The meeting for transitions in transport and logistics SITL Paris 2017: speeding up the deployment of competitive technological innovations

The International Transport and Logistics Week is the reference event that, over 30 years, has brought together the entire range of innovations linked to the transportation of goods, freight forwarding and the logistics chain. Held simultaneously with Intralogistics (the exhibition for handling equipment and automated systems) and Transport Next Generation (the exhibition for innovative transport equipment), it is the only event that covers all the transport modalities and specialities that address the demands of users from manufacturing, retail and distribution.

In 2017, SITL will take place from the 14 th to the 16 th March, Pavilion 1, Parc des expositions Paris – Porte de Versailles. Two months before the event, Alain Bagnaud, Director of Reed Exhibitions Transport & Logistics, defines it’s positioning.

How does SITL Paris 2017 fit into the strategic dynamic of France Logistique 2025, launched in 2016?

AB: France Logistique 2025 starts from the premise that the supply chain is at the heart of the structural transitions bought about by the digital revolution, environmental challenges and the renewal of industry. These transitions involve all countries, both France and its new regions and the European continent. Based on increasingly globalised activity, the classic Point of Sale- Warehouse- Factory process is today transformed into more complex omnichannel organisations. Reflecting new purchasing behaviour, this evolution disrupts the upstream supply chains that depend on the capability to adapt to demand right up to the last kilometre. From this seamless model, the supply chains fragment and the physical and functional flows are transformed. The three exhibitions that make up SITL Paris 2017 (SITL, Intralogistics and Transport next Generation) provide answers to these challenges with innovative solutions presented at the same time, in one place.


Is the management of data a weapon of differentiation in this new environment?

AB: With the arrival of Big Data, the concept of a digital Supply Chain accelerated very strongly. Managing real time information is essential in order to anticipate international and national market expectations. From budgeting to data collection on the ground via predictive management, this need impacts on all the logistics chains and distribution channels as evidenced in the rail freight pilot conducted by Danone Waters with Everysens and IDEO, a subsidiary of ID Logistics. The new information technologies have a strategic place at SITL. In 2017 they have come to the attention of the transport and logistics suppliers involved in creating value for their shipper clients. For shippers the transmission of data in real time is a key expectation and an increasingly important criterion in the selection of their partners. For this reason, SITL is an accelerator in the deployment of competitive technological innovations.


The rise of digital tools is accompanied by a revolution in supply chain functions within warehouses and factories. How does the Intralogistics exhibition integrate this development?

AB: As demonstrated by the recent Panorama study into supply chain employment published by AFILOG in partnership with ASLOG, FNTR, TLF and Pil’es, (Logistics Intelligence Centre), logistics activities are carried out in equal parts between shippers and suppliers. Since its creation in 2012, Intralogistics the exhibition for handling equipment and automated systems has addressed both internal and external logistics. It complements SITL because of the importance of data quality in managing automated equipment. Intralogistics also surfs on its own dynamic. For two years, the French intralogistics market has been engaged in a process of catching up and now is ahead of the German market with around sixty projects per annum. The question is no longer whether you have to automate your warehouse or not, but rather how? The increased size and number of exhibitors at Intralogistics is a testament to its relevance and recognition given the objective of creating value and jobs and repatriating activity to France and Europe.


What is new at Intralogistics 2017?

AB: The intralogistics market is still developing and far from achieving maturity both in France and Europe. It involves companies of all sizes with flexible, competitive and high productivity solutions. In addition to showing the latest innovations of the industry, Intralogistics 2017 aims to present their deployment at optimum cost. In 500 m², a “Warehouse Mega-Demonstrator” is equipped to offer a tour of discovery within an immersive environment. On display will be solutions from many exhibitors, together with interactive videos. Automation, mechanisation, robotics, order picking… group visits will be organised every ten minutes. Among the conferences linked to Intralogistics, CISMA will also present its guide to the implementation of automated solutions in warehouses and factories.


Delivering commitments as agreed and on time seem inseparable from transport services where the environmental dimension becomes essential. What will shippers and providers find at the Transport Next Generation exhibition?

AB: Reliability and deadline delivery are essential in multi-channel strategies. For example, providing delivery promises and customer choices form part of the image of web merchants. This depends on excellent management of data and production systems and/or adaptable order preparation. Transport Next Generation is therefore linked to the offerings at SITL and Intralogistics. In addition, sustainable mobility crosses boundaries between Europe, public bodies, local communities and the transport and logistics industries. From this convergence are born new vehicle models and transport plans. TNG is the intralogistics of transport. It is- in effect- impossible to imagine a “SmartCity” with “SmartLogistics”.

While maintaining a close watch on innovations such as drones or connected vehicles, TNG will also be welcoming gas and electric motors along with associated distribution solutions. According to the French natural gas association for vehicles (AFGNV), which will be at the exhibition, from now until 2020 France will be able to count on around 1,100 heavy goods vehicles, 20,000 utility vehicles powered by gas and 200 service stations delivering this energy. TNG will be at the heart of this revolution.

Regarding Reed Exhibitions Transport & Logistics

Reed Exhibitions Transport & Logistics portfolio includes 19 business events in the most dynamic transport and logistics markets in the world: Brazil, France, Indonesia, India and the US. In total this events include 200 participants and 3,500 exhibitors. These professionals are looking for new partners, meeting market leaders, getting information about the latest market trends, understanding new markets and, finally, finding new products and services. In close cooperation with industry associations, professional organisations and government entities, the Reed Exhibitions Transport & Logistics portfolio ensures that each event is carefully targeted and relevant to the requirements of the sector. Thus, many Reed Exhibitions Transport & Logistics events are market leaders in their market.

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