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4 industry executives look into the future of global supply chains

COVID-19 is probably the world’s most disliked word currently due to the rampant economic disruption it has wreaked on the world. All countries and almost all businesses around the world have been affected by this pandemic.

The supply chain industry has also been affected severely. There has been a massive drop in cargo volumes, congestion both on land and at sea, job losses etc, although ironically this is one of the industries that has and is helping to fight this pandemic by ensuring the movement of essential goods like medical supplies, food and PPE.

At the end of March 2020, we set up a short survey sponsored by Ocean Insights. This survey was answered by over 300 Shipping and Freight Professionals across the world. The collected data was analysed to measure three key aspects – Impact, Preparedness, and Recovery.

If you missed out on the survey and the results, here is a quick refresher on what the survey revealed and how deep the impact was.

future of global supply chains


12,000 clicks of that survey and the analysis and a 95% engagement rate told us that in times of strife, people want to come together, understand what is going on and help each other out of this situation.

So, we got together a team of executives to discuss the future of global supply chains in a webinar moderated by an equally celebrated and astute industry journalist.

Eric Johnson speaks about future of global supply chain
Eric Johnson (Host) Senior Editor, Technology – JOC
The Host – Eric Johnson is the JOC’s Senior Editor, Technology, where he leads coverage and analysis of technology’s impact on global logistics and trade.

Eric has a very good insight into how shippers, carriers across all modes, and logistics companies use software, as well as new concepts impacting core freight transportation processes.

Pritam Banerjee
Pritam Banerjee – Logistics Sector Specialist Consultant – Asian Development Bank
Pritam Banerjee brings several years of experience in the areas of logistics operations, trade facilitation, and trade policy.

Pritam has also worked as a consultant for various companies and government organisations including serving as the Head of Trade Policy, Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) Trade Policy Division, and with the World Bank in Washington, D.C.

He is currently a Logistics Sector Specialist Consultant with Asian Development Bank.

Stever Kranig speaks about future of global supply chain
Steve Kranig – IM-EX Global Inc – NVOCC
Steve Kranig started with DeLong company in 1999 and has held various positions within the company. First, starting in the processing operation at the headquarters in Clinton, WI.

He then started their first trans-load operation in Elwood, IL in 2003. In 2005 he moved back to Wisconsin and operated their speciality grain elevator and started a match back drayage program for DeLong’s export market.

In 2009 he started his own trucking company which he still owns and operates today. In 2015 he started an NVOCC for the DeLong company called IM-EX Global Inc.

Steve has over 20 years’ experience in transportation and logistics.

Robin Jaacks speaks about future of global supply chain
Robin Jaacks – Chief Commercial Officer – Ocean Insights
Robin Jaacks is the Chief Commercial Officer of Ocean Insights – Innovators in Container Tracking & Visibility

Register for the webinar below and join these 4 executives from different parts of the logistics and supply chain ecosystem as they talk about their pain points, exchange notes about best practices, and shed light on the future of global supply chains.

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Hariesh Manaadiar
Hariesh Manaadiar
I am Hariesh Manaadiar, the Founder of Shipping and Freight Resource.. I have been in the dynamic shipping and freight industry for over three decades and have worked in several sectors.. I share my experiences and knowledge of the industry through this blog for those looking for help in the industry.. Stay subscribed for more free useful content about shipping, freight, maritime, logistics, supply chain and trade..


  1. How is your supply chain performance improved in order to ensure that it is responsive and efficient in meeting the needs of final consumers during the pandemic
    Thank you


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