People, networks, and technologies focus for BVL Congress

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The International German Logistics Congress will take place in Berlin from 18- 20 October this year. In 2005, the German Logistics Association (BVL) welcomed over 3,000 delegates from more than 25 countries as well as around 220 representatives from the press. At the parallel ‘Logistics market’ exhibition over 260 companies presented their logistics solutions.

In line with this year’s theme of ‘People, networks, technologies’, the congress will focus not only on successful standalone formulae but also on ways individual strategies can be integrated to underpin competitiveness. The topics of the congress will include strategies, networks, people, technologies, and challenges.

BVL will welcome speakers such as Werner Wenning, CEO of Bayer AG, Peter Bakker, CEO of TNT NV and Igor L. Levitin, the Russian Federation Minister of Transport.

Russia, as guest country at the congress, will underline its potential as a market of the future and both the German Logistcs Award 2006 and the German Science Prize for Logistics will be presented.

The trend towards gobal competition calls for solutions and instruments that make business activities based on the division of labour more efficient. Logistics is a strategic instrument in the management of worldwide supply chains but it also plays a role in individual value-adding processes and directly affects company earnings and corporate value. Combining production concepts in complex networks allows companies to offer their goods at competitive prices and therefore profit from global growth without abandoning value adding operations in highwage countries.

The interaction of companies in value added networks calls for communication and coordination, outstanding employee performance levels and a well developed infrastructure.

The Eastern European economies continue to see impressive growth. The conditions in the region are extremely attractive – low labour and social insurance costs coupled with a highly qualified and motivated labour pool. This has resulted in more and more international companies expanding their operations in the region in recent years.

Russia in particular is a key growth market. Industry, commerce and the service sector are all stepping up operations in Eastern Europe which means that companies are faced with ever greater logistics challenges. This opens up a range of opportunities for the logistics sector.

More information, a detailed programme and a registration form are all available at

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