Conference Agenda

Cargo Connect will return for its 3rd edition and bring together the cargo and logistics supply chain sector to discuss the latest trends and transportation solutions.
Taking place at the world renowned Dubai Airshow, Cargo Connect is the meeting place in the Middle East for the global cargo community, showcasing international developments in next generation freight, automation and digital cargo.
In an increasingly digital and connected world, where is the future of cargo heading? Every aspect and stakeholder in the supply chain has a part in the development of this industry, from freight forwarders and airlines, to airports and OEMs, and every voice needs to be heard. 
Venue: Conference Room 1

09:30 - 09:50Welcome coffee and networking

09:50 - 09:55Chair’s opening remarks


Keynote Sessions:

09:55 - 10:00Welcome Address - Dubai Airports


10:00 - 10:10Today’s global cargo industry


10:10 - 10:20FedEx Express Innovative Technologies


10:20 - 10:30Embracing transformation and digitalisation at Etihad Cargo

10:30 - 10:40Coffee and networking break

10:40 - 11:10Global trade collaboration: Delivering Expo2020


Panel Discussions:

11:10 - 11:45Panel Discussion - Digital cargo

As new digital technologies emerge, from data sharing and smart analytics to mobile apps for air cargo, what will be  the actual effect on the cargo industry? Which developments are worthwhile investing in and which are just hot air? 
  • Planning for digital disruption
  • Revealing the untapped potential of digitalization 
  • Market pull or vendor push – who is driving innovation in the cargo industry?

11:45 - 12:20Panel Discussion - eCommerce – keeping air cargo moving forward

The global market place is changing. Whilst still relatively small, online retail sales will only grow and transform the logistics industry even more. From increased cross-border trade to more impatient customers, understanding where services might need to adapt, or where to invest, are critical to keeping the air cargo industry driving forward. 
  • Projected growth of ecommerce regionally and globally
  • Impact of online sales on air cargo and future market changes
  • How best to exploit the transformation of retail
12:20 - 12:30Coffee and networking break

12:30 - 13:05Panel Discussion - Operations and automation

In an increasingly automated and artificial world, we are seeing a change in cargo and logistics supply chain operations. As greater automated solutions become available, what challenges are foreseen in the cargo industry and how can we be best equipped for future change?
  • Preparing your supply chain for smarter machines
  • Incorporating AI and analytics in to decision making 
  • Understanding where automation will make the most profound impact

13:05 - 13:55Panel Discussion - Next gen freight

Coming ever closer to a reality, autonomous vehicles are seen to be the future in numerous industries, but within air cargo it could be a real game changer. Urban deliveries and transport, reducing freight costs, enabling development in low infrastructure regions, the potential applications are very exciting. But where are we now, and what more has to be done to ensure a smooth integration?
  • Using unmanned tech to boost cross-border cargo services
  • What are the potential cost benefits and implications?
  • Uberisation of cargo



13:55 - 14:00Closing remarks and end of conference

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