Beautiful blue seas, tropical beaches, a gentle sea breeze, and 100 freight forwarders reaffirming established relationships and forming new partnerships with those they’ve just met during 1:1 Meetings, the Cocktail Reception, or the Gala Dinner. That brief description is a snapshot of the 2nd Annual G7 Logistics Networks Conference that was held in Phuket, Thailand on Coconut Island. From the 1st to 3rd of March freight forwarders from all corners of the globe gathered at the picturesque The Village Coconut Island resort to build relationships in a relaxed yet professional atmosphere.
With 100 attendees from 67 companies representing 40 countries the island felt as if it was owned by G7 Logistics Networks. For a second conference there was a strong showing of members who attended last year’s inaugural event plus many, if not all of the companies who had joined between conferences chose to make an appearance for their first G7 Logistics Networks event. Michael Pick, Managing Director of Winipac Logistics Limited said this about the conference, “I have to admit (this is) the best conference I have ever been to. The location, the people, and organisation was just perfect!”
On the first night of the event attendees were treated to a Cocktail Reception with an open bar of free flow Singha beer and a healthy selection of cocktails. There were also plenty of light snacks ranging from dumplings to tacos and other small bites.  The second evening featured the Gala Dinner, the event held on the beach under a large bright red moon and featured a fire dance and show and capped with a fireworks display. The atmosphere was perfect for guests to admire the sea at night and also relax and enjoy the sand and beach bar.
Despite the pleasurable atmosphere and the relaxed mood amongst guests in the evenings, the daytime focus is on business. Over 4,400 1:1 Meeting slots were available over the course of the event in a edition to the open networking opportunities during planned social events plus the many impromptu beach lounger and pool side meetings that were organised independently by G7N members.
Members had many positive things to say about the 1:1 Meetings; Director of Active Freight Management, Ian Brown said that he was, “really impressed with the agents we met,” and, “what a great bunch of people.” Mathew Major of Global Freight in Australia added, “(I’m) really impressed with the members and look forward to developing the network together.”
Following on this successful 2nd Annual Conference, the G7 Logistics Networks Team is already gathering feedback from attendees to begin formulating a plan and making decisions for the 3rd Annual G7 Logistics Networks Conference that will be bigger and provide attendees with another event to serve as a highlight on the conference calendar.
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