2 B ULK D ISTRIBUTOR Shipper May/June 2018 Distributors look to innovative business models I n today’s competitive global market, distributors face not only growing compliance demands but also aim to increase added value to partners in the supply chain. Chemical distribution industry body Fecc is supporting its members’ endeavours in the next phase of ‘Chemical Distribution 4.0’, in which digitalisation, corporate social responsibility, circular economy and sustainability are key pillars for corporate growth and competitiveness. For many years, chemical distributors have stressed the need for greater collaboration in the supply chain in order to seize market opportunities and develop business models for the future ahead. Digitalisation of the chemical supply chain remains both a challenge and a possibility for the sector. Building on the success of last year’s Congress, which also focused on digitalisation, Fecc is establishing itself as a permanent platform to exchange experiences of the chemical distribution companies in the digital world and explore its potential. For distributors the transition to a circular economy holds promise and also represents an opportunity to generate innovative business models, like chemical leasing, to minimise the use of chemicals and their emissions, and contribute to a competitive economy. Fecc’s Annual Congress, which takes place n Nice, France on 4-6 June, will provide inspiration to those considering how to boost their relations with suppliers and customers in order to face these challenges. The upcoming event will explore current market demands and expectations both of suppliers and customers, as well as the role that chemical distributors play. www.fecc.org The French Riviera city of Nice hosts this year’s FECC Annual Congress BVL Forum to be hosted in Antwerp T he German Logistics Association (BVL International) is to hold its next Chemical Logistics Forum for the first time in Belgium. Antwerp is the venue for the 2018 forum which will be held on 20-21 June. The programme is heavily influenced by the connections between Germany and Belgium within the global chemical industry network. A further focal point is logistics and supply chain management in the field of polymers, one of the main areas of expertise of the Belgian port city. The event will begin with a boat tour of the port, with the focus on logistics processes in and between the companies operating there, followed by an evening of networking at the ‘Havenhuis’, the headquarters of Antwerp Port Authority. This fascinating building is the result of the vertical extension, transformation and renovation of a former fire station and forges an impressive link between the old and the new. On Day Two, participants will meet to listen to special topic presentations and engage in discussions in the Hotel Elzenveld in the heart of the city. One of the highlights of the programme will be a panel session moderated by Prof Christian Kille, director of the Institute for Applied Logistics at Würzburg-Schweinfurth University. This session will present the findings of a study ‘Fourth Party Logistics (4PL) in the Chemical Industry’ at the forum. The study was conducted by Prof Kille together with business consultants Camelot and supported by logistics provider Dachser. It highlights the special factors that come into play in the deployment of 4PL and LLP service providers in the chemical industry. Based on analysis of the preconditions and the necessary scope for the outsourcing of logistics management tasks, it offers recommendations for the utilisation of 4PL providers. The study also outlines the key criteria for the choice of a suitable service provider and explains the influence of digital platforms and business models on outsourcing activities in the industry. Alongside Michael Kriegel, head of Chem-Logistics at Dachser, the panellists will include a representative of Camelot as well as other experts from industrial companies. www.bvl.de/fcl The BVL Forum includes a networking event at the ‘Havenhuis’, headquarters of Antwerp Port Authority.