Ladies and Gentlemen,
Polish Logistics Congress LOGISTICS 2004, which took place in Poznan on 19-21 of May, 2004 was the seventh in a series of bi-annual logistics conferences, organised by the Institute of Logistics and Warehousing since 1992. This was also the second time the enlarged scale of the event turned it into a congress, in recognition of the historical importance of Poland's accession to the European Union.
The enlargement of the EU will soon result in further increase of cargo flows, both in volume and in range. It will also increase the importance of well-organised logistics networks, based on intermodal transport solutions and logistics centres. That is why 21st century logistics networks - with their wide range, complex information, communication and capital relations - have become the main subject of the congress.
Almost 600 participants representing the whole logistics community turned Poznań, into the Polish capital of logistics for a few days. There were the representatives of science, business and local authorities among the guests, above one hundred of them foreigners, both from the EU-15 countries as well as from Central and Eastern Europe. The guests were able to familiarize themselves with the subject of logistics networks, discover new trends and directions of development in the field, as well as establish valuable new contacts.
The congress comprised three plenary and six thematic sessions, focused on key components of logistics networks: the development and use of transport and transshipment infrastructure, information and communication systems, co-operation and partnership, as well as aspects of safety and security, risk and cost in supply chains.
The economic debate conducted by a well-known TV author Tadeusz Mosz, allowed the participants to realise how the fluctuating macroeconomic environment influences the development of logistics in Poland. Prof. Włodzimierz Rydzkowski (Gdańsk University), Marek Zuber (economist and financial markets analyst), Stanisław Lepczyński (President of Kuehne & Nagel Poland), Andrzej Pawlak (Market Operations Director of Gefco Poland), Grzegorz Szyszka (Director of Institute of Logistics and Warehousing) were invited to participate the debate.
The congress participants were able to visit selected leading companies operating in Poznan and its vicinity, presenting the latest logistics solutions. These working sessions raised a great deal of interest among the guests, giving them possibility to visit such logistics and manufacturing companies as Kuehne & Nagel, DHL Express, Panopa, Schenker, Spedpol, Raben, Volkswagen, Wielkopolska Brewery and Arvato (Bertelsmann).
The third day was devoted to thematic workshops on
logistics project management, inventory management,
the use of structural funds in logistics enterprises
and tracing and tracking. The workshops gathered 133
Events accompaning the congress.
The Polish Logistics Congress LOGISTICS 2004 was accompanied by the Logistics, Forwarding and Transport Fairs TRANSLOG, organised by Poznan International Fairs.
Prof. Hans-Christian Pfohl'a (Technische Fachhochschule Wildau) and Grzegorz Szyszka (Institute of Logistics and Warehousing) handed the European Logistics Association certificates awarded by the European Board for Certification in Logistics to 16 logisticians.
The Polish Logistics Association awarded Jeronimo Martins Distribution (JMD) for their excellent project of "Logistics label implementation within the supply chain of JMD", facilitating and increasing efficiency within their supply chain.