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It’s an understatement to describe the events that logisticians have faced recently as “turbulence” – what with volcanoes, earthquakes and economic uncertainty. But is this going to be the new “normal” and how do you structure supply chains to deal with constant and unpredictable change?

One of the UK’s leading thinkers on supply chain, Professor Alan Braithwaite will be analysing the issue at the Logistics Manager conference which takes place next week at the National Exhibition Centre.

In the session, entitled, Trends, issues and challenges in Supply Chain Management and Logistics for 2011 and beyond, Professor Braithwaite which is chairman of LCP Consulting and Visiting Professor Cranfield School of Management, will look at the landscape of opportunities and what companies are doing by sector, as well as considering the challenges for logistics going forward.

Other sessions include:

Customer driven supply chain – responding to new distribution requirements and customer needs.
Chris Dyson, head of supply chain south west Europe, Nokia Siemens Networks.

Reverse Logistics – managing costs, cashing in on benefits.
Isolating the business drivers for reverse logistics and the impact that e-commerce has had on managing the costs of returns? Home based vs stores based delivery and returns; maximising the efficiency of warehousing strategies for maximum cost-savings.
Ian Rusher, head of global reverse logistics, Cisco; Senior representative, ASDA; chair: Professor John Cullen, associate dean for knowledge exchange, University of Sheffield.

Eco-friendly logistics – evaluating costs, illuminating benefits.
Green fleets of the future what’s on the horizon? Managing the costs of “green” distribution; reducing food miles with competitor collaboration.
Chair: Roddy Martin, SVP Global Supply Chain, CCI.

RFID Benchmarking improved warehouse operations and inventory control.
Harris Makatsoris, senior lecturer manufacturing and engineering systems, Brunel University.

Increasing Collaboration with Suppliers And Customers To Manage Transport Costs More Effectively
Working more closely with your partners to identify opportunities for further cost reduction

The Logistics Manager conference takes place at Logistics Link Live at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham from 8th to 9th June.

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