Supply Chain Station looks back at the European Supply Chain and Logistics Summit 2015

As we are rapidly approaching the end of 2014, Supply Chain Station is looking back over the year gone by at one of the premier events in the global supply chain calendar – the European Supply Chain and Logistics Summit. This year’s 16th summit was held over three days between the 16th and 18th of June in Barcelona, Spain.

The aim of the summit

The annual summit draws together key decision makers and influencer who are all leading authorities within the organizations they work for. Everyone who attends is invited to advise the summit of their anticipated (minimum) budget spend they have allocated for the forthcoming 12 to 18 months. The aim of the summit is to connect industry leaders, companies and individuals together to promote productive conversations and one on one business meetings. This enables attendees to look ahead to identify and find answers to what are anticipated to be the global supply chains toughest challenges.

European Supply Chain and Logistics Summit

European Supply Chain and Logistics Summit

The summit got underway with an introduction from Santi Vila i Vicente the Government of Catalonia’s Minister of Territory and Sustainability. His introduction was followed by an inspiring talk from Alan Chambers (MBE), the Polar Adventurer and Expedition Leader on the topic of “Building the Supply Chains of Tomorrow – Have you got the mindset to achieve it?”

The world’s biggest supply chain players together on one playing field

The summit brings together some of the world’s biggest players in the global supply chain area. A number of workshops and master-classes were held by the likes of IKEA, Unilever, Tata Steel, NIKE, Siemens, Volvo, and IBM,  covering the essentials of good supply chain management and best practice including:

  • Effective Supply Chain Strategies
  • Supply Planning and Optimization
  • World Class Logistics
  • Customer Collaboration
  • Performance Management

Sustainable raw material planning

With industry and manufacturing at the top of many organizations agendas, it was also good to see global resource sustainability represented too, by the Rainforest Alliance. They presented a case study of the “Sustainable Sourcing of Natural Commodities – Collaborating with NGOs. The case study focused on organizations’ corporate reputations measured against the long-term supply of commodities and raw materials; driving international standards and creating increased transparency.

An insight into Sales and Operational Planning at work

Tata Steel also presented a case study entitled “The S & OP Implementation Journey at Tata Steel”. This afforded attendees a rare insight into putting a Sales & Operational Planning system into place; how it was before implementation; how it was after, and the lessons learnt along the way.

Promoting supply chain representation at board level

Another well-attended event at the summit was “Leveraging Supply Chain in the Boardroom.” At present the supply chain function is represented at board level in only about 50% or organizations. This meeting explored the need for supply chain to be represented in the upper echelons of more businesses in order to able to plan strategically for the betterment of supply chain functionality and management in the future.

Feedback on the 16th European Supply Chain and Logistics Summit from industry leaders

Here’s what some of the leading attendees had to say about the 16th European Supply Chain and Logistics Summit:

“A great event and great opportunity to get other Supply Chain insights from key leaders. Many actions will come back as follow up from the event, especially as a result of the networking sessions.” – Joan Carles Peiro, Centre of Excellence Operations Director, Nike

“I thoroughly enjoyed the summit and very much valued the interaction with the other participants” – Dr Alistair Hill, Global Business Services – Associate Director, P&G

“It was a fantastic experience and I was very impressed with the organization.” – Emiliano Ottaviani, Supply Chain Manager, Black & Decker

You’ve got to be in it to win it!

It’s events like the annual European Supply Chain and Logistics Summit that stimulate the ideas and help to formulate future global supply chain strategy. As they say in lottery circles “You’ve got to be it to win it!” Bookings are already being taken for 2015. It’s a wonderful venue and a superb opportunity to take part in the discussion. The place is Barcelona, and the dates are between the 15th and 17th June 2015.

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