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SCMLOG 5.0 resets industry

The two-day 2nd MENA SCMLOG 5.0 held in Dubai’s Dusit Thani saw 100 of UAE’s top supply chain leaders gathered to discuss advancements in supply chain planning, technology initiatives and how they have adopted IBP (Integrated Business Planning) to align the organization.

Prominent supply chain practitioners from across the region recently converged at the 2nd MENA SCMLOG 5.0 to discuss the emerging transformational objectives-Resilience, Agility, and Sustainability. Together, they explored actionable strategies to shape the supply chains of tomorrow and collectively discussed and reset industry criteria and benchmarks.

The distinguished attendees included Ashish Sood, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Landmark Group; Dr. Raman Kumar, Managing Director, Al-Futtaim Logistics; Amadou Diallo, CEO-MEA, DHL Global Forwarding; Shailen Shukla, Supply Chain Director, Omar Kassem Alesayi Group (OKAG); Prabha Venugopalan, Chief CO, DB Schenker ME and Africa; Shashi Kiran, Group General Manager, OCS; Praveen Khare, VP-Retail Logistics and Fulfillment, Noon; Anand Doraiswamy, Head Supply Chain Planning & Contract Manufacturing, Dabur International and Serge Taibaly, MEA Zone-Head of Transport and Customs, Schneider Electric, among several others.

In his theme keynote address ‘New Paradigm for MENA Supply Chain-Symbiosis between Planning, Technology, and Strategy’ Dr. Rakesh Singh, CEO, ISCM (Institute of Supply Chain Management), spoke about a new paradigm that is emerging for supply chains in MENA, emphasizing a symbiotic relationship between planning, technology, and strategy.

Dynamic integration

This dynamic integration recognizes the importance of strategy, cutting-edge technology, and robust planning frameworks in driving supply chain excellence. By aligning these elements, organizations can navigate complexities, optimize efficiencies, and build on opportunities in the MENA Region. This approach fosters agility, resilience, and innovation, empowering supply chains to adapt and thrive amidst evolving demands and disruptions. 

The speakers delved into the challenges and opportunities of creating a more mature planning process. A key topic of discussion was creating a technological framework to facilitate digitalization in supply chain planning.

Panelists shared insights on leveraging emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and advanced analytics to enhance forecasting accuracy, optimize inventory management, and improve demand planning.

Focal point

Another focal point was on building a successful Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) process through Integrated Business Planning (IBP). Speakers shared best practices for aligning cross-functional teams, integrating data from various sources, and establishing a collaborative decision-making framework.

Case studies showcased how organizations have successfully implemented IBP to achieve greater agility, responsiveness, and profitability in their supply chains.

The event closed with the 2nd ISCM MENA Logistics Excellence Awards, where ISCM felicitated the visionary leadership of the regions supply chain and logistics leaders.

The Institute of Supply Chain Management (ISCM) is India’s premier education, training, research, and consulting firm, exclusively focused on Planning, Supply Chain, Logistics, Sustainability, and Sourcing.

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