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Case studies from Award winning supply chains, presentations from industry leaders and a tiny computer that is taking the world by storm. It must be Supply Chain Standard’s 12th annual Logistics & Supply Chain Conference.

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The Raspberry Pi has gone from zero to two million sales in less than two years. It is a credit-card sized computer that costs just £30 – and it is not just interesting from an educational perspective, the supply chain is also turning heads. Perhaps that’s not surprising for a product that came out of the University of Cambridge’s Computer Laboratory.

Jonathan Hardie, global head of manufacturing for Raspberry Pi at Premier Farnell, will be revealing the thinking behind the strategy at the Logistics and Supply Chain Conference which takes place in London in April.

In particular, he will be considering the pros and cons of on-shoring – one of the hot topics in supply chain in recent years.

What are the key benefits to the supply chain of on-shored manufacturing – and do greater visibility and decreased lead times outweigh the disadvantages of increased costs?  Anyone choosing to manufacture in Europe has to deal with skills issues – are European countries able to provide the skilled personnel required to deliver on-shore products? And is it worth it – does Made in the UK increase the commercial performance of a particular product?

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.

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

Winners of the 2013 European Supply Chain Excellence Awards will be talking about what it takes to make world beating supply chains 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.

It’s a uniquely testing process, and makes the awards uniquely worth winning. Winning companies speaking at the conference include: GSK, Argos, Telefónica UK, and Costa Express.

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 own case studies and advice.

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Sue McGeorge
Having joined Diageo as demand planning director, GB supply chain, in 2012, Sue McGeorge was promoted to GB supply chain director after just five months. She has previously worked for Automotive Products, and held a number of senior roles at Kimberly-Clark.
McGeorge will kick off the event with a presentation on how to drive operational improvements across the entire supply chain.

Sean O’Reilly
Dell’s EMEA logistics director, Sean O’Reilly, will give delegates his advice on how to use the supply chain to maximise outcomes for their customers.

Paul Miller
Director of inbound logistics at Shop Direct, Paul Miller, joined the firm in 2004 as head of procurement, from his role of strategic purchasing manager at WH Smith. He currently manages all sea freight, rail, and road operations within the Shop Direct Group, to successfully deliver product from around the globe.

Alan Duncan
Alan Duncan will join the conference’s panel discussion, touching on Travis Perkins’ own experience in predicting the future. Having joined the company in May 2012 as director of product supply, Duncan has around 20 years of experience as a supply chain professional. He is currently responsible for the management and improvement of global end-to-end supply chain at Travis Perkins, covering areas such as sales and operations planning, and new product introduction and distribution.

David Sheldon
With 24 years of experience within the industry, David Sheldon began his career as transport manager for Kodak, where he was responsible for buying European and International freight services.
Having since worked for Aldi, Safeway, and the Institute of Grocery Distribution, he was named supply chain development manager at Nestle in July 2007.
Sheldon now specialises in the overall supply chain, from supply chain innovation and strategy development, to business case development and team effectiveness facilitation.
He joins the 12th Logistics & Supply Chain Conference to take part in the panel discussion, sharing his experiences in forecasting strategies.

Sven Arnauts
Business development and marketing manager at Delaware Consulting, Sven Arnauts covers a range of strategic marketing, such as advertising, corporate branding, campaign management, and product development.
He also handles all cost management, performance management, and IT-chargeback for the consulting giant.
Arnauts will head one of the interactive workshop sessions at the conference, focusing on how to use cost-to-serve analytics as a strategic competitive advantage.
He will look at how a shared supply chain is a win-win for everyone, delivering a global cost to serve project.

Timothy Welch
The Integrated Business Planning workshop will be held by managing director EMEA of Demand Solutions, Timothy Welch.
Welch has 17 years of experience in sales, pre-sales, training and implementing Demand Solutions products, having worked with more than 100 companies across multiple industries, including manufacturing, distribution, FMCG, pharmaceutical, retail, and service parts.
During his workshop session he will focus on explaining the difference between IBP and S&OP,  to help attendees decide whether the transition is right for their business.

Jonathan Ogg
Senior consultant at TXT e-solutions, Jonathan Ogg will join a senior supply chain representative at Greencore Group, to host the Improving efficiency in the Supply Chain workshop.
The two will present a case study of their partnership, looking at how Greencore are continuously improving their end-to-end supply chain through better planning and decision support.

Bernard Molloy
Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Bernard Molloy has more than 40 years of experience in managing and strategically advising companies in the warehousing, logistics and materials handling industries.
He has been working as global industrial logistics director at Unipart Logistics’ Aftermarket division since January 2011, where he focuses on strategically driving and winning new business in the industrial and automotive sectors.
Unipart Aftermarket Logistics employs more than 1,200 people in 12 countries, serving clients in the automotive sector such as Jaguar Land Rover.
At the event, Molloy will discuss all supply chain management and outsourcing within the company.

Trevor Reay
Global category leader, R&D Procurement, at GlaxoSmithKline, Trevor Reay, will present the first of the conference’s European Supply Chain Excellence Awards Winners sessions.
GlaxoSmithKline won the awards for both Health & Pharmaceuticals and Sourcing & Procurement at last year’s ceremony on November 6 at the London Hilton Park Lane hotel.
Reay will discuss how efficient change and project management resulted in added value, improved quality, and reduced costs at GSK, in turn helping the company impress the awards judges.
He joined GSK in January 2013, after spending some four years as director of group procurement at Dairy Crest.
In his current role, Reay focuses on leading the creation, execution and management of comprehensive global sourcing strategies while managing, directing and developing a professional procurement team.

Lasith Perera
Lasith Perera will take to the stage in April to discuss Argos’ Retail & E-Tail win at the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards.
As head of imports at the company, Perera will examine the progress in Argos’ import development agenda, which focused on three key business objectives; vendor management, stock & supply chain efficiency, and process and practice.

Nicola McGroarty
Nicola McGroarty will represent another of the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards’ dual winners, Telefónica UK.
Telefónica was named both Hi-Tech, Communications & Electronics winner, and Customer Service & Support winner last November.
Head of supply chain at the company, McGroarty will discuss Telefónica’s work at improving customer satisfaction, and the overall user experience, all while focusing on supply chain across the business.

Chris Clowes
Supply Chain Manager at Costa Enterprises, Chris Clowes, will talk about how the coffee giant won the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards Technology category. Clowes joined Costa in April 2012, from his role as head of supply chain at Medco Health Solutions. He has also previously held senior roles at Norbert Dentressangle. Heading a highly engaged and knowledgeable team, his responsibilities include the end-to-end supply chain management of ingredients for more than 6,000 dispense points, spare parts and machines for Costa Express.

Michael Bourlakis
Michael Bourlakis is a professor in logistics & supply chain management at Cranfield School of Management, where he also heads the Supply Chain Research Centre.
He joined Cranfield in September 2013, from his role of professor in supply chain management at Brunel Business School.
He has previously also worked at the University of Kent, Brunel University, Newcastle University, and Oxford University Templeton College.

Jonathan Hardie
Global head of manufacturing for Raspberry Pi at Premier Farnell, Jonathan Hardie, will present a case study at the conference.
Responsible for the development of key relationships at the company, Hardie ensures delivery of Premier Farnell’s global Raspberry Pi strategy in terms of margin, sales and market share.
He takes responsibility for the delivery of on time, on cost, and on quality production, to meet the forecasted demand of global business units and to develop and recommend strategic sourcing decisions.
During his presentation “On-Shoring- Does it Make Supply Chain Sense?”, he will focus on the key benefits of on-shored manufacturing within the supply chain.

Jim Gallagher
Director of physical distribution and customer care at Philips, Jim Gallagher, will take to the stage at this year’s event to present his presentation, “Reducing Costs in the Supply Chain”.
He will focus on identifying areas of excess waste and unnecessary cost in the supply chain, touching on how to remove cost without reducing quality of product or customer service.

Hugh Williams
Managing director of Hughenden Consulting, Hugh Williams, will chair day one of the 12th Logistics & Supply Chain Conference.
With more than 25 years of experience as a supply chain consultant, Williams launched international consultancy Hughenden Consulting in 2001, with a focus on supply chain planning.
The company offers its services in both consultancy and education in English, French, Spanish, and German, throughout 25 countries around the world.
As well as directing and managing Hughenden, Williams mentors executives himself, helping them manage, and even profit, from organisational complexity within their supply chain.
He has previously spoken for professional organisations around Europe, including the Danish Purchase and Logistics Association, the Institute of French Motor Manufacturers, and the Supply Chain Management Forum in Finland.

Richard Hunt CBE
Chairman of the London Ambulance Service, Richard Hunt CBE, will be chairing day-two of the Logistics & Supply Chain conference.
He will be on hand to both introduce and support speakers throughout the day, as well as welcoming network opportunities from attendees during the designated breaks.
Before joining the London Ambulance Service in 2009, Hunt was formerly the international president of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
He has experience extending across the aviation, logistics, international oil and brewing sectors, having also worked as chief executive of Aviance, and chief executive of Exel Logistics Europe.
He has also served as a non-executive on the Highways Agency Advisory Board, and was appointed CBE for services to logistics and transport in the 2004 New Year Honours.

Where and When?

Supply Chain Standard’s Logistics and Supply Chain Conference takes place at: ETC Dexter House, No.2 Royal Mint Court, Tower Hill, London EC3N 4QN. From 2-3 April 2014.

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