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CONNECT 2022 – ON DEMAND

Automation and flexibility. Never settle for a trade-off.

It is no secret that demands are constantly increasing. Customers expect faster deliveries, order flexibility, low prices, and easy returns. Distribution models are becoming more complex, and in Europe, we face constraints in warehouse space and a shortage of labor. So, what is the best way forward?

Our buying behavior is changing rapidly, which forces business models and logistic processes to adapt. Is full automation the solution to increasing customer demands, or will you lose too much flexibility? There isn’t a simple answer, as different strategies apply to different companies and industries.

Download the recording of CONNECT, our global digital event which took place on 30-31 March 2022, where we discussed this topic with industry experts and partners. At CONNECT 2022, empowering speakers from IKEA, HEINEKEN, and Prime Cargo also joined us to share their insights and experiences.

Speakers 2022

Our moderator.

Trine, moderator

Trine Grönlund

Trine is an established and trusted speaker, business coach, and moderator. She has lectured about mental health and personal growth at various venues for the past 15 years and produced and starred in several webTV shows. Her career includes years of working experience with research-based neuro strategies to elevate leaders, their team, and their company, and 12 years within business development and communications in New York City, where she worked with several Fortune 500 companies. She has vast experience designing, packaging, and implementing long-term change programs. In the past two years, she has worked with 300 leaders from 40 different organizations from the south of Sweden. Today, she is the successful founder of Innergi – an online gym offering high-achieving companies mental strength training in an innovative and social way. Her gym is aimed to contribute to the UN’s Agenda 2030 by raising awareness of the importance of emotional wellbeing and a more human and mentally sustainable (brain-friendly) corporate culture. Read more about Trine here.

Our internal speakers.

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Kent Olsson
CEO, Consafe Logistics

Kent Olsson is our Chief Executive Officer at Consafe Logistics. He consistently drives for operational excellence, setting high performing cultures and involving his co-workers to work in the same directions. Kent has a solid engineering background and a strong business drive for value creation, ready to deal with operational and strategic matters. He has had multiple top-level business roles and R&D positions in larger software and technology companies like Ericsson and ST-Ericsson. Kent is one of the two internal speakers at CONNECT and will deliver the Consafe Logistics Sustainability Award to its worthy winner. 

Patrik Olsson, Consafe Logistics

Patrik Olsson
CPO, Consafe Logistics

Patrik Olsson is our Chief Product Officer at Consafe Logistics. He is responsible for our product management and offers, including SaaS, partnerships, hardware department, customer support, and expert team. He is a senior business leader with a well-equipped professional background, including multiple managing director positions within the manufacturing industry, business unit managerial positions within the IT industry, and a professional career as a soccer player. He is one of the internal speakers at CONNECT and will give an insightful presentation about the future of flexible automation. 

Our customer speakers.

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Daniel Berg
Global VP/Product Management, IKEA

Daniel Berg leads the Product Management teams across Customer Fulfilment, Inventory, and Operations software at IKEA.  Daniel’s deep experience across the end-to-end Supply Chain has led to the development of cutting-edge systems at multiple Top 100 companies.  Two of Daniel’s passions are Supply Chain & Product Management, and he remains an active mentor in both disciplines. 

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Arve Gøperød
CEO, Prime Cargo

With an extensive background in logistics, including leading positions in logistics, transportation, and supply chain at the UN / NATO, Northern Norway, Ringnes AS, Optimera / Monter, and marked.no , Arve Gøperød brings an unparalleled depth of experience from the logistics and supply chain industry. 

In 2018, Arve joined Lean Logistics as a partner and senior consultant. As a consultant, Arve has supported Prime Cargo in the company´s logistics optimization and transformation journey, and since the summer of 2019, he is also General Manager of Prime Cargo. 

Gabriel Dias Thomsen HEINEKEN

Gabriel Dias Thomsen
Global Manager Warehouse & Transportation Excellence, HEINEKEN

With large Supply Chain experience within the beverage industry, he has led different initiatives in Supply Chain Planning, Customer Service, Secondary Distribution, and Digital Transformation. He has led large operations and strategic initiatives during his career, delivering strong cost optimization and operational excellence improvements, taking advantage of technology and new ways of working. 

Gabriel is currently leading a team focused on transforming the way HEINEKEN operates their logistics across the Globe, accelerating efficiencies and the digital agenda, supported by a portfolio of business platforms, of which Astro has recently become part of to sustain the WMS deployment ambition.

Our keynote speaker.

Wilco van de Veerdonk
Executive Director Warehouse Development, Vanderlande Industries

Wilco van de Veerdonk is working for Vanderlande, a leading company in warehouse automation. Starting over 17 years ago, he fulfilled various roles, from sales engineering to program management. In his current role as executive director of warehouse development, he and his team are responsible for the global support and design validation of all warehousing projects within Vanderlande. Next to this, the team drives roadmap development within Vanderlande by defining so-called Market Leading Solutions, system concepts that enable Vanderlande’s customers to improve their business

Our panel moderator.

Rafał Szczap, Consafe Logistics

Rafał Szczap
MD, Consafe Logistics Eastern Europe

Rafał Szczap is the Managing Director for Eastern Europe at Consafe Logistics. He is dedicated to business growth and operational excellence within the region. He is also a seasoned business leader with strong IT technology background and change management implementations. Rafał is a moderator at CONNECT and will host an engaging panel discussion with HEINEKEN, Prime Cargo, and Consafe Logistics.