Sunday 17th Dec 2017 - Logistics Manager

Table your views

Complexity, strategic sourcing, partnerships, change management, planning, execution, fulfilment, rfid compliance… I could go on. These are all pertinent and pressing issues affecting those individuals charged with the efficient running of their company’s supply chains. And every business has its own set of peculiarities which can instil a sense of isolation in the responsible party.

But these challenges are common to most commercial and public enterprises. Much can be gleaned through open discussion between like minded professionals, perhaps those from within the same sector, but often, more interestingly, from a broader group operating in a field outside the sector but tackling the same problems with a unique approach – a fresh angle or dimension.

Networking can be an enriching experience delivering value by challenging the preconceived notions we all hold. A different view point can be both thought provoking and rewarding.

It’s for this reason that Logistics Europe has embarked upon a series of Round Table events with the aim of bringing together six to eight practitioners around a table, at a suitable venue, to discuss common issues. The first will be held at Gordon Ramsey’s Restaurant at Claridges in early June and will be organised in association with IBM and Intentia. The findings from these Round Table events will then be reported in the pages of Logistics Europe.

Although these Round Table discussions will be by invitation only, I would be delighted to hear from senior supply chain practitioners who would like to be considered for our guest list – and as there will be a number of these events over the next twelve months don’t be disappointed if you don’t hear back from us for a little while. Our aim is to create a pool of willing individuals, from a wide variety of sectors, keen to discuss these common issues. We would then invite an appropriate mix to an event.

Of course, we realise that the timing of a Round Table event may not suit your diary, but then we will be holding a number of them.

If you would like to be a participant at one of our Round Table events please email me at nickallen@uktpl.com with the subject line ‘Round Table Events’, giving your contact details, position and very brief company profile. Or if you would like to be a sponsor for one of our Round Tables, please contact bernardsteel@uktpl.com

Nick Allen, Editor