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The global logistics crises and why you should plan ahead to secure your next event

4th July 2022

The global logistics crises and why you should plan ahead to secure your next event


Same with other industries, the event industry is experiencing massive problems with the current state of the global supply chain. Actually, the event industry is deeply affected by this as mentioned in a recent study conducted by the German event association fwd.*

Why is this important to consider when you are planning your next event?

After more than two years into the pandemic, global supply chains are still severely disrupted. There is less reliability among supply chains as companies struggle to keep up while attending to supply and demand. Supply chains also continue to face cost increases and shipping delays, not to mention the ongoing shortages of skilled and unskilled labor in almost all industries greatly affecting daily production and performance of companies*.

For the event business this means: if you want to have crew and material in time at the location of your event, you MUST plan ahead.

What can you do specifically? As soon as you know there is an event in your schedule coming up which needs to be organized, please contact us immediately so we can start a joint planning process and also secure crew and materials for you. Don’t wait!

The early bird catches the worm.

If you wait too long, either resources might get more difficult to procure, or prices might still go higher within short notice.

What are we doing from ES:ME side?

A part of what we do to prepare for the upcoming 3rd and 4th quarter of this year’s event season, is staying in touch with several logistic partners to secure slots for our shipping loads to get sufficient equipment into the region. We also cooperate with our co-members within the AVAlliance networkto ensure we have an abundant source of equipment and crew for probably the busiest upcoming season this region will ever see.

We at ES:ME want to support you best during these challenging times. This is why we invest in our people and state of the art technology so we can serve you better.

If you know you have an event coming up, please talk to us as early as possible to secure the best prices and availability of crew and materials.

Please feel free to schedule your free consultation call with ES:ME here.

* "Survey shows that the entire industry is disproportionately affected by inflation. Events up to 250 people have become on average 58 percent more expensive compared to 2019, events with 600 people by 55 percent and events with up to 1,500 people by 46 percent. To make matters worse, there is a decline in sales of -68.4 percent in 2022. In addition, there are about half fewer skilled workers than in 2019. As a result, a number of projects cannot be realized, which means that valuable income is no longer necessary," says Alexander Ostermaier, Managing Director of fwd: Bundesvereinigung Veranstaltungswirtschaft.

*According to CNN business, shipping costs soared by as much as 600%. "No matter the form of shipment, transportation demand will likely continue to increase throughout the rest of the year, if not into 2023", Martin Vermijeren added, CEO of MPO a global software company for supply chain orchestration.

Online available resources regarding global supply chain conditions:

1. Six key trends impacting global supply chains in 2022. From logistics disruption, to workforce and labour.

2. What Is Supply Chain Management Doing in 2022?

3. A 2022 Guide to the Global Supply Chain Crisis

4. UPDATED 6.9.2022 – Impacts on Global Supply Chain Logistics

5. What will happen in 2022 in logistics: 8 lessons from the market

6. A Normal Supply Chain? It’s ‘Unlikely’ in 2022.

7. Events Industry Facing Supply Chain Issues

8. Cost explosion weighs on event industry