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This special livestream will cover the major developments of vehicle-handling ports in North America, looking at the impact that the crisis has had on capacity, inventory, transport connections and vehicle processing, as well as the technology and best practice to optimise operations and improve quality. Featuring key data and insight from our FVL North American Ports digital edition, as well as expert insight from key stakeholders and decision makers.

The coronavirus crisis has brought considerable volatility to managing finished vehicle flows through US, Mexican and Canadian ports, including a lack of storage space as dealerships closed and disrupted sailing schedules early in the crisis, to today where many OEMs face shortages of some vehicle inventory. These challenges have underlined the need for advancements in real time network visibility, track and trace technology and scalable solutions to optimise logistics flows and satisfy consumer demand as it returns.

And just as before the crisis, OEM and processors are looking at technology, infrastructure and partners to increase throughput speed and improve quality in the North American port network.

This week’s show will feature insights into how leading automotive ports have adapted rapidly to manage the crisis, how they are using digital technologies and investing in smart infrastructure to better support the automotive supply chain.

Gain valuable insights into:

  • Data on vehicle volumes and automotive investment at North American ports
  • How OEMs and ports are using technology to manage capacity constraints, raise quality and increase throughput
  • Improving visibility of vehicles flows and shipping
  • Optimising scheduling, yard management and inland transport
  • The impact on ports of changing vehicle types and markets, including EVs, connected cars and changing trade patterns


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Christopher J. Connor
President and CEO
American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)

Chris Connor is president and chief executive of AAPA, which represents around 130 public port authorities across the US, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean and the full range of cargo types. He took on the role in October 2019 and has 40 years of maritime and logistics experience, including most recently as president and CEO of ocean carrier and vehicle logistics provider Wallenius Wilhelmsen, where he previously held a range of global positions. Chris Connor is currently a board member of ocean and vehicle logistics provider Pasha Group. He previously served on the executive committee and board of the American Maritime Partnership, which represents the US domestic maritime industry.

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Daniel Gosson

Daniel Gosson focuses on finished vehicle logistics and optimisation at INFORM, a specialist software and systems providers in the supply chain and logistics sector. With a passion for lean strategy and digitalization, Daniel specialises in compound management, network planning, and transport management, working with OEMs and 3PLs alike to leverage INFORM’s hybrid-AI and mathematical optimisation solutions. Previous experience working in automotive production and demand capacity planning has afforded Daniel the unique experience of understanding the entire supply chain from raw material supplier to dealer. As a graduate of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, he holds a degree in marketing and business administration.

Marcus Williams

Marcus Williams
Senior Content Producer
Automotive Logistics

Marcus Williams is the lead editorial producer for Automotive Logistics and Finished Vehicle Logistics, creating specialised publications, news and features covering the global automotive supply chain. His recent work has included in-depth analysis on European and North American port operations, the electric vehicle supply chain, packaging and container management. He regularly interviews global logistics decision makers. He has covered the automotive supply chain for 12 years and has 20 years’ experience in journalism and editorial production.


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Christopher Ludwig, Editor-in-Chief
Ultima Media

Christopher is responsible for editorial production and strategy across Ultima Media’s global automotive media platforms, including Automotive Logistics, Automotive Manufacturing Solutions, Car Design News and its business intelligence unit, Automotive from Ultima Media. He’s covered the automotive industry and supply chain for 15 years and has nearly 20 years’ experience in the media and publishing business. He has an MsC from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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With the coronavirus pandemic creating the biggest crisis in the history of the automotive industry, it is more important than ever for stakeholders across the supply chain to connect and share experiences and solutions for managing current challenges and preparing to restart the industry post-COVID-19. That is why we are now a hosting a new series of weekly connections and insight, along with special topic focuses on key issues and regions, and our monthly Supply Chain Update. The series will be hosted by Christopher Ludwig, editor-in-chief at Ultima Media.

Upcoming episodes 

July 22nd: The Livestream Hour Episode 13 – Start-up OEM supply chains

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July 23rd: Livestream Hour season finale part 1 – In conversation with  Matthias Braun, Head of Digitisation, VW Group Logistics

July 28th: Livestream Hour season finale part 2 – In conversation with Michael Tian, Head of FVL, BMW Brilliance

July 29th: Livestream Hour season finale part 3 – Update on North America with Honda’s Hector Martinez, Division Mmanager CBU and Exports, Honda de Mexico and Maxim Serov, North America Supply Chain Director, Benteler

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