This assessment was made by the majority of the approximately 60 participants of the first Stuttgart Supply Chain Executive Forum, which took place at the honorable Haus der Wirtschaft on January 26, 2017. The conference was hosted and organized by TMG Consultants.
In the six plenary sessions of the Forum, selected SCM representatives from Continental, Fresenius, Danfoss, PVS, Stihl and BSH gave a detailed description using practical examples of how they tackle specific challenges in different SCM fields of action in their companies and to what extent they had already been able to implement their future-oriented approaches.
The highlight of the event was, for many participants, the final key note by Professor Dirk Engelhardt, Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Association of Road Transport and Waste Management. In his presentation, which was seasoned with much wit and humor, Engelhardt presented convincingly why there can be “no industry 4.0 without logistics 4.0”, which solutions exist now and in the near future, and which hurdles companies have to overcome.
In addition to arranging a mere information transfer, the program designers had been keen to provide enough room for intensive discussions amongst colleagues, as Norbert Haas, head of the SCM & Logistics Competence Center at TMG emphasized: “Through this Executive Forum, we would like to offer a platform for SCM managers to come together to discuss and exchange new approaches on the path to increasingly important SCM excellence with their colleagues.”
The fact that Stuttgart had deliberately been selected as the location for the SCM Executive Forum had already been emphasized by TMG Managing Director Darya Nassehi in his introductory words: “In the Stuttgart region, numerous manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and research institutes focus their skills on the automotive market. As one of the leading industrial centers in Europe and the world's leading center for automotive engineering, Stuttgart is almost predestined to host an SCM strategy forum.”
As the forum participants seem to share this view, the organizers at TMG are already planning a follow-up event: the second Stuttgart Supply Chain Executive Forum will take place on January 25, 2018.