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WCA 11th Annual Conference - Success in Singapore

The 11th Annual Worldwide Conference hosted its Worldwide International Conference in Singapore for a third consecutive year. The February conference, which provided more than 2,800 delegates with the opportunity to connect and boost partnership opportunities, was largely successful due to WCA’s staggering membership growth and continued member engagement. More than 75,000 face-to-face meetings were held at this year’s international conference.
Conference group shot of members at an awards dinner event
Conference plenary session stage with WCA staff speaking on benefits
To start the week, members attended a full day of presentations where WCA leaders addressed the group; each director taking time to update attendees on new benefits and solutions. In the morning, delegates had the opportunity to learn about World Insurance Services newest offering - cargo insurance for Chinese Forwarders. After lunch, a much larger plenary session provided updates on the groups existing benefits, including marketing and PR, WCA Online and digital solutions, cargo insurance, financial protection and much more.
That evening, members gathered at the Suntec Convention Center for a casual cocktail reception and light refreshments. As the first official day of the Worldwide Conference, many took advantage of this time to re-connect with existing partners, networking deep into the evening.
Three WCA members at the conference cocktail reception in conversation
Three WCA members taking a selfie at the conference after their meeting
WCA’s coveted One-on-One meetings began early on the second day, Tuesday February 19, and continued through the 21st. Members truly know the importance of these meetings, designed to connect them with agents from all around the globe. Attendees paused only for lunch and coffee breaks, and when they did find gaps in their schedules, they connected with WCA staff, visited the consol2Xchange ambassador’s booth to learn about LCL ocean consolidations and enjoyed ice cream at the hospitality center hosted by Join the Moment Forwarding.

Delegates, who registered in advance, also attended the below WCA eCommerce workshops:

  • Certification Process & Member Directory
  • Plug & Play Last Mile Concept
  • eCommerce Online Community

WCA eCommerce members were also invited to an exclusive lunch where players in cross-border, worldwide logistics could learn more about hot industry trends.

On Tuesday, 19 February, WCA hosted its 11th annual awards dinner. Members gathered at Marina Bay Sands for cocktail hour and a full-course dinner where both sponsors and exceptional members were awarded for their hard work, success and dedication to the network. The below is a list of the winning companies:

Football tournament action shot of three men kicking a ball
Other news-worthy program at this year’s worldwide international conference included the Third Annual World Cup Tournament where teams participated in a friendly football competition. Teams were sponsored by various network companies as well as WCA facilities; this year’s winning team was sponsored by Voice of the Independent! The evening proved to be another way for members to connect on a friendly, casual level.

The week was wrapped up with WCA’s annual golf tournament and full-day tour of Singapore. The golf tournament was once again held at Sentosa Golf Club.

WCA would like to thank all of its conference sponsors for supporting another successful gathering.

For more conference images, visit the WCA Flickr page.

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