Brussels to Host 22nd GCCA European Cold Chain Conference

The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) will hold the 22nd European Cold Chain Conference from March 20-22, 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. Approximately 100 professionals representing temperature-controlled third-party logistics companies will gather to participate in this year’s event. The focus of the event is to provide delegates with a better understanding of market trends, industry challenges, business solutions, and technological innovations. There will also be ample networking opportunities to allow attendees to meet, connect/ re-connect with professionals from throughout Europe and around the world.

Plenary Sessions

The keynote speakers are leaders in their industries – whether it be logistics, automation, economics or talent management. Their stories will inspire attendees to think outside
the box and widen their perspectives. With the support of the European Advisory Committee, GCCA is building a program that aims to be transformative, innovative and practical.

Learning Opportunities

The conference education program will offersessions highlighting organizations that are implementing innovative ideas in the areas of human capital development, automation, cost and time savings, information technology and data, crisis management, and more. The session formats will provide attendees a chance to share ideas, ask questions, and solve problems with their peers. Back by popular demand, the Cold Chain Café will be a feature of the 2019 conference. The Café is a roundtable discussion component of the educational program where attendees participate in valuable dialogue with their peers. It is a unique way of sharing ideas and innovations. By the end of the session, each participant will have spent 20 minutes discussing three different topics/issues/ questions. Topics may include:

  •  Food Safety Regulations and Compliance/
  • Standards and Certification
  •  Impact of e-Commerce on the Supply
  • Chain
  • HR - Successfully Managing the Trio:
  • Recruiting, Hiring and Onboarding
  • Reducing Energy Costs: Low-Cost and
  • No-Cost Solutions
  • Automation 

Cold Chain Exhibits
Partnering and working with leadingcompanies in the cold chain industry is essential in providing a complete range of solutions and services to customers. The conference expo will feature the latest technologies, solutions, products and services from some of the most respected companies in the cold chain industry. Past exhibitors have showed the following products and services: Automation Battery and Power Systems, Doors, Construction, Energy Efficiency Solutions, Fire Prevention, Flooring, Insulated Panels, Lighting, Material Handling, Racking/Materials Handling, Refrigeration Equipment, Roofing, WMS/ TMS solutions.

Recognizing NextGen Leaders
GCCA has a longstanding commitment to developing talent in the cold chain industry, which needs a constant influx of young people who represent the next generation of cold chain leaders. To promote talent development, GCCA launched its Global NextGen Future Leader Competition several years ago, which recognizes top candidates from several areas of the world. Candidates from Europe will compete at the GCCA European Cold Chain Conference through interviews with a panel of judges and deliver presentations during a plenary session. At the end of the conference the judges will recognize one future leader to represent Europe in the global competition taking place at the GCCA’s Global Cold Chain Expo, June 10-12, 2019 in Chicago. There the European Future Leader Award Recipient will compete with their counterparts from Latin America, Australia and South Africa for the title of GCCA’s 2019 Global NextGen Future Leader.

Facility Tour
Immediately following the formal educational program on Friday, March 22, delegates who are interested will be transported to The Brussels Perishables Center at the Brussels Airport for a behind-the-scenes facility tour. This new cargo center for perishables at the airport is a state-of-the-art facility that enhances its ability to play a leading role in handling, storing and distributing fresh fish, meat, fruits, vegetables, pharmaceutical products and flowers.

Networking and More
GCCA is offering numerous networking opportunities for attendees to make new connections and strengthen existing relation-ships at the conference. Networking programs include a group activity on Wednesday afternoon, March 20 and an Early Arrivers Dinner that evening. A Welcome Reception & Dinner is planned for Thursday evening, March 21. Throughout the event, attendees will have numerous occasions to connect again with peers during coffee breaks, expo time, and a happy hour.

We would like to thank the members of the European Advisory Committee for their hard work and dedication in putting together the educational programme for the 2019 GCCA European Cold Chain Conference. They Include: 

Andrew Baldwin
Managing Director
Reed Boardall Cold Storage Ltd.
United Kingdom
Tasos Charitonidis
Warehouse Assistant
Alaska Cold Stores
Ben van Leeuwen
Transport Manager
Frigolanda Cold Logistics
Manuel C. Kabana
Friopuerto Investment, SLU
Xavier Haspeslagh
Managing Director
Stockhabo b.v.b.a

Staff Liaison

Julie Hanson, Director, GCCA Europe