Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Still Time to Book for Logistics Professionals at New Year Supply Chain Conference

Singapore Event Will Focus on Risk and Preparedness
Shipping News Feature

SINGAPORE – WORLDWIDE – 22 - 24 January 2014 will see many representatives from the logistics field gather at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel for a conference staged by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). The event will tackle the challenging issues facing today’s logistics managers as they confront unforeseeable events and hazards. The conference will examine supply chain risk, discuss strategies to improve resilience, and prepare industry management professionals to deal more effectively with the unexpected. A line-up of many of the world’s leading expert supply chain and logistics practitioners from globally-recognised brands will share their experiences and solutions with delegates.

Singapore was once again chosen as the venue for this important event due to its ever-growing dominance in logistics throughout the Asia region. The World Bank ranked Singapore as the number one logistics hub of 155 countries in its latest Logistics Performance Index, while Singapore’s location at the confluence of major shipping lanes has led 20 of the top 25 global logistics players to open operations there, many with regional or global headquarters. ‘Doing Business 2013’ (a series of annual reports by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation), found Singapore to be the world's most conducive economy for business for the seventh consecutive year, based on analysis of regulations affecting ten key aspects of business activity.

The event is being supported by AmCham Singapore, Future-Ready Singapore, EDB Singapore, and Supply Chain Asia and the opening keynote speaker is Stephen E. Lovejoy, Senior Vice President, Asia, Global Channels and Global Store Development Supply Chain for Starbucks Coffee Company. Typical of today’s major shippers, Starbucks depends upon a successful supply chain to serve the group’s 19,000 outlets spread throughout 63 countries, precisely the number of territories which hosts the CSCMP’s own 9,000+ strong membership.

Leading the numerous break-out sessions will be other renowned experts such as Edward Hunter (VP Asia Product Supply for Procter and Gamble), Karen Reddington (FedEx Regional VP South Pacific) and elite logisticians representing Estée Lauder, Intel, Caterpillar, MIT-Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation, YCH, Hewlett-Packard, The Walt Disney Company, Cargill Ocean Transportation, McDonald's Corporation and Diageo. CSCMP CEO Rick Blasgen is enthused by the forthcoming event and commented:

“With such a great line-up of the world’s most practiced logisticians, and set in the vibrant business centre that is Singapore, this second conference promises to be a true education for all who attend. There are so many unforeseeable factors that can devastate a supply chain, natural disasters, sudden currency devaluations, infrastructure breakdowns, civil unrest, supplier failures and government macroeconomic actions. And with today’s businesses relying more than ever before on revenue from global markets, they have never been so vulnerable. Our conference will provide delegates with a rare opportunity to identify potential problems, and hear first-hand how leading experts have confronted and successfully dealt with them. As such, this must be one of the best reasons in a long time for a supply chain or logistics manager to leave his office!”

Some places remain available, with concessionary rates for CSCMP members and students. Full conference details and bookings can be obtained HERE with hotel accommodation offers HERE. 25,000 professionals attended CSCMP organised events in 2012 and some sponsorship opportunities at the event also remain. For companies wishing to raise their profiles among a select audience of supply chain practitioners contact Chuck M. Martinez at +1 305.661.2896 or for more information.