Supply Chain Management in Science and Practice 2019

3 and 4 April 2019

5 April - Best practices

Portorož, Slovenia

GH Bernardin

Organisation & Technological Modernisation
Go Hand in Hand With Excellence and Added Value

Economic growth has provided the logistics with what it needed most – with goods. At the same time we are facing the lack of logistic capacities and human resources together with constant increase of price pressure on the one hand, and pressure on wages on the other. Can proper organisation and IT modernisation approach the issue?

Broadly speaking the logistic process runs from a supplier through internal production processes to a purchaser. Such processes have to be thin, without any loss, well managed, and supported with an adequate IT. Hence, the efficient logistics is the most important step towards achieving a positive purchase experience while it also plays a relevant role as a cost factor in a total purchase price of the goods.

In some cases a total cost of logistics can achieve up to 20% of the sales value. Proper organisation as well as efficient IT support of separate processes within the supply chain can significantly reduce both: the costs and flow times.

Efficiency of logistics in the international environment depends, amongst others, on administrative and legal frameworks imposed by the state. Development of logistics cannot be viewed from the technological and organisational point of view or on a company level only. Competitiveness of the business environment depends also upon administrative procedures and their technological solutions on the state level. Also in Slovenia there is an ever-growing talk about “Digital Agenda”, however; we should be able to rely on already established good practices when applying it. How did the leading economies approach the “Single Window” project, to digitalise international trade procedures? And where does Slovenia stand in this matter? What changes will the new custom legislation bring? How will Brexit effect logistics?

Slovenia was among the first countries in Europe who have ratified the eCMR protocol. The European Commissiona aims to make the use of CMR documents mandatory in the near future. How will that effect the supply chain processes? And what state-of the art technologies will be used in those processes?

Organisational and logistics management models are a challenge. Soft methods of increasing productivity, KAIZEN, target management, etc. are models which are not used in production only, but can also effectively improve productivity in logistics. Emphasizing the production often leaves logistics, as a system of management, forgotten and divided between purchase, supply and production. How to ensure overall control of the costs? How to manage logistics effectively both in manufacturing companies and/or at the logistic/transport solution providers? Are there differences in decision making based on gender, and what are they?

Digitalisation in logistics is an ongoing challenge. Even excellent solutions for managing goods, transport, and logistical data can be poorly implemented, and on the other hand companies can benefit most from niche solutions, perfectly covering separate business segments. How to tackle challenges of IT project? What are essential steps of good project management when implementing WMS, TMS, and other solutions? Which key functionalities of IT solutions bring most benefit to the process optimisation, and which enable companies to offer new solutions, and at the same time add value for the existing and new customers.

Technological development in logistics is continuous. There are growing tendencies of use of increasingly advanced technologies for practical purposes. What are the advantages of individual solutions? How did companies initiate technological transformations? Which technologies have brought the most benefit? Ready or not, the "Internet of Things" and "Blockchain" are here… what is the role of artificial intelligence wending its way into logistics?

You will find the answers to these and other questions at our 7th International congress »Supply Chain Management in Science and Practice 2019«, in Portorož.

In addition to expert presentations of the topics, we will also encourage making new acquaintances and provide opportunities for co-operation. The company of our friends from ACS, Automotive Cluster of Slovenia and Transport Association at Slovenian Chamber of Commerce has become a tradition and provides an opportunity to build further on successful cooperation and pleasant gathering.

The presentations we host always provide you with practical solutions. Our speakers are top managers and experts from Slovenia and abroad presenting the best examples of good practice. And this year’s event will be no exception.

Slovenian Logistics Association builds relationships.

Igor Žula,
President of Slovenian Logistic Association


”Every organization pays the most intention to the manufacturing and quality of their products. But since the market is becoming increasingly more global, we also focus more and more on the ways to the customer to be as short, fast and safe as possible. By doing this, we obtain additional time for production and lower transport costs.”

Marjan Trobiš, CEO, Boxmark Leather d.o.o.

”Every organization pays the most intention to the manufacturing and quality of their products. But since the market is becoming increasingly more global, we also focus more and more on the ways to the customer to be as short, fast and safe as possible. By doing this, we obtain additional time for production and lower transport costs.”

Marjan Trobiš, CEO, Boxmark Leather d.o.o.



Registration of participants


Opening of the Congress and opening adresses
Sonja Šmuc, MSc, General Manager of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia
Rok Svetek, Managing director, Adria kombi
Andrej Planina, Supply Chain Mnagement division manager, Špica International
Robert Sever, Director of Transport Association at Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia
Peter Pišek, President of tge Traffic Section at the Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Slovenia
Igor Žula, President of Slovenian Logistic Association



News in customs clearance from the perspective of the World Customs Organization
Milena Budimirović, World Customs Organization (WCO), Belgium

TheInternet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), 3D printing and blockchainhave the potential to profoundly transform the way we trade, who trades andwhat is traded. The ability to turn many forms of information that once existedsolely in analogue form into digital information and to collect, store andanalyze it has expanded enormously.

Disruptivetechnology is a new technology that completely changes the way things are done.Customs is a consumer who is affected by the evolution of the marketplace andtechnology.

Thechallenge for Customs administrations, like any consumer, is that the fervorwhich surrounds an emerging technology can dominate any discussions on reformand renewal. However, paramount to Customs administrations is the ability toensure that efficiency and effectiveness are constantly improved, and latest technologiesare in most cases aimed at achieving these goals.

Thediscussions resulted in the establishment of a Virtual Working Group on theFuture of Customs (the Group), consisting of Customs administrations, theprivate sector, international organizations and academia. As a result, theGroup has developed a Study Report on Disruptive Technologies that collates allthe work already carried out under the Group, and more broadly brings togetherrelevant information from open source, as well as outcomes of discussions underthe PTC and other WCO working bodies and meetings, including the WCO ITConferences. Finally, the Study Report includes 18 use cases shared by itsMembers.

TheWCO presentation will share information on the above mentioned Study Report andits main findings.


Expected customs changes in EU - how to prepare
Maite Miret, EurTradeNet (ETN), Spain

The Union Customs Code (UCC) is a key part of the modernisation of customs, the new regulation framework for rules and procedures throughout the EU. With incremental deployment of key processes, and ad-hoc transitional measures, from May 2016 the new UCC provisions conduct eCustoms present and future.
Either Centralised or Distributed or Hybrid, all new systems are to be implemented and deployed EU-wide according to the UCC Work Programme. From the general planning fixed by TAXUD and agreed with Member States, according to available resources and local priorities, Global and National implementations must be closely watched.
EurTradeNet actively contributes to eCustoms renovation, offering its specialised knowledge and best advice in IT & Customs. ETN interventions are pertinent all along the life cycle of the systems (design, implementation, testing, deployment, and operation).
EurTradeNet is brother-in-arms of the most relevant Trade Associations representing the Clients of our ETN members (air and sea freight, express and freight forwarding, road and rail transportation). We all together are definitively living a crucial momentum: it’s the IT&C Time.


Changes in customs procedures in Slovenia
Boris Kastelic, Financial administration of the Republic of Slovenia, General Financial Office

Despite the fact that Slovenia is one of the smallest EU Member States and is less important in the customs sense, from the perspective of the collected traditional own resources (customs), which are paid into the EU total budget, the provision of adequate, simple, cost-effective customs procedures is one of the priorities of the Financial Administration. In this way, at least the same customs standards are being provided to the Slovenian economy as the most developed EU Member States. For the last couple of years, Slovenia has been among the leading EU Member States in terms of the level of application of simplified customs procedures and the speed of implementation of the customs clearance procedures, which is simultaneously fully electronic and automated. In this way, it is possible for trustworthy economic operators to perform quickly and easily customs formalities with the minimal intervention of the supervisory customs authority. An essential role in the partnership between the customs authority and the industry is also the fact whether an economic operator has acquired the status of Authorised Economic Operator (AEO). The latter enjoys certain advantages under the customs legislation that other economic operators cannot acquire, while at the same time the status also brings certain international advantages – for example, less control in the country of destination to which the goods are being exported. Even in the area of AEO status holders, Slovenia is comparable to the other EU Member States, and even today, most of the customs transactions in Slovenia are performed by the AEO holders.
The Financial Administration will continue to strive to increase the level of cooperation with the industry and further simplify the procedures. To this end, a new import customs system is also being introduced, and simultaneously a central treatment of customs declarations is on its way. Consideration of the submitted declaration will not be connected anymore only to the Financial Administration’s field office of filing the declaration, but it will be possible for the customs declaration to be handled by any of its field offices in the country. In this way, the work digitally moves to locations with a smaller workload, which will also be a contributing factor toward speeding up the customs clearance segment, which is and should remain subject to controls. At the same time, the impartiality of customs clearance and the appropriate quality (level) of controls in customs clearance will be ensured.
At the Congress, certain topical subjects and innovations in the field of customs formalities will also be presented. The most significant novelty, which will entail an enormous increase in the implementation of customs procedures and which will ultimately affect almost every citizen (or at least those who ever shop on the Internet) is a change in the tax Directive and the abolition of the exemption limit (de minimis EUR 22) to which today, in the case of an online store, no import VAT is charged. The abolishment introduces an amendment to the VAT Directive and will enter into force in 2021, but it will also include, inter alia, a modified way of charging VAT under the so-called Import One Stop Shop (IOSS) scheme.


Coffe break and socializing



Electronic CMR as a necesity in EU transportation
Željko Jeftić, International Road Transport Union (IRU), Switzerland

In the presentation I will be looking at acceptance of e-CMR by authorities in different countries in Europe and beyond, as well as uptake of e-CMR by the industry. I will address questions such as Which countries can be expected to accept e-CMR in the coming months/years? How much is e-CMR used today in the countries that do accept it? What are the main benefits but also challenges for shippers, transport operators and others to start using e-CMR?


eCMR in European legislation
Bogdan Potokar, Ministry of Infrastructure

The author will deliver a presentation of the legal aspect of the electronic waybill (additional e-CMR protocol), with an emphasis on the draft Regulation on Electronic Traffic Information, which is currently in the process of coordination at the Council of the European Union. In addition, information will be provided on the implementation of pilot transport with e-CMR in Slovenia and further steps to be taken in this area. The presentation will also include the discussion on the envisaged legal basis in EU law (draft Regulation on electronic documents in transport), implementation of pilot transport with e-CMR and possible further steps.


Digital transport logistics documents of the future
Matjaž Auflič, Digital Transport & Logistic Forum (DTLF)

The DTLF is a group of experts that brings together stakeholders from different transport and logistics communities, from both the private and the public sector, with a view to build a common vision and road map for digital transport and logistics. The DTLF also contributes to identifying needs for measures at EU level and supporting their development and implementation where relevant. The overarching objective of DTLF is to improve digital interoperability in logistics and freight transport across Europe. It aims to give impulse to a coherent strategy for removing technical, operational and administrative barriers between and within transport modes transport by means of more efficient electronic exchange of information. The DTLF is composed of Member States' transport authorities and public and private organisations with relevant expertise in the transport and logistics domain, and a genuine interest in collaborating towards more efficient access to and use of information in transport.



How to prepare for the introduction of eCMR? When to begin preparations? What are the key activities?

Moderator: Robert Sever, Transport Association at Slovenian Chamber of Commerce


Lunch at the hotel restaurant



Logistics as a vital factor in ensuring high productivity and efficiency of a company
Damjan Zupančič, TPV

Logistics is an increasingly important area in companies where logistics as such is not a primary activity. Ensuring an ever-increasing level of customer service and constant cost-cutting for the owner is definitely a continuous challenge for many of us. Are we at all recognizing the areas of logistics at the company, combining them and linking them to the logistics service or the logistics activities are still performed as a purchase and / or sales function segment. The lecture will present the understanding and structure of the logistics field in the automotive industry, the interlacing of the field with other services and areas, the necessity of the matrix organization of the service. The modern organization of logistics must be agile, quickly-adaptable, must be the vehicle and driving force in the field of development, standardization and automation, and at the same time support service to all stakeholders in the matrix structure of processes.


The role and management of logistics in the global system
Marjana Krajnc, Danfoss Trata

Strokovnjaki oskrbovalnih verig se vse glasneje pogovarjamo in snujemo načrte ter strategije, ki nas bodo pripeljale do samoučeče in samoupravljalske oskrbovalne verige. Potreba se kaže predvsem zaradi vse bolj inteligentnih strojev, virtualnosti, ki postaja nova realnost, rastočega prebivalstva, vse manjše razpoložljivosti delovne sile in krožnega gospodarstva, ki postaja nova ekonomija.
V Danfossu smo s samim delovanjem podjetja in izvajanjem storitev na vseh področjih, skladni z ambicijo vse večje energetske učinkovitosti, ter skladni z usmeritvijo, da soustvarjamo prihodnost. Leto 2016 smo razglasili za leto digitalne preobrazbe. Usmerili smo se v štiri ključna strateška področja: digitalno kupčevo izkušnjo (digital customer experience), povezane izdelke in storitve (connected product and services), hitrost in kapacitete v inoviranju (speed and capacity in inovation) in enotno IT infrastrukturo ter enoten ERP (One company IT arhitecture and One ERP).
Še preden smo stabilizirali in dobro utekli najnovejšo različico ERP platforme je vzporedno ekipa digitalnih zanesenjakov že pripravljala organizacijo na uvajanje novih tehnologij, ki nam že zagotavljajo boljšo transparentnost, hitrejše odločanje, boljšo povezljivost in predvidljivost. Poleg SAP S/4 HANA smo lani uvedli tudi najnovejšo programsko opremo skladiščenga poslovanja (WHM), ki nam omogoča transparentno in stroškovno učinkovito materialno ter informacijsko poslovanje s črtnimi kodami in prenosnimi terminali. Dodatno letos uvajamo programsko opremo za sodelovanje dobaviteljevih omrežij (SNC), prav tako pa smo tik pred implementacijo SIOP procesa na ANAPLAN platformi.
Današnja sodobna logistika postaja pametna, mobilna in povezana. Trendi v sodobni logistiki pa so v smeri, da ta postane še bolj predvidljiva, samoučeča in samodelujoča.


How to approach a comprehensive transformation of logistics in a global system and what are its challenge
Robert Ljoljo, MBA, Novartis

The lecture “Optimization of the Supply Chain in Novartis” encompasses the presentation of the Novartis Operational Standards for Supply Chain Excellence (NOSSCE), which has been implemented over the last few years to increase significantly the efficiency, cost competitiveness, and customer satisfaction. The programme is implemented in most of the company production locations. Simultaneously, it brings a complete refurbishment of the Supply function with standardised application of key principles, process reengineering and organisational model, and the introduction of performance indicators at all levels of the production site. The program is not only a supply chain project, but also brings a different operation philosophy in all the functions involved in production and logistics processes.


Coffe break and socializing



Transformation of logistics also as a content and organizational challenge!
Where are the delineations of logistics and what can modern logistics encompass? Matrix interlacing and integration with other services is necessary where logistics has a linking role. Is logistics a bearing service or a supporting service?

Moderator: Franci Pušenjak, LOMA consulting




Evening socializing and dinner




Opening of the second day of the Congress



Artificial intelligence tomorrow – An imperative for a firm logistics service
Luka Stopar, Jožef Stefan Institute

The evolution of the Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems combined with Big Data analytics will change the way manufacturing and supply chains are organized. As supply chains are being more digitized, logistics operators and other stakeholders will have to embrace the latest technologies in a way that can achieve ease of access, quick information processing and security all in one place.
The lecture discusses AI tools and technologies in the context of future supply chain models. We focus on collaborative, self-organizing supply chains where the stakeholders share the physical and information infrastructure and rely on logistics service providers to consolidate deliveries. We discuss how these tools can be leveraged to coordinate deliveries, detect, warn and react to real-time situations, identify collaboration opportunities, formalize knowledge and share information between stakeholders.


How to set up Platooning – A convoy of (self-driving) trucks?
Erik Wirsing, Schenker AG, Germany

Future Mobility and logistics will be intertwined and totally different. But until we can beam goods and people, we’ll still have to store and ship them.
Even though 3D printing and 3D processes are the first steps to digital shipping of items, it is likely to be several years before we can completely shelve aside mobility concepts and logistics solutions.
The question is, what to do in the meantime?
Trends like globalization, digitalization, consolidation of markets and shifts in working environment are strongly influencing the logistics industry and leading to immense changes in the way how processes, objects and entire supply chains are connected.
One example of how DB Schenker is facing up to these new challenges and preparing itself for the future of “Digital Logistics” is the platooning technology developed with its cooperation partner MAN. The truck in front sets the speed and direction, and the other(s) follow safely in very short distance. Truck convoys are expected to make the driving time safer and utilizable inside & outside the cabin, contribute to shorter /more reliable & predictable transports, better use of road capacity and the reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
But connected and autonomous driving is just one example of how DB Schenker is facing the upcoming challenges. Other technologies and trends that are shaping the future of logistics are already available and so it is more necessary than ever to manage the various options.


Green Logistics at Škoda Auto
Petra Sojková, Škoda Auto, Czech Republic

ŠKODA AUTO offers its customers not only safe and comfortable vehicles, but also environmentally friendly. The same friendly attitude towards the environment is gradually being implemented within the production and supply chain. The lecture introduces participants to the approach of ŠKODA AUTO Logistics to the issue of Green Logistics and will explain how sustainability in logistics is generally understood by one of Europe's largest car manufacturers. The lecture will be based on practical solutions across all logistics processes that have already been implemented in ŠKODA AUTO Logistics.
Green Logistics must be perceived as a global trend, which requires our attention.


Coffe break and socializing


Participating in supply chains through the LogChain platform
Igor Hočevar, ZZI and Andrej Planina, Špica international

LogChain is a solution to last mile problems which simplifies logistics processes and improve customers’ experience. Have you ever asked yourself what happens to your consignments after they leave your warehouse? How you wondered where they are, if they have been successfully delivered, in what condition the packaging was, and whether any changes or unwanted events, such as damage, returns, and complaints, occurred? Would you like to inform your clients about the anticipated time of delivery and location of their package?
With LogChain logistics platform (bizBox service and Frontman mobile application), all this is possible. LogChain is a comprehensive solution which gives you complete control over consignments in real time as well as automated formal communication with clients. Data from the field are always available online to help you control, manage, and analyse, as well as to help you investigate extraordinary events. The sender, logistics providers, and their clients can monitor in real time the status and location of all packages in the field.
LogChain goal is to provide partners in supply chains a platform for connecting all stakeholders, performing online delivery procedures, managing and monitoring events in real-time, and formalizing paperless procedure from order to delivery.


Transformation of logistics with a comprehensive organization of logistics processes (Redprairie)
Mateja Pečnik, Studio Moderna and Blazej Krupa, DHL Supply Chain, Poland

From its roots in 1992 selling just one product within Slovenia, Studio Moderna has continued to grow and expand rapidly and transform into a major Omni-channel retailer servicing 21 countries across Eastern Europe. With such a pace of change and growth Studio Moderna recognised the need for a forward thinking Supply Chain and logistics network design which would be fit for future growth whilst optimising costs and allow for continued growth and flexibility to achieve changing customers’ expectations. In 2011, a project was initiated to create a bonded Central Distribution Centre within Poland. The vision was that the facility will act as the main inventory hub for the whole group and complete replenishment to Studio Moderna’s local country distribution warehouses, thus allowing the group to optimise inventory holding, give flexibility to move inventory to those markets with higher sales and minimise logistics costs within local countries. As an added benefit it was quickly realised for several of the EU markets a ‘Direct Delivery’ operation could be established within the central warehouse allowing for the picking, packing and delivery to the end customers without the need of local country warehouse operation. To achieve such an ambitious change Studio Moderna engaged the expert services of DHL Supply Chain and recognised we would also need to invest into a best in market Warehouse Management System, all of which lead to the implementation of JDA Red Prairie WMS. We would like to take you through our journey from project initiation to current day operations within the Studio Moderna’s central warehouse and the pivotal role Red Prairie WMS has played. With the help of our partner DHL we will discuss all the stages of the initial project, from selection of facility location, choice of Red Prairie against other leading market WMS, establishment of joint project teams, lessons learnt, the positives and challenges experience and the ongoing learning and optimisation we are still driving even today.



How to set up an effective technology and service development feature in transport and logistics? Why it matters?

Moderator: dr. Jernej Pintar, Tehnološki park Ljubljana


Lunch at the hotel restaurant



Digitalisation in transport logistics - Slovenske železnice Group
Tomaž Kraškovic, Slovenske železnice

In his delivery, the author will present the process of digitalisation in the transport logistics industry of the Slovenian Railways.
The presentation will first touch upon ambitious and broad-based business initiatives for the refurbishment of the business information system of companies in the Slovenian Railways Group.
The expansion of the initiative to all the group’s strategic activities will be demonstrated, as well as the leap from computerisation to digitalisation. The expansion stems from the broadly based strategy of digitalisation of the Slovenian Railways Group covering all activities and areas of operations and is one of the critical advantages for the implementation of the business strategy of the Group. The strategy is implemented through several digitalisation programmes.
The digitalisation strategy and the digitalisation programme for transport logistics will be presented in detail. It is about a strategic activity of the Group. In the medium-term, we can expect a high degree of digitalisation using new digital technologies and switching to changing business models. Strategic goals, guidelines and some digitalisation programme projects will be shown.
The central part of the talk will encompass the presentation of the 236 Project from the digitalisation programme for activity, which will provide an integrated business information system that will ensure a high level of automation and optimisation in all parts of the business process of preparing offers and contracts, accepting orders, planning the execution of orders, and automated billing. The powerful new business analytics system will ensure the adoption of quality business decisions at all levels of management. The new system will provide a significant competitive advantage for Slovenian Railways Group companies. The working methods of the project, activities, plans and challenges will also be presented.


State-of-the-art optimization practices towards a new world of planning for Retail home delivery
Dr. Georgios Ninikas, ORTEC, Italy

Retail market is a highly competitive one; adding to it the constant growth of e-commerce and the challenge of sustaining a leading position to the market, is becoming more and more difficult. From a strategic perspective, retail networks focus on broadening their offer, improve customer experience, introduce new sales channels and invest in their last-mile distribution efficiency. The right approach to manage this last leg is the omnichannel, i.e. to offer a combination of speed, variety and convenience demanded by the customers, from click-and-collect to home delivery, there are a lot of models to be considered.
During this intervention we will talk about current trends in retail logistics, last-mile solutions and factors influencing the complexity of retail distribution planning. In particular, we will be introducing a 3x3 approach that recommends state-of-the-art practices that have been proven beneficial from customers throughout the world. Those practices cover basic planning aspects, advanced optimization practices and optimization aspects related to execution.


Complete digital transformation of logistics processes in DeGirolami company
Luca Lesignoli, DeGirolami, Italy

DEGIROLAMI is an international group, with a great deal of expertise in transport and logistics.
They manage the transport activities, freight forwarding and supply chain solutions, with the integration of technologies and a network of more than 350 people in seven European locations.
The presentation will describe the process of selecting and implementing the complete solution, spanning the entire spectrum of the transportation process, across all modes and geographies.
It will be shown by example how to simplify the complexity of the actual transportation management – with no tracking at all, no data and no monitoring.
In particular, presentation will show:
- how to achieve end-to-end in-transit and inventory visibility and productivity improvements across the entire supply chain;
- how to manage and optimize dedicated resources in locating trucks and shipments;
- how to manage, track, and streamline the shipment operations, and plan for alternate routes.
Thanks to implementation of Oracle Transportation Cloud, complemented by Oracle Warehouse Management System, DEGIROLAMI has achieved main goals in terms of improving business margins, reducing operating expenses, providing global visibility in all operations on a daily basis.


Coffe break and socializing


Efficient and safe digital transformation of the process from order to delivery between a client and a transport company Judež
Jakob Korenč, Telekom and Darko Judež, Judež

Digitalisation of processes has become a competitive advantage of forward-thinking companies that include logistics in their supply chain, because it is providing a full support (from planning to implementation) to their logistics processes. Thus clients (customers) can track shipments in real-time from the start to the end of the chain. Such close integration of the systems between the client and the logistics operator brings both a simpler and paperless business. Hard to follow and time-consuming manual processes become digitised, which results in greater efficiency, optimisation of transport costs, and monitoring of processes performed in remote locations outside the office, whilst fully adapting to the needs of each company. Thus implementing the Telekom Slovenije solution, in the company Judež Ltd we solved the key challenges for optimisation of logistics routes and transport, monitoring the performance of works and associated costs, as the solution provides a complete control over vehicles, locations and cargo in real time.



Why cannot we wait for digitalization in logistics and transport? Why are these decisions so difficult?

Moderator: dr. Igor Jakomin


Conclusions of the Congress




Company visit: Titus d.o.o. Dekani

*All Slovenian presentation will be translated into English.
*The organizer reserves the right to change the program.

We are committed to lectures based on the presentation of concrete solutions because we are fully aware that only these bring additional value. If you agree than ...

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Milena Budimirović

World Customs Organization (WCO)

Milena Budimirović is a Senior Technical Officer at World Customs Organization.

Milena’s responsibilities cover the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), including co-managing the WCO Working Group on the WTO TFA (TFAWG) and cooperation with the WTO and Annex D+ organizations. She is the main coordinator for the Permanent Technical Committee and is involved in the development of trade facilitation instruments and tools. She manages the Future of Customs file, which explores disruptive technologies and foresight, amongst other, and is in charge of the WCO IT Conference agenda. Relations with the Private Sector Consultative Group is another task that has been included in her portfolio.
Before joining the WCO Secretariat in May 2012, Ms. Budimirović served as Brussels-based Customs Attaché of the Republic of Serbia for three years, during which she worked closely with the European Commission and the WCO covering all areas of Customs business. In 2011 she was accredited WCO Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Technical and Operational Advisor.
Prior to moving to Brussels, she served for ten years in the Customs Administration of Serbia. First six years she was involved in Customs clearance at a number of different border posts, after which she moved to the International Affairs Department in the Headquarters. She managed the WCO SAFE Implementation Project and was involved in various modernization projects supported by the WCO and the EU.

Maite Miret

EurTradeNet (ETN)

Maite Miret is a General Manager of the EurTradeNet (ETN).

Maite Miret is bachelor in Mathematics and Computer Science, and has over 30 years of professional experience in IT & Business Consulting. She has worked for multinationals like Andersen Consulting, Digital and AT&T. For almost 20 years she is running as independent entrepreneur, and since its inception in 2003 conducting EurTradeNet-ETN.
She is in charge of global coordination of this International Association; her responsibilities include ETN overall direction, partnership management, and indeed liaisons with trade-related Public Institutions and Authorities.
Timely consulted as stable member of the Trade Contact Group at the European Commission and Parliament, as brother-in-arms of the most traditional Trade Associations, EurTradeNet cooperates with DG TAXUD on key eCustoms programmes (new movement procedures, IT&C supporting platforms, traders’ portals and single window).

Boris Kastelic

Financial Administration of the Republic of Slovenia

Boris Kastelic is the Director of Customs Administration at the Financial Administration of the Republic of Slovenia.

Boris Kastelic is the Director of Customs Administration at the Financial Administration of the Republic of Slovenia. He has been working in the customs service for more than 20 years, working in the field of customs clearance of goods as well as in the field of customs inspections. For several years he has been active in various EU customs projects in the countries of the Western Balkans, especially in BiH, where he led the EU twinning project. In recent years, as Deputy Director of Customs Administration, he has also been an active member of many customs working groups at the EU level.

Željko Jeftić

International Road Transport Union (IRU)

Željko Jeftič is a Head of Global Innovation at IRU.

Mr. Zeljko Jeftic leads Global Innovation work at the IRU (World’s Road Transport Organisation), addressing latest innovation trends and supporting uptake of innovative services by road transport operators. Mr. Jeftic has an engineering background with experience gained in telecommunications at Ericsson, and in active safety work at Volvo Group. Mr. Jeftic then joined ERTICO – ITS Europe as Senior Project Manager on European R&D projects related to logistics and connected vehicles. In 2013, he led the establishment of IRU Projects ASBL, a Belgian not-for-profit association working on delivering solutions for increased road safety, efficiency and improved environment. In 2016 Mr. Jeftic took up the position as Head of Global Innovation at IRU.

Bogdan Potokar

Ministry of Infrastructure

Bogdan Potokar is the head of the Road Transport and Logistics Division at the Ministry of Infrastructure.

Bogdan Potokar is the head of the Road Transport and Logistics Division at the Ministry of Infrastructure. More than 20 years, he held management positions at various Slovenian enterprises in Slovenia and abroad. Since 2001, he has been serving at the ministry competent for transport and has been involved in road transport and logistics. Since 2008, he has been the head of the road transport division, which includes the areas of vehicle operators, vehicles, goods and passengers in international traffic, transport of dangerous goods, security, various data registers, logistics and international relations in the field of road transport and logistics. As a head of the sector, he participated in many activities that helped to improve the conditions in the road transport. He has been a member of the Slovenian Logistics Association since 2015. He has a university degree in social sciences.

Matjaž Auflič

Digital Transport & Logistic Forum (DTLF)

He is a University graduate engineer in computer science and informatics, employed as a procurator at Trinet Informatika, d.o.o., Ljubljana.

Damjan Zupančič


Damjan Zupančič is the director of Logistics at TPV.

Damjan Zupančič is a Director of Logistics TPV d.o.o. He has over 20 years of experience working in various fields of the automotive industry, the last 15 years he works in the field of logistics. Through his career he is constantly involved in the international environment and cooperation with the largest (premium) OEM manufacturers such as Renault, BMW, Mercedes Benz - Daimler, Volvo.

Marjana Krajnc

Danfoss Trata

Marjana Kranjc is a senior director of the supply chain for Europe at Danfoss Trata.

Marjana Kranjc is the senior director of the supply chain for Europe at Danfoss Trata. At Danfoss Trata, she is the senior director of the supply chain for Europe. In addition to the Danfoss Trata production plant, she also manages production plants in Poland, Denmark, and Romania, as well as a department of global logistics management. She holds a university degree in chemical technology and a master’s degree in the field of quality management systems. In the past year, together with her team, she devised a smart factory strategy that is already being implemented. Under her guidance, Danfoss Trata is the first Slovenian company with a certified quality management system according to the demanding automotive technical standard, which does not work for the automotive industry. At work, her main driving force is her desire to improve: »Everything can be changed for the better, and the change begins in ourselves.«

She is a member of the Working Group on Modern Leadership at the Slovenian Manager Association and a member of the consultative body of the Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport. This year, she was also a nominee for an engineer of the year. Marjana’s internal driver for changing things for the better is: “Curiosity, lifelong learning and continual improvement of oneself and others, diligence, perseverance, values of positivity, responsibility, target orientation and sustainable development.”

Robert Ljoljo


Robert Ljoljo, Global Head Strategy & OpEx - NTO Procurement, NBS Slovenia Country Representative, Novartis Business Services.

Luka Stopar

Jožef Stefan Institute

Luka Stopar works as a researcher at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the Jožef Stefan Institute.

Luka Stopar works as a researcher at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the Jožef Stefan Institute. He obtained his PhD at the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School, Ljubljana, Slovenia with the topic Visualizing Qualitative Patterns in Multivariate Time Series. His research interests include Artificial Intelligence in the context of Factories of the Future, Operational Research and Smart Mobility. He is the scientific coordinator of the H2020 project COG-LO that is researching and developing the concepts and tools to support collaborative, self-organized, logistics models and introduces the concepts of the Cognitive Logistics Object and Cargo Hitchhiking. In 2018, Luka co-founded the company Solvesall which develops mobility-based AI solutions.

Erik Wirsing

Schenker AG

Erik Wirsing is a Vice President of Global Innovation at DB Schenker.

As the Vice President of Global Innovation at DB Schenker, Erik Wirsing is responsible for all global innovation activities. Since 1999 he has been working for DB Schenker and has held several positions in Business Excellence, IT, and Cross-Functional Services. Reporting to the CDO of DB Schenker, Erik focuses on future research, the effects of trends such as digitization, 3D-printing, electric mobility, autonomous driving, research & development, co-operations with start-ups, as well as the DB Schenker Enterprise Lab for Logistics and Digitization – with an open innovation approach. For him, curiosity, and an open mindset are the key ingredients to get a bit better every day.

Petra Sojková


Ing. Petra Sojková is an expert on logistics sustainability at Škoda Auto.

Petra Sojková is graduated at the University of Economics in Prague, Czech Republic, branch International Trade and specialization International Transportation and Forwarding. She also studied at the universities of Beijing and Nanchang through the scholarship of the Chinese government. Her international experience was gathered among others at the Czech Trade Promotion Agency (CzechTrade) in Vienna, Austria.
She started her career at ŠKODA AUTO Logistics, where she is currently focusing on the issue of Green Logistics within ŠKODA AUTO Logistics strategy as well as innovative management and PR of ŠKODA AUTO Logistics. She specializes in sustainability, which she understands in a wider context based on her international experience. She is a member of the Green Logistics workgroup, which connects experts on the Green Logistics of all brands of the Volkswagen Group. She focuses primarily on the possibilities of using alternative fuels in freight transport, emission issues and the popularization of Green Logistics.
She is dedicated to spreading awareness about Green Logistics not only within the ŠKODA AUTO, as well as by lectures not only for students of universities and secondary schools.

Igor Hočevar


Igor Hočevar is employed as a leader of key customers at ZZI.

He is responsible for logistics (LogChain) and more demanding IT projects.

Andrej Planina

Špica International

Andrej Planina works at Špica as a director of the division and deals with solutions for the supply chain, from production companies, through distribution to traders.

Many years of his experience in introducing IT solutions into the business, allow him a wide view on technology and on changes in business operations.

Mateja Pečnik

Studio Moderna

Mateja Pečnik is a Warehouse logistic Manager at Studio Moderna.

Since 2006, Mateja Pečnik has been working in the field of logistics. First as an organizer of transport within Europe, then as head of direct delivery and rolling stock at Coca-Cola HBC. For the last 6 years, she has been working in Studio Moderna, where she manages the central warehouse operators in Poland.
She strives for constant improvements, she follow ideas from concept to implementation, and in this way, ensures continuous improvement in business.

Blazej Krupa

DHL Supply Chain

Blazej Krupa is IT Customer Solution Manager / IT Solution design Lead at DHL Supply Chain.

Blazej Krupa is IT Customer Solution Manager / IT Solution design Lead at DHL Supply Chain responsible for the development of business applications in Central Europe. Leader of the department responsible for implementation of the newest technologies in the logistics sector, human resources management, process optimization and transport. A long-term consultant responsible for planning, implementing and managing projects in the contract logistics sector in Europe. Laureate of the CEO Supply Chain Award - Leader of Innovation. Author of publications in the field of optimization of the supply chain in the logistics press.

Tomaž Kraškovic

Slovenske železnice

Tomaž Kraškovic is a member of the Management Board at Slovenske železnice.

He is responsible for IT, finance, accounting, controlling, risk and business compliance.

Dr. Georgios Ninikas


Dr. Georgios Ninikas is a Managing Director of the Southeastern Europe at ORTEC.

Georgios Ninikas since 2010 held various logistics specialist positions of increasing responsibility within ORTEC and currently fulfills the role of Managing Director of the Southeastern Europe division. His academic and practical interest is mainly focused on supply chain optimization, especially in the area of transportation and distribution where he has been involved in various large-scale projects throughout the world. Dr. Ninikas holds a Ph.D. in Logistics and Vehicle Routing Optimization from the Dpt. of Financial and Management Engineering in the University of Aegean and a diploma from the same department. For a series of years, he has been involved as research associate and Adjunct Lecturer in the same University.

Luca Lesignoli


Luca Lesignoli is Senior Executive in a company DeGirolami.

In the development of activities and teamwork with other managers and shareholders he has been upgrading his skills on the various business areas.
He has been working with major clients in the manufacturing, processing metals, food, where he believe he has developed a deep knowledge.
He is specialized especially in Transport and logistic, Information Technology, SAP.

Jakob Korenč

Telekom Slovenije

Jakob Korenč works in the sector Strategies ICT projects in the Telekom Group, for Business market.

His passion is to innovate and develop better or even new business models that change the "rules of the game" in the industry. Jakob has a lot of experience and a wide range of knowledge in the field of renewal or introduction of new information solutions.

Darko Judež


Darko Judež is director and the owner of the company Judež.

He is a man who is full of ideas and is constantly looking for new challenges. Special transport is becoming, among others, his main activity, where he wants to realize many more ideas. Through his experience and ideas he constantly contributes to the overall development of the logistics industry.


With its activities the Slovenian Logistic Association wants to encourage logistics and its activities and in this way contribute to the competitiveness of organizations and Slovenian economy as a whole. This strengthening and fostering the development of logistics in Slovenia are to a great extent a result of active and hard-working individuals’ efforts. It is therefore appropriate to recognise these individuals and their achievements, and to reward them and present them to a wider public.

This is the purpose of the PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR AWARD. It is an honourable award for the most successful logistic provider in Slovenia that achieved, with their knowledge and efforts, extraordinary results in logistics in the previous year. In 2019, the 14th competition will be launched - for the Professional of the Year 2018 Award.

More about award's history


In everyday work, most of us face increasing time and cost pressures. Nevertheless, it is necessary to continuously educate and improve, both in the domestic and international environment. The Logistic Congress is an event characterized by extremely high professionalism and international recognition. From personal experience, I can assure that it falls among the greatest and certainly the best in the wider region. In a very short time, with concentrated and non-commercial lectures and presentations, are linked both academic aspects and best practices. However, my personal belief is that the essential added value of the event is networking, informal conversations between participants and the creation of new contacts. It only gets its place and rank after the event itself, when logistic experts in concrete cases meet each other and help to solve the challenges of everyday work. That is how we are getting better. I highly recommend and invite you to the event.
Damjan Zupančič, Head of Logistics, TPV, d.o.o. and Professional of the year 2016
Slovenia has a unique logistical location, and at the same time Slovenes are born exporters. The Logistic Congress is the key event that gives you an abundance of innovative initiatives that will revolutionize logistical maps tomorrow. You can’t afford not to be there, especially now, when new logistic information platforms are being built and industry 4.0 as a magnet attracts production from the Far East to the robotically equipped threshold of Europe.
Tone Stanovnik, Director, Špica International, d.o.o.
At LOTRIČ Metrology, we are aware of the importance of the Logistic Congress, which brings together the entire set of stakeholders in the distribution chain and as such is a great opportunity for acquiring new knowledge in the field of logistics. At the same time, it is a place where, in the framework of formal and informal discussions, the trends of the logistics of the future are formed and a great opportunity for networking with existing and potential business partners.
Marko Lotrič, General Manager, Lotrič Metrology Ltd.
Logistics is on a very high level in Slovenia and competition is strong. In addition, we witness extremely rapid progress and major changes in the field of automation of processes and the digitization of the entire business, making it even more important that we are constantly in touch with new trends. Here the Logistic Congress plays a very important role. Every year it tackles topical issues and brings together theoretical knowledge at a high level and best practices at one place. Schenker Slovenia has been a great supporter of the meeting for many years, as we believe that continuous improvement and a shift to innovation is the key to success. I personally see the added value of the event also in informal gathering and in making new acquaintances and collaborations. You are welcome, maybe we can create a success story together!
Valerija Špacapan Friš, Director, Schenker d.d.
We see Logistics congress as an important event in Slovenia, where the real topics in field of logistics are being discussed. Such opportunities for networking as it is offered here should not be missed by anyone.
Alen Solina, Country Manager - Marketing, TimoCom


Logistics Congress Registration fee includes 3 day participation at the Congress, download of E-congress materials, refreshments during coffe breaks, lunch on the 1st day, evening coctail party and lunch on the 2nd day. Upon your registration we will send you an invoice with a required payment date.

SLA Registration fees apply only to SLA Members for the whole Logistics Congress.


GROUP 4 - 9 participants: 300 EUR/ per person

GROUP 10 and more participants: 250 EUR/ per person

*VAT is not included

General terms and conditions of registration and cancellation are stated in GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF PLANET GV.

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The participants should make their hotel booking themselves. The accommodation costs are paid by the participants and are not included in the participation fee. All hotel payments should be made directly to the hotel. Organizer does not handle booking for the participants. We advise you to book a room as soon as possible in the hotel, which you will be chose. We recommend you a Bernardin Group complex (in this case, please, specify that you are a participant of logistics congress).

Informative price list of accommodation
(prices are in EUR, per person, for one night)

GH Bernardin***** Hotel Histrion**** Hotel Vile Park***
Bed and Breakfast, single use 128 € 90 € 65 €
Bed and Breakfast, double room 74 € 55 € 45 €

Prices included service Bed & Breakfast and 9,5% VAT. The rate does not include tourist tax (2,50 EUR per per person per day) and one time reservation fee (1,00 €UR per person) for the entire period of stay.

Check-in time is after 14:00 on arrival day. Check-out time is before 11:00 on departure day.




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