26th congress EASTLOG, May 25–26, 2023


Hear from top logistics experts – both providers and users of logistics services

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Joint program
25. 5. 2023
26. 5. 2023
8:00 – 9:00


Opening words

Patricia Jakešová, ATOZ Group
Marek Maťovčík, 4IGV
Pavel Pravec, HOPI ČR
Jeffrey Osterroth, ATOZ Group
Jindřich Kadeřávek, Element Logic Czech Republic
Pavel Sovička, Panattoni
9:00 – 12:00

Joint morning program

Logistics in time of war: How to overcome the biggest hurdle to business

There are situations that one really cannot imagine – war and fear for life and family on the one hand and ensuring the operation of a large commercial company, critically important for providing food aid to people on the other. How to keep people motivated in a high-stress environment, how to keep supplies going to warehouses and stores while simultaneously developing business in a never-ending state of war? In her inspiring presentation in the opening block of the EASTLOG conference, the CEO of Metro Ukraine, Olena Vdovychenko, will allow participants to hear how she has coped with this situation and managed to maintain the high commitment of her entire team.

Olena Vdovychenko, Metro Cash&Carry Ukraine
10:30 – 11:00

Morning coffee break

Panel discussion: Logistics unlimited

What are the obstacles faced by the logistics industry here, in Europe and in the world? In which logistics areas is there untapped potential and why is this happening? Will technologies such as machine learning or artificial intelligence open or already open the potential for further development of logistics and supply chain? Which areas of logistics will benefit the most from the further progress of automation and robotization? How significant limits for logistics are geopolitics, trade competition between states and customs barriers? How will logistics flows from and to the Czech Republic change in the context of trends such as electromobility, nearshoring, robotization, the use of renewable energy sources, the reduction of energy intensity and the use of fossil fuels, the introduction of 3D printing, an increase in the proportion of material and energy recycling, or an aging population?

12:00 – 13:30

Lunch & BizLOG

13:30 – 15:50

Afternoon sections

Afternoon session Warehousing and development

The section will offer insight into the industrial real estate market. How has the lack of storage space affected rents and the services offered by building owners? Will more or fewer warehouses be built? Which locations are currently the most interesting? Which branches or industries are most looking for storage space? How are warehouses changing and will they change under the weight of the energy crisis? Is it better to build your own warehouse or rent an existing one? What’s innovative in warehousing lately?

Moderated by Petr Hříbal, editor-in-chief of the magazine Zboží&Prodej

Panel discussion: The future of storage, the storage of the future

Why is there a shortage of warehouse space in the Czech Republic? Is it always necessary to open a new warehouse, or are there still reserves for optimizing warehouse stocks? How to deal with the criticism that we are becoming a country of warehouses? Can municipalities and cities be motivated to allow further construction of industrial buildings and is this desirable? In which fields do we now see the greatest demand for warehouse space? If it’s not possible to go wide with warehouses, why not go high? And is it possible with regard to municipal regulations? What direction is urban storage going and are dark stories the solution to supplying large settlements? Is renting, owning a building, or some hybrid form better? What is currently troubling warehouse tenants? What will storage look like in the future and what to prepare for? The discussion will be in the spirit of answers to these and other questions in the presence of developers, real estate brokers and warehouse users.

Afternoon session Transport and forwarding

In this section, we will focus on the limitations and threats faced by transport and forwarding and how to manage this situation. What to do if there are no drivers? How to respond to rising transport costs? How to optimally work with carriers? Is it better to have your own or external transport? How to transport goods in a world with increasing obstacles? Are alternative energy sources a chance for trucking? We will be inspired by those who transport their own goods and those who provide solutions.

Panel discussion: Freight transport at the crossroads

How will tightening economic limits, especially the Euro 7 standard, affect the future of freight transport? Where are the current limits on alternative fuels for trucking? Will electricity, gas, hydrogen, synthetic fuels or something else gain ground in heavy-duty road transport? What are the possibilities of switching to electric traction, battery drives or fuel cells for railway vehicles? How will the emphasis on greening and decarbonization of freight transport affect transport prices? How are transit traffic in Europe limited by traffic congestion, customs or security barriers and disputes between states? What is the most demanding job of a driver today and how can the limits that prevent new drivers from entering the industry be removed? Are there fair rules for obtaining contracts in the market? How does automation and digitization affect the situation in freight transport – when planning transports, booking unloading and loading, movement of documentation, tracking costs or transport technology, etc.? In the discussion with transport experts, we will answer these questions and more.

Afternoon session Digitalization and automation

In the section, we will answer various questions that arise when considering the costs of automation, robotization and digitization projects. Should one automate or digitize now? How to choose the right solution? Why return on investment might not be the main consideration? How will automation and robotization increase efficiency? And how must your companies be prepared in the field of data logistics? Examples of successful projects will inspire you.

Moderated by David Čapek, editor of the magazine Systémy Logistiky

Afternoon session Human resources

In the afternoon section for HR managers from logistics and transport, we will discuss current topics in the logistics labor market. What effect has the war in Ukraine had on the availability of employees in the field? Should we perceive increased unemployment negatively or positively? How will businesses withstand the pressure to increase wages due to high inflation? How do automation and digitization affect work in logistics? Discuss these issues and more at our HR round table.

Moderated by Roman Molek, managing partner of Transearch International

15:50 – 16:20

Afternoon coffee break

16:20 – 18:00

Joint afternoon program

Panel discussion: Economic limits of Czech and European logistics

How are the Czech, German and European economies doing? What are the risks for European companies, including logistics ones, associated with creeping US protectionism? Are companies moving from China to or near Europe, or are they merely moving to the “cheaper” countries of the so-called Altasia? Have we already gotten rid of our dependence on Russian oil and gas, and how safe and price stable are the new sources? How will inflation develop and what will it mean in terms of the development of compensation in companies? Can we learn from past crises? What new knowledge for the functioning of companies did covid, the war in Ukraine, supply volatility, unreliable energy supplies or high input prices bring? Do investments in automation and robotics always have a positive sign from an economic point of view? In the economic panel, we will shed more light on many assumptions with leading economists and representatives of the public and private sectors.

18:00 – 23:00

Evening program


The Logistics Business Mixer is a VIP meeting of logistics experts in a casual informal evening atmosphere with a special program of games, competitions and entertainment. Its main goal is networking between the logistics professionals who regularly participate in this important social event. Refreshments, live music and entertainment programs are the perfect recipe for making business contacts.

  • evening party in the style of a business mixer tailored to business activities
  • 250 VIP logistics professionals
  • informal atmosphere, great mood
  • entertainment program, games and competitions organized in cooperation with our partners
  • selected delicacies of international cuisine
  • tastings, cocktail bars
9:00 – 12:00


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