Learn what makes GlaxoSmithKline a winner

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It’s hard enough to win one award, let alone two, but GlaxoSmithKline did just that when the company excelled in the 2013 European Supply Chain Excellence Awards.

Having impressed the judges, GSK was named winner of both the Health & Pharmaceutical and Sourcing & Procurement categories at the prestigious event.

In April, global category leader in R&D procurement there, Trevor Reay, will discuss just how GSK achieved the dual win at the Logistics and Supply Chain Conference.

Companies entering the Awards, which are organised by Supply Chain Standard in association with PwC, have to go through a rigorous three-stage judging process, consisting of a written submission, face to face presentation and final C-Level scrutiny panel.

Reay will touch on how GSK’s awards entries demonstrated leading transformation, having created innovative step-change in performance within its supply chain.

He will also discuss the changes made at GSK, which led the company to enter the awards in the first place.

Other winners of the 2013 European Supply Chain Excellence Awards present at the Logistics and Supply Chain Conference include Argos, Telefónica UK, and Costa Express.

Supply Chain Standard’s 12th Logistics & Supply Chain Conference (formerly the Extended Supply Chain Conference) brings together supply chain leaders from around Europe to analyse latest industry developments, share ideas, and network with like-minded professionals.

Sue McGeorge, GB supply chain director at Diageo, will focus on achieving operational improvements in her opening presentation at the event.

Diageo, of course, is responsible for some of the world’s most iconic brands including Guinness, Johnnie Walker, Gordon’s gin, Hennessy cognac, and Blossom Hill wines.

McGeorge will consider how best to engage staff and ensure they are on board with operational changes, as well as asking if supply chain leaders spent too much time focusing on cost reduction, to the detriment of improvement and investment in their supply chains?

Attendees will also hear from companies including, Diageo, Dell, and Shop Direct, on how to drive growth and improvements across the supply chain, tackling challenges along the way.

Forecasting strategies will be the topic of debate between Travis Perkins, Nestlé, and Logility, during an interactive panel discussion.

Workshops hosted by Delaware Consulting, Demand Solutions, BSI, TXT e-solutions, Voiteq, and Vocollect, among others, will offer attendees an opportunity to join peers in discussing industry developments and best practice.

Pandora, Greencore Group, Premier Farnell, Cranfield University, and Philips will also be present at the conference to share their very own case studies and advice.

And the event will be chaired by two of the industry’s great professionals, Richard Hunt, chairman of London Ambulance, and Hugh Williams, of Hughenden Consulting, who are renowned for bringing out the best in debate.

Supply Chain Standard’s Logistics and Supply Chain Conference takes place at ETC Dexter House in London from 2-3 April 2014.

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