Faster, Smarter…and Tougher 

The challenge of making supply chains fit for purpose

These are the best of times, these are the hardest of times.  To paraphrase Charles Dickens, buoyant North American trading conditions don’t offset the heightened challenges being addressed by executives responsible for inbound and service parts supply chains.

Whether it’s near-shoring, shorter model cycles, service parts delivery or shipping air, the need for thoughtful planning and cool-headed execution is at the heart of operations which will be efficient in the future as well as the present.

ALS16_mainThe Supply Chain Conference is a new event focussed on the new, held in the heart of the newer (than Michigan) production region of the US.

That the automotive industry is about to get a front row seat in the new of the digital revolution sweeping supply chain management is also clear.  A recent study by consulting firm Gartner said that half of supply chain executives in post today will be gone in just three years, because of misalignment between their skills and the digital maturity of the supply chain.

“In many circumstances, CEOs [are] looking to recruit new candidates to replace CSCOs (chief supply chain officers), and most have no idea that their jobs are about to be replaced,” says Scott Dewicki, Gartner leadership partner, quoting from his firm’s recent survey of over 200 chief executives.

Commenting on new ways of addressing old problems, Tom Kroswek, senior director of supply chain excellence, at Ryder says: “In the automotive industry there is lots of data available to analyse and draw a perspective.”

Optimising the data with tools at the industry’s disposal right now allows companies to work at a strategic level, he says. That covers issues from inventory to transport. For example, noting that some 80-85% of inbound material is moved by road, Krowseck says: “What needs to be looked at is the puzzle of how the containers are put together within the truck. That’s more difficult when you are using different containers and only 30% of all inbound truckloads use one container type.” As part of our Automotive Logistics series of events, The Supply Chain Conference will bring the benefits of new contacts, new intelligence and a sharp focus on the supply chains of parts – for both production and in the aftermarket.

Supply Chain resize 1With them will come the further benefits of networking over cocktails, coffees and lunches, insightful presentations, Q&A and discussion sessions, a stylish gala dinner, LSP displays, the opportunity for private meetings, and the ability to download speaker presentations after the event.  All for a single inclusive delegate fee.

Making supply chains faster, smarter and yet tougher is the challenge to address. Please join your peers, suppliers and competitors for a significant opportunity to do just that.

The conference is part of the worldwide Automotive Logistics series, which in 2016 includes Mexico, EuropeChinaFinished Vehicle Logistics North AmericaRussiaGlobal, UKSouth AmericaIndia.

In summary, delegates to the Supply Chain Conference 2016 can:

  • hear great presentations from OEMs, tier suppliers and LSPs
  • ask questions in person or online, and join discussion groups
  • network with senior executives across the industry
  • make new contacts, gain new introductions and develop new business opportunities
  • benefit from the interaction at social occasions, the introductory cocktail reception and the mid-conference gala dinner (all included in the delegate fee)
  • receive soft copies of the speaker presentations to download and circulate within their organisations