CSCMP’s Second Annual India Supply Chain Conference a Success

CSCMP125Lombard, Illinois USA (March 18, 2013)–The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) recently hosted its second conference in India with the event focusing on helping supply chain executives create more efficient supply chains to successfully compete in the global economy. The annual event was held in Mumbai in February, and offered attendees an extensive lineup of educational sessions, interactive discussions, and networking opportunities.

Thought leaders from top global corporations such as Nestlé, Nokia, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Reliance Industries, Staples Future, Starbucks, Tata Steel, and Vodafone shared real world challenges and solutions that participants could take back to their companies and implement into their own operations. Session topics included supply chain cost management, infrastructure and technology, sustainability, strategic planning, and retail logistics challenges. 

“This year’s India conference was a bona fide success,” said Rick Blasgen, CSCMP president and chief executive officer. “More than 250 supply chain leaders from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond attended the event, exclusively designed to help them position their companies for profitable growth by gaining new supply chain knowledge and skills. The conference provided attendees with the latest supply chain intelligence and diverse perspectives, as well as numerous opportunities to talk one on one with colleagues from around the world. We’re already preparing for our next India conference in April 2014, with another exciting program in the works.”

PepsiCo supply chain senior vice president John Phillips provided a thought-provoking look into the future of the supply chain management discipline based on a survey of top executives. His conclusion was that the rapid changes in technology would continue, dramatically impacting the way that supply chains will be managed and how companies will interact with their customers. Speed and real-time communications will be critical.

Steven Lovejoy, senior vice president of global supply chain at Starbucks, examined the challenges of expanding supply chains globally, and emphasized the key factors that leaders would need to evaluate and manage as their supply chains grew. Other conference presentations included discussions on best practices for creating effective supply chain strategies, the importance of working within constraints imposed by infrastructure and government regulations as supply chains evolved, the role supply chain managers play in positively impacting sustainable environments, and the challenges faced by Indian firms dealing with retail logistics.

CSCMP’s 2014 India conference will be held April 4-5, 2014 in Mumbai. For more information, visit and click on the “Educational Events” menu tab at the top of the page.

About CSCMP 

Since 1963, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) has been the leading worldwide professional association dedicated to education, research, and the advancement of the supply chain management profession. With more than 9,000 members globally, representing business, government, and academia from 62 countries, CSCMP members are the leading practitioners and authorities in the fields of logistics and supply chain management.

For more information, contact:

Madeleine Miller-Holodnicki, ABC

Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)

333 East Butterfield Road, Suite 140

Lombard, Illinois 60148-5617 USA

SOURCE: Submitted by CSCMP

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