TradeLens Events: 2019


Below is a list of events the TradeLens team will be attending in 2019. Please check back regularly for updates as we are committing to new events on a monthly basis. If you are attending one of the events listed below, please feel free to swing by our booth to say hello.

If you would like TradeLens at your event, please follow the link below, complete the request and a representative from the IBM or Maersk GTD communications team will get in touch with you shortly.


New York City, New York 13–15 January
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

Why attend?

‘Retail’s Big Show’ brings together top minds on critical topics to inform, inspire and help transform businesses, with over 40,000 attendees. It’s where visionary talent meets visionary tech. Where big box retailers share out of the box ideas, and the latest and greatest becomes the here and now.

Think 2019

San Francisco, CA 11-15 February

Why attend?

Think is the world’s most celebrated gathering of visionaries, technologists and innovators. Where the curious convene and foremost business leaders connect to inspire and learn. See how the newest technology paired with IBM’s industry expertise can reinvent business and industry.

Read our recap of Think 2019 here


Orlando, Florida 24–27 February

Why attend?

LINK2020 is where retail supply chain leaders come together to share actionable insights and leading practices. With over 40 specialized sessions, you’ll leave with innovative solutions that can be shared with your team.


Long Beach, California 3–6 March
Long Beach Convention Center

Why attend?

Hear the latest market forecasts, analysis, expert opinion and more concerning container shipping, freight rates, labor issues and more. Explore case studies featuring shippers and transportation providers showcase how business problems were solved or cost savings achieved.

Read our recap of TPM here

2nd Annual Blockchain Supply Chain Summit

Chicago 9-10 April

Why attend?

Momentum Events Blockchain Supply Chain Summit offers a strategic understanding of how Blockchain Technology can make your supply chain more secure, efficient and profitable. Executives from leading brands & logistics companies, alongside the creative technologists, driving Blockchain adoption will share specific tactics for how to incorporate Blockchain into your enterprise transformation.

Read our recap of Blockchain Supply Chain Summit here

Sea Asia

Singapore 9–11 April
Sands Expo & Convention Center

Why attend? 

Sea Asia is recognized globally as the leading platform for the maritime industry to interact, explore business opportunities, hear the latest insights and find new products and services. The conference features an extensive gathering of industry heavyweights and high-profile international speakers sharing thought leadership and addressing critical issues and potential solutions from a commercial perspective.

Read our recap of Sea Asia 2019 here

American Supply Chain Summit

Dallas, Texas 25–26 April
Renaissance Dallas Hotel

Why attend? 

The American Supply Chain Summit is a leadership-focused meeting designed around improving supply chain and procurement strategy across the globe. The Summit creates an opportunity to examine key case studies on how workforce management, advanced analytics, process improvement and automation are being rolled out in the world’s best facilities. 

World Port Conference

Guangzhou, China 6–10 May
Guangzhou Baiyun Convention Center

Why attend?

More than 1,000 representatives of port administration and enterprises from all over the world are expected to participate in this event to exchange views on issues such as green ports, smart ports and sustainable development of ports.

Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference

Phoenix, Arizona May 13–16
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

Why attend?

This conference shows how supply chain leaders can deliver sustainable commercial success in this bold, new world. Whether you’re trying to innovate your supply chain operations, enable a deep transformation or expand on your current digital initiatives, this year’s conference will help you determine how and where to concentrate your efforts, from technology to leadership.

Read our recap of Gartner’s conference here


New York City, New York 13–15 May
New York Hilton Midtown and Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel

Why attend? 

Consensus is the one global conference and expo that brings entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, traders, developers, academics, students and the curious together under one roof to explore, collaborate and debate the future of blockchain and crypto. Consensus hosts a wide variety of industry leaders, including those in shipping and logistics – who are shaping the future and advancing the reach of blockchain.

Intermodal Asia

Shanghai, China 22–24 May
Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center

Why attend? 

This conference brings together the leading international decision-makers from over 90 different countries, from all areas of container transport and logistics, making it the most important industry annual meeting points in Asia. Intermodal Asia offers a unique opportunity to discover innovative products, services and solutions and meet suppliers, customers and partners in order to gain long-term competitive advantage.


Oslo, Norway 4–7 June
Norway Trade Fairs

Why attend? 

A who’s who of leading figures from shipping, ocean industries, politics, business, finance, this conference celebrates successes, outlines challenges and helps steer a course for the development of the industry, as true global visionaries share their thoughts on some of the most pressing issues facing the industry today.

WCO IT/TI Conference & Exhibition

Baku, Azerbaijan 12–14 June
Heydar Aliyev Congress Centre

Why attend? 

The conference will showcase private sector and governments’ most recent technological developments that will provide new capabilities and opportunities and impact how customs facilitates trade and perform their regulatory tasks.

TOC Europe

Rotterdam, Netherlands 18–20 June
Rotterdam Ahoy

Why attend? 

TOC Europe is part of a global portfolio of events that bring together stakeholders of the container supply chain to learn, debate and network. TOC has long been considered best in class by container terminal operators and their suppliers. The TOC of today has evolved into a complete container supply chain event, delivering both technical content and also offering a platform to the stakeholders higher up in the cargo chain.

JOC Mexico Trade Forum

Mexico City, Mexico 30–31 July
Four Seasons Mexico City

Why attend? 

Transportation rates and shipping demands are changing constantly. Delve into the latest trends, problems and solutions emerging for cargo owners importing and exporting through Mexico. Hear the latest market forecasts, analysis and expert opinion concerning supply chains in Mexico.

eTail East

Boston, Massachusetts 19–22 August
Sheraton Boston Hotel

Why attend? 

eTail is where the top minds in retail meet, collaborate and learn about what’s disrupting the industry today and what’ll change tomorrow. Designed to build your business and your profit, we cut out the fluff and provide you with content from retail innovators in the trenches.

Supply Chain Asia Forum

Singapore 9–11 September
Resorts World Sentosa

Why attend? 

Supply Chain Asia Forum 2019 brings together the best minds of supply chain and logistics in Asia and globally together to deliberate, discuss and explore major issues, opportunities and challenges impacting the industry.


Anaheim, California 15–18 September
Anaheim Convention Center

Why attend? 

EDGE exposes you to the most innovative ideas and thought leadership in supply chain management now. Gain access to a global audience and continue to build a platform of knowledge that offers solutions and insights capable of separating you from the competition.

Halifax Port Days

Halifax, Nova Scotia 18-19 September

Why attend? 

Halifax Port Days 2019 is Atlantic Canada’s largest international B2B platform connecting major global supply chain partners for two days of formal and informal networking opportunities.


St. Louis, MO 7-10 October

Why attend? 

NDTA will look at the vital relationships between the Industry and Government to ensure the success of the warfighter and the Nation’s logistics enterprise. Senior leaders in the US military, government and private sector to discuss what the future holds in the world of transportation and logistics.

TPM Asia

Shenzhen, China 9–11 October
Intercontinental Shenzhen

Why attend? 

Gain an overall understanding of the major challenges and global environment that are faced when moving containerized cargo in and out of Asia, within Asia and around the world. Hear the latest market forecasts, analysis, expert opinion and more concerning container shipping, freight rates, trends and more.

AAPA 2019

Norfolk, Virginia, USA 13–16 October
Hosted by the Port of Virginia

Why attend? 

The Port of Virginia will host the 108th AAPA Convention, the largest port event in the Americas, which gathers hundreds of major stakeholders and leaders in the industry from around the world.   Held every fall in a different port city within North America, the convention includes technical and policy committee meetings, business sessions and social events allowing port professionals and stakeholders in the marine transportation industry to exchange views and expand business contacts. 

Japan Supply Chain Summit

Tokyo, Japan 17 October

Why attend? 

In just one day, acquire the latest knowledge and the most effective techniques to grow your supply chain, manufacturing, logistics and distribution capabilities in Japan. This summit will draw upon the experience of leading companies to explore how a cross-functional supply chain team can enhance company results in Japan. Along top experts, high-profile speakers and top practitioners will be invited to share their views on managing supply chain, procurement and logistics in Japan.

Get energized by new ideas and solutions to increase performance, enhance customer experience, develop stronger teams, embrace sustainability, and maximize profitability.

The Economist World Trade Symposium

New York, USA 6-7 November

Why attend? 

The World Trade Symposium is a unique, global forum for world business, policy and technology leaders to connect, collaborate and re-imagine tomorrow’s market places.

Into its fourth year, the Symposium takes place in New York and welcomes innovative thinkers, industry experts and influential decision makers and experts who will debate issues and opportunities for global trade.

BIPC 2019

Busan, South Korea 7-8 November

Why attend? 

The 7th Busan International Port Conference, hosted by Busan Port Authority, will focus on theme of “Pursuing Certainty in Times of Uncertainty”, and will not only analyze and forecast global shipping trends, but also make the most of the digital transition of port logistics and the growth of sustainable ports. on response to rapid climate change, eco-friendly energy utilization and sustainable development. Furthermore, in order to respond to the movement towards digitalization of almost everything, the use of advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence(AI) and big data in the field, and the combination of distribution and logistics etc, there are various trends of change in all facets of the industries these days.


Copenhagen, Denmark  11 November

Why attend? 

SHIP TECH is a new meeting place for the Northern European shipping sector – a forum for discussion, networking and sharing of knowledge & experiences. The conference presents an interesting line up of speakers representing the major players and will address the questions that still remain unanswered for many stakeholders:

  • Who will ultimately reap the REWARDS?
  • Will it be possible to create GLOBAL STANDARDS?
  • How to involve CUSTOMERS?

GPCA Forum

Dubai, UAE 3-5 December

Why attend? 

The 14th Annual GPCA Forum will take place from 3-5 December 2019 at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE, and address the theme of ‘Winning through Strategic Partnerships’. The forum will examine strategies that chemical companies should adopt to navigate new market complexities, capture profitable growth and consolidate their leadership positions. 

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