Are you ready for the new Age of Supply Chain?
The world has changed. Before the crash of 2008 things were so easy – focus on efficiency, cost reduction. Trucks full, stock low, warehouse busy. The crash brought a new reality – globalisation had opened up new labour pools and new markets but also new risks and new complexities. The skills needed to navigate through these choppy waters were greater than ever before, and a new style of Supply Chain leader started to emerge – business savvy, risk aware and technologically competent.
Fast forward to 2016 and we are now slowly experiencing increased economic activity across Europe, but the supply chain environment has changed once more. The nature and behaviour of customers, competitors and even countries have all changed and the world of supply chain needs to adapt – and fast.
The language has also changed; supply chain professionals need to understand and internalise the impact of big data, omni-channel consumer purchasing, automation, alternative fuel options, digital marketing – the old world of trucks and sheds has long gone! Technology is exponentially advancing, leading to science fiction becoming supply chain fact – autonomous vehicles, 3D printing, mobile shopping, delivery drones, intelligent vending machines and the Internet of Things are now just over the horizon, or in some cases already here.
To respond to this onslaught of change, the Supply Chain professional of 2016 needs to understand business strategies and value propositions as much as they understand inventory and logistics. The challenge is to get the objectives clear and develop the necessary segmentation models. What they need is practical advice and examples from peers and other industries, not sales pitches and hype cycles. What use is big data if no-one can help you to manage small data!
At 'ISC' Europe 2016 Conference we will be discussing all these issues, and it is designed to provide a combination of information, networking and knowledge sharing. At the ISC’s inaugural European event, delegates will learn from thought leaders, practitioners and solution providers on how to:
- Handle this new world of multi-channel demand signal
- Provide optimal service levels while reduce costs and inventory
- Align their company’s Supply Chain strategy to their business strategy, and make Supply Chain relevant for the boardroom
- Create a culture that attracts and retains the best Supply Chain talent
- Prepare for the Personalised, Automated and Localised future Supply Chain