APICS 2014 Shanghai attendees have the opportunity to learn from thought leaders and expert practitioners from Asia, North America and around the world. You will have access to the best in supply chain and operations management strategy and leadership, including:
Sales and operations planning (S&OP).
Presented in English, the educational program features two days of insights from industry experts addressing the field’s most critical challenges.
Thursday, 17 April
09:00–10:30 General Session—Supply Chain’s Rise to Prominence Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE
Chief Executive Officer | APICS Sharon Rice
Executive Director | APICS Foundation
New Asia Ballroom
Whether you come from a university, a nonprofit organization or a business, you share a common goal: to advance supply chain management. In this general session, APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, and APICS Foundation Executive Director Sharon Rice will discuss how building your supply chain knowledge will empower you to strategically contribute to the overall success of your organization. Learn how to recognize and find solutions to supply chain challenges and use the vast global network of APICS professionals to stay ahead of changes in the industry.
11:00–12:15 Just in Time and Lean Thinking Bob Collins, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP Director of Professional Development | APICS New Asia Ballroom
Just in time is about getting the right quantity of goods at the right place and the right time—thus reducing waste. It is a major component of lean thinking, a philosophy focused on the elimination of waste in all aspects of a business and enriching value from the customer perspective. This session will review the elements of setting up just in time in a manufacturing setting and practical steps a company can take to achieve a process of continuous improvement.
Global Logistics Best Practices Shelton Chan
General Manager, China | Manhattan Associates InterContinental 5 and 6 Supply chains continue to grow and evolve as raw material and manufacturing locations develop and shift around globe. International supply chains inherently encounter variables, such as landed costs, reduced visibility, changes in the flow of information, and finance and enhanced risk. This session will demonstrate how to successfully navigate the ever-expanding network and positively affect your overall global supply chain.
S&OP in the Era of Big Data Robin Russell, PhD, CFPIM, CSCP Professor of Business Information Technology |Virginia Tech University InterContinental 5 and 6
Big data has transformed from a buzz word into a reality for today’s supply chain and operations management professionals, enabling organizations to leverage more information on supply, demand, product offerings, finance, and more. However, copious amounts of data are only as useful as the insights they provide and the agility with which actions can be taken. Attend this session to find out what is needed to supercharge your sales and operations planning process in the era of big data.
15:15–16:30 Cycle Counting—the Secret to Inventory Accuracy Bob Collins, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP Director of Professional Development | APICS New Asia Ballroom
Accurate inventory numbers increase customer responsiveness and satisfaction; reduce expedited orders, inventory and safety stock; eliminate time wasted hunting for missing materials; and improve the efficiency of enterprise resources planning tools. Cycle counting can make all this possible—if a few simple rules are followed. The presenter will detail a three-step cycle counting program that is easy to follow and shows benefits quickly. Tips for identifying the root causes of inventory inaccuracy also will be shared.
The Power of Demand Driven Fulfillment Jack White Supply Chain Leader, Asia Pacific |DuPont InterContinental 5 and 6
Recently, DuPont has applied demand-driven fulfillment to achieve significant improvement in its customer experience and operating efficiencies. This session will describe how the company’s approach focuses on four management disciplines to meet customer and business needs for supply chain reliability and operational efficiency. You will discover the power of DuPont’s systemic approach to demand-driven fulfillment by focusing on customer segmentation, competitive intelligence, product line management and cross-functional alignment.
Friday, 18 April
09:00–10:30 APICS World Café Sharon Rice
Executive Director | APICS Foundation
New Asia Ballroom
The necessity to succeed internationally while attracting superior supply chain and operations talent is a top business priority. Here in China and elsewhere, company decision makers must learn how to adapt their business models to fit local cultures. In addition, business leaders must develop a diverse and skilled workforce in order to meet and exceed the challenges presented by a global economy. World Café attendees will discuss new and established methods for finding success with a diverse workforce. During this interactive session, peers from across the globe will exchange ideas about business culture and diversity.
11:00–12:15 Chronic Disruption—Successfully Managing the Supply Chain Risk Robin Russell, PhD, CFPIM, CSCP Professor of Business Information Technology |Virginia Tech University InterContinental 5 and 6
Supply chain chronic disruption is defined as “persistent disruption that degrades, but does not inhibit, function” and “disruption that does not respond to traditional remedies.” Nearly three in four supply chain professionals report experiencing chronic disruption during their careers. Based on groundbreaking 2013 APICS research, this session will examine how to recognize chronic disruption, its causes and risks, and the important role of supply chain strategy. The Global and Local Supply Chain Model at Lenovo Alex Fu Executive Director of Global Logistics APLA | Lenovo New Asia Ballroom
A global Fortune 500 company, Lenovo is the world’s largest PC vendor and fourth-largest smart phone company. It has 46,000 employees in more than 60 countries serving customers around the globe. One of Lenovo’s significant sources of competitive advantage among personal technology companies is its ability to leverage the most from global sources, while satisfying local customer needs and bringing innovation to market. Attend this presentation to learn how the business maximizes efficiency and maintains quality through its global and local supply chains.
13:30–14:45 The Big Bang Theory of S&OP Shari Ruelas, CPIM, CSCP
Value Chain Optimization Coordinator | Chevron New Asia Ballroom The concepts of sales and operations planning (S&OP) aren’t rocket science. So why do so few companies have an effective process? And why does it take so long to sell the concepts to management and reap value? In this unique presentation, the characters of the popular “Big Bang Theory” sitcom will be used to illustrate the functional and dysfunctional behaviors of members of a typical S&OP team. Attendees will understand that, while effective S&OP doesn’t happen overnight, it is possible to evolve into greatness.
Evolving from a Tactical to a Strategic Mind-set Sharon Rice Executive Director | APICS Foundation InterContinental 5 and 6
Most company leaders recognize the vital role supply chain management professionals play at their organizations. But how are these key players achieving a 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 to effectively contribute to company success.
Closing Panel Discussion: Exploring Supply Chain Career Potential Moderator: Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE New Asia Ballroom
The profile of supply chain and operations management professionals is rising. What APICS professionals know—and other business leaders quickly are learning—is that supply chain managers contribute to economic growth all over the world. They are seizing the opportunities created in this increasingly global marketplace. In this session, explore how supply chain professionals play an important role in business success. Consider how you and your company can build your supply chain excellence into a competitive advantage.