The SITL Real Time Trade Show

The SITL Real Time trade show will be held in Paris from 27 to 29 March 2007. There will be over 400 exhibitors and 15, 000 trade visitors visiting 19, 500m² of exhibits. In the following interview, Alain Bagnaud, Chief Executive for the Logistics and Marketing Department at Reed Expositions France, presents the event.

Concerning the exhibition itself, the target of 350 exhibitors will not only be reached but, in fact, surpassed with 420 companies currently signed up. The large majority of the big logistics and transport groups will be attending, of course, but we will also be hosting a number of SMEs in the transport sector, such as Allofret, Transports Legendre, Grimonprez Logistique and Transports Malherbe. This will satisfy shippers who are keen to make contact with these companies.

SITL is the ideal venue for organising such meetings. In fact, we have created an SME Club to support this trend, enabling companies to group together in a single pavilion and save money on their participation charges. We already have, for example, Duhamel Logistique, Berry Services, Gilleman and Normatrans as members of the Club.

At the same time, we are receiving a number of enrolments from new exhibitors, about 50 companies at the moment and across all sectors: logistics providers such as FDB Logistique, which specialises in e-commerce; regional operators such as Orne Développement, Midi Pyrénées Expansion, and the Agence de Développement Economique du Tarn; logistics real estate with Cushman & Wakefield, a world leader in the sector; rental property for shipping and forwarding agents, such as Hayat and Parkridge; and information systems and technologies with Via Michelin.

First of all, the Inaugural Conference will be held on Tuesday 27 March in the presence of Jacques Barrot, the European Transport Commissioner, and, for the first time, Wolfgang Tiefensee, the German Minister for Transport. It will be devoted entirely to the challenges and implications of new transport and logistics markets – e-commerce, reverse logistics, rail freight, sea transport and traceability.

These themes will subsequently be discussed in more depth during the four plenary sessions, which will cover: reverse logistics for end-of-life products and the regulatory frameworks recently adopted in this domain; new markets for rail freight; logistics as a vector for the development of e-commerce; and sea transport, with the challenges of marine motorways.

This year we will be awarding six prizes instead of the five we gave in the past. Three prizes in the Products and Services category will be awarded for innovation in the categories of Transport & Logistics Services, Logistics Information Systems, and Logistics Facilities & Sites.

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