If there is one vertical in the logistics and supply chain that FIATA
World Congress 2018 is focused
upon, it is youth in logistics.
Beginning with the Young Logistics Professional
Program (YLP), held a day before the FWC opened for business, the veterans
of the industry here made it clear that they had laid the foundation and
now it was up to the young people to carry the freight forwarding business
through the disruptions that were becoming commonplace.
The YLP Program, organized by the FFFAI
at FWC-2018 received enthusiastic response from 136-odd start-up freight
forwarding and logistics companies.
Stanley Lim, Chairman, FIATA World Congress;
A V Vijaykumar, Chairman, FFFAI and David Phillips, Founder and CEO, Freight
Systems addressed the attendees. All three were unequivocal in maintaining
that the pioneering YLP event would create a new paradigm to woo start-ups
and young entrepreneurs in the freight forwarding and logistics industry
Commenting on the event, Tej Contractor,
EC Member, FFFAI, (pictured here with Geoffrey) said that the first YLP
program was encouraging and motivating. “The learning from YLP through
innovative, thought-provoking and at the same time amusing ways has been
our prime focus and I am sure participants received tremendous boost in
shaping up their future business strategies,” said Contractor.
In his opinion, one of the biggest challenges
facing the logistics industry today was skill shortage.
“Learning is the necessity of life.
“The Young Logistics Program (YLP)
is to provide our youth with a global perspective of our industry currently
and where it’s going.
“Disruption is the name of the game,”
“So, at the YLP we showcased the disruptive
technologies that have changed and will change our industry,” he
The learning process was demonstrated by
a game, “Business on the Move”, that was all about transporting
freight, making profits, buying and maintaining assets and most importantly
understand the value chain.
130 attendees played the game.
One of the strongest advocates of educating
the youth, Stanley Lim pointed out that India was an important country
as far as logistics was concerned.
“Disruptive technology is here to
stay and who better to discuss it with, than the youth,” Stanley
“FIATA,” said Lim, “is
passionate to nurture the young.”
His advice to the youth:
what the professionals say. They will provide the insight to open up the
minds of the young and that incidentally, blends well into the theme of
the Congress, ‘The Future is Here’.
“The seniors have laid the foundations
and the young will take it forward,” Stanley insists.
Elsewhere Nadia Abdul Aziz, Vice President
of FIATA’s Global Extended Board, is part of a huge delegation to
FWC, and also a strong supporter of getting the young into the business.
For her, the FWC 2018 was meant to “build
“India was the second largest trending
partner with the UAE and there was an urgent need for young people to
come forward and expand the trade,” she said.