March 18, 2020 (All day) to March 20, 2020 (All day)
Hilton Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Cold Chain Café


The 23rd European Conference has been postponed.

Click here to read an important notice and update regarding the event.



Thursday 19 March | 15:00 – 16:45

Cold Chain Café


The Cold Chain Café is a roundtable discussion component of the program where attendees will participate in valuable dialogue with their peers. This session will feature a unique style for sharing ideas and innovations. Instead of choosing from 4 different sessions on only 1 topic, participants will choose to engage in fast-paced, 20-minute discussions on up to 5 different topics.


How Will This Work?


Each participant will receive a list of 10 different questions, topics, and/or issues. Each topic will correspond to a numbered table in the ballroom. Participants join the table/topic of their choosing and spend the next 20 minutes discussing that topic. The goal is that in 20 minutes each group will share tools, ideas, and have a stimulating conversation about a particular topic. That will happen two more times. By the end of the entire session, each participant will have spent 20 minutes with 3 different topics/issues/questions.


Who Will Facilitate the Discussions?


We have chosen a group of your peers to facilitate the discussions. As a table facilitator, their role will be to keep conversation flowing with a table of 10 participants (including yourself). They will start the conversation, possibly lead it, direct it, guide it, encourage it, but not talk the entire time. (This isn’t a presentation.)


Why Are we Doing This?


Event participants will get a chance to share and discuss relevant topics important to the cold chain industry. Everyone will be sure to learn something new and may even be inspired to try this at one of their company meetings!


Tips for Participating in The Cold Chain Café

  • Contribute Your Thoughts
  • Focus on What Matters
  • Listen to Understand
  • Link and Connect Ideas
  • Think and Reflect
  • Listen for Patterns, Connections

Topics May Include:

  • Global Standards and Labeling evolution 
  • Artificial Intelligence/Internet Of Things
  • Risk Assessment of storage condition in warehouses
  • Energy Management – Improve processes to reduce costs
  • Challenges of transportation – working together for a more effective supply chain