Quebec Minister of the Economy and Innovation Pierre Fitzgibbon opened the Innovation and the Impact of E-commerce on the Logistics Industry conference held on September 30 at Montreal Port Authority’s facilities.Co-organized by CargoM and CEFRIO, the event brought together some 100 stakeholders and decision makers interested in e-commerce for logistics companies in Quebec.

During the conference, private companies and public organizations including Canada Post, WIPTEC, Drakkar, City of Montreal and Jalon MTL shared with participants their experiences and outlined the challenges and issues they face in the e-commerce supply chain.

CEFRIO took the opportunity to review the Quebec e-commerce logistics hub project, aimed at evaluating new business models in e-commerce logistics. This initiative is part of the Government of Quebec’s action plan for the digital economy. One of its objectives is to promote e-commerce to retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers, and to encourage companies in the logistics sector to adopt specialized e-commerce services. CEFRIO is an organization that relies on a network of 90 researchers to support companies and organizations as they transform their processes and business practices through the adoption of digital technologies.

Mathieu Charbonneau, Executive Director, CargoM, commented that “The conference made it possible to demystify the impacts of e-commerce on the logistics industry. Changes in consumer practices, in the way they purchase goods and want to receive them faster and faster, have major repercussions on the supply chain. The growth prospects of e-commerce require us to implement innovative solutions with all supply chain partners so that we can maintain our role as an attractive and competitive hub.”