Global technology leader sets out strategy to reduce supply chain costs

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Reducing costs a critical task in supply chain and finding innovative approaches is not easy. So how do industry leaders do it? Find out from Jim Gallagher, director of physical distribution and customer care, from Philips, the global leader in healthcare, consumer lifestyle and lighting.

Gallagher will look at how to remove cost without reducing quality of product or customer service when he speaks at the Logistics & Supply Chain conference in London in April.

In addition, he will be identifying areas of excess waste and unnecessary cost in the supply chain. He will also consider the question of whether it is right to focus on cost, or should more attention be paid to continuous improvement strategies and improved service efficiencies?

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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