Media release: TOC CSC EUROPE

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Media release: TOC CSC EUROPE


Big box shippers gather to assess global outlook for oceanfreight and landside container logistics at 38th TOC Europe Conference & Exhibition 


America Chung Nam, Heineken, Heinz, IKEA, Shop Direct and Stanley Black & Decker among leading cargo owners confirmed to take part at TOC Container Supply Chain Europe event


London, 15.04.2013 – Willem Jan Beerthuis, Global Category Buyer Logistics for global beer leader Heinken, Tünde Fabri, Transport Business Developer at home furnishing goliath IKEA and Tom Tillemans, European Head of Logistics Network Development for iconic food brand HJ Heinz are among the ‘big box shipper’ executives now confirmed to join the debate at the 38th TOC Container Supply Chain Europeconference in Rotterdam this June 25-27. Taking place this year under the headline theme Innovation, Efficiency and Connectivity, the long-running event brings together cargo owners, 3PLs, ocean carriers, transport companies and port and terminal providers to debate the outlook for global container supply chain operations.


Heinz’s Tom Tillemans joins speakers from Port of Rotterdam and Drewry Supply Chain Advisors, among others, to discuss the challenges of integrating ports, inland terminals and logistics networks to improve supply chain performance. Tillemans, who is also a member of Council for Logistics Know How at EVO, the Dutch Shippers’ Council, and an Innovation Programme Ambassador for Connekt, the Dutch-government backed public-private partnership initiative to promote sustainable logistics, will share views on how to enhance the effectiveness of European inland container flows at a time of increasing public and government pressure to reduce the social and environmental impact of freight transport.


Tünde Fabri, who manages inbound and outbound transport purchasing for IKEA in Germany, joins a day one session focused on the outlook for global container shipping alongside fellow shipper Jean Oberlé, VP Transport & Warehousing, Global Supply Chain for Schneider Electric, plus ocean carrier and 3PL representatives including Lars Mikael Jensen, Head of Asia-Europe Network at Maersk Line, Juan Pablo Richards, SVP Region Europe, CSAV Group, Nissim Yochai, VP Corporate Customer Relations for ZIM and Peder Winther, Senior Vice President, Seafreight at Kuehne + Nagel. As industry analysts Drewry Shipping Consultants and SeaIntel – both also speaking at this year’s conference – warn of continued volatility ahead for container carriers and their customers, the session will provide a chance to take stock of how measures such as slow steaming, blanked sailings and the shift to larger vessels have impacted shippers’ supply chain planning, and whether the shipping industry has been able to sustain a more disciplined approach to rate and capacity management in its quest to restore financial stability.


Formerly Global Category Buyer Logistics for Heineken, Willem Jan Beerthuis took up his current role with Heineken Global Procurement (HGP) this March. HGP is part of a far-reaching Global Business Services initiative by the international brewing group with the goal of driving new cost, operating and service efficiencies across the entire organisation as its moves “up the globalisation curve”. Beerthuis will take part in “The Big Industry Debate”, a round table industry discussion forum on 25 June, along with Fabri, Oberlé, Tillemans and other members of ‘The Big Box Shipper Club’, including executives from paper recycling group America Chung Nam, chemical company Emerald Performance Materials, online retailer Shop Direct and tool manufacturer Stanley Black & Decker.


“We are delighted to have so many logistics and transport professionals from the consumer goods, retailing and industrial sectors taking part at this 38th TOC conference in Europe,” said Paul Holloway, Event Director for TOC Worldwide. “By bringing cargo owners round the table with the container shipping and logistics industries, TOC aims once again to provide a productive platform for all the stakeholders to connect and discuss innovative approaches to today’s undoubted challenges.”  


TOC Container Supply Chain Europe runs from 25-27 June at the Ahoy Centre, Rotterdam. The event includes port tour of Rotterdam terminals,  high-level container supply chain conference, free-to-attend TECH TOC container port operations and technology conference, BULK Ports & Technology seminars, a major exhibition of port and terminal services, equipment and technology,

and industry networking receptions.  


TOC Container Supply Chain Europe 2013

Incorporating TOC Container Supply Chain, TECH TOC and Bulk Ports & Technology

25-27 June 2013 | Ahoy Rotterdam, Netherlands





About TOC Worldwide

For nearly 40 years, TOC Worldwide has provided the market-leading conference and exhibition forums for the global port and terminal industries and their customers. With a change of name to TOC Container Supply Chain, the TOC event portfolio is now evolving fast to attract a wider audience of container supply chain professionals.

Taking place each year in the world’s four key shipping hubs – Europe, Middle East, Americas and Asia – each TOC is now a complete container supply chain event for its region, bringing together cargo owners, logistics providers, carriers, ports, terminals and other key members of the container supply chain to learn, debate, network and foster new business solutions. | | |

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Notes to editors:


For further information regarding this release, please contact:

Sam Whelan, Conference Producer, TOC Worldwide

Tel + 44 (0) 207 017 5675 | Email


Rachael White, Content Director, TOC Worldwide

Tel +44 (0) 20 3327 0570 | Email


Neil Madden, Conference Editor, TOC Worldwide

Tel +33 (3) 88 60 30 68 | Email


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Olga Andreyeva, Marketing Manager, TOC Events Worldwide  

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