The first edition of the Supply Chain Conference officially ends after three days

AMSTERDAM / ACCESSWIRE / October 26, 2022 / The consumer goods forum

The first edition of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Supply Chain Conference (SCC) has officially come to an end in Amsterdam. A very dynamic group of nearly 60 supply chain experts and executives from around the world met at the Hotel Okura for three days to share best practices, thought provoking insights and interactive discussions on the future of the supply chain and the challenges facing our industry.

On the first day, delegates took part in a technical tour that started with a visit to APM Terminals, part of AP Moller – Maersk. Delegates were delighted to have access to the container terminals and to observe first-hand the port and inland services for cargo handling and transport. This visit was followed by a stop at Vanderlande’s storage solutions, where attendees were given an insight into their state-of-the-art automated solutions. Delegates were delighted to see first-hand the machines, cargo ships and employees working on site to advance the supply chain.

At the end of the first day, back at Hotel Okura, Johanna Hainz, Maersk, welcomed SCC attendees to the opening cocktail and noted that companies like Maersk are part of the ‘glue’ that holds everything together in the supply chain.

On Tuesday, moderator Isabelle Kumar welcomed delegates to the plenary sessions and introduced the floor to John Phillips, PepsiCo, who opened things up with a very energetic session on navigating the VUCA supply chain in the post-pandemic era. Phillips shared that the pandemic has not only changed consumer behavior but also employee expectations of work-life balance and that these changes will require more resilient and automated supply chains. This was followed by a session moderated by Johanna Hainz and Mattias Praetorius, Maersk; Tom Rose, SPAR International; and join virtually, Eduardo Brito, Jéronimo Martins and Ana Davila Martinez, Unilever. This session discussed the four megatrends impacting supply chains today: globalization, rising costs, changing consumer demand and managing labor shortages.

dr Mirko Warschun and Dr. Kearney’s Marc Lakner shared the stage with Dr. Dirk Holbach, Henkel, for a session on “Climate Positivity” and highlighted how environmental protection yields financial benefits by optimizing and maximizing the efficiency of our operations. “The Smart Factory” was the topic of the next session where Justin Honaman mentioned Amazon, Big Data and the Metaverse as important vectors for retail development. Honaman was joined by Wiggert Deelen, The HEINEKEN Company, and Gareth Byrne-Perkins, Premier Foods, who shared their insights on the journey from transforming their manufacturing facilities into smart factories, such as: B. the further training of employees and the creation of business continuity plans.

After a convivial lunch, three special sessions were held in the afternoon. Avery Dennison’s Jack Pepperell and Noam Assael emphasized the importance of looking back at big data and understanding potential improvements, particularly when tracking a product’s lifecycle. Bahige El-Rayes and Jens Kilimann of Bain & Company then presented how supply chain resilience can be promoted and found that there is a strong positive correlation between proactively striving for supply chain resilience and the level of “resilience maturity”. the supply chain gives. Last but not least, in a session moderated by Ruediger Hagedorn, The Consumer Goods Forum, Niels Wielaard from Satelligence and Ben Vreeburg, Bunge Loders Croklaan shared how technology combined with supply chain knowledge and expertise can monitor and demonstrate deforestation-free supply chains.

Three parallel breakout sessions took place throughout the afternoon and participants split into smaller groups to discuss Smart Cities with Christian Kühnhold, CKB Beteiligungen; In-Transit Inventory and Cold Chain Logistics with Anna Deshko, Maersk; effective sustainable advertising tools with Bram van Schijndel, Pure Value, and Nico Wieringa, Jumbo Supermarkets; how to scale sustainable transport, with Evalena Falck, Scania Group, and Tom Rose, SPAR International; Collaboration in Latin America, with Danilo Velasquez, Grupo Éxito, and Leonel Pava, Logyca; and how to connect to True-Code, with Marjan de Bock-Smit, ImpactBuying. The small group format allowed for interactive, lively discussions, which continued throughout the evening at the Capgemini-hosted networking dinner at Restaurant Strandzuid.

The final day of the Supply Chain Conference welcomed attendees to a morning of insights from plenary sessions. As of last day, Picnic Supermarkets’ Wybe-Jan Bleeker found that reliability and predictability are key to building a successful digital shelf and managing a supply chain in the retail industry. Max Winkler, Winkler Technology, then took the stage to share a passionate 101 on material handling automation, emphasizing that automation can be difficult, but is often the only way forward. Capgemini’s Mayank Sharma noted that challenging questions across the supply chain must be answered “intelligently” to accelerate growth. At the final plenary session of the SCC, Bin Liu, Alibaba Group, took part virtually to report on how Alibaba’s intelligent supply chain is empowering new retail companies in China, noting that close cooperation with the CGF enables them to use brand methods provide for standardization and upload of product data.

The group then came together for a brainstorming session led by Ruediger Hagedorn, The Consumer Goods Forum, and Bram van Schijndel, Pure Value. In a very participatory session, delegates were able to share the pain points in their supply chain business and solutions for them, such as: Improve visibility, connectivity and productivity; create framework conditions for cooperation; and to think about how sustainability can be integrated into supply chain operations.

Moderator Isabelle Kumar and Rüdiger Hagedorn, Director, End-to-End Value Chain and Standards, The Consumer Goods Forum, officially closed the very successful first edition of the Supply Chain Conference by thanking the event’s sponsors, delegates and organizers and took stock of some key messages that had an impact over the three days. Collaboration is certainly one of the most important factors in the success of an industry, and participants in the SCC share a commitment to minimizing costs, maximizing efficiency and customer satisfaction, and building more sustainable supply chain operations.

For more information on the program, visit the Supply Chain Conference website. Please also check out the SCC photo gallery and #2022SCC story on Twitter.

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