Blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning and other tech terms are thrown around every day in the logistics industry when articles and discussions are focused on where the industry is headed and what is the future of not only the freight forwarding specifically, but the general logistics industry as a whole.

X2 Group has taken notice of the acceleration of technology and solutions service providers in the industry and has made it a feature of the 5th Annual X2 Conference 2018. The Annual X2 Conference brings together all the groups under X2 Logistics Networks to a single location where they can establish and reinforce professional relationships with fellow members. The CEO and Founder of X2 Group, Richard Overton, says “Conferences are essential for success within the network, especially for those who will be attending their first X2 Conference.”

For the upcoming event that will be held in Hua Hin, Thailand from 24-28 February 2018, X2 has invited 3 software solutions providers and an insurance partner that will offer X2 Cargo Protect, an e-insurance platform made available to X2 Logistics Networks members.

The 4 companies will be represented by guest speakers, and their representatives will be available for conversations and meetings throughout the duration of the event. The companies who will be participating are WiseTech Global, Softlink, ConsolFreight, and Nacora.

For Softlink, ConsolFreight, and Nacora, 2018 will be their first appearances at an X2 Logistics Networks event, however WiseTech has had a regular presence at X2 Annual Conferences since 2016.

WiseTech Global and Softlink will both be promoting their software solution platforms oriented towards freight forwarders. WiseTech Global is known throughout the industry for their CargoWise One system. Softlink offers multiple software solutions for different industries, however the focus will likely be their Logi-Sys freight forwarding oriented software.
Nacora is owned by Kuehne + Nagel, and although they are an insurance broker, they also have a tech aspect to their presence at the upcoming X2 Conference. Through its e-insurance platform X2 members will be able to easily and quickly insure their shipments.

“2018 is already demonstrating that technology will be a strong influence for the immediate future of the logistics industry and that’s something that not only our members. But other freight forwarders need to pay attention also and begin adapting,” says Murray Backhouse, the General Manager Global Networks for X2 Logistics Networks when asked about the increased presence of technology for 2018.

The 5th Annual X2 Conference 2018 will be held in Hua Hin, Thailand from 24-28 February at the Dusit Thani Resort and will be attended by freight forwarding and logistics industry professionals from around the globe.

alternative networking

Conferences and annual general meetings have been around longer than logistics networking has been an industry. If you’re a freight forwarder or your customers are freight forwarders you likely attend 3 or 4 events a year. Reading this, your mind has probably already started running through the logistics networking routine; arrive at the event, cocktail reception, presentations, one-on-one meetings, attendee dinner, depart for the airport.

Of course the basics are unavoidable. Every event needs a cocktail reception, and, of course, what would a networking conference be without a dinner and meetings? It all becomes routine after attending your first few events.

But what if you could network in the sky? Attend an English Garden Party? And have a Floating Market come to you? All while meeting with not only freight forwarders but tech startups, airlines, and other potential partners?

This year, X2 Logistics Networks is elevating logistics networking to a new level.

“Networking in the sky,” is how Richard Overton, X2 Group’s Founder & CEO describes why there will be hot air balloons at the 5th Annual X2 Conference 2018.“This year, our 5th year, which is a milestone for any logistics network, means that we need to go big. Well, we always go big if you look at our past events. But for this coming conference we need to go seriously big.”

Going big means attendees will have the opportunity to network while in the baskets of hot air balloons. There has never been a logistics network event offering this type of memorable and unique opportunity for its attendees.

The hot air balloons aren’t just for conversation. X2 members were offered the chance to sponsor a balloon and a few quick and lucky members who managed to claim a balloon sponsorship will receive a drone video of their balloon plus their brand displayed on a 7 x 5 meter banner.

The hot air balloons will make their first appearance at the Mad Hatter’s English Garden Party. Why an English Garden Party? Richard Overton explained, “We like to have a little bit of fun at our events and I thought I’d bring some of the UK to Thailand for our conference.”

In balance to the English influence, X2’s event places a very Thai spin on the regular Gala Dinner. Plenty of networking conferences are held in Thailand and the typical Thai element has been a traditional Thai dance performance. X2 is is going in a different direction for their event. The X2 Team will be bringing a floating market to guests. Boats loaded with food will be crossing a lake at the venue during the dinner to provide a delicious meal and memorable experience.

Guest entertainment and experience won’t be the only elements to be elevated during the 5th Annual X2 Conference 2018. The event will host an array of insurance, tech startups, airlines, and network partners from other industries who will be providing unique and exclusive opportunities to the members of X2 Logistics Networks.

From hot air balloons and a floating market to airlines and tech startups. The 5th Annual X2 Conference will be very different alternative logistics networking event that is designed to facilitate the forming and strengthening of business relationships but avoid the monotony of the standard logistics network event.

The 5th Annual X2 Conference 2018 will be held in Hua Hin, Thailand at the Dusit Thani Resort from 24-28 February 2018. Registration can be completed via www.x2conference.com

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Newsletter

Richard’s Thank you Letter

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When I founded The X2 Group in 2012 ( has time really gone by that fast?!?) I made sure that the Network would follow one golden rule:

A Network is only as good as the members that are part of it.

Every Member of X2 is part of the X2 Eco-System. My team & I work tirelessly to go above and beyond for our members.

When i founded the company 5 years ago it was just me and my laptop working day and night to build a Network that everyone would be proud to be a part of. Today I have a dedicated team of 19 talented individuals from all over the World who speak over 10 languages.

How is X2 Different from other Networks?

I am extremely happy to receive this award. But, it is not X2 that won, but all the Members of X2 who truly earned this recognition. Our aim is to be the most professional Logistics Network in the World. And in accordance with that, we have done more & implemented more than any other Network in the World. (Click here to find out what makes X2 different from other Networks)

X2 is based upon our directive and expectation of professionalism. We go the extra mile where others are unwilling to go or simply just cant be bothered or have to resources to go.

X2 Conference

Every network worth its salt has an Annual Conference. During this time, all the members get together under one roof and meet with each other either during the cocktail reception / the Gala Dinner / during the 1:1 Meetings. But not all members can attend the annual conference either due to scheduling conflicts / location. Hence my team & I have set up a schedule where we try to hold X2 conferences at all continents and provide maximum chances for members to meet each other. Our most upcoming event is X2 SEA, that is to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 4th of September. Click the image below to view more details.

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To Finish off, I would like to thank each & every member part of X2, if not for you then there would be no us. And I would like to thank my team, who work with passion to help X2 reach new heights.

X2 WINS BEST GLOBAL LOGISTICS NETWORK. (Article below)

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The X2 Team Visits the Asia Cold Chain & Warehousing show held in Bangkok, Thailand.

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What is the Asia Cold Chain Show?

Asia Cold Chain Show (ACCS) is an International exhibition & conference on cold chain, cold logistics, temperature controlling, refrigeration, storage, distribution and cold supply chain sectors.

It aims to bring Decision makers and buyers from every aspect of the user industry to find the very latest solutions and technologies. In its 2016 edition in Bangkok, the event featured 80 exhibiting companies showcasing over 250+ solutions and about 5,814 attendees from 34 countries visited the event.

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At X2 it is one of the top priorities to keep up with the global trends. To be aware of all the industry changes. This then allows us to

inform all our members and keep them in the loop.

The show garnered contribution from leading associations including Warehouse Silo and Cold Storage Business Association. Cold Chain Association of Indonesia, Federation of Cold Storage Association of India, Agriculture and Food Marketing Association for Asia also contributed. The Pacific, Hong Kong Logistics Association, Thai Airfreight Forwarders Association, Federation of Malaysia Freight Forwarders and Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia are some of the other noted contributors.

Many topics were covered during the 3 day Conference.

Prominent conference topics covered:

  • Evolution of cold chain as the spine of food business in ASEAN.
  • Explore the business opportunities in supply chain & temperature controlled logistics in key emerging markets of ASEAN.
  • Monitoring solutions: a case study in improving compliance, operational efficiency and providing full visibility in the pharmaceutical supply chain.
  • Building an efficient risk management, packaging and monitoring strategy to develop and maintain quality of the cold chain process.
  • Evaluating importance of reefer transport solutions to maintain quality standards of fresh produce.

There are a number of reasons why X2 is different from every other Logistics Network in the World. And also a reason why it is also titled “The Most Professional Logistics Network in the World”. One of the main reasons is that there is constant networking, & not just once every year during the Conference. At X2 the Networking is yearlong.

X2 C.E.O Richard Overton pays utmost importance to visiting and meeting X2 Members whenever & wherever possible. He strongly believes that maintaining relationships, listening to feedback & discussing opportunities is the key to a strong and cohesive group of professionals looking to grow and develop global trade lanes.

Richard visiting X2 Founding members Richwell Global Forwarding: Evelyn Khoo & Stephen Yeo

Richard visiting X2 Founding members Richwell Global Forwarding: Evelyn Khoo & Stephen Yeo

Richard with X2 Founding Member Prem Singh from Arian Worldwide Logistics

Richard with X2 Founding Member Prem Singh from Arian Worldwide Logistics

Richard visiting the office of X2 Critical Member JHJ Singapore

Richard visiting the office of X2 Critical Member JHJ Singapore

Richard at the AEO Logistics warehouse

Richard at the AEO Logistics warehouse