Transformation Agenda: The supply chain of the future

  • October 04, 2022
  • 10:30 AM - 12:55 PM
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago

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Transformation Agenda: The supply chain of the future

We are pleased to announce in collaboration with our newest Corporate Member, Bahrain Economic Development Board, a special panel discussion titled "Transformation Agenda: The supply chain of the future" taking place October 4th, 2022 at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago. 

Agenda

Tuesday, October 4th 2022 | Chicago

10:30: Registration and networking

11:30: Panel Discussion: Are supply chain stresses transforming the future of American trade? (50 minute panel)

More than two years after the pandemic, supply chain woes continue and those navigating the tumultuous times struggle to answer the question: when will the disruptions end? In January The Economist noted that product travel time to America from Asia was up to 114 days, a significant leap from 50 days three years earlier—increasing expense and frustration. These pressures are exacerbated by geopolitical tensions, rising inflation, labour shortages, higher fuel costs and extreme weather. An unpredictable and complicated future is at hand, posing the question whether companies should make major changes to their current operational models?

The Biden administration has done little to reverse trade rifts with China and advocates building long-term resilience throughout American supply chains through a number of initiatives focused on encouraging more domestic manufacturing. If bringing production closer to home takes hold, companies could see the current model of globalization redrawn.

This panel will look at the global commercial landscape and answer the questions:

  • What will the future global trade model look like?

  • Will nearshoring make supply chains more robust and dependable?

  • Will further technology integration continue to contribute to “slowbalisation”?

  • Does the risk of trying a new model exceed the risk of sticking with the old?

  • How will vertical integration of corporate activity affect profit margins

  • Redesigning supply chains takes time, as does tracking the effects: do shareholders and executives have the patience for the transformation?

12:20: Question Time

Now is the time to find out what the audience thinks. In this interactive session, questions are posed to the audience as they become the panellists.

12:30: Fireside chat: Technology at the forefront: the supply chain of the future (25 minute fireside chat)

With rising consumer demand, increasing need for full visibility and flexibility, and pressure on resilience, supply chain organisations are looking for solutions. Adopting new technology to streamline and enhance frameworks is becoming the most commonly touted fix. Technology is now a strategic imperative, from intralogistics robotics and digital twins to embedding advanced analytics and AI, how can companies achieve true composability? Where should firms begin in this process? This session unpacks what should be at the forefront of leaders’ minds when looking to update legacy systems, improve human decision making and manage assets.

12:55: Networking lunch

Why Attend

Join The Economist Impact for The Transformation Agenda: The supply chain of the future, which will analyse the future of supply chain and logistics. Join supply chain and logistics business leaders to hear from thought-provoking industry experts discussing the opportunities and challenges of today, and exclusive in-person networking with other manufacturing and logistics leaders.

Key questions answered:

  • When will supply chain disruptions end? 

  • Should companies make major changes to current operational models? 

  • What will the future global trade model look like? 

  • Will nearshoring make supply chains more robust and dependable? 

  • Will further technology integration continue to contribute to “slowbalisation”? 

  • Does the risk of trying a new model exceed the risk of sticking with the old? 

  • How will vertical integration of corporate activity affect profit margins? 

  • Redesigning supply chains takes time, as does tracking the effects: do shareholders and executives have the patience for the transformation? 

  • How can companies achieve true composability?

Speakers

  • Kristen Daihes, Vice President of Global Supply Chain, Mars

  • Khalid Humaidan, Chief Executive, Bahrain Economic Development Board 

  • Amit Nagar, Partner, Strategic Operations and Performance Improvement, Bain & Company

  • Doug Waggoner, Chief Executive Officer, Echo Global Logistics

  • Marc Aubion, Senior Counsellor and Secretary, World Trade Organization, WTO Group on Trade, Debt and Finance


This exclusive event is free of charge. To register, please use this link or contact Patrick Dine, Regional Director, Bahrain EDB via email: patrick.dine@bahrainedb.com. We can also process your registration as a third party using our register link for your convenience. 

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