Introduction

Due to the tremendous evolution in the industry of maritime transport and logistics, Innovation has become the most important driver of firm competitiveness in advanced economies, especially in ports and logistics community.

In today's competitive environment, firms need to complement technological innovation with non-technological innovation concerning services, human resources and organization in order to survive and prosper.

The volume of world trade continues to be positively affected by the extent of development and innovation, through attracting new technologies to help manage resources in more sustainable and cost-effective approach which raise to increase productivity, efficiency of ports and global supply chain as well.

Also, the secure flow of information is vital in order to provide reliable services at ports. (ICT) enables intelligent & secure exchange of information between all members of the port community, big data will change the way the maritime industry works. The opportunities offered by innovations in information technology are promising in maritime industry.

Therefore, it is widely acknowledged that innovations emerge in social interactions in which diverse ports and logistics stakeholders share complementary knowledge and therefore is best developed and sustained in the long term by knowledge-intensive and inter-firm relationships.

MARLOG7 aims to find innovative strategies for developing ports and logistics, supply chain management, human resources in ports, new trends in information technology in ports and logistics and many aspects related to the future of maritime industry. The conference will provide a forum for both researchers and participants to examine opportunities and challenges in the field of ports and logistics industry.

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