23-24 October 2018

The Address Hotel,
Dubai Mall, UAE



23-24 October 2018: Dubai, UAE


Day 1 | 23rd Oct 2018

0900 Registration & Coffee
0925 Welcome Remarks by Conference Chairperson:
  • Developing the ability to sense adapt and serve today’s highly volatile and complex demand chains.
  • Essentials of planning process to minimize the impacts of variability.
  • Mastering the art of dramatically compressing lead times and working capital requirements

  • Building a high-performing supply chain via engagement, commitment and collaboration among all departments.
  • Minimising redundancies, poor communication, lack of trust and departments that are pitted against one another.
  • Identifying and reinforcing the significance and business benefits of alignment, cross-functional management and effective teamwork.

1100 – 1130 Refreshment break & Networking
  • Best strategies for use of analytics to improve performance in Manufacturing Planning & Control in both the process and discrete manufacturing environments.
  • Building a focus on operational level analytics using historical performance and real-time status information.
  • Developing alternative solutions based on planned versus actual information variances and live scenario description.
  • Tracking signals to all sales channels to provide deeper insight, depth, breadth and scope
  • Assigning tracking signals to every sales channel and possible conversion source
  • Better understanding target audience behavior and what small changes can be made for healthier conversion rates
1300 - 1430 Networking & Lunch Break
  • Transportation and shipping costs represent one of the largest spend categories for companies.
  • Sourcing and managing this category is very complex for many reasons, including effectively managing various modes of transportation, inbound Consignments from suppliers, outbound to customers, ongoing volatility in fuel costs and a dynamic supplier base…
  • Cost management on this is a key imperative for every supply chain manager
  • The Supply Chain Operations Reference model as a framework that enables users to address, improve, and communicate supply chain management practices.
  • SCOR as a management tool and a reference model for end-to-end supply chain management and its applications for capturing business activities, satisfying customer demand, analyzing the supply chain, and much more.
  • How can you apply the SCOR framework to improve inventory turns, increase system implementation speed, and support organizational learning goals?
1600 – 1630 Refreshment break
  • Meeting the heightened expectations of digitally savvy customers through differentiation and innovation
  • Creating a seamless journey that reflects how customer want to shop across devices and channels: browsing, seeking peer influence, comparing prices
  • Fostering better shopping experiences and streamline a vast matrix of interactions
  • Evolving from a customer service to customer centric mentality
1715 Closing remarks and end of day 1

Day 2 | 24th Oct 2018

0900 Registration & Coffee
0925 Welcome Remarks by Conference Chairperson:
0930 – 1015 Supplier Lifecycle Management: A Growing Sourcing and Procurement Trend
  • Proactively ensuring supplier compliance to corporate standards, policies, and regulatory requirements
  • Encouraging supplier development to cultivate a high-performing and collaborative supply-base
  • Accelerating innovation in lifecycle management through a cross-pollination of ideas among business partners
  • Understanding the role indirect procurement plays within both a supply chain organization and the larger company as a whole
  • Discussing how indirect procurement differs from other SCM disciplines in its approach to risk, visibility, flexibility, cost control, and relationship building over time
  • Making the business case that indirect procurement should have a larger voice in the decisionmaking process of supply chain strategies
  • How do you improve processes and performance in the work that supports every other aspect of the business without causing?
1100 – 1130 Refreshment break
  • Driving regional requirements within a broader global/national supply chain eco-system
  • Tangible benefits of process automation and robotics
  • Debating the pros and cons of insourcing and outsourcing
  • Process automation as a bridge to future state design and ultimately, Supply Chain as a Service
  • Unifying data from disparate channels for a more holistic view of performance
  • Making better predictions to control spending and increase returns
  • Understanding the relationship between online and in-store behaviour, shopper journey analytics no matter the path to purchase
  • Embedding machine learning algorithms in legacy systems
1300 – 1430 Networking Lunch
  • What is a Cognitive Enterprise, and how can AI solutions change the way businesses function?
  • Discussing cognitive analytics and best practice in implementation of a Cognitive Enterprise Data Lake
  • Mapping out the journey of a Cognitive Enterprise: What are the new supply chain capabilities and the business value being driven?
  • Developing innovative solutions for efficient logistics and fleet management.
  • Real-time visibility and data to optimize procedures and processes, maintaining product integrity, optimizing shelflife, reducing losses and insurance risk across the supply chain.
  • Address key challenges related to safety and regulatory compliance, driver monitoring, insurance and infrastructure.
1600 – 1630 Refreshment break
  • Ensuring seamless, simplified and reliable international delivery services
  • Customer is king: selecting partners, 3PLs and carriers that meet customer expectation and drive market share
  • Maintaining brand prestige when working with multiple transportation partners
  • Assessing production processes, technology and methods of processing
1715 Closing remarks and end of CONFERENCE