Monday 21st May, 2018

18:00 - 21:00
Welcome drinks reception

A great chance for you to get together with fellow delegates in a relaxed atmosphere before the conference starts. Our welcome reception provides an excellent forum in which to exchange views and contact details with some of the finest minds in the North American automotive supply chain sector... bring lots of business cards!


Tuesday 22nd May, 2018

08:00 - 09:00
Registration, networking and coffee

Join us to collect your badge, enjoy a bite to eat and start the conversation with your fellow delegates.

09:00 - 10:15
Session 1: Digital transformation (joint session with automotiveIT International conference)

New customer requirements are forcing automotive companies to change their business models, using digital technologies across the value chain to make this possible, from artificial intelligence and e-commerce to data analytics and augmented reality.

    Come and discover:

  • The big trends reshaping the car industry
  • The challenges and opportunities for carmakers and suppliers
  • What the impacts will be for the supply chain and product development cycle
  • How technology and software are converging
  • The priorities the industry now needs to set

This flagship opening session will set the scene on the advent and impact of new technology in the automotive sector so far, how the industry is reacting, and where things are likely to head next. .

10:15 - 11:00
Networking and coffee

An excellent chance to discuss the opening session with your peers over light refreshments.

11:00 - 12:15
Session 2: The automotive supply chain – disruption or adjustment?

Radical change is occurring in the automotive industry as vehicle technology advances, with substantial change expected in the way vehicles are produced and the way their constituent parts will need to be supplied. Meanwhile, will technologies like wearables, artificial intelligence and blockchain sweep away legacy processes and players, or lead to continuous improvement?

    Develop your understanding here of:

  • The IT and technology advances most relevant for inbound and service parts logistics networks
  • What the implications are in the supply chain of connected, autonomous and electric vehicles
  • How your supply chain relationships will need to change
  • How artificial intelligence could change automotive logistics processes

Get the lowdown in this session from a variety of industry experts on what they see around the corner and the strategies that will be needed to keep your inbound and service parts supply chain operations relevant and fit for purpose in the future.

12:15 - 14:00
Networking and Lunch

An extended networking lunch break giving delegates ample opportunity to rub shoulders with our unique gathering of vehicle-makers, tier suppliers, logistics service providers, infrastructure operators, sponsors and exhibitors.

14:00 - 15:15
Session 3: Clearing the bottlenecks

Technology is transforming the automotive and logistics industries. But for many supply chain managers the biggest headaches are still the most familiar ones, such as driver and transport capacity shortages, lost containers, poor forecasting and incomplete visibility. How can IT and software solutions help to overcome these perennial pain points today, not just in the future?

    Join us to learn more about systems and solutions for:

  • Mitigating driver and transport capacity shortages
  • Packaging and returnable container management optimisation
  • Network and transport mode engineering
  • Holistic supply chain planning and purchasing

This session will help delegates develop a broader appreciation of the benefits to be gained right now in putting IT in the driving seat – and where the biggest gains are actually to be found.

15:15 – 16:00
Networking and coffee

Your chance to discuss the key issues of the day so far with fellow delegates over light refreshments.

16:00 – 17:30
Session 4: Automotive Logistics Think Tanks

Break into smaller, private groups to explore in detail the most relevant topics in automotive supply chain management today. A roundup of the discussion, along with proposed actions, will be shared with the audience, while all participants will receive a summary of discussion points after the event.

    Chaired by high-profile industry figures, these open discussions are expected to cover a wide range of topics including:

  • Packaging and container management
  • The impact of electric and autonomous vehicles on supply chains
  • Supply chain visibility
  • E-commerce and service parts logistics
  • Managing recalls and safety campaigns
  • Wearables, drones and logistics
  • The ‘Uberization’ of logistics

Don’t miss this opportunity to pick the brains of leading thinkers in this field and share your own valuable insights about a wide variety of topics in these vibrant, round-table exchanges.

17:30 – 21:00
The Supply Chain Conference gala dinner

Dine in style as you compare notes on the first day of the conference with all the top people on the North American automotive supply chain scene…


Wednesday 23rd May, 2018

08:30 – 09:00
09:00 – 10:15
Session 5: Securing the goods

The primary job of automotive logistics operators is and will remain serving plants, partners, dealers and customers at the right time, with the right quality and at the right cost. However, complex technologies, regulations and locations add new risk and requirements, and manufacturers and logistics providers must look to new processes and tools to keep their supply chains safe.

    This session will consider:

  • How new technology can help inbound and service parts supply chains to
  • Cyber security risks and strategies
  • What can be done in terms of the data to help reduce damage and cost levels

Take this opportunity to refocus on your core rationale and contemplate the role IT could play in helping with the most fundamental logistics activities of all.

10:15 - 11:00
Networking and coffee

Chew over today’s opening session with your colleagues as you enjoy some light refreshments.

11:00 – 12:15
Session 6: Leadership forum

How are logistics leaders positioning their companies for the future? How can firms ensure they are really up to date with the latest ideas? How can you encourage your team to buy into such ideas properly? And how can you bring your partners in the supply chain with you as you implement them?

This high-level discussion will examine where leading figures are taking their inbound and service parts supply chains now and consider the new models needed to ensure that take-up of IT in such operations delivers the benefits it really should.

Join the discussion to:

  • Hear the strategic vision of leading logistics executives
  • Question their priorities and intentions
  • Determine the hype and the reality as automotive logistics evolves

Make your voice heard in this penultimate session as a panel of industry leaders puts together its action plan for the future!

12:15 - 14:00
Networking and Lunch

Our second extended networking lunch gives delegates another great chance to circulate and connect with all the vehicle-makers, tier suppliers, logistics service providers, infrastructure operators, sponsors and exhibitors at the event.

14:00 - 15:30
Session 7: Tomorrow's value chain (joint session with automotiveIT International conference)

Electrically powered and autonomous cars will incorporate different parts in different numbers to more traditional vehicles – and many of their components and systems will come from IT companies, software specialists or electronics firms. As the industry adjusts to this new landscape, supplier relationships, production and distribution practices are all undergoing radical change. So how should the industry prepare?

    Listen in as we drill down into:

  • The best way to adapt your business to the big industry changes taking place
  • How the IT industry itself can help carmakers, tier suppliers and logistics providers to prepare
  • What the biggest challenges and opportunities will be in the new mobility world

As the conference draws to a close, this final session will provide delegates with a summary of the overarching developments to consider in refining their supply chain strategy for the future.

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