The Port Optimizer™ at the Port of Los Angeles

February 28, 2019
5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
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Professional Development Meeting

The Port Optimizer™ at the Port of Los Angeles

Presented by, David Libatique, Deputy Executive Director, Stakeholder Engagement for the Port of Los Angeles

To keep cargo flowing efficiently through America's number one container port, the Port of Los Angeles and GE Transportation launched the Port Optimizer™, a first-of-its-kind information portal designed to digitize maritime shipping data for cargo owners and supply chain stakeholders through secure, channeled access. Port Optimizer enhances supply chain performance through real-time, data-driven insights in a single portal.
GE's Port Optimizer is a cloud-based solution that enables ports and the supply chain to operate more efficiently and helps cargo owners bring their goods to market in a more predictable and timely manner. Integrating data from across the port ecosystem, combining machine learning and deep domain expertise, it helps the port supply chain monitor and respond to dynamic conditions, align people and resources, and proactively communicate across functions-- enabling maximum port throughput and delivery performance. The result? Higher throughput. Increased asset utilization. Improved delivery performance.

"I’ll provide an overview of the Port of Los Angeles, its role in the maritime supply chain, and challenges it faces. The maritime shipping industry is undergoing unprecedented change – including the transition to ultra-large container vessels, divestment of chassis, and industry consolidation through the formation of cargo alliances, mergers, or exit. These changes create greater complexity in cargo sorting and handling at the Port of Los Angeles. I will discuss the Port’s attempts to address these issues, including the GE Port Optimizer and the digitization of maritime shipping."

David Libatique 

 About our Speaker: 

David Libatique is the deputy executive director of stakeholder engagement for the Port of Los Angeles, a position that oversees and manages all communications on behalf of America’s Port® via the Community Relations, Media Relations, Government Affairs, Trade Development, and Labor Relations and Workforce Development Divisions. 

In this role, Libatique works with diverse stakeholders, including local communities, a dedicated and organized workforce, beneficial cargo owners, terminal operators, international customers, shipping and cruise lines, railroads, the trucking industry, media, and regulatory, environmental agencies to advance the Port’s goals and initiatives. He also interacts on a broader scale with an array of local, regional, statewide, and national elected officials and stakeholders. 

Libatique first joined the Port in January 2011 as senior director of government affairs, a role that augments the Port’s intergovernmental advocacy at a critical time of increasing engagement with local, regional, state, federal, and even transnational and international levels of government. 

Attend this meeting to learn about the logistical challenges of the Port of L.A. and how the Port Optimizer improved the Port's efficiency.  

The San Fernando Valley Chapter of APICS is focused on providing education and certification in the field of operations and supply chain management.  Please take a moment to pass this notice on to colleagues and professionals who will benefit from this enjoyable and entertaining evening with like-minded professionals looking to improve their company’s operations.

Please register by Thursday, February 21st to receive the $5 discount. Free self-parking is available for all attendees.

No-shows who do NOT cancel at least 3 days before the event, will be billed for their meal.

To cancel, send an e-mail to and put Cancel PDM in the subject of the e-mail. Please include your name and the number of people who will be canceling (if you made a reservation for more than 1).


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You can now pay by check, credit card or cash at the door on the day of the meeting. American Express, MasterCard, Visa and Discover are now accepted.

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Are you APICS Certified (CPIM, CSCP or CLTD)? This event will count as 1 point towards Certification Maintenance (1 point per educational hour).


$30.00 FEB PDM (Signed-in Member)
$35.00 after 12:00 am February 21

$30.00 FEB PDM (member-not signed in or member of another chapter)
$35.00 after 12:00 am February 21

$35.00 FEB PDM-Non Member Ticket
$40.00 after 12:00 am February 21

$15.00 FEB PDM-student price