Programme 2021

8-10 November 2021; Berlin (Germany) & Online

10:45 - 12:00

Industry 4.0 & Technology

MESA Workshop: Achieving the Payback from your Digital Transformation

Join us in this interactive session where through a structured approach we will work through 5 sub sessions to share and gain from your peers where to focus on in your digital transformation through defining the issues, solutions and key takeaways of new capabilities, team empowerment, ways of doing business, reducing cost and measuring payback.

12:00 - 12:50

Networking Lunch & 1-2-1 Meetings

13:00 - 13:30 - Keynote

Strategic Operations

Overcoming the Current Challenges when Creating a Successful Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Approach

Andreas Streubig, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Responsibility & Public Affairs, HUGO BOSS

  • Full session abstract TBC

13:35 - 14:05 - Case Studies

Strategic Operations

Post-Pandemic Retail Supply Chain Strategy: Adapting to the New Normal

Daniel Finnegan, General Manager - Central Operations, John Lewis

  • Full session abstract TBC

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Session Title TBC (Unilever)

Ahmet Hasanbeşeoğlu, Digital Supply Chain Transformation Director, Unilever

  • Full session abstract TBC

14:10 - 14:40 - Case Studies

Logistics & Inventory Management

How Oxford Biomedica Rapidly Ramped Up the Manufacturing of the Latest COVID-19 Vaccines

Simon Simpkins, Vice President, Head of Manufacturing, Oxford Biomedica

  • Introducing a new supply chain, recruiting the workforce, purchasing new equipment, installing the equipment and releasing the facility by the health authorities
  • A journey which embodies how inspirational manufacturing can be

Industry 4.0 & Technology

The Digitalisation of External Manufacturing Supply Chains

Dr. Stefan Kluge, Senior Director, Supplier Portfolio Management & Operations Enabling, Intel

  • Full session abstract TBC

14:45 - 15:15 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Session Title TBC (IBM)

David Hogg, Supply Chain Sales Leader, EMEA, IBM

  • Full session abstract TBC

15:15 - 16:05

1-2-1 Meetings & Networking

16:05 - 16:35 - Case Studies

Logistics & Inventory Management

Customer Centric Inventory Management with Demand Driven MRP (DDMRP)

Bjoern Neal Kirchner, Corp Director Supply Chain, Henkel Global Supply Chain B.V.

  • Henkel strives to maximize the return on the asset inventory by deploying materials effective throughout the full supply chain
  • Inaccuracy of sales forecast is making this a challenge and increasingly pressures the supply chain functions and their performances
  • Reducing forecast reliance with DDMRP by applying pull replenishment planning tactic with stock buffers
  • Increasing end customer service level as well as reducing material inventory while bringing the nervousness in the supply chain down

Logistics & Inventory Management

Supply Chain Flexibility and Multi-Make Readiness due to Connected IPN

Dr. Markus Junk, Head of International Production Network – Residential Heating, Bosch Thermotechnik GmbH

  • During COVID, we had several shortages in our plants but we were always able to deliver the products to our customers. This was possible, due to the ability to shift our volume easily between the plants (if one plant was closed, we could deliver from another plant). We have started the initiative of enabling multi-make readiness of our products in several production locations a few years ago and are further increasing the contingency plan.

16:40 - 17:10 - Keynote

Strategic Operations

Session Title TBC (Volvo Cars)

Martin Corner, Vice President of Global Supply Chain Management, Volvo Cars

  • Full session abstract TBC

17:15 - 18:00 - Panel Discussion

Strategic Operations

What are the Long-Term Lessons to be Learnt from Managing Supply Chain Strategies During the Covid-19 Pandemic?

Jonathan Jackman, Vice President, EMEA , Logility

  • Supply chains have had to react and adapt their processes in the short-term to the changing demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, but what are the long-term lessons that the industry can take moving forward?
  • What are the most successful strategies & approaches that businesses have been able to efficiently implement in response to the pandemic and how can these be transitioned into long-term strategies?
  • How have relationships across the supply chain changed in terms of communication, collaboration and transparency?
  • What aspects of using data, automation, reporting faults and the use of digitalisation practices irrevocably changed for the future?

18:05 - 19:05

Evening Networking Reception

08:00 - 08:40

1-2-1 Meetings & Networking

08:45 - 09:30 - Panel Discussion

Strategic Operations

What can Supply Chain Leaders do to Optimise their Productivity and Operations During a Health Crisis?

  • How have you, your operations and the supply chain & manufacturing industry as a whole been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Which short-term, emergency measures did you and the industry at large have to put in place in order to keep your production and operations going?
  • How can supply chain & manufacturing leaders motivate and engage their employees in a time of change (and with obstacles such as working virtually, less face-to-face contact etc. to contend with)?
  • What lessons have you, and the industry as a whole, learnt in this tumultuous time?
  • What should supply chain leaders be doing in the medium to long-term in order to optimise productivity in a COVID and post-COVID industry?

09:35 - 10:05 - Keynote

Strategic Operations

Session Title TBC (Toyota)

Leon van der Merwe, Vice President, Logistics, Toyota Motor Europe

  • Full session abstract TBC

10:10 - 10:40 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Session Title TBC (Logility)

Dario Fishli, VP Sales D/A/CH , Logility

  • Full session abstract TBC

Logistics & Inventory Management

10:40 - 11:30

1-2-1 Meetings & Networking

11:30 - 12:00 - Case Studies

Strategic Operations

Logistics & Inventory Management

Supply Chain Management in Heavily Fluctuating Raw Materials Markets: The Challenges in the Canned Seafood Business

Dr. Sven Massen, Operations Director, Thai Union Europe

  • Context of global seafood market
  • Exposure to fluctuating raw material market
  • Related supply risks for markets
  • S&OP process development in capricious environment
  • Measures along value chain to avoid out-of-stock in markets
  • Agile product sourcing in the production network

12:05 - 12:35 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Supply Chain Resiliency and the Need for Stress-Tests

David Simchi-Levi, Professor of Engineering Systems, MIT

  • As hospitalizations decrease and vaccinations increase, some see the end of the COVID-19 pandemic somewhere on the horizon.
  • With that, many of us in the data science community are analyzing “lessons learned” from the pandemic to better prepare and more efficiently and effectively respond to the next disaster.
  • At the center of this discussion must be how to fix our supply chains to prevent disruptions where possible and to identify – before a disaster occurs – where vulnerabilities exist.

Strategic Operations

Session Title TBC (Orbsen Consulting)

  • Full session abstract TBC

12:35 - 13:35

Networking Lunch

Lunch & Learn Roundtables:

Roundtable led by IBM



Roundtable led by BCI Global

Moderated by:
René Buck, Chief Executive Officer, BCI Global



Roundtable led by Logility 

Moderated by:
Dario Fishli, VP Sales D/A/CH, Logility
Jonathan Jackman, Vice President, EMEA, Logility

13:35 - 14:05 - Case Studies

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Rapidly Developing an Omnichannel Business Model to Adapt to the New Normal

Sebastian Sołtys, Logistics Director, LPP SA

  • Covid-19 has influenced radical change across supply chain and logistic strategies worldwide
  • How did LPP use a VUCA approach rapidly evolve their business model into full omnichannel and accelerate their ecommerce operations?
  • Exploring how LPP's strength was based on the pillars and ecosystem of the European logistics fulfilment centres network and European store chain that is working hand in hand with the common stock approach.

Strategic Operations

The Growing Complexity in the EU Battery Supply Chain

Vikki Roberts, Head of Supply Chain Strategy, Development & Control , Johnson Matthey

  •  Full session abstract TBC

14:10 - 14:40 - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

A Smarter Supply Chain Leadership

Hervé Doan, Head of Quality Transport & Logistics, Airbus

  • How emotional energy can help the leaders unlock higher collective performance and enriched human potential within their industries

Strategic Operations

Supply Chain Transformation

Luke Kerr, Supply Chain Director, Solent Group

  • From a siloed operational business to a collaborative demand driven network with a transformation strategy deployed with the people by the people facing into constant change and crisis management - all at a time when Covid, Brexit and Global Shipping tried to stop us.
  • How these challenges helped to accelerate change and develop our teams, streamline our processes, reporting and metrics and helped transform the way we optimised our ERP system?
  • How did this result in double digit growth year on year with the same team that started 18 months ago producing data that drives collaborative decision making and behaviours internally and externally with our partners and customers?

14:40 - 15:30

1-2-1 Meetings & Speaker Roundtable

15:30 - 16:00 - Case Studies

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Achieving Sustainable Supply Chain Growth with End-To-End Digital Innovations

Raimund Wind, Vice President Corporate Supply Chain Management & Procurement, Jenoptik

  • Applying digital innovations in an end-to-end supply chain for sustainable growth
  • A strategic framework for a world class supply chain organisation

Strategic Operations

Session Title TBC (Telefónica UK)

Nicky McGroarty, Head of Supply Chain, Telefónica UK Limited

  • Full session abstract TBC

16:05 - 16:35 - Case Studies

Logistics & Inventory Management

A Journey for Inventory Control

Gülsün Akhisaroğlu, Global CIO, Hayat Holding

Bülent Erbaş, Global Supply Chain Director, Hayat Holding

  • Hayat Holding's inventory control journey with inbound material management
  • How can S&OP help to support an inventory control journey? How to get management support?
  • How has digitalisation supported the inventory control journey?
  • What are next steps for further optimised inventory (control tower).

Strategic Operations

Lean Administration: A Strategic Approach to Lean Management in Supply Chain Admin Processes

Dr. Eleonore Steinert, Head of Corporate Order Management Box & Corporate Transportation Logistics, Rohde & Schwarz

  • Looking at factors such as order management and transport logistics and referring to best practice experiences.
  • How can businesses extend the great progress made in supply chain operations in lean management in their production lines beyond the boundaries of the shop floor?

16:40 - 17:25 - Panel Discussion

Leadership & Workforce Development

How can you Build a Workforce for the Future?

Luke Kerr, Supply Chain Director, Solent Group

  • What are the emerging demands in terms of your workforce in the coming years?
  • How can you ensure that you are creating a team capable of the technical demands of the future?
  • Do recruitment, training and workforce development strategies need to be updated for millennials to match their expectations?
  • How can supply chain leaders attract and train their workforce to avoid the skills gap?
  • What issues have you faced in hiring suitable, potential leaders of the future?

17:30 - 18:30

Evening Networking Reception

08:00 - 08:40

1-2-1 Meetings & Networking

08:45 - 09:30 - Panel Discussion

Strategic Operations

From Global to Local Operations: Reshaping the Organisation to Boost Efficiency and Competitiveness in a Global Market

  • Re-evaluating your current global setup and highlighting limitations in efficiency and consumer communication
  • Analysing forecasted developments in the global market and preparing for key challenges and opportunities
  • Emerging market manpower and low-cost vs western technology - utilising innovative technologies to remain competitive
  • Maximising the efficiency of your global footprint
  • Talent sourcing and development - having the right people in the right places and at the right time

09:35 - 10:05 - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

How Control Tower Development Drives Leadership and Workforce Development

Angelo Dalporto, Deputy Vice President Supply Chain UK/Ire + Benelux, Dormakaba

  • Development of the control tower environment in Dormakaba UK - update
  • Using out the box applications like MS teams, Planner and Power Bi
  • Develop digital awareness and understanding with leadership group in SC functions
  • Changing culture to one of contextual conversations, turning data into information into decisions
  • Fostering self-learning and development alongside company assisted learning and development to fully optimise SC functions
  • Increasing levels of engagement and digitising the continuous improvement methodologies
  • All started pre pandemic and how this has served us well during the pandemic and beyond

Strategic Operations

Empty Packaging Flow & Cost Optimisation Using Digital

Daniel Enache, Global Access Range Supply Chain Manager, DACIA

  • What are the main difficulties and challenges for automotive empty packaging activity?
  • How digital can help to monitor and improve packaging flow
  • The way from proof of concept to serial life implementation
  • Empty packaging flow and cost optimization

10:10 - 10:40 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Session Title TBC (ATS Global)

  • Full session abstract TBC

10:40 - 11:30

1-2-1 Meetings & Networking

11:30 - 12:00 - Case Studies

Strategic Operations

How can the Supply Chain Support the Common Business Model?

Wassim Jourdain, Director Supply Chain, Saint Maclou

  • How can the supply chain be a business partner?
  • How can the supply chain enable digital transformation?

Collaboration & Transparency

Tackling Sustainability post-Pandemic: How can you use Collaboration to Achieve Sustainability Goals in the Supply Chain?

  • How can companies look to balance their aims to rebound from the pandemic alongside the ongoing demands to increase sustainability?
  • What are the environmental risk factors that business and supply chains must now consider?
  • How can a top-down approach to the establishment of good leadership practices throughout the business influence best practice across the board? How can this encourage collaboration and transparency?
  • How can communication and new technology be combined to ensure sustainable supply chain practices for the future?

12:05 - 12:35 - Case Studies

Strategic Operations

Managing Complexity in Operations and Optimising Global Supply Chain Networks

  • Analysing the global marketplace and establishing its current and emerging regional requirements
  • Understanding the current configuration of your global network - What is being done where and why?
  • Reviewing multiple aspects of the business and comparing what you want and what you are currently getting from your strategic operations
  • Re-evaluating where more complex processes could be better supported - how can industry 4.0 play into this?
  • Collating your key findings and re-shaping your supply chain network accordingly to enhance overall performance

Logistics & Inventory Management

Working Capital Improvements in Supply Chain Management

Jorin Preuß, Corporate Unit Supply Chain Management, ElringKlinger

  • Working Capital
  • Inventory Targets
  • Slow mover materials
  • SAP Master Data
  • Capacity Planning

12:35 - 13:35

Networking Lunch

13:35 - 14:05 - Case Studies

Collaboration & Transparency

The Importance of Collaboration: How Suppliers & Customers can Work Together to Mitigate Risks

Thiemo Gorath, Head of Supply Chain Management, Bharat Forge Global Holding

  • What happens when collaboration does not occur?
  • What are the actions that suppliers and customers can take to mitigate risks and improve upon this scenario?
  • Exploring this in reference to the volatile US commercial vehicle market.

Strategic Operations

Capitalising on New Market Trends: Big vs. Small Companies.

Philip Birch, Head of Supply Chain, Emmac

  • Comparing involvement in market trends from the perspective of a 100+ year old company with huge resources and an established network, versus being involved in market trends from the perspective of a 1-year-old company with little resources or existing network.

14:10 - 14:40 - Case Studies

Security & Risk Management

Loss Prevention in Transportation

Jens Häselhoff, Head of Logistics, Europipe

  • Full session abstract TBC

Strategic Operations

Sales & Operations Planning: The Key Enabler to Managing a Crisis like Covid-19

Jose Everaldo Morelli, Measuring Tools Global Logistic Director, Bosch Power Tools

  • In the Measuring Tools environment, we deal with more than 70T customers around the world, where the biggest detain only 8% of global sales.
  • In an unstable environment such as the COVID time, the S&OP support the organization to take decision in time to cope with customer requirements and supply constraints.
  • In this Session, we will be explore how S&OP helped to balance supply and demand during COVID times.

14:45 - 15:15 - Case Studies

Security & Risk Management

Risks and Opportunities Across the Supply Market: New Ways of Operating post-Covid

Keyvan Diamondo, Deputy Regional Supply Chain Director & Global Sourcing and Procurement Director , Metso Outotec

  • Full session abstract TBC

Collaboration & Transparency

Enhancing Productivity by Enabling a Value Chain Orientation

Dr Rajesh Shankar Priya, Senior Lecturer in Business and Management, Teesside University

  • Full session abstract TBC

16:05 - 16:15