About ‘practical approach for supply chain stress relief’ DigiConnenct

Being part of an industry constantly challenged by external factors can be massively challenging, yet also rewarding. In 2020/21, our industry rose to the challenges presented by the global pandemic of COVID-19 and the hard, but necessary lockdowns, yet again. After an initial blip of stockouts borne through panic buying, supplies flowed, and critical/essential items remained available. Our thanks to all of you who put yourselves on the frontline to keep us moving. The imposed lockdowns changed buyer behavior, likely forever. eCommerce channels have experienced massive upshifts in demand through 2020. The B2C online shopping model of smaller, more frequent, and faster shipments is in even greater demand, and in pursuit of market share, the logistics service providers (LSPs), need to adapt, again.

The industry must focus on customer-centricity now, but what does that really mean? During this conversation we’ll uncover:

  • What does supply chain stress mean from the retailer, manufacturer, and 3PL perspectives?
  • How to leverage technology for greater visibility and processing
  • The different business cases for investing in supply chain visibility
  • The challenge of data accumulation and processing
  • People Vs automation in the field of warehouse and logistics operations

Benefits of Attending

  • Identify the supply chain stress and steps that you can take to adapt your supply chain operations to be fit for now and the future
  • Establish end to end visibility to predict demand in an uncertain world
  • Learn to leverage technology for greater visibility and processing

Agenda

Gulf Standard Time (GMT +4) Activity
14:00 – 14:05 Opening remarks from Great Minds Group
14:05 –14:15 Introduction and overview

  • Andre Verdier, Managing Director Middle East, Blue Yonder
14:15– 14:55 Roundtable discussion: Focusing on customer centricity
Hosted by Jim Bralsford, Industry Strategy Director, Blue Yonder

  • What does supply chain stress mean from the Retailer, Manufacturer, and 3PL perspectives?
  • How to leverage technology for greater visibility and processing
  • The different business cases for investing in supply chain visibility
  • The challenge of data accumulation and processing
  • People Vs automation in the field of warehouse and logistics operations

Panelists:

  • Mohsen Ahmad, Chief Executive Officer, Logistics District, Dubai South
  • Mohsen Ahmad, Chief Executive Officer, Logistics District, Dubai South
  • Jerin Jacob, Advisor, Business Strategy, Strategic Management, Abu Dhabi Polymers Co Ltd
  • Mohammed Al-Khateb, Consumer Packaged Goods Segment Director Middle East & Africa, Schneider Electric
  • Walaa Maher, General Manager, Logistics & Warehousing, RAK Ceramics PJSC
  • Prakash Rao, Group Head – Supply Chain Projects & Home Operations, Landmark Group
14:55 – 15:00 Closing remarks from the session Moderator

  • Andre Verdier, Managing Director Middle East, Blue Yonder

Speakers

Mohsen Ahmad

Chief Executive Officer, Logistics District, Dubai South

Mohsen Ahmad oversees Dubai South’s entire Logistics District as its chief executive officer. Having set up its free zone and established the Dubai Logistics Corridor, which connects Jebel Ali Port with Al Maktoum International Airport via a single, custom-bonded zone, Mohsen leads the overall execution of the district’s operations, manages its financial planning, and is responsible for setting the district’s strategic directions and goals. He was also instrumental in laying the groundwork for future developments to ensure the district’s sustainable growth.

Anticipating the rapid growth of e-commerce and witnessing the growing number of international and regional movers in Dubai, Mohsen championed the development of EZDubai, a purpose built e-commerce hub that supports the growth of the sector through state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure within the Logistics District. Additionally, as an industry veteran, he played an instrumental role in developing Dubai’s overall e-commerce strategy to consolidate the emirate’s position as a hub for global e-commerce.

Andre Verdier

Managing Director Middle East, Blue Yonder

As an experienced IT, Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management professional, André Verdier is the Managing Director of Blue Yonder Software in the Middle East. His career spans more than 40 years where he held senior management positions in highly reputed companies such as Hewlett Packard, AT&T, General Electric, i2 Technologies, DHL, Itsalat International Company, MRM-Global Ltd and Innova Supply Chain.

He is also a regular speaker in Supply Chain, Logistics and Procurement conferences, Universities, Management Schools, trainings and seminars international. As Consulting Practice Lead for the Hi-Tech, Automotive & Industrial, Telecom and CPG industries he worked closely with the development teams to design, create and implement bespoke customer Supply Chain visibility solutions.

Andre’s consulting and Supply Chain Management experience includes sectors such as Electronics, IT, Computer Manufacturing, Telecommunications, Semiconductors, Consumer electronics, Logistics and Transportation, Automotive, Oil and Gas, Manufacturing Industry, Software Development, Pharmaceutical, Medical Equipment and FMCG. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation (CILT) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).

Prakash Rao

Group Head – Supply Chain Projects & Home Operations, Landmark Group

Prakash Rao is the Group Head Supply Chain for Projects of the Landmark Group’s Retail Division, the group is the largest non-food retailer in the GCC/Middle East region with brands that are household names across multiple categories such as fashion, footwear, furniture and electronics.

Prakash has 27 years of experience in the different domains of supply chain and has worked in diverse industries including FMCG &Retail, Engineering, Consumer Durables etc. He has overseen SCM activities at the strategic level with rich experience in Planning, Operations, IT Applications, Projects, Automation and SC Process Transformations. Before joining Landmark Group , he has worked in blue- chip companies like L&T, Asian Paints, PepsiCo and Marico in India.

Prakash joined the Landmark Group in 2003 and has been a part of several strategic projects of the group heading the Supply Chain – Projects Function.

In his current role, Prakash heads the Supply Chain Projects Division and leads all the projects across Landmark’s middle east retail businesses including building automated warehousing facilities for the group, DC infrastructure, digital SC application initiatives and getting the supply chain ready for the growing e commerce trade. He also heads the business development activities for the 3 PL division of Landmark Group – OMEGA Logistics”

Jim Bralsford

Industry Strategy Director, Blue Yonder

Jim joined Blue Yonder in February 2021 to continue his 20+ year career in supporting 3PL and supply chain solutions. His experience includes working for organisations in UK, EMEA, Asia-Pacific and Global roles, leading sales and solutions teams, to Senior Vice President level; notably with Unipart, Exel, Ceva and most recently E2open. An adept event organiser and regular contributor, moderator and speaker at industry conferences across the region, Jim will chair our discussion, enabling positive dialog on the matters at hand.

Mohammed Al-Khateb

Consumer Packaged Goods Segment Director Middle East & Africa, Schneider Electric

Experienced Middle East & Africa Regional segment leader food and beverages, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical, Consumer packaged goods, consult industry for digital transformation ,with a demonstrated history of working in the electrical and electronic manufacturing industry. Skilled in IIOT Industry 4.0 MES Process automation Dairy sugar beverage Pharma industry, Process Control, Control Systems Design, Process Automation, SCADA, and Switchgear. Strong management professional with a MBA international management from Geneva Business Schools.

Who Will Attend the ‘Practical Approach for Supply Chain Stress Relief’ DigiConnect?

The below job titles from Middle East’s 3PL, retail & manufacturing (CPG/F&B) sector

  • CxO
  • Head, Director, VP of
    • Forecast
    • Supply Chain
    • IT
    • Warehouse Management System
    • Transportation Management System
    • Logistics
    • Operations

About Blue Yonder

Blue Yonder is the world leader in digital supply chain and omni-channel commerce fulfillment. Our intelligent, end-to-end platform enables retailers, manufacturers and logistics providers to seamlessly predict, pivot and fulfill customer demand. With Blue Yonder, you can make more automated, profitable business decisions that deliver greater growth and re-imagined customer experiences. Blue Yonder – Fulfill your PotentialTM. Learn more at https://blueyonder.com/

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