Programme 2022

7-9 November 2022, Berlin, Central European Time

08:00 - 11:00 - Site Tour

Pre-Bookable BMW Tour

11:00 - 11:55

Registration & Networking Brunch

12:00 - 12:30 - Keynote

Strategic Operations

Upstream Logistics within Today's Supply Chain Business Disruptions

Fabio Luciano, Head of GPM Upstream Logistics, MeRCK

  • Challenges
  • Risk management
  • Network
  • Governance

12:35 - 13:05 - Case Studies

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Challenges and Chances of Complex Global Semiconductor Supply Chains & Supply Chains Containing Semiconductors

Hans Ehm, Senior Principal Engineer Supply Chain, Head of Supply Chain Innovations, Infineon Technologies AG

  • Semiconductor supply chains challenges: capital intensity, volatile demand with Bullwhip effect especially after COVID, short product life time and intrinsic long cycle time despite 365/7 
  • The global Flexibility answer in Make and Plan mitigated the challenges but was not sufficient to avoid a global chip shortages
  • E2E collaboration enabled by semantic web to master the complexity, AI based Forecasts, Serious Games like HAI (Human & AI Game) to work together with our AI companions are chances for a economical and ecological competitive advantage for supply chain management.

13:10 - 13:40 - Case Studies

Collaboration & Transparency

Demystifying Supply Chain Digital Twin

Dr. Amin Kaboli, Lecturer , Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

It's becoming ever more critical for supply chains to increase their agility and resilience to withstand and adapt to future disruptions. What distinguishes successful companies such as Amazon from others is leveraging technology and harnessing the power of data to achieve data transparency and visibility and to create a digital twin. Indeed, the winning factors are data transparency and supply chain visibility. However, recent research and polls show that less than 15% of companies could successfully navigate the overwhelming and challenging journey from data to insight. This talk introduces hands-on skills and tools to support supply chain professionals navigating this journey smoothly and making this transition more effective.

13:40 - 14:30

1-2-1 Meetings & Networking Break

14:30 - 15:00 - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Leading and Empowering Talent in an Environment of Change

Conrad Edgren, Chief Logistics Officer, Motatos/ Matsmart 

How do we lead and develop our talents to truly feel empowered to take responsibility – daring to make mistakes – and openly share for our collective benefit?

In the ever-changing work environment with increased robotics, automation and digitalization talents throughout our organisation are more vital then ever.

We work hard on creating and fostering an organisational culture that embraces change, is ready for challenges and dares to make decisions in an imperfect information environment.

15:05 - 15:35 - Case Studies

Security & Risk Management

Assessing the Readiness of your Supply Chain

Aristides Matopoulos, Professor of Supply Chain Design, Centre for Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Cranfield University

This session discusses the supply chain challenges of upscaling in the manufacturing sector. Attend this session to:
  • Learn about supply chain mapping
  • Gain knowledge on how to assess the maturity of your supply chain
  • Learn about the above in the context of a case study

15:40 - 16:10 - Keynote

Strategic Operations

How the HP Supply Chain is Driving Sustainability

Volker Schmitz, Global Head of Supply Chain Operations, HP Deutschland

  • HP’s vision to become the most sustainable and just technology company
  • Supply Chain in the centre of sustainability approach, key driver of actions
  • How the sustainability vision drives broader Supply Chain design

16:15 - 17:15

Evening Networking Reception

08:00 - 08:40

Registration & Refreshments

08:45 - 09:15 - Keynote

Logistics & Inventory Management

The 7 Actions Leadership do at P&G to Accelerate their Operational Excellence Journey & Results

Salvatore Impellizzeri, Global Director Product Supply Manufacturing, Innovation & Capability, P&G

P&G is widely regarded for its operational excellence capability. That capability has helped the company to have a year-on-year program of cost saving, inventory reduction, service improvement, productivity gains and employee satisfaction. In this presentation, you will learn about some critical leadership actions needed to accelerate and maintain the capabilities to achieve this level of performance.

Summary of presentation
  • Vision and execution of IWS, Procter & Gamble/’s OPEX program, focused on leadership engagement, employee skill development, and delivery of business benefits
  • How IWS empowers people to work in their area of expertise or interest along the production process (quality, safety, applications, throughput increase, reliability, etc)
  • How IWS interlinks the development and integration of digital tools and manufacturing technologies in a smart factory

09:20 - 09:50 - Keynote

Logistics & Inventory Management

Supply Chain Strategies in the VUCA World

Torsten Becker, Head of Study Program Supply Chain Management, SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences

As the pandemic, the war, bottlenecks in transport and production, limitations for travel impact the business world, many companies are forced to adapt their supply chain strategies to the increased volatility, uncertainty, complexity und ambiguity (VUCA). Based on many strategy projects in various industries, a new approach to define new supply chain strategies highlights possible solutions for this challenging task. Understanding customer requirements, adapting to company strategy and using strategy patterns help supply chain leaders to create competitive advantage through their supply chain strategy in their industry. The approach supports the development of skills and capabilities in the supply chain including using the latest digital tools. Examples from different industries illustrate how companies have adapted their strategy to the new challenges.

09:55 - 10:25 - Solution Spotlights

Collaboration & Transparency

Strategies for More Resilient, Sustainable Supply Chain Operations

David Hogg, Supply Chain Sales Leader, IBM

In this session, David Hogg, Supply Chain Business Leader at IBM with 25+ years of experience, examines how organizations use technology and insights to shape resilient and sustainable supply chains. The use of AI, sustainability performance management as well as supply chain intelligence offer unprecedented options to overcome challenges.  Learn how environmental and socially responsible organizations are revisiting governance in SCM using end-to-end visibility and transparency. To lead, increase your agility and mitigate disruption with AI-based supply chain optimization and automation.

10:25 - 11:15

1-2-1 Meetings & Networking Break

11:15 - 11:45 - Case Studies

Technology & IOT

Automotive Supply Chain Management Strategies in Troubled Times

Daniel Enache, Director Parts&Accessories’s Logistics Central & Eastern Europe, Dacia –Renault Groupe

In the current economic and social context marked by the pandemic, the crisis of electronic components, war and many others, the supply chain organization had to find solutions to overcome all these disruptions.

In the presentation you will find some implemented strategies to avoid the negative impact generated by the context to generate performance for the company and most important, value for the client.

11:50 - 12:20 - Case Studies

Technology & IOT

Supply Chain Management: Importance, Issues and the Future – Digital Transformation

Yogith Krishna, UK Import Supply Lead, PepsiCo

Organizations are evolving continuously to stay at the top. For organizations to gain a competitive advantage the supply chain functions play an important role. Supply chain leaders will have to develop their supply chain strategy by considering the design of future logistics networks, improving the responsiveness of the supply chain, and working towards supply chain operational excellence.
  • What is need to upgrade current operations in supply chain?
  • Vulnerabilities in supply chain
  • How will technology help designing the future of supply chain?

12:20 - 13:20

Networking Lunch & Roundtables

Roundtable led by Buck Consultants International:
Successful Initiatives to Optimize Your Manufacturing Footprint & Distribution Network
Moderated by:
Robert Wieggers, Senior Consultant, BCI

Roundtable led by IBM
Sustainable Supply Chains and Circularity with IBM

Moderated by:
David A Hogg, Supply Chain Leader, EMEA, IBM
Thilo Pfleghar, Senior Specialist IBM Sustainability Software EMEA, IBM

Roundtable led by UKG
Managing Labour Compliance while Boosting Productivity: A Comprehensive Vision for Workforce Management from Accurate Time Tracking to Employee Empowerment

Moderated by:
Rémi Malenfant, Director of HR Innovation, UKG
Michael Golly, Sales Executive, UKG
Thomas Weidenfeller, Sales Executive, UKG

13:20 - 13:50 - Case Studies

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Managing Supplies and Supply Cost as Strategic Operation in Times of Trouble

Thiemo Gorath, Head Supply Chain Management , Bharat Forge

  • Surging freight cost and stretched supply chains
  • Inavailability of ressources
  • Impacts on Sanctions and restrictions
  • Sudden loss of suppliers due to sanctions and wars
  • Bharat Forges approach to tackle the issues – case study

13:55 - 14:25 - Case Studies

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Adyen – Payments & Supply Chain in Exponential Growth

Hewy Rappe, Global Head of Supply Chain, Adyen

Adyen is changing the payments industry by going where no other financial services provider has gone before. That included expanding their reach into the In-Person-Payments field with payment terminals and more recently in issuing physical payment cards. Our technology is developed to do things differently, but doing things differently in Supply Chain requires a bolder approach. In a world of exponential growth our operations would need to follow, while we are dealing with microchip shortages, supply chain challenges and unprecedented inflation.

14:25 - 15:15

1-2-1 Meetings & Networking Break

15:15 - 15:45 - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

Supply Chain Management Strategies: Corporate Aspiration vs Reality and Finding the Sweet Spot

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

Robert Venn, Supply Chain Coordination Manager UK & Ire, Dormakaba

Control Towers, Digitization, Agility, Operational Excellence and S+OP 

Looking at what the corporate aspiration may be, how it turns out in reality is perhaps never quite like that, but how can organizations find a sweet spot somewhere in between.

15:50 - 16:20 - Keynote

Collaboration & Transparency

Robert Bosch LOG 2025 Strategy – What it Takes to Make Success Happen

Holger Langbein, VP Logistics, Robert Bosch GmbH

With the conversion towards end-to-end process chains the Bosch logistics has set up a new strategy called: LOG 2025 – Digital, Responsible, Competitive. Key elements of LOG 2025 are the inclusion of internal and external partners into the process and data flow. A special focus of the presentation is on the Inbound side of Logistics at Bosch and how valuable the seamless information and data flow between Suppliers and Bosch is.

16:25 - 16:55 - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

Sustainable Logistics – Building Operations from Scratch in a Start-up Environment

Oliver Scholz, Head of Operations, gitti GmbH

Challenges and Strategy of a green rapid scale company - from a kitchen table idea to 30.000 orders per month in only 2 years

17:00 - 18:00

Evening Networking Reception

08:00 - 08:40

Registration & Refreshments

08:45 - 09:15 - Keynote

Technology & IOT

Digital Transformation for Supply Chains

Martin McKie, Principal Advisory Consultant, Supply Chain, Amazon Web Services

Data Driven Everything:  Digitally Transforming Supply Chains covers how Amazon Web Services (AWS) applies lessons learned from the business to shape engagements and help their Customers successfully become data driven and digital in their approach to realize better business outcomes.  
  • Digital transformation strategy
  • Achieve business value through connecting data  
  • Learning from the Amazon Supply Chain experience

09:20 - 09:50 - Keynote

Strategic Operations

Recent Challenges in Supply Chain in Solar Energy Context

Luca Di Primio, Head of Global Category Management , Lightsource BP

09:55 - 10:25 - Case Studies

Technology & IOT

Blockchain Technology: How to Unblock the Chain!

Jay Daniel, Programme Leader, Global Operations & Supply Chain Mgmt., University of Derby

In this presentation, how to unblock the supply chain through Blockchain technology has been introduced. In the news and mass media blockchain is repeatedly named a “game changer” (Johnson, 2018). Then Blockchain benefits are discussed, and I have illustrated how blockchain works. Blockchain technology would resolve the problem of immutable ledgers distributed to many businesses in the supply chain. Currently, customers are demanding details for transactions and the source of the manufactured products, including raw materials, suppliers, etc. Track and trace of all kinds of transactions would create an efficient supply chain for businesses with more transparency and security. Therefore, there are lots of opportunities to adopt blockchain technology in the supply chain (Daniel, 2021).

10:25 - 11:15

1-2-1 Meetings & Networking Break

11:15 - 12:15 - Panel Discussion

Technology & IOT

Roundtable Workshop: Supply Chain 5.0: The Supply Chain of Tomorrow

Dr. Amin Kaboli, Lecturer , Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

In this talk, we will review;

  • What is Supply Chain 5.0
  • What are the main challenges, characteristics, and key enablers 
  • How can it help to unlock net zero target for companies 

12:15 - 13:15

Networking Lunch & Roundtables

13:15 - 13:45 - Case Studies

Strategic Operations

Evaluation of Sustainable Solutions in Logistics and SCM in Europe

Jacques Leonardi, Professor for Sustainable Logistics, University of Westminster

Update on current examples of practices and solutions, developed and evaluated in European businesses. Objective is to demonstrate with robust data the wide range of sustainability options available or under development, their respective benefits and limitations. The talk will include profitability analysis and functionality principles, showing how gaps could be closed and how the most beneficial supply chain solutions could be further scaled up.

13:50 - 14:20 - Keynote

Logistics & Inventory Management

Sustainability in an Increasingly Complex Supply Chain World

Dr. Dauda Hamzat, Deputy Head of School & Principal Lecturer, Supply Chain & Project Management, Arden University

The universally pervasive nature of supply chain positions the practice as a major impact on  global climate. Supply Chain has inherently risen to play its part through the promotion of sustainable supply chain practices. However, in an ever dynamic and increasingly complex global supply chain scene, made no less complicated more recently by the hydra-headed challenges occasioned by Covid, Ukraine war , faltering global economy  etc, there is an informed concern that  sustainability may readily be compromised or outrightly sacrificed in the face of the ongoing challenges.

This presentation therefore seeks to draw attention to the need to consciously address present supply chain challenges without necessarily forsaking the ideals of environmentally sustainable supply chain practice. This is because, this approach is the only guarantee for  lasting and long-term global supply chain gains.

14:25 - 14:55 - Keynote

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Circular Economy and Agriculture 4.0: Opportunities & Challenges

Dr. Stella Despoudi, Assistant Professor in Operations and Supply Chain Management, Aston University

The current agricultural supply chains are facing many different issues and their future sustainability is questioned. Some of these issues are related to food loss, food safety, food insecurity and accessibility, increased demand for food, decreasing natural resources, raw materials scarcity, and global food crisis. Circular economy is seen as the new buzzword of sustainability but with a focus on recycling and reusing materials and resources.  Agriculture 4.0 can enable circular economy practices implementation in the agricultural supply chain, however it comes with certain challenges. This session discusses the opportunities and challenges that agriculture 4.0 may bring in circular economy implementation.

16:00 - 19:00

Pre-Bookable BMW Tour