The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) will mark its 20th anniversary with its biggest ever global conference for supply chain security professionals.

 With nearly two months to go before the event on 25 & 26 October 2017, over 450 delegates, speakers, panellists, sponsors and exhibitors have registered to participate in what promises to provide a unique, expert view of the challenges facing supply chains today and in the future.

As with all TAPA EMEA events, for delegates that wish to attend, there will be a pre-conference welcome drinks reception at The Imperial War Museum in the city. This is always a popular opportunity for industry friends and colleagues to meet and network ahead of the formal start of the conference.

Opening address by UK Government Minister

Following a welcome introduction by TAPA EMEA’s Chairman, Thorsten Neumann, the Association is delighted to confirm that the first speaker to address the conference will be The Rt. Hon Brandon Lewis MP, UK Minister of State for Immigration.

He will present the British Government’s latest position on immigration and the migrant crisis that continues to challenges authorities across Europe and present both immediate and long-term concerns for supply chains which are increasingly being targeted by migrants trying to board trucks to reach countries across Western Europe. While the port of Calais has been a focal point for clandestine attacks on trucks and their drivers, TAPA’s Incident Information Service (IIS) continues to receive reports from other parts of Europe, demonstrating the growing level of risk for the transport industry.

In this issue of Vigilant, for example, TAPA’s IIS reports three cases in July where migrants attacked trucks and drivers in France, Belgium and Greece. Just as alarming is the growing level of violence seen in these attacks. All three incidents last month stated an M.O. of Violent or Threat with Violence. The previous issue of Vigilant also reported a further escalation in these types of incident when a British driver was ‘left for dead’ after migrants hijacked his truck near Calais.

The disturbing fact that trucks and vans now appear to be the ‘weapons’ of choice for terror attacks in Europe has raised the importance of truck and driver security to an unprecedented level. The Minister’s address, therefore, comes at a pivotal time for everyone responsible for supply chain security in Europe.

What will the future look like? 

The first morning of the London conference will be dedicated to looking into the future.

Leading the conversation will be our moderator, Dr James Bellini, a leading futurologist and author with a considerable reputation as a thought-provoking speaker and moderator at top-level management conferences and business schools around the world. James has spent more than 25 years as a respected TV broadcaster, futures analyst and writer with a strong focus on social, economic and technological trends over the next 10 to 20 years.

He will introduce the audience to five business leaders, who will all share their views on the way business and supply chains are evolving at an ever-increasing rate. Our speakers are:

·        Scott Allison, President of DHL Life Sciences

·        Ed Mukhtar, Director EU Transportation & Logistics Services, Amazon Europe, and Gilad Solnik, Director Security & Loss Prevention, EMEA at Amazon

·        Pat Flynn-Cherenzia, Senior Director, Global Logistics & Fulfillment at Microsoft

·        Ronald Kleijwegt, Managing Director & Director Strategic Development, JUSDA Europe

Previewing her presentation entitled ‘What you don’t know WILL hurt you!’, Pat Flynn-Cherenzia, says: ‘In today’s dynamic environment, it is no longer acceptable to believe that all cargo will move seamlessly. Between mergers and acquisitions, weather, economic or geopolitical threats, it is critical to know where your freight is at any given time, and how to quickly react when a threat is predicted, leveraging tools built on machine learning or AI.’

Future technologies take centre stage

The first afternoon session of day one switches the focus to technology and invites a panel of experts to each provide a 10-minute update on:

·        Artificial intelligence

·        Robot technology

·        Driverless trucks

·        Drones

Speakers already confirmed for this session include:

  • Edwin Lustig, CEO of Robot Security Systems
  • Joerg Schib, Global Account Manager Logistics, Johnson Controls
  • Frédéric Haegeman, EMEA Sales, Honeywell Security & Fire

If you have any questions you’d like to see put to the panel on these or any other future technologies, please send them to info@(*** please remove ***)

Law enforcement and insurance will also join the debate on day one. Insurance expert David Taylor, speaking on behalf of the International Union of Marine Insurers (IUMI) will discuss ‘Disruptive times – future supply chain challenges facing cargo and logistics insurers’.

What’s the view of law enforcement and the insurance sector – and is TAPA ready for the future?

Following a live robot demonstration during the afternoon networking break, delegates will hear the latest views of Europol, presented by David Ellero, Head of Unit. Economic & Property Crime.

The first day of speaker and panel discussions will conclude with a look at TAPA’s role and progress over its first 20 years, introduced by former Chairs Gary Alton and Julian Hansen. Then the focus will shift to the future of the Association in view of the changing supply chain security environment with a panel discussion featuring the Chairs of the Association’s Americas, Asia Pacific, and Europe, Middle East & Africa regions.

Dinner will take place in the same venue – the Park Plaza London Riverbank – and will include a special lottery to add to the evening’s entertainment and, most importantly, raise money for another great charity.

Day two will commence with an update on TAPA EMEA’s new Parking Security Requirements (PSR) and the latest training news from the Association.

Think the Unthinkable

To set the tone for the second day of presentations and discussions, delegates will be invited to ‘Think the Unthinkable’ in a special view of living, working and doing business in a changing world. Addressing the conference will be Nik Gowing, a pioneer in predicting and identifying the new vulnerability, fragility and brittleness of institutional power in the new all-pervasive public information space.

Following his presentation, Nik will chair a debate involving a panel representing the governmental, manufacturing, logistics, insurance and law enforcement sectors – and, once again, delegates have the chance to put forward questions for the panel right now by emailing info@(*** please remove ***)

The challenges facing law enforcement will continue in the afternoon session as the conference hears presentations on:

·        Future terrorism threats

·        Cybercrime and data security

·        Transnational organised crime

Speakers in this session will include Superintendent David Roney, Deputy National Police

Coordinator for PROTECT & PREPARE at the UK’s National Counter Terrorism Policing HQ, and Brandon Gregg, Head of Global Trust & Security at Seagate Technology.

IIS and LEA discussion panel

This will lead into a joint TAPA Incident Information Service (IIS) and Law Enforcement Agency panel discussion on the use of incident information data in fighting crime. The discussion will involve representatives of EMEA police forces, who will be joined by Michael Ahner, Head of Logistics at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Bjorn Hartong, Risk Engineer & Practice Lead Marine and Security at Zurich Insurance, and a panelist from Sensitech.

NATO to deliver keynote presentation

The two-day conference will conclude with a keynote presentation by a leading NATO specialist on ‘future developments to combat crime’.

Between now and the conference in October, TAPA will add further speakers/panellists to this already impressive list of experts. All updates will be published in the password-protected members’ section of the TAPA website.