture connections across global supply chain ecosystems. 

Companies or individual executives interested in becoming members of this Logistics Leadership Forum should contact Mark directly.