Drewry, provider of research and consulting services about the maritime and shipping industry, will be launching a brand new Reefer Benchmarking Club at the Cool Logistics Global Conference & Exhibition which takes place on 25-27 September 2017 in Algeciras, Spain. Following a general reefer rate increase, Drewry’s new Reefer Benchmarking Club is as timely as ever for stakeholders within the perishable logistics industry. This new closed user group builds on Drewry’s Benchmarking Club introduced five years ago for those shipping dry containers – this service has over 50 multinational members who all benefit from rate transparency that helps them secure the best possible commercial contract terms for their cargo flows.
Mr. Rubens, who is project managing the new initiative, will launch the Reefer Benchmarking Club at the conference which responds to shippers’ concerns that they may be paying too much, or more than their peers, for their reefer container shipments. The Cool Logistics delegation will hear how the Drewry system aims to improve competitiveness, reduce cost and help manage internal stakeholders. Founded on concepts of exclusivity, anonymity and confidentiality, the new Reefer Benchmarking Club will deliver an Individual Benchmarking Report to each Member showing how rates compare with the relevant competition, how they rank within the club, as well as further planned benefits.
Speaking to Cool Logistics, Mr Rubens said, “We are excited to launch this new initiative at Cool Logistics as many stakeholders in the perishable logistics industry will benefit from the greater reefer rate transparency our Reefer Benchmarking Club will bring to its members.”
The annual Great Freight Debate, a regular feature at Cool Logistics Global Conferences, will follow Mr. Rubens’ presentation on Day 2, looking in particular at reefer box capacity planning and deployment. The session will be moderated by former Global Head of Reefers at Maersk Line, Thomas Eskesen who has founded Eskesen Advisory, and the Panel will consist of Robert Mant, Vice President, Global Reefer Sales and Business Development, Kuehne + Nagel; Robert Sappio, CEO, Seacube Containers; and Chris Swartz, Director, Global Transportation and Logistics Services, AJC International.
On the table for discussion at the debate will be how to respond to box shortage, rolled boxes, unplanned freight, no-shows, new shipping contracts, reefer grey box potential, reefer intermodal, green shoots for gensets and more. The debate will allow shippers to create the basis for a new dialogue with the logistics sector.
Cool Logistics Global, the annual conference for shipping and logistics people, will seek once more to define the edge of possibility in terms of shipping, trading and the logistics of perishables. Tackling issues including the latest trends in logistics, container shipping, infrastructure and distribution planning and reefer container handling, the event will also explore food prices, environmental challenges and data harvesting.
Key sponsors include the Port of Algeciras, Agro Merchants, Puertos del Estado, Anserlog, Emerson Climate Technologies, Daikin, Kuehne + Nagel, ORBCOMM, Seacube, Zeeland Seaports, DP World London Gateway, Drewry, foodcareplus, Fruit Logistica, Globe Tracker, Port of Antwerp, Port of Dover, Seaco and Visbeen. A growing list of exhibitors showcasing a display of the latest reefer box technology at the event include Anserlog, Bilbao Port, Daikin, Emerson Climate Technologies, Hamburg Süd, Hapag-Lloyd, Kuehne + Nagel, Maersk Line, ORBCOMM, RTE, Thinfilm and Transito 2000.