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Gartner European Event 2019 Blog Article

June is a happy month at QAD DynaSys.  Not only because the blue skies of the imminent European summer, but also because we get a chance to step out of our daily routine to meet customers, practitioners, and analysts at various events.  Following on from the widely acclaimed QAD DynaSys customer conference in Bordeaux on June 13/14, the QAD DynaSys team kept heading south to the Gartner European Supply Chain Conference being held in Barcelona from June 17th.  This event is marketed as the most important gathering of supply chain leaders and their teams.  Chief Supply Chain Officers and their teams learn how to recognize the impacts of disruptions, create transformational strategies that empower the organization and get the latest best practices in supply chain management and logistics.

This year’s event was conducted under the theme of “Bridging the Physical and Digital”.  This subject is quite apt given that the heavy focus on supply chain digitization in recent times has left many manufactures with questions on how digitization manifests itself within the operations.

Keynotes

Insightful presentations from L’Oreal, Schneider Electric, and Sanofi spoke of the human face of digitization.  A focus on customers and employees is a critical part of a digitization strategy.  QAD DynaSys receives this message with a warm smile on our faces as we proud ourselves on customer centricity and the presentation confirms our modus-operandi.

Gartner events never disappoint on guest keynote speakers.  Baroness Karren Brady CBE is recognised as the UK’s most high-profile business woman. As Vice-Chairman of West Ham United FC.  Passionate and straight-talking, Karren garnered much attention sharing her experience as a business woman pushing the boundaries in a male dominated industry.

Supply Chain Winners

The formal highlight of the event is the annual Top-15 Supply Chains of the year.  Number one place was awarded to Inditex who moved into top place after coming second at the same event last year in London.  Inditex also came second in the global list of Supply Chains of the year in Phoenix last month.

Inditex, best known for its Zara brand operates with a world-renown supply chain.   Harvard Business School, like many others use Zara as a case study in its operations curriculum. One tenant of its success is its ability to consistently demonstrate logistics best practice around its steady-state operation. It also focused on investments to drive innovation and support the growth plans of the business. Logistics continues to be a key area of leadership for the business, leveraging an extended and connected network of partners to drive rapid time from design to shelf within a fashion season.

Inditex also continues to prioritize sustainability and ethical sourcing. Its “Join Life” clothing line is based on the use of sustainable raw materials and production processes.

Learnings.

A growing trend of bridging the Physical and Digital supply chains is the use of digital twins to link real-time data with supply chain object models allowing for rapid and accurate supply chain simulation.  The flexible supply chain modelling capabilities provided by QAD DynaSys are conducive to providing this capability and we will be watching this space.

Some chocolate fun.

With generous support from our customer Cémoi the QAD DynaSys booth was the place to be on Tuesday evening for the “Guess the Chocolate Challenge”.  Participants were challenged to a taste test and successful players walked away with some yummy rewards.  It was a lot of fun for all.

Conclusion.

This was the first time this event had been held in Barcelona after many years in London.  I think the new location suits the event for both accessibility and beauty.  The QAD DynaSys team is looking forward to making an even bigger presence in 2020.  We hope to see you there.

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