Experts from global manufacturing brands and specialists in investigations and digital forensics will take to the start at TAPA EMEA’s first conference of 2020 in Amsterdam.


TAPA EMEA will be taking a deep dive into the impact of technology on both supply chain resilience and risks at its first conference of 2020 in Amsterdam on 18 & 19 March.

Technology is the driving force for both companies and consumers, providing ever-greater visibility, speed and efficiencies. With R&D specialists pushing the boundaries of innovation, the world we live in stands on the threshold of unprecedented change. Artificial intelligence offers the potential to reinvent so many aspects of the workplace, while robotics and autonomous transport systems will one day revolutionise warehouses and trucking operations.

Progress, of course, comes at a price. The same technologies offering all these types of benefits are just as accessible to organised crime groups. In a connected world, they, too, are closely attuned to the opportunities they can derive from using or infiltrating technology to target businesses, individuals and national infrastructures. 

In Amsterdam, the technology focus will include:

·         A keynote speech on Future Technology & Risks by Fred Teeven, a leading advisor in the field of security, risk management and public affairs. Fred was active as a national politician for more than a decade, firstly as a member of the Dutch Parliament, followed by his appointment as Dutch Cabinet Minister for Migration and State Secretary for Security and Justice. Prior to becoming a politician, he gained over 30 years of experience in the investigation and prosecution of financial and organised crime, and is an experienced leader of teams at strategic, tactical and operational level.

·         An Executive Leadership Panel from three global brands exchanging their knowledge on technology’s strengths and weaknesses in global supply chains and discussing the likely impact on industry. Our panellists are Julia Vincke, Head of Security, who leads the overall direction of all security-relevant topics at Volkswagen Konzernlogistik, Werner Cooreman, Solvay Group Security Director, and Heineken’s Rene Polfliet

·         A look at cyber resilience in the logistics sector with Rik Poulus, Senior Business advisor at TNO

·         What exactly is Blockchain and what is its potential to make supply chains more secure? Dr. Ulrich Frank, founder and leader of the German Institute for Supply Chain Security, will be sharing his expertise on the digitalisation and automation of supply chains and explaining how blockchain technology is one of the most important developments in the digital transformation of production and business processes

·         Social media is a big part of our personal and business lives but innocent posts or seemingly innocuous online exchanges can provide significant intelligence to criminals as well as big risks to companies’ finances and reputations if users and employers are not aware of their social vulnerabilities and how these are being exploited. We’ll be hearing from David Benford, one of the leading international experts in Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), and Karri Kurunmäki, the co-founder of awareness training specialists HoxHunt.

·         And, we will welcome presentations from technology-driven start-ups who’ll be discussing automated cargo identification systems, a digital platform for information exchange and industry collaboration, and data driven interception of high risk shipments

The Amsterdam agenda will also include a special panel discussion looking at loss prevention in the fashion and clothing industry. We are delighted to be welcoming speakers from four major brands:

·         Corin Dennison, Director Global Profit Protection at Adidas

·         Luc Van Herck, Product Security Director, Global Supply Chain at Nike

·         Daniel Garcia Caellas, Safety & Risk Prevention Director at Desigual

·         Zbigniew Trendak, Director, Security & Loss Prevention at Levi Strauss Europe

Delegates will also hear a supply chain security case study from Samsung and Bosch as well as a TAPA Standards Update and the thoughts of the leadership teams of all three TAPA regions.