The ocean shipping journey consists of many stages. Whether you are a carrier, service provider, shipper, or cargo owner, being a part of this journey, you must be able to communicate and exchange information with your business partners efficiently. Data quality and timeliness are common challenges within this industry as well. Those relying heavily on paperwork, phone calls, emails, faxes, and other error-prone and outdated technologies will have challenges with their market shares, margins and continuity.
The industry digitalization happening now and the technological advancement that occurred in the last decade provided companies with a chance to improve their business communications' efficiency and stay competitive in today's cruel market conditions. However, many industry stakeholders are still experiencing difficulties when it came to the adoption of new technologies and solutions. Many companies have invested heavily in stiff on-premise systems. Cloud-based application adoption with its speed has surprised many. In pandemic times like today this transformation accelerates even more.
In today's episode, we will look at the process of ocean freight journey step by step and discuss with a long-term industry executive, Lionel Chatelet, his experiences regarding the challenges and roadblocks companies encounter on their way to successful automation and scaling mode.
What are the data connectivity challenges this industry is experiencing now?
Why the industry's digitalization is essential and what initiatives in this regard have happened recently, and
How to take the needed leap and jump on the digitalization bandwagon if having limited know-how and expertise.
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Duration: 30 minutes
Lionel Chatelet, Senior expert in Transportation and Logistics, former VP CMA CGM Group
Aged 46, with 20+ years working in the transportation and logistics sector as a BU executive in various continents and organizations, Lionel Chatelet spent the past 2 years leading the IT and business process Transformation of CMA CGM before deciding to move to the strategic consulting area.
Lionel was formerly the CEO of CMA CGM do Brasil as well as CMA CGM Group´s regional representative for East Coast South America, from January 2016 to February 2019. Before that, Lionel held various positions abroad (CMA CGM Canada General Manager) and in CMA CGM headquarters in Marseille (Manager of Americas Commercial & Agency Network, Ops Manager Rail Link Europe (former subsidiary of CMA CGM)).
CMA CGM is the fourth largest container shipping operator worldwide, counting 110,000 employees for a 31 B USD yearly turnover in 2019 with the acquisition of CEVA Logistics.
Lionel completed Insead’s Advanced Management Program (July 2019), where he studied the possible disruption of the container shipping business.
He is post-graduated in Economics in the University of Montpellier and Saint-Etienne (France).
He is married and the father of two daughters, Loïs (18) and Marine (15).
Jaakko Elovaara, CEO, Youredi
Jaakko is the CEO and co-founder of Youredi and drives the company's strategy and execution. Jaakko has two decades of experience in the software business industry in North America, EMEA and APAC.