Industry executives representing over 30,000 logistics practitioners from around the world gathered for the Logistics Leadership Luncheon hosted by Mark Millar at the iconic Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club on Friday 14 October 2016.
As the grand finale of a five-day logistics leaders program in China, the luncheon provided an opportunity for international visitors from the USA, India and the UK to meet leaders of Hong Kong’s logistics industry organisations and senior executives from 3PL service providers.
Convenor and host Mark Millar welcomed the invited guests to this unique event – a convivial celebration of fellowship throughout the global Logistics sector.
Mark emphasised how Logistics is the key enabler of today’s complex, connected, supply chain ecosystems and represents a significant component of Hong Kong’s economy – with the Trade & Logistics economic pillar accounting for 24% of GDP and over 20% of employment.
With a focus on nurturing global connections across the warehousing and logistics sectors, the executive leaders of numerous Hong Kong logistics industry associations, councils, committees and corporations joined the visiting IFWLA Council members in the Gun Room for a fabulous three-course luncheon, with spectacular views over Victoria Harbour.
The event was kindly supported by Gold sponsor Tradeport and industry sponsor Logistics Executive. As a commemorative souvenir, all guests received a custom branded copy of the book Global Supply Chain Ecosystems, kindly sponsored by Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl).
Peter Ward, Secretary General of the International Federation of Warehousing & Logistics Associations, gave a speech introducing the newly inaugurated IFWLA to the luncheon guests whom he described as “the most impressive fellowship gathering of the Who’s Who of the Hong Kong Logistics industry”.
IFWLA is a global organisation that brings together national warehousing and logistics associations from every continent. The Federation develops and shares industry best practice, creating a massive global business-to-business network of tens of thousands of logistics locations around the world.
Peter also introduced the sample print edition of ‘Logistics Worldwide’ – the brand new digital magazine being launched by IFWLA. The magazine will be distributed electronically through national industry associations to IFWLA’s members, comprising a global audience of thousands of practitioners around the world, including in China, India, the USA and the UK.
Feedback from participants
- “It was absolutely a fantastic gathering. We met new and old friends all together in such a beautiful place.”
- “My pleasure Mark. It was very successful. Well done!”
- “Thank you for inviting me to the luncheon. I enjoyed being there and interacting with the logistics fraternity.”
- “It was indeed such a great gathering of the industrial practitioners to catch up and exchange ideas - a great event and luncheon.”
- “Once again, I was impressed at your network and especially your ability to leverage it to get such an impressive cross-section of the industry together in one place at one time!”
- “The luncheon was excellent. Apart from the delicious food, the function offered all to meet and mingle with experts in the field.”
- “It was really a marvellous experience and I must thank you once again for your kind invitation.”
- “Thanks for organising the leadership luncheon sharing, it’s a well organised event for networking and I enjoyed it very much!”
Following the success of this one-off event, 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.