15 Mar 21

Connected Fleets Conference: a day of learning to get inspired

How can you maximise efficiencies and save costs for your commercial and service fleets? That’s what you will learn at the all-digital Connected Fleets Conference on 18 March 2021.

Connectivity in fleets is a global phenomenon and will only continue to grow more important in the future. The right connected solutions can help you increase fleet efficiencies and ultimately generate cost savings today and in the long term. As electrification is also gaining speed, there is no turning back on the need for connected vehicles.

In this conference, various expert speakers with insider knowledge share their ideas and experience in presentations, case studies and through interaction via breakout sessions and networking opportunities.

The Connected Fleets Conference takes place on 18 March 2021 from 8.30am to 4pm CET on our usual Hopin event platform. You can register online now.


All times are CET

8.30 – 9am: Check-in and Networking
Meet with the conference participants and sponsors.

9.00 – 9.10: Welcome and Opening of the Connected Fleets Conference 2021
Agenda highlights and how to get the most out of the Connected Fleets Conference.
With Steven Schoefs, Editor-in-chief, Fleet Europe


9.10 – 9.30: Connecting the dots to unlock vehicle fleet efficiency
Technology and connectivity are fundamental for vehicle fleet efficiency, whether it’s efficiency in cost, safety, sustainability or last-mile mobility.
With Franck Leveque, Partner and Vice President Automotive & Transportation, Frost & Sullivan

9.30 – 10.00: Securing sustainability and safety for your outsourced fleet via connectivity
Learn how to manage an outsourced fleet, ensuring your internal safety and sustainability goals are achieved with the support of connectivity.
With Remi Abdul Samad, Global Lead Sustainability and Logistics, The Heineken Company

10.00 – 10.20: Maximising fleet utilisation through flexibility
Too many company cars and commercial vehicles are underutilised, generating increased costs and inefficiency. Flexibility is the answer to the fleet utilisation question and to issues during peak times.
With Vinzenz Pflanz, President Corporate Sales, Sixt SE and Sixt customer Daniel Kasack, Senior Manager Last Mile Services at Amazon Logistics

10.20 – 10.40: Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Select the topic and session you prefer.

10.20 – 10.40: OEM innovation in connectivity and electrification
The roadmap to more efficient, connected and zero-emission transportation is supported by innovative solutions and technologies of today’s car manufacturers. Understanding how to benefit from their latest developments can only bring value to your fleet and company.
With Dieter Quartier, Automotive Journalist, Fleet Europe

10.20 – 10.40: How to manage increasing complexity and cost of windshield management?
Replacing damaged windshields accounts for 90% of your glass maintenance costs and it’s getting worse with the increasing prevalence of ADAS in vehicles. Jack is the first solution to effectively address that concern. By detecting, diagnosing and notifying glass damages in real-time, Jack makes sure you don’t miss any breakage, you handle them on time and mitigate your glass maintenance costs by 50%, or more.
With Nicolas, Chorine, CEO, Jack by AGC Automotive

10.40 – 11.10: Networking Break

One-on-one meeting with the conference participants in a congenial and easy virtual way.


11.10 – 11.30: Connectivity, the bridge between e-commerce and sustainable last mile delivery success
The rise of e-commerce comes with opportunities and challenges for last-mile delivery success. Learn how connectivity plays a key role for successfully managing peak times and to secure a seamless and sustainable last-mile delivery.
With Olly Craughan, Managing Director Corporate Social Responsibility, DPD

11.30 – 11.50: Elevating fleet safety and productivity via smart data
The correlation between efficiency, safety and productivity is undeniable. The key ingredient for a future-proof safety management that contributes to the bottom line of a company is connectivity.
With Bob Zimmer, Supply Chain Fleet Technology Senior Manager, PepsiCo and Brendan Wiggins, Senior Manager Fleet Strategy, West, PepsiCo

11.50 – 12.10: The EV and sustainability journey with Geotab
Not every fleet is in the position to switch, either partially or fully, to EVs. But these fleets can still have a positive impact on society and the environment. Join David Savage, Geotab Associate Vice President, UK & Ireland, to understand the fleet electrification journey and the challenges the fleet industry is currently facing. Learn how your businesses can integrate the EVSA into your fleet strategy and leverage Geotab to get the most out of your electric vehicles.
With David Savage, Associate Vice President, UK & Ireland, Geotab

12.10 – 12.30: Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Select the topic and session you prefer.

12.10 – 12.30: How connectivity support sustainability in safety and carbon footprint reduction
If well deployed, connectivity leads to increased sustainability. Learn how to use connected technology to leverage sustainability in both fleet safety and the reduction of carbon footprint.
With Nikola Vuckovic, Global Senior Manager Market & Fleet Safety, Philip Morris International

12.10 – 12.30: How connectivity supports vehicle remarketing
Fleet operators are permanently seeking for efficiency, and this in every phase of the vehicle fleet process. Digitisation and connectivity are supporting the end of vehicle lifecycle process. In this session you will get insight into the way connectivity can be used to facilitate the vehicle remarketing process of your Commercial Fleet.
With Gino Vleminckx, Chief Commercial Officer, ADESA Europe

12.30 – 1pm: Networking Break

Virtual one-on-one meeting opportunities with conference participants.


1pm – 1.20: How to be sustainable from the first to the last mile
Efficient transportation and delivery is not limited to innovation nor sustainability for the last mile. Efficiency in sustainability needs to encompass the entire journey. Explore how to translate an innovative but tangible vision on sustainability from the first to the last mile.
With Tom Goethals, Fleet Manager, bpost

1.20 – 2pm: How to overcome charging concerns
Questions about the EV charging infrastructure are impeding the faster uptake of fleet electrification. Hands-on expertise to overcome possible EV charging obstacles.
With Sahand Malek, Expert, Fleet Europe

Followed by a Panel discussion with Bjørn Utgård, VP Global Industry Segments, EV Box and André ten Bloemendal, VP Europe Commercial Sales, ChargePoint

2pm – 2.20: Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Select the topic and session you prefer.

2pm – 2.20: Electrify your fleet to improve your commercial business success
Learn why and how electrifying your fleet generates driver satisfaction and cost efficiency and can be innovative and sexy at the same time.
With Davide Ghione, Chief of Commercial - Europe and Hamish Philips, Head of Sales UK, Arrival

2pm – 2:20: Rightsize your commercial fleet for cost and mobility efficiency
Learn why it’s crucial to challenge the market according to your fleet and mobility needs. Find out IKEA’s requirements for a successful connected future.
With Barbara Szanto, Global Category Manager, HR Services, Travel Services, Fleet & Mobility, IKEA

2.20 – 2.50: Networking Break

Virtual one-on-one meeting opportunities with conference participants.

2:50 – 3.10: The impact of AI and ML on Efficiency
Getting the most out of data and be able to predict actions with accuracy based on past experiences and behaviour is what machine learning is about. Machine learning (ML) technology and artificial intelligence (AI) may look like things for the future, and their impact may frighten you but their value for increased efficiency in business, leisure and live is immense. Discover what ML and AI can mean for your business.
With Camus Ma, South EMEA AI Practice Team Lead - Customer Engineering, Google Cloud


3.10 – 3.40: Executive Panel: Connectivity as the main driver for fleet efficiencies and cost savings

  • With Founding Partners Sixt and Geotab
  • Moderated by Steven Schoefs, Editor-in-chief, Fleet Europe
  • Panel members:
  • Stuart Donnelly, Sr Director Group International Sales, Sixt SE
  • Ivan Lequerica, Vice President, South West Europe, Geotab

3.40 – 3.45: Lessons Learned and Closing of the Connected Fleets Conference

Register online now.

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Authored by: Benjamin Uyttebroeck