Supply Chain Planning & Forecasting Forum-Dubai,
19th March 2019

ISCM brings to you the first thought leadership forum on Supply chain planning and forecasting in the MENA region. ISCM Forums emphasize knowledge takeaways and are focused on critical, contemporary, and strategic issues.  Our Forums are backed by extensive research on region specific issues and encompasses the real time challenges faced by senior professionals.

The Supply Chain Planning and Forecasting Forum (SCMFF) is an elite gathering of senior supply chain, planning and forecasting professionals from across the MENA Region. At the SCPFF, you will meet with senior experts, consultants, academicians, practioners and technology providers.

Themes 

Power Talk – Geography, Technology, and Dynamics of Supply Chain Planning

Two forces shape business plans – Geography – how far and wide is the footprint for both supplies and markets; and technology – how businesses harness the power of technology to generate real time insights and shape demand. This session bridges the geography – technology conundrum to help firms navigate the dynamics of supply chain planning.

Panel 1: Achieving Supply Chain Planning Excellence in a Disruptive Ecosystem

A robust supply chain plan is critical for success in today’s disruptive business environment. This panel explores the importance of detailed supply plan within the overall all context of business strategy. The panel will discuss how to successfully create a master plan and a master data, which is the basis of an integrated business plan. It also looks at other issues that improve supply chain efficiencies like eliminating waste and increasing velocity, thus reducing the traditional buffers of inventory.

Panel 2: Demand Planning In a Highly Uncertain World.

In order to tame external uncertainty and implied uncertainty, businesses need to create a strategic fit between their supply chains and planning methodology, based on splintering or segmentation of demand. The questions addressed in this session include, how to choose the right forecasting techniques for multiple supply chain that resides in an organization, how to measure the performance of the forecast? What are the business as well as management of forecast related issues that creates misalignment and hence bullwhip effect across nodes of supply chains?

Panel 3 Logistics Planning and supply chain excellence

Logistics planning serves to link and synchronize the overall supply chain as a continuous process and is essential for effective supply chain connectivity. Firms often ignore logistics planning considering it the function of a Logistics Service Provider. But LSPs have failed to build capability of planning.  More often, they react based on intuition and gut feeling, leading to distrust between the company and its 3PL partner. This panel will discuss how 3PLs can meet the challenges of planning if they have to add value to shippers. And how are shippers going to extract value through planning and collaboration.

Panel 4: Driving Supply Chain Planning through Analytics, Technology and Strategy  

The rise of technology and analytical models is driving firms to embrace a more rigorous, data backed supply chain planning process. The ability to capture, store, aggregate, and analyze data in real time will define the future of planning. In addition, emerging technology paradigms like the Internet of Things, Blockchain, Deep Learning, and Virtual Reality has led to an explosion of analytical methods. This panel will discuss questions like: What is going to be different? How will the role of planning change? What will it take to transit to an analytics and tech-based planning? Are organizations preparing for it?

Panel 5: Valedictory CEO’S session – The new Integrated Business Plan of the future: Overcoming Challenges and setting new Agenda

This session sets the scene and provides a perspective for Integrated Business Planning: why you should introduce it; what is its scope; how does it relate to strategic planning and what is the fundamental key to its success. How do we bring product demand and supply issues into the IBP meeting? The CEO’s Will deliberate the whole dynamics of alignment around business priorities and effective decision making. They would discuss how functional inputs are aligned into a single number through Reconciliation and Optimization. What are the prerequisite and best practices to follow?

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