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Building Supply Chain Resilience While Meeting Global Sustainability Goals

22-23 March 2023 | Terneuzen, Netherlands
(a complimentary event - free of charge!)

Leading the transformation of supply chain takes leadership and determination.

We need to assess risks, plan for disruptions, and even better - avoid them.  A holistic end-to-end view of the supply chain helps companies track materials and supplies, understand supplier performance, increase transparency between business partners, thus improving effective decision making. Technology is the enabler!

At this gathering, we will explore how companies could generate return on investment with supply chain resilience. Further more, we will discuss what initiatives manufacturers need to take to transform their supply chains to become intelligent, sustainable and resilient while putting the customer first.

  1. Cost Reduction: Reducing material waste, improving productivity, and reducing their carbon footprint
  2. Revenue Growth: Examining how a sustainable supply chain can affect market share
  3. Flexibility: Delivering agility across planning horizons as major unforeseen disruptions strike.
  4. Risk Management: Improving customer service levels by building resilient sourcing strategies

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  • 23 March

    • 08:00 – 08:45 Networking Breakfast & Registration

    • 08:45 – 08:55 Welcome and Introduction

      Speaker: Simon Bowes, Corporate Vice President Manufacturing, Blue Yonder

    • 08:55 – 09:00 Summary Day 1 and Factory Tour

      Speaker: Alan Duncan, Vice President Manufacturing, Blue Yonder

    • 09:00 – 09:25 How to Accelerate Circularity: The Role of Transportation

      The best time to start building the circular future for the next generation is today. Not only because we can, not just because we have to, but because we want to! See how the steel industry can achieve sustainable growth and help shaping the world. Outokumpu has a strong track record in ambitious targets on ESG – especially focusing on fighting climate change. Transportation plays a vital role to enable circular economy. Find out how Blue Yonder’s Transportation Management System (TMS) helps Outokumpu to turn your waste in high quality stainless steel.

      Speaker: Ronald van Dodewaard, Vice President Logistics, Outokumpu

    • 09:25 - 09:45 Why Resilience Matters in a Low/No Growth Economy and How to Achieve It

      Nobody could have predicted the events of the turn of the decade. The Pandemic followed by the invasion of Ukraine has had dramatic impacts on the availability of raw materials and finished goods. Combined with unprecedented increases in energy prices, and general economic stability these impacts might lead us to believe that cost control is the new religion. This session will explain how research is showing that the most effective Cost Control is achieved through a resilient and End-to-End approach to supply chain planning. A combination of visibility, planning, trust and collaboration, can support a shift from long-term planning to short-term survival tactics.

      Speaker: Alan Duncan, Vice President Manufacturing, Blue Yonder

    • 09:45 - 10:05 Change Management & the Future of Planning

      Knauf's mission is to challenge conventional thinking and create innovative building materials solutions that shape the way we live and build in the future. In order to meet new customer demands as well as achieving their ambitious sustainability goals, they knew they had to transform the way they operate. This included their supply chain and demand planning. In this Q&A session their project lead will share what an implementation of this magnitude requires, what success looks like and questions you need answered before you even begin.

      Speaker: Ondrej Sezemsky, Group Project Manager Planning, Knauf

    • 10:05 - 10:30 Networking break

    • 10:30 – 10:50 Let’s Be Honest! Are Traditional Planning Cycles Responsive Enough to Deal with Todays Short Term Disruptions?

      How relevant are traditional planning methods in today’s challenging economic conditions. What are leading companies doing to connect strategic, tactical and operational decision making into financially aware and scenario driven processes. The emergence of true Integrated Business Planning (IBP) and Sales and Operations Execution (S&OE) as what-if business tools is helping leading companies to deliver a trustworthy service whilst maintaining effective cost control in the new VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity) environment. How do manufacturers make the transition quickly by focusing on end to end processes and agile implementations.

    • 10:50 - 11:15 Alfa Laval Positioned to Play Essential Role in Transforming Industrial Field

      No chain is stronger than its weakest link. With growing demand volatility and increased complexity in the supply chain, it’s essential for organizations to have the tools and knowledge you need to quickly – and accurately – predict multichannel customer demand. So how do you achieve material results, including greater forecast accuracy, reduced inventory and increased planner productivity ? Hear from Alfa Laval as they share their experiences of implementing a new Planning system to be better positioned to efficiently serve customers in the future.

      Speaker: Gunhild Sträng, Global Spare Parts Operations, Alfa Laval

    • 11:15 – 11:40 How Do You Improve Customer Loyalty by Connecting Order Management and Planning?

      In todays constrained environments, where inflation is significantly increasing ‘work in progress’ costs there is pressure to significantly reduce inventories. The eternal balancing act is to ensure the best service levels for your customers whilst achieving lower inventories and shorter lead times. Combining approaches which drive sustainability with new technology can maximize the availability your key customers need when supply is scarce and allow a business to maximize sales revenues. This session will explain how companies have addressed this conundrum in the past and how technology has made these approaches available for manufacturers across all industries.

      Speaker: Simon Bowes, CVP Manufacturing EMEA, Blue Yonder


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    Ronald van Dodewaard

    Vice President LogisticsOutokumpu
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    Gunhild Sträng

    Global Spare Parts Planning
    Alfa Laval
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    Ondrej Sezemsky

    Program Manager - PlanningKnauf

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    Alan Duncan

    Vice President Pre-SalesBlue Yonder
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    Simon Bowes

    CVP Manufacturing EMEABlue Yonder
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    Daniel Marroyen

    Senior Solutions AdvisorMicrosoft

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Factory Tour

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  • Located at the heart of a logistical network in Holland’s third largest port, Outokumpu’s Terneuzen operations is ideally positioned to serve customers throughout Europe by water, road and rail. Join us for a 90 minute factory tour of Outokumpu's processing and logistics operations. A unique opportunity to learn first hand how Outokumpu is connecting Blue Yonder's Transportation Management System to their corporate Sustainability goals in their quest to become customers' first choice in stainless steel.

Conference Venue

The Churchill Hotel (a 4 star facility) is located along the banks of the Westerschelde, just a 10 minute drive away from the Canal Zone and the industrial area of Terneuzen. | This hotel is fully booked, so please refer to their sister hotel: The City Hotel (5 min to The Churchill Hotel)

Rate: 134 EUR/night incl. breakfast.

When you make your reservation, please mention Blue Yonder to secure this rate.

Peter van Anrooylaan 2, 4536 CE Terneuzen, the Netherlands | +31 11 569 6660

To make a room reservation, please contact the hotel directly via email and mention 'Blue Yonder Conference March 2023': [email protected]


Suggested airport: Brussels
Shuttle: 1 shuttle van provided by Blue Yonder fr Brussels Airport March 22, and return on March 23
Taxi: Approx 90 min and 150 Euro one way

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