Educational sessions

APICS Asia Supply Chain & Operations 2013 attendees have the opportunity to learn from thought leaders and expert practitioners from North America and around the world. You will have access to the best in supply chain and operations management strategy and leadership, planning and execution, and long-range and immediate technological solutions.

Group sessions will be followed by facilitated small group discussions and breakout sessions that present
more detailed and in-depth information on the topics.

The educational program will feature the best of APICS speakers. The program includes concurrent sessions to choose from as well as general sessions, and the very popular APICS World Café. In two short days, the conference will address the fields’ most critical challenges including

 

  • Business analytics
  • Collaboration
  • Cost reduction
  • Multilocal operations
  • Outcome driven innovation

 

  • Responsiveness
  • Risk and resiliency
  • Segmentation
  • Supply chain innovation
  • Sustainability

 

 

Thursday, 4 April

11:00–12:15
Business Continuity Planning
Gregory L. Schlegel, CPIM                                                                                                   
Adjunct Professor, Supply Chain Risk Management
Lehigh University

Ballroom 1

We all have become acutely aware of how external conditions can severely affect businesses and supply chains. Business continuity planning (BCP) is a set of strategies to help businesses prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from a crisis. Attendees will take home new methodologies, techniques, and tactics to effectively build and manage BCP programs in their organizations. Attend this session to learn new metrics of BCP success, including value at risk, time to recovery, and the resiliency index.

Key concepts: business analytics, responsiveness, risk and resiliency

11:00–12:15
Collaborating For Better Business
Bhaskar Majee, CSCP
Director, Sales Planning and Operations
Philips

Ballroom 2 & 3

Most companies use a forecast, negotiate multiyear contracts based on a demand estimates, or use consignment tactics to work with suppliers. If actual demand is less than estimates, excess and obsolete inventory results. If actual demand is more than the demand estimate, companies face stock outs, expedites, higher freight costs, and more. Attendees will learn how to solve this problem using innovative collaboration tools and processes such as sales and operations planning and stocking strategy.

Key concepts: collaboration, outcome-driven innovation, sales and operations planning

13:30–14:45
Building Supply Chain Resilience

Roberta S. Russell, PhD
Professor, Business Information Technology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Ballroom 1

Supply chain disruptions—whether from natural disasters, global crises, unreliable suppliers, or poor decision making—are occurring more frequently and costing organizations more money. In fact, many supply chain disruptions affect the viability of a business for years to come. As more work is pushed down the extended supply chain from buyer to supplier and subcontractor, the exposure to disruption is magnified and the ability to control the effect of a disruption becomes more difficult.  Building resilience to disruptions requires careful planning in product design, supply chain design, and resource allocation.
Attend this session to

  • discover strategies for locating, segmenting, and clustering suppliers and decision making
  • learn how advanced analytics could help you and your organization “sense” possible disruptions and respond effectively.

Key concepts: responsiveness, risk and resiliency

13:30–14:45
Making Room for Supply Chain Quality
Daniel Castle, CFPIM, CRM, CSCP
Vice President, Tata Sons, Tata Quality Management Services Division

Ballroom 2 & 3

India is ripe with supply chain opportunities—and challenges. One company on the forefront of supply chain in India is the Tata group,which comprises more than 100 operating companies in seven business sectors. In this session, attendees will learn from an expert who has been helping Tata implement quality standards, which enable both companies and individuals to uncover true success.

Key concepts: cost reduction, collaboration

15:15–16:30
Working Green: Sustainability in an Efficiency-Focused World
Antonio Luis Galvao Costa, CSCP
Vice President Supply Chain-Global I& Business Partner
Diversey, now part of Sealed Air
Ballroom 2 & 3

In recent years, sustainable business has evolved from a nice-to-have to a must-have at corporations around the world. With abundant data showing sustainability becoming an essential part of the corporate world’s daily agenda, this session will detail why the choice to develop sustainable business practices must be a key element of your company's strategic direction. It will provide real examples of successes highlighting why supply chain and operations management professionals are playing a key role in this process. Attendees will learn about the evolution of sustainability, how to adopt it to core strategies, and how to achieve significant top- and bottom-line results—all while avoiding pitfalls along the way. 

Key concepts: sustainability, supply chain innovation

Friday, 5 April

9:00–10:30
APICS World Café: Social Media—Maximizing potential and assessing vulnerability
Facilitated by Sharon Rice
Executive Director
APICS E&R Foundation

Ballroom 2 & 3

How is social media influencing your supply chain and operations management practices? Is it advancing your initiatives, or—as some experts suggest—accelerating and “fanning the flames” of existing risks within your organization? Join the conversation! The 2013 APICS World Café is your opportunity to interact in person with peers from across the globe and exchange ideas about social media, its benefits, and its risks in a unique roundtable discussion. Participants will move from table to table, adding their perspectives to each conversation.

11:00–12:15
India’s Current Supply Chain Landscape
Behram R. Sabawala
Chief Financial Officer
DIESL, a Tata Group Company

Ballroom 2 & 3

For almost 10 years, Drive India Enterprise Solutions, Ltd. (DIESL) has been helping company decision makers answer tough questions about operating in India. In guiding clients who are grappling with infrastructure, planning, and their organizations as a whole, DIESL has learned some of its own lessons. Discover how this chartered accountant, with a passion for positive thinking, personal development, team building, and leadership, contributes to the strategic success of DIESL.

Key concepts: business analytics, responsiveness, risk and resiliency

13:30–14:45
Moving from the Tactical to Strategic Mindset
Sharon Rice
Executive Director
APICS E&R Foundation
Ballroom 1

Most company leaders realize what a strategic role supply chain professionals play in the success of their organizations. But how well are supply chain professionals achieving the balance between doing things right and doing the right things? In this session, attendees will explore the difference between tactical and strategic excellence and learn the skills needed in order to strategically contribute to company success. 

Key concepts: supply chain strategy

Gain an introduction to these strategic concepts in Sharon Rice’s E&R Foundation blog.

13:30—14:45   
Supply Chain Transformation
Bhaskar Majee, CSCP
Director, Sales Planning and Operations
Philips

Ballroom 2 & 3

Over the last 10 years, professionals have experience rapid changes in business models. The emerging trend for multinational companies is to have end-to-end orientation, enabling all functions to be optimized along the value chain. This strategy can be called “glocalization.” Resulting changes have a major impact on supply chain management. Attendees will learn the framework and steps needed to transform a make-to-order supply chain into a demand-driven, customer-centric supply chain that is responsive and agile.

15:15–16:30
Developing Risk Assessment Tools

Gregory L. Schlegel, CPIM                                                                                                   
Adjunct Professor, Supply Chain Risk Management
Lehigh University

Ballroom 1
There are several emerging tool kits to ensure preparedness and responsiveness in supply chain risk management. One such tool kit examines the four pillars of supply risk, process risk, demand risk, and environmental risk. This session will explore the sources of each risk and the tools being developed to mitigate and manage these risks around the globe, including heat maps, what-if analysis, and predictive analytics. Attendees will learn how to leverage these tools and techniques in their organizations.

Key concepts: business analytics, risk and resiliency

15:15–16:30
Supply Chain Analytics: Sense and Respond

Roberta S. Russell, PhD
Professor, Business Information Technology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Ballroom 2 & 3
Companies, industries, and governments have access to more data today than ever before. The challenge is sifting through this data, making sense of it, and using it to inform our decision making in a timely fashion.  Business intelligence and analytics promise deep customer insights and predictive powers; however, this insight rarely reaches the supply chain portion of the organization.
Attend this session to

  • explore the analytic capabilities that can move your supply chain systems from sharing data across functions to shared visibility of data flows
  • learn about using data in real-time information, enabling you to sense and respond effectively
  • discover the real power of advanced analytics for the supply chain.

Key concepts: business analytics, supply chain innovation

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