Signode conference hall

The latest sector trends return to Empack and Logistics & Automation Porto. Experts from all areas of the sector will talk and discuss the latest trends in the packaging and logistics sector.

Discover the speakers joining us this year

May 26

Signode sponsor

Thematic blocks of the Empack Room

Packaging in all industries

Packaging in all industries





Digitalisation in packaging

Digitalisation in packaging

Purchases in packaging

Purchases in packaging

Packaging Innovations

Packaging Innovations

May 26

Moderador: Miguel Teles

Country Manager


Challenges for logistics operators

11.00h – 11.30h

Training and specialisation of the workforce
Planning: Seasonality, scalability, different distribution channels

Emanuel Nunes

Director de negocios


Carla Fernandes



Moderadora: Luísa Magalhães

Diretora Executiva

Associação Smart Waste Portugal

Circularity of paper, plastic and glass packaging

11.35h – 12.15h

Moderator: Luísa Magalhães, Smart Wast Portugal

There is a growing concern about packaging sustainability along the entire value chain. Consumers and companies are starting to question which are the best choices and how to make the best use of packaging. There are European and national strategies on these issues, there are recycling targets to be met and decarbonisation is a topic on the table. The aim of this panel is to present the main advantages of these packaging materials, their main uses, barriers and opportunities, towards greater Circularity of packaging.

Anabela Ferreira

Administradora Executiva


Bruno Cocco

Diretor de Marketing e Vendas

Seda Ibérica

Tiago Moreira da Silva


BA Glass

João Ferreira

Sales Manager Spain

Körber Supply Chain

Körber Supply Chain Success Stories


In focus success stories of major brands from the 3PL, Food and Beverage industries – How automation has revolutionised growing businesses. In continuous growth, Körber presents its portfolio of state-of-the-art intralogistics solutions for warehousing and order picking.


Aline Torrão

Agrifood Business Developer


César Gonçalves

Forest Business Developer


Digital Transformation in Procurement; CHALLENGES 2022

15.15 – 15.45

Moderator: Pedro Ventura, Senior Manager, Deloitte

Regina Cardoso

Director of Marketing and Communication

Grupo José Neves

Packaging: Innovation and eco-design as differentiation and success factors


The environmental targets announced for Portugal have dictated an urgent need for a paradigm shift in terms of sustainable packaging, in a society where consumers are increasingly concerned about their environmental footprint. It is crucial to rethink packaging throughout the value chain and, in this process, innovation and ecodesign are decisive factors of competitiveness and differentiation for the success of companies.

Moderator: Pedro Ventura

Senior Manager


A Transformação Digital no Procurement; DESAFIOS 2022

17.00h – 17.40h

Paulo Costa

Head of Procurement


Isabel Santos

Head Of Procurement Department


May 27

Rita Rivotti

Premium Packaging Design

Owner at RitaRivotti®

Ana Montenegro

Marketing Director

JMV Group

Gatão's got some nerve!

11.35h – 12.05h

After the rebranding in 2019 with the signature of the RitaRivotti® studio, the iconic Gatão brand, founded in 1905, continues to innovate being one of the first Portuguese wine brands available in a can. The new 250 ml format provides a responsible and more sustainable consumption reducing the carbon footprint.



12.10h – 12.55h

In a world where it is increasingly difficult to find standards of behaviour that guarantee success, an attitude of constant experimentation and adaptation to circumstances becomes critical to survival. And for those who want to go further and achieve excellence, escaping from what everyone else is doing is absolutely mandatory.
In a very unconventional conversation, full of humour, stories, parables, metaphors and even occasional onomatopoeia, Miguel addresses issues such as creativity, risk aversion, beliefs, habits, and, as is in all of us, the ability to accept, manage and lead change.


 Academic Director 


New Trends in Logistics

13.00h – 13.30h

Moderator: Cesar Castillo, Academic Director ICIL

The world has changed a lot since the start of the pandemic and with all the events that have happened since then. The supply chain is more relevant in generating value for companies, but it is also more subject to changes in the environment. Consumers have also learned a lot during this time. They are more demanding. How can we help from logistics to create value for economies and businesses? Where is logistics heading? Supply chain sustainability, technology, last mile and risk management are a business issue affect an organisation’s supply chain or logistics network in terms of environmental, risk, and waste costs. This requires fully integrated supply networks in which logistics service providers, shippers and authorities cooperate closely. In particular, shippers, as the owners of the goods in transit, play a key role; their decisions on product configuration, after all, determine what transport. How can we imagine the future of the supply chain? What are we doing to improve logistics?

Raúl Magalhães


APLOG (Asociación Portuguesa Logística)

Paulo Melo

Senior Area Manager Portugal


Moderador: Dora Assis

Editorial Content Manager

Supply Chain Magazine

Sustainability in Supply Chains - Has the world changed or have we changed the world?

14.30h – 15.00h

The world and supply chains are evolving towards a more sustainable and ecological chain. Are we on the right track? A 30-minute panel that seeks to respond to the current challenges and needs of companies and supply chain professionals.

Anabela Pinto

Deputy Director of Supply Chain & Regulatory Affairs


Ana Cristina Barros

Senior Innovation Consultant

PNO Innovation

Lucilina Barreiro

Account Manager

Rotom Portugal

Moderador: Sérgio Abrantes

Diretor editorial

Revista Mob Magazine

Green logistics: Where are Portuguese operators heading?

15.05h – 15.35h

With an energy crisis already installed after the pandemic disruption, with the need to transform the freight transport sector to become more sustainable, it will be important to understand where Portuguese companies are heading. Are there enough incentives for a green transition? Is there a network missing to see an increasingly sustainable supply chain?  What is being done in the first and last mile to reduce emissions?

Flávio Guerreiro

Country Manager


Augusto Azevedo

Invited Professor

Porto Business School

Moderador: Carlos Simões


Logística Moderna

Sanctions on Russia: The implications for supply chains

15.40h – 16.10h

Moderator: Logistica Moderna

The COVID19 pandemic had already demonstrated that Supply Chains at global level could easily be impacted by unexpected and unlikely events. They laid bare the weaknesses of Value Chains, created in the wake of the globalisation phenomenon: over-dependence on countries like China and India.
At a time when we have not yet fully recovered from the impacts of the Pandemic, a new destabilising factor appears on a global scale: the war resulting from the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. The effects of COVID19 will disappear (they always do), until the next pandemic, those of the current war will take longer, because they are related to geopolitical problems and the competition between the blocks that will lead the 21st century. The West (represented by the USA and Europe), which has been leading, is beginning to feel competition for the first time from another bloc led by China, joined by Russia and now India. Only two of these countries have 2.82 billion inhabitants, about 36% of the world population. Although they have differences that separate them, they are beginning to apply the old adage that my adversary’s adversary is my friend. Despite the efforts of the West, none has openly condemned Russia’s move.
Many of the West’s Supply Chains and Value Chains depend on these countries. Although the dependency is uneven, the truth is that if the Russian gas and oil door is closed, those who buy there will necessarily have to buy from the same places where others buy and as we all know there is no surplus of gas and oil on the international market. But our dependency is not only on energy. It includes other products such as cereals and the so-called rare earths. We also depend on manufacturing centres that have existed in these countries for decades and that cannot be replaced overnight.
All these products and manufacturing centres are essential to our economy. Our Supply Chains and Value Chains will have to adapt to a new and very fluid reality. How can we address these issues to keep the supply chains working?

Bárbara Fraga

Supply Chain Director


Helder Silva

Managing Director


Paulo Verdasca

President of the National Committee



Business Development Manager


In the first year of using Slim4, Staples reduces its out of stocks by 13%.

16.15h – 16.45h

A sales leader in office supplies and stationery, Staples managed, after the first year of implementing Slim4, to increase its overall availability by 2%. And, this while reducing its stock value by 5% and its overstocks by 14%.
Staples is one of the most important retailers of office products in Portugal. Headquartered in Lisbon, where its warehouse is also located, its logistics structure is made up of 34 shops spread throughout the country.
Thanks to Slim4, the company has achieved control and visualisation of its cross-dock purchases. The stock purchased is automatically distributed from the central warehouse to all its shops, in an optimised manner and avoiding excesses.

Blas López Bordes

Business Development Manager EMEA


Innovations in Logistics adapted to the current situation - 3 success stories

16.50h – 17.20h

Through 3 current success stories, we showcase solutions technologically adapted to the demands created by the pandemic, such as omni-channelisation, the high demands of e-commerce and the high quality required for order picking.

Moderador: António Nabo Martins

Executive President

Associação dos Transitários de Portugal

APAT asks - Where is this ending?

17.25h – 17.55h

Moderator: António Nabo Martins

To understand what the future of international trade of goods and merchandise will be in the short and medium term. Today we know that we will have more e-Commerce, more electronic commerce, more speed and speed in the purchase and consumption, but also more decarbonisation and more environment, all this associated to unforeseeable external factors but which directly impact on the supply chain and value chain.

Alvaro Costa

TRENMO and Faculty of Engineering

University of Porto (FEUP)

Joaquim Gonçalves