Over the past 30 years, the International Supply Chain Conference has become Europe's key logistics event. It is an annual platform for industry specialists and heavyweights to discuss issues affecting the market and to make new business contacts. Rubbing shoulders with this year's more than 200 exhibitors and 3,300 guests were a group of ISM students on the master's course International Logistics & Supply Chain Management from Frankfurt am Main.

Participation was possible due to the close partnership between the logistics programme and ISM's in-house research institute SCM@ISM. The directors of the institute, ISM professors Prof Dr Michael Benz and Prof Dr Stefan Walter, organised a two-day excursion and offered the students the chance to listen to expert lectures and come into contact with exhibiting firms from the logistics sector.

Under the theme 'Driving Change', international experts, company founders and management executives spoke about how the integration of logistics and IT will change company structures, sector boundaries and business models. The agenda also addressed critical questions relating to IT security and to sector-specific trends and developments in the field of supply chain management. The highlights were, among other things, lectures by Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg about digital change in Germany and the keynote by German Federal Minister of Transport Alexander Dobrindt on the political infrastructure for the digital transformation of mobility.

"I thought the topic of healthcare logistics was incredibly interesting along with the discussion on how transport companies are addressing the advance of digitisation," says ISM student Marlène Roblot. "A personal highlight for me, however, was the opportunity to meet attractive companies and to further expand my network."  

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