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CILT Conference: “The Internet of Supply Chains - Digitalisation and Collaboration”

The Digital Supply Chain Conference gains momentum

 

AXIT hosted a conference with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport on the 26th April at the Heathrow Thistle Hotel. The tone was “The Internet of Supply Chains – Digitalisation and Collaboration.  

The conference was well attended and addressed many issues regarding the digital supply chain, discussed and presented by seven highly experienced speakers. The event was organized and managed by Phil Lavin who heads up AXIT in the UK and was also a speaker. Phil says, “the turnout was great and the knowledge and quality of each presentation was matched by a very enthusiastic, direct and robust series of questions from the audience”. AXIT are planning on holding another conference next year, as Phil says, Digitalisation and the Digital world is gaining more interest each year, which was shown by the large attendance. With Digitalisation and Collaboration being a precursor to managing various solutions while aiming to increase the value chain while improving supply chain performance it is understandable why interest is so high.

The conference closed on a Panel Debate, deftly handled by the Siemens Postal Parcel and Airport Logistics MD, Adam Hill as Panel Chairman which briefly discussed a part of the on-coming Brexit arrangement. The question posed was, “What Impact will Digitalisation have on Brexit”. Again a very enthusiastic audience participation only emphasizing what a huge subject this is” Roll on next year. If you missed it or wish to be involved just email .

 

 The event featured presentations by seven highly experienced speakers:

Stefan Reidy – CEO, Arviem

Phil Lavin – Development Consultant IT, Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics/AXIT

Richard Potter – CTO, Microsoft Services UK

Steve Hill – Principle Industry Consultant, Champ Cargo Systems

Vivian Braun – WW Marketing Leader, IBM

Nick Weetman – Director, Davies and Robson Logistics

Gary Bray – Program Manager, Siemens Mobility

 

REVIEW 2017:

AXIT Conference finds Brexit is top subject for Supply Chain Executives

A conference hosted jointly by AXIT, a Siemens company and specialist for cloud-based IT solutions for the management of supply chains, and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, CILT(UK) found that digitalization and collaboration in the supply chain are of vital importance for supply chain professionals, and that Brexit could have a significant impact on businesses.

The supply chain is a globalized market and the fastest growing area today. While IT solutions can help to provide a complete overview of all internal and external supply chain partners, many businesses have not yet achieved satisfactory levels of supply chain visibility and collaboration both inside and outside their business. How can companies achieve complete visibility of all participants in each of their global supply chains? What are the unique challenges? Why is visibility particularly important? How should companies approach and implement a collaboration and visibility strategy? And what is the influence of the internet of things and big data on everyday process flows? These questions were explored at a conference that took place on 26th April 2017 at the Heathrow Thistle Hotel featuring seven highly experienced speakers.

The conference closed with a panel debate, deftly handled by panel chairman Nick Weetman, which also discussed the question “What Impact will Brexit have on Digital Supply Chains?” The enthusiastic audience participation on this particular question emphasized what a huge subject this is. The general consensus was that while it is unclear what impact Brexit may have on data security, data regulation and data sharing, the General Data Protection Rules were agreed in Brussels and it is best to plan for a problem than ignore the issue.

Phil Lavin Development Consultant IT at Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics and sales representative for AXIT in the UK, said:

“The turnout was great and the knowledge and quality of each presentation was matched by a very enthusiastic, direct and robust series of questions from the audience. Seeing that digitalization and collaboration are precursors to managing various solutions while aiming to increase the value chain and supply chain performance, it is no surprise that there is great interest in this topic.”