20 - 22 May, 2019
Hotel Palace Berlin, Germany

Post-Conference Workshops

8:30 am - 9:00 am COFFEE & REGISTRATION

Digital Supply Chain

9:00 am - 10:30 am Workshop A: How is machine learning and AI making the most business impacts in logistics and supply chain
This practical workshop will explore how intelligent algorithms are helping to make processes along the supply chains smarter and more effective. 
•What are the key areas where AI and machine learning are continuously being explored in logistics and supply chain? 
•Sharing business application examples in the fields like predictive analytics and algorithm based risk management
•How is AI fast becoming an effective tool for decision making in today’s companies  

Transportation and Logistics Innovation

9:00 am - 10:30 am Workshop B: Examining global political and economical events and their impact on your supply network design and global supply chain
•Opportunities and challenges from China’s One Belt One Road strategy
•International political events that might impact your global and regional trading strategy 
•Impact of BREXIT on your European supply chain 
Johan Nanninga, CEO at Guangzhou Port (Europe) BV

Johan Nanninga

Guangzhou Port (Europe) BV

Planning & Operational Excellence

9:00 am - 10:30 am Workshop C: What gets measured gets done: measuring performance (on the board level) through your supply chain
Jørgen has dedicated 40 years of his career in developing best in class supply chains that make real business impact on the board level. He will share his key insights in this workshop: 
•How to measure your performance towards your customers and link it all the way back to key parts of your supply chain 
•Implementing KPIs that are linked to customer satisfaction and delivery 
•Implementing SCOR model on planning forecasting 
•The pyramid model of KPI development 
•What are the other relevant measurement levers through the supplier chain on the operational level, tactical and the board of directors level
Jørgen Skaarup, Support and Integration Officer, Former VP, supply chain and production at Tulip Food Company

Jørgen Skaarup

Support and Integration Officer, Former VP, supply chain and production
Tulip Food Company


11:00 am - 12:30 pm Workshop D: Leverage data and analytics to enhance decision making in supply chain management

  • Digital transformation from the perspective of a Logistics Service Provider: Ahlers made a strategic choice to go “digital” ca. 3 years ago, what steps have we taken since then and what have we learned?
  • Maturity curve of becoming a data-driven logistics player: from historical data analysis towards “Digital Twins”
  • Examples and case studies on big data analytics to support logistics network optimization and transport procurement
  • The added value of big data analytics in Horizontal Collaboration and transport capacity sharing incl. some new innovative showcases. How can this be applied in your company?
  • Introduction of a new European research project for use of real-time data analytics, forecasting and machine learning to optimize collaborative logistics networks
  • CO2 calculation and reduction in logistics networks: what are some new evolutions in this domain?
Sven Verstrepen, Head of Supply Network Innovation & Analytics at Ahlers

Sven Verstrepen

Head of Supply Network Innovation & Analytics

11:00 am - 12:30 pm Workshop E: Developing competitive International transportation strategies for the next 10 years

International transportation strategies are impacted by global political environment, regional protectionism and many other factors. With international transportation market dynamics continue to shift, having an optimized strategy could mean significant cost and delivery advantages. This workshop will share key considerations for developing effective international transportation strategies for the next 10 years.  
•What are the key trends and dynamics in the international transportation market? 
•A balanced strategy between 3PL vs. working directly with the carriers 
•Benchmarking sea freight and costs and effectiveness and manage the right fright mix
Sami Nazar, Category Manager International Transportation at Decathlon

Sami Nazar

Category Manager International Transportation

11:00 am - 12:30 pm Workshop F: Integrated Business Planning in the Retail Sector

·         Application of IBP in the Retail sector – a growing trend
·         Assessment of your process maturity
·         Practical approach to implementation
Birgit Breitschuh, Managing Associate at Oliver Wight

Birgit Breitschuh

Managing Associate
Oliver Wight

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm LUNCH & NETWORKING

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Workshop G: Answering the logistics dilemma with automation: Key success factors for logistics and warehouse automation & optimisation

Booming Ecommerce and global trading are putting tremendous strains on supply chains, from freight to parcel handling to last-mile delivery. As logistics industry continue to struggle with a shrinking workforce, the reality is that robotics & automation is rapidly becoming the answer to meet these challenges in the world of logistics.
•Deploying autonomous mobile robots and automatic storage systems in smart warehouse
•Implement track & trace technologies and advanced supply chain software to enable speedy, safe and error-free distribution
•What are the key success factors in implementing robotics and automation in logistics and warehouse? 

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Workshop H: IOT and smart container technologies providing end-to-end supply chain visibility

•Replacing checkpoint based track and trace system with smart cargo technologies that provides end-to-end visibility 
•What are the IOT based technologies for supply chain management? 

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Workshop I: A practical approach to improve demand forecasting accuracy from 70% to over 85%: Sharing experiences and lessons learned from the world's largest dairy farm company

Volume and products have been the key areas of focus when it comes to forecasting, yet it’s no longer sufficient in today’s competitive low margin retail industry. It is vital for supply chain managers to take into consideration the bottom line and financial impacts on the business. This insightful and practical session will provide key factors for forecasting accuracy supported by real life case studies. 
•Establishing a forecast with finance on margins and net profits to make sure you have the accurate level of product mix 
•Understanding the importance of differentiating between gross & net volumes and their impact on business
•Stepping ahead of the classical method of forecasting on a quantity basis to financial forecasting
•Forecasting for new products: a bottom up approach to ensure any potential risk is considered and mitigated
Mustafa Siddiqui, Sales & Operations Planning Manager at AlSafi Danone

Mustafa Siddiqui

Sales & Operations Planning Manager
AlSafi Danone


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Workshop J: From EDI to blockchain: how to drive a smart digital supply chain

Leading companies have been using systems like electronic data interchange (EDI) and XML messaging trying to maintain information continuity across system and enterprise boundaries. As limitations arise, this session explores how blockchain could provide secure and reliable supply chain from origin to end users.

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Workshop K: Rethink your last mile delivery strategy

The demand for instant delivery services (one-hour, one-day delivery) has been rapidly increasing, and this has generated significant needs for optimizing the supply chain, especially on the last mile delivery. 
•Redeveloping your last mile/city logistics strategies for faster delivery 
•Warehouse and fulfillment centre planning across Europe 
•Is self service a sufficient solution for your customers?

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Workshop L: Developing a true omni-channel supply chain

This interactive session will look into some of the world’s leading omni-channel supply chains including Apple, Amazon, Nespresso and Telsa to understand what omni-channel looks like and how to get there. 
•What does the customer journey and process look behind omni-channel supply chains 
•Achieving  ATAWAD (Anytime, anywhere, any device): Where do you need to invest to provide customers with the choice? 
•A balance of customer centricity vs. cost effectiveness: Having a long term view and strategy 
•How to overcome the complexity and keep the customer journey flowing
•Identifying the pitfalls – where are omni-channel programmes likely to fail and how to overcome them? 
Joël Plat, Former Commercial Director at Apple Retail

Joël Plat

Former Commercial Director
Apple Retail

4:30 pm - 4:35 pm End of workshop day