Risk, employee engagement key themes of supply chain conference

30 April 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201914399

Materials Handling & Bulk Handling
Transport, Distribution & Warehousing

THE new normal for supply chains involves uncertainty, complexity and risk, according international supply chain risk management specialist, Gregory Schlegel.

A professor at Lehigh University in the USA, an author and founder of the global Supply Chain Risk Management Consortium, Schlegel will be presenting a workshop at the upcoming SAPICS 2019 Conference.

“This will be the first time that supply chain management, supply chain risk, insurance and risk professionals, along with software providers, will be together under one roof,” said SAPICS president Mungo Park.

Risk, employee engagement key themes of supply chain conference
Martin Mvulane, chief adaptability officer, GAD Consulting

“Bringing multiple risk and supply chain disciplines together will translate into exceptional learnings for everyone - whether in the risk industry or running global supply chains. This is a unique opportunity for all delegates to gain a new appreciation of the complexity of global supply chains and the tools and methodologies available to enable global enterprises to identify, assess, mitigate and manage risk.”

Now in its 41st year, the annual conference is hosted by SAPICS, the professional body for supply chain management. It takes place in Cape Town from 9 to 12 June.

Park said the conference was one of few to offer workshops as a value-add, at no additional cost to delegates. “This year, we have 10 not-to-be-missed workshops, including Professor Schlegel’s seminar, and I urge SAPICS delegates to make the most of the opportunity.”

Other workshops on the line-up include a session on effective problem solving facilitated by international speaker and coach, Ginty Chalk. “You can strive and thrive by challenging how you solve problems,” Chalk said, adding that there is a direct link between the way people feel and the way they perform at work.

“This is one of the most robust and consistent findings in organisational research. In high performing organisations people feel significantly more engaged, cared for, valued, proud, and motivated than those in low performing organisations. Conversely, in low performing organisations people feel significantly more fearful, stressed, dis-empowered and uncertain.

“Leadership is fundamentally about facilitating performance. Research has proven that a leader’s emotional intelligence is key to their capacity to facilitate emotions in others that drive high performance and employee engagement. This is more than just a moral compass; it is also a recipe for success,” Chalk said.

A workshop with Martin Mvulane, chief adaptability officer at GAD Consulting, will highlight the inconvenient truths that are preventing, and even destroying, business value. “Nobody needs to be told that the world has changed and will continue to change at an increasing rate. The intensity of competition has increased, driven by technology and global trade policies.

“Business to customer (B2C) markets were previously dominated by large retailers and manufacturers. Retailing practices such as listing prices created barriers for small manufacturers to access the mass markets, limiting their distribution scope and hence growth potential. Similarly, small retailers did not have the buying power to be price competitive, limiting their attractiveness and growth potential. Online retailers, such as Alibaba and Amazon, changed the game. Small manufacturers now have a cost-effective route to the mass markets,” Mvulane said.

Warehouse operations, lean management and supply network planning are other topics that will be covered in this year’s SAPICS Conference workshops.

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