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Manifest 2022: The Recap

In recent years, virtual events and webinars have momentarily replaced in-person conferences in an effort to adapt to the uncertain climate. On January 25th - January 27th, 2022, ZUUM Transportation was invited to participate and sponsor Manifest 2022. The live event brought together the most comprehensive ecosystem of innovation and transformation in LogisticsTech and end-to-end Supply Chain. Attendees, exhibitors, and special guest speakers included a mix of industry leaders, innovators, and investors from supply chain, logistics and transportation.

Keynote speeches, panels discussions, and presentations centered around six central themes including:

  • Automation, Robotics, & Quantum Computing
  • Digitizing & Visibility
  • Green Logistics & Return
  • Logistics Expansion &  Partnerships
  • Machine Learning & Autonomous Solution
  • TMS, Freight, and IoT

In case you were unable to make it, we rounded up the key highlights of the 3-day event to keep you informed.

Day 1

As guests from around the globe poured into Las Vegas, Nevada for one of the first conferences in supply chain and logistics to return to in-person, the health and safety of all guests remained a top priority. Regardless, Manifest kicked things off with a day-long Maritime & Ports Symposium. The growing U.S. port congestion has been  making headlines, so it’s no surprise that some of the biggest names in ocean freight stopped to propose new frameworks and approaches to solving this critical issue.  

New visibility technologies have disrupted many industries including food delivery and ecommerce, however, many folks are puzzled as to why maritime and ocean freight have not been able to develop or apply similar solutions. A few speakers vocalized the larger industry’s reliance on legacy tools while others pointed to the subtle resistance to digitization and change. All in all, effective and efficient solutions are needed to alleviate the dire situation happening around U.S. ports. Currently, our best bet may just be to look outside of ourselves, reevaluate existing processes and embrace this age of digitization.

Day 2

During the second day of the conference, the Expo Hall was open to attendees. Guests could browse exhibitor booths while dropping into panel and speaker discussions. ZUUM brought a team of experts to connect with folks and share ZUUM’s robust and innovative technology solutions and services. Attendees also had the opportunity to join networking groups throughout the event where they could connect with industry executives, entrepreneurs, and investors alike. 

Day 3

During the third and last day of the event, the Expo Hall remained open. ZUUM’s founder & CEO, Mustafa Azizi was invited to speak on the panel titled, “The Adoption of Technology Across Transportation & Fleets.” Joining him on the panel were Warburg Pincus’ Princila, Angel Pu;’ Senior Vice President of Business Operations, Walter Heil; and Platform Science’s Co- Founder & CEO, Jack Kennedy. Even before the pandemic began, consumer expectations continued to grow due to innovations like 2-day shipping. This has caused most logistics technology companies to rethink transportation management. Similar to how retailers have adapted the online buying experiences to consumer preferences, logistics companies have also applied this approach to building interconnected technologies for shippers, brokers, and carriers.

All in all, ZUUM Transportation’s debut at Manifest was a success! If you’re interested in learning more about what ZUUM can do for your business, schedule a meeting with one of our experts to find out how ZUUM can help you grow your bottom line.