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3 min read  | Transportation Insights

The Changing Face of Supply Chains Post COVID-19 | June 15, 2020

Katherine Barrios  | Jun 15, 2020 11:48:16 AM


Philippe Gilbert, President, Supply Chain Solutions at UPS shares his perspective on the changing face of supply chains in a post-COVID-19 world.

  • What are some anticipated new supply chain trends/change of practice coming out of this crisis?
  • Even though demand is returning, it will probably be a different type of demand. How do you anticipate consumer demand to be post-crisis, and how will supply chains need to adjust to it, if at all?
  • How has a focus on technology and innovation been a plus for UPS to navigate in this crisis? How can the industry leverage all the available data out there now to stay ahead if another crisis hits?


Philippe Gilbert, President, Supply Chain Solutions at UPS

Philippe Gilbert joined UPS and the Management Committee as President, Supply Chain Solutions in January 2019. In this role, Philippe is responsible for Global Logistics and Distribution, Global Freight Forwarding, UPS Freight, as well as the technology-driven truckload freight brokerage business at Coyote. Philippe brings to UPS a wide array of industry experience and has served in senior leadership roles in international logistics, strategic planning, sales and marketing, operations, and staff management. Most recently, Philippe served as Regional CEO of the Americas for DB Schenker Logistics, based in Miami. In this role he led air, ocean, and land logistics in the United States, Canada, and eight countries in Latin America. Philippe previously was Schenker’s Regional CEO for West Europe from 2013 to 2015, based in Paris. From 2005 to 2013, Philippe served as Executive Vice President for GEODIS Wilson, the freight management division of international logistics provider, the GEODIS Group. There, he managed an integrated network of 57 countries around the world and more than 80 agents. A native of France, Philippe earned his Finance degree from Institut Superieur de Gestion (I.S.G.) in Paris, France, and is fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. With his vast U.S. and international logistics experience, Philippe is uniquely qualified to lead our Supply Chain Solutions business.

Thomas Sørbø, Co-Founder & CBDO, Xeneta

Thomas Sørbø is the Chief Revenue Officer and Co-Founder of Oslo-based Xeneta, the leading market intelligence and rate benchmark platform for containerized freight. Sørbø has a unique and strong interest to bring visibility into business processes related to logistics procurement and supply chain management. He has in-depth logistics and transportation experience from several years at Kuehne + Nagel in various roles and also as Co-Founder of Nordialog, a logistics consultancy firm. Founded in 2012, Sørbø has grown Xeneta to be the top worldwide source comparing contracted shipping rates and providing intelligence never before accessible. Xeneta provides real-time and on-demand freight rate information on all global trade routes and has a shipper user-base that exceeds 6 million TEUs. Sørbø holds a B.Sc. from the Norwegian Business School BI.

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