X2 Logistics Networks Announces Partnership With ConsolFreight

X2 Logistics Networks of X2 Group has launched a partnership with ConsolFreight to provide X2 Logistics Networks members with a tool to help prepare for the future of logistics due to the growing demand from customers for faster and more efficient service. X2 Group feels that a platform such as ConsolFreight will be required for companies to remain relevant in the industry.

ConsolFreight is a platform for cargo consolidators and co-loaders that interconnects them with the shared objective of making cargo consolidation cost effective while shortening the transit times. The combined volume of all users contributes to individual savings through collective platform utilization. ConsolFreight’s patent pending ConsolSmart uses algorithms to provide users with cost savings and more efficient operations. One of the most interesting aspects for users is likely the ability to request new trade lanes.

Through X2’s formation of a strategic partnership with ConsolFreight X2 is providing its network members with a tool to increase operations efficiency and also a platform to prepare for what very well could be the future of freight consolidation and freight forwarding in a broader sense. According to X2 Group CEO & Founder Richard Overton, “Everything started to come together as we were preparing for our 5th Annual X2 Conference 2018. During the event we introduced the platform to get a feel for how it might be received and the feedback was positive. Now we have a full strategic partnership in place and something that I think will really help our members prepare for the future.”

At the time of writing the ConsolFreight platform has limited availability but you can apply to get a head start by registering via www.consolfreight.com/x2.

Also see Forwarder Magazine and AJOT for other articles announcing the X2 Logistics Networks and ConsolFreight partnership.

5th Annual X2 Conference Sees More Tech Presence

Blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning and other tech terms are thrown around every day in the logistics industry when articles and discussions are focused on where the industry is headed and what is the future of not only the freight forwarding specifically, but the general logistics industry as a whole.

X2 Group has taken notice of the acceleration of technology and solutions service providers in the industry and has made it a feature of the 5th Annual X2 Conference 2018. The Annual X2 Conference brings together all the groups under X2 Logistics Networks to a single location where they can establish and reinforce professional relationships with fellow members. The CEO and Founder of X2 Group, Richard Overton, says “Conferences are essential for success within the network, especially for those who will be attending their first X2 Conference.”

For the upcoming event that will be held in Hua Hin, Thailand from 24-28 March 2018, X2 has invited 3 software solutions providers and an insurance partner that will offer X2 Cargo Protect, an e-insurance platform made available to X2 Logistics Networks members.

The 4 companies will be represented by guest speakers, and their representatives will be available for conversations and meetings throughout the duration of the event. The companies who will be participating are WiseTech Global, Softlink, ConsolFreight, and Nacora.

For Softlink, ConsolFreight, and Nacora, 2018 will be their first appearances at an X2 Logistics Networks event, however WiseTech has had a regular presence at X2 Annual Conferences since 2016.

WiseTech Global and Softlink will both be promoting their software solution platforms oriented towards freight forwarders. WiseTech Global is known throughout the industry for their CargoWise One system. Softlink offers multiple software solutions for different industries, however the focus will likely be their Logi-Sys freight forwarding oriented software.
Nacora is owned by Kuehne + Nagel, and although they are an insurance broker, they also have a tech aspect to their presence at the upcoming X2 Conference. Through its e-insurance platform X2 members will be able to easily and quickly insure their shipments.

“2018 is already demonstrating that technology will be a strong influence for the immediate future of the logistics industry and that’s something that not only our members. But other freight forwarders need to pay attention also and begin adapting,” says Murray Backhouse, the General Manager Global Networks for X2 Logistics Networks when asked about the increased presence of technology for 2018.

The 5th Annual X2 Conference 2018 will be held in Hua Hin, Thailand from 24-28 March at the Dusit Thani Resort and will be attended by freight forwarding and logistics industry professionals from around the globe.

X2 Logistics Networks’ Elevated Networking Ambitions

X2 Group’s X2 Logistics Networks has big plans for the upcoming 5th Annual X2 Conference 2018. Posted on a our network blogs and picked up by the American Journal of Transportation; the below article provides a preview of X2 will “Rise Above”

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Conferences and annual general meetings have been around longer than logistics networking has been an industry. If you’re a freight forwarder or your customers are freight forwarders you likely attend 3 or 4 events a year. Reading this, your mind has probably already started running through the logistics networking routine; arrive at the event, cocktail reception, presentations, one-on-one meetings, attendee dinner, depart for the airport.

Of course the basics are unavoidable. Every event needs a cocktail reception, and, of course, what would a networking conference be without a dinner and meetings? It all becomes routine after attending your first few events.

But what if you could network in the sky? Attend an English Garden Party? And have a Floating Market come to you? All while meeting with not only freight forwarders but tech startups, airlines, and other potential partners?

This year, X2 Logistics Networks is elevating logistics networking to a new level.

“Networking in the sky,” is how Richard Overton, X2 Group’s Founder & CEO describes why there will be hot air balloons at the 5th Annual X2 Conference 2018.“This year, our 5th year, which is a milestone for any logistics network, means that we need to go big. Well, we always go big if you look at our past events. But for this coming conference we need to go seriously big.”

Going big means attendees will have the opportunity to network while in the baskets of hot air balloons. There has never been a logistics network event offering this type of memorable and unique opportunity for its attendees.

The hot air balloons aren’t just for conversation. X2 members were offered the chance to sponsor a balloon and a few quick and lucky members who managed to claim a balloon sponsorship will receive a drone video of their balloon plus their brand displayed on a 7 x 5 meter banner.

The hot air balloons will make their first appearance at the Mad Hatter’s English Garden Party. Why an English Garden Party? Richard Overton explained, “We like to have a little bit of fun at our events and I thought I’d bring some of the UK to Thailand for our conference.”

In balance to the English influence, X2’s event places a very Thai spin on the regular Gala Dinner. Plenty of networking conferences are held in Thailand and the typical Thai element has been a traditional Thai dance performance. X2 is is going in a different direction for their event. The X2 Team will be bringing a floating market to guests. Boats loaded with food will be crossing a lake at the venue during the dinner to provide a delicious meal and memorable experience.

Guest entertainment and experience won’t be the only elements to be elevated during the 5th Annual X2 Conference 2018. The event will host an array of insurance, tech startups, airlines, and network partners from other industries who will be providing unique and exclusive opportunities to the members of X2 Logistics Networks.

From hot air balloons and a floating market to airlines and tech startups. The 5th Annual X2 Conference will be very different alternative logistics networking event that is designed to facilitate the forming and strengthening of business relationships but avoid the monotony of the standard logistics network event.

The 5th Annual X2 Conference 2018 will be held in Hua Hin, Thailand at the Dusit Thani Resort from 24-28 February 2018. Registration can be completed via www.x2conference.com

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