24 May 2006
ShipServ TradeNet Conference 2006 took place on Wednesday and Thursday, 10-11 May in Copenhagen. It was attended by 105 maritime executives from Africa, America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Delegates were drawn from TradeNet Members and software partners as well as a few prospective customers.
The conference was kicked off by key note speaker Stephen Shapiro, Founder of the 24-7 Innovation Group. He presented the 7Rs of process innovation to delegates and showed all of us how to think more creatively and innovatively when we are not limiting ourselves by focusing on certain issues. “Watch out for the gorilla!”
Once again, the TradeNet Conference was a forum – an oasis – where COLLABORATION among trading partners and improvement of processes within the ship supply chain could be discussed without the constraints of day-to-day business dealings. Interesting and inspiring presentations from customers and partners, panel discussions and interactive workshops provided the framework for exchanging ideas on how order management processes could be improved by extending the COLLABORATION between supply chain participants.
The programme also included a session entitled “Ports of Call” – where presentations are repeated several times for a small audience, with the participants moving from group to group with the possibility of listening to only four out of five presentations. Bart van Doorn, Vroon BV and Lars Brenneke, EastWind GmbH both elaborated on their successful use of e-commerce and the significant benefits they have achieved. Delegates could also learn more about ShipServ Pages – the new online sourcing tool for the maritime industry, ShipServ Business Intelligence Solution and the new Purchase Order Management solution for integrated suppliers which allows suppliers to purchase from their subsuppliers via TradeNet.
The TradeNet Conference Dinner on Wednesday evening took place at Copenhagen Admiral Hotel located in beautiful maritime surroundings.
At Dinner, the annual TradeNet Awards were given to the TradeNet Supplier of the Year awarded to the supplier that has used technology to optimize collaboration with customers for the purpose of creating mutual benefits and to the TradeNet Ship Owner / Manager of the Year awarded to the owner / manager that has been most progressive in using technology to improve the way it interacts with suppliers.
Nominations were submitted by TradeNet Members and a judging panel representing the industry selected the winners from a list of three nominees in each category. The judges were Helge Hermundsgard, Head of Management Solutions, DNV Maritime Solutions; Anders Lier, Director – Maritime & Shipping Sector, Capgemini Norge AS; Karl Jeffery, Editor, Digital Ship; Neville Smith, Associate Editor, Lloyd’s List; and Paul Ostergaard, Founder & CEO, ShipServ.
The winner of the TradeNet Award for Suppliers was Wartsila for their focus on improving data quality and being progressive towards applying new services to their customers through the use of e-business.
Hoegh Fleet Services won the TradeNet Award for Ship Owners / Managers for seeing the benefits of trading electronically and possessing a willingness to changes that have to be made in order for this to work for both parties of the supply chain.
In addition, at the end of the conference the Originality Award for the most original idea during the conference was given to Joan David Molto, Marketing Manager, MECSTORES Panama for the idea of multi-item quoting of chandlery items which focused on solving the problem about chandlers not knowing what quality is requested.
All in all, the conference programme provided an exciting event and we look forward to seeing all TradeNet Members at next year. Dates will be revealed soon.
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