March 20, 2019 (All day) to March 22, 2019 (All day)
Brussels Marriott Hotel Grand Place , 7 Grand Place, Rue Auguste Orts 3, Brussels, Belgium

Automated Facility Visits

The Automated Facility Visits programme, specifically designed for GCCA warehouse members only, will take place from 19-22 March 2019. Following the visits on Tuesday 19 March and Wednesday 20 March, participants will attend the 22nd GCCA European Cold Chain Conference on 20-22 March in Brussels. Approximately 100 temperature controlled third-party logistics executives attended this conference in 2018.


The European Cold Chain Conference is included in the Automated Facility Visits fee and will give you access to educational programming that will provide you with a better understanding of market trends, industry challenges, business solutions and technological innovations. There will also be ample networking opportunities to allow you to meet, connect/re-connect with professionals from throughout Europe and around the world.



This programme has been designed for GCCA warehouse members, any other interested party should contact Alice McKinnon (see details below) or Julie Hanson in Europe (

To download the registration form, click here. 

Please send completed registration form to


Cost: €850


Cost Includes: Four automated facility visits (Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning), lunch both days, transportation to/from the hotel, European Warehouse Council Meeting, Early Arrivers Dinner, and a registration for the European Cold Chain Conference (including the Friday facility tour to The Brussels Perishables Center).


The price does not include: Airfare to Brussels, hotel room (conference discounted room rate includes breakfast for €229), personal items such as room service, phone calls, mini-bar charges; and meals and drinks not specified are not included in the package.


Sponsorship Opportunity

Are you an industry supplier or construction company involved in the automation industry (implementation, manufacturing, related product/service, etc.)? Sponsoring the automation tour will feature your brand in front of this group of warehouse companies, link it to the entire experience and provide an exclusive opportunity to connect with them over a two day period. 


Cancellation Policy

There is a €59 cancellation fee if cancellation is made in writing before 15 February 2019. There are no refunds after February 15th. To make an attendee substitution at no additional charge, please contact us at



For more information, please contact GCCA at +1 703 373 4300 or



Tuesday, 19 March 2019




11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Transit to Facility Visit #1 

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Facility Visit #1 

(Includes lunch at the facility) 

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Transit to Facility Visit #2 

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Facility Visit #2

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Transit to hotel  

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Group Dinner 

Wednesday, 20 March 2019


8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Transit to Facility Visit #3 

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Facility Visit #3

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Transit to Facility Visit #4

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Facility Visit #4

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Transit to hotel

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

GCCA European Warehouse Council Meeting

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Early Arriver’s Dinner

Thursday, 21 March 2019


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Morning Pastries in the Expo

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Opening Plenary Session

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Coffee/Tea in the Expo

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Plenary Session

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch in the Expo

1:30 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.

Education Sessions (2)

2:05 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Coffee/Passing Time

2:15 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Education Sessions (2)

2:50 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Coffee/Passing Time

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cold Chain Café

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Happy Hour in the Expo

5:45p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception & Dinner

Friday, 22 March 2019


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Morning Pastries in the Expo

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Plenary Session

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Refreshments in the Expo

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Closing Plenary Session & Lunch

1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Facility Tour–The Brussels Perishables Center at the Brussels Airport

Saturday, 23 March 2019




* Please note that the schedule is tentative and subject to change.