Day One

April 9th, 2018

7:00 am – 8:00 am


8:10 am – 8:50 am


Supply Chain Masterclass: Executing an effective change management program

  • Developing a clear plan with a scope and support it with a firm business case
  • Empower them: engage a team of motivated and respected individuals who represent the stakeholders
  • Know the impact: analyze the impact to the stakeholders from tool, process and organization objectives
  • Communicate: promote alignment and offer opportunity for sign offs and veto authority
8:55 am – 9:35 am



  • Taking a more strategic approach to supply chain management
  • Aligning functions across the business to drive supply chain excellence
  • Going beyond cost reduction and control to enable profitable growth
  • Improving supply chain excellence by driving revenue growth, capturing market share and enhancing customer satisfaction
9:40 am – 11:15 am

Pre-Arranged One-To-One Networking & Refreshments

11:20 am – 11:55 am

Supply Chain Management

How to reduce costs through supply chain network optimization

  • Running supply chain network scenarios, evaluating and implementing sustainable changes
  • Adapting to scenarios like new product introduction, changes in demand pattern, addition of new supply sources, and changes in tax laws
  • Driving ownership on end-to-end supply chain cost, including purchase, production, warehousing and transportation
  • Understanding when and which stakeholders to involve in managing emerging complexities in your supply chain




Capacity Planning to Optimize your Supply Chain

  • Shift solely from focusing on production and inventory costs in order to uncover hidden costs in the entire end-to-end supply chain
  • Key metrics in understanding the production footprint as resource to support strategic decisions required to optimize the supply chain
  • Creating an agile production footprint that has the capacity to shift with economic or demand driven adjustments
  • Small, Medium and Large companies: Understanding when outsourcing is in your best interest and a tool in establishing profitable business growth



  • Why companies need to attract the millennial generation and best practices for doing so
  • What 3M has been doing to attract millennial supply chain talent and the success it has seen so far
  • What millennials are looking for: formal development programs, experiential development opportunities, flexible career paths
  • Why a culture of innovation and continuous improvement is so important
12:00 pm – 12:35 pm

Supply Chain Management

Smart strategies for logistics cost optimization

  • Taming complex supply chains through a smart mix of process, analytics, and technology
  • Best practices in consistently reducing and optimizing costs without increasing logistics risk.
  • How the best companies are employing the right technology tools and logistics processes engineered for effectiveness as well as greater efficiency.
  • Establishing a process to verify vendor ROI before employing new technology


How Data should drive future capacity planning challenges

  • Centralized capacity planning as a driver to optimize supply flexibility and achieve an accurate view of customer service
  • Evaluating your capacity and material constraints in order to uncover how to balance supply and demand in mature supply chains
  • Understanding the impact of third party partners and the influenced constraints to manage in your business
  • Adequate visibility to see and understand supply issues that will have an impact on customer service


Moving Beyond Post and Pray reactive recruiting; Understanding how to build a sustainable talent pipeline for the digital supply chain

  • Retention: a reevaluation of how we recruit, train, develop and work to retain millennials
  • Find the best talent, sell your brand and presenting candidates with the best opportunity: how small, medium and large companies can get this done
  • Everyone needs to recruit: opportunities to transform the entire company into a recruitment engine for the best talent
  • Aligning the supply chain of the future with your talent recruitment strategy: offering the right opportunities to the right people in the right way
12:40 pm – 1:40 pm

Lunch & Learn Round-Table Discussions

  • On-site registration is required for round-table discussions
1:45 pm – 2:25 pm



  • Focusing on service as a driver for revenues
  • Assessing the impact of customer dissatisfaction: strategies to mitigate the risk of supply chain errors and inefficiencies
  • Mapping the supply chain from the customer back to the factory
  • Managing your talent to achieve excellence: developing a pipeline of supply chain leadership
2:30 pm – 3:05 pm

Supply Chain Management

Sourcing: Low Cost to Best Cost to Best Value

  • Shifting the view of procurement from a cost factor to a value creator
  • Creating value through innovation sourcing and innovation partnerships
  • Generating new blueprints for sustaining cost advantages in a rapidly changing world
  • Expanding on Total Cost Ownership to include future costs, alternative growth markets, and approaches to implementing greener and leaner supply chains


Running Multi-Echelon Inventory Optimization Effectively

  • Get executive sponsorship and provide team education
  • Ensure inventory optimization supports all aspects of the planning process
  • Make sure the inventory optimization technology is well understood and easy to use
  • Move quickly, implement in phases and avoid the “one system fallacy”



People and Process optimization as a driver for Profit: What are the best companies currently doing

  • Creating a metrics driven process that stands the test of time
  • Find process gaps in the supply chain to drive greater consistency for your customers
  • Develop a competency framework that future-proofs the organization through mapping the need for future skill sets alongside a current skills assessment
  • Best stop gap measures to ensure that you can manage risk and deliver on timelines
  • Supplier collaboration as an opportunity for greater cost optimization in the supply chain
3:05 pm – 4:25 pm

Pre-Arranged One-To-One Networking & Refreshments

4:30 pm – 5:10 pm



  • Reduce lead time to successfully enable timely completion and more efficient practices
  • Establish metrics for existing strategic sourcing initiatives
  • Streamline volume decisions intended to reduce volume activities, including the number of contracts, tasks, activities and the corresponding work being performed with these activities
  • How to drive leadership decisions intended to strengthen knowledge management, ensure effective project management systems and enable strong leadership accountability
5:10 pm – 5:50 pm

Closing Presentation

The Agile Supply Chain: Building a flexible supply chain for uncertain times

  • Supply Chain “war rooms” - allowing for production, procurement, logistics and sales to leverage the latest data for operational plans
  • Managing changes in raw-material and transport costs through specific minimum batch sizes or optimal process yields
  • Establishing direct regular contact with partners and running joint forecasting processes with key suppliers
  • Re-evaluate: driving a CI strategy around renegotiating contracts, consolidating manufacturing and distribution networks, while launching aggressive productivity programs
6:30 pm – 6:35 pm

Chair’s Closing Remarks

7:35 pm – 8:35 pm

Networking & Drinks Reception

Day One