Bangalore, Karnataka, India:The much awaited APCON 2013 International Conference on Supply Chain Management was inaugurated on 16 May 2013 at Hotel Sheraton in Bangalore. The flagship event of International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) is being hosted by Indian Institute of Materials Management (IIMM). The conference is featuring key industry experts discussing latest trends and new solutions to the challenges of supply chain management, faced by different industrial sectors in the region.
Inaugurating the conference, Chief Guest, Mr. Gopal Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, Central Coalfields Ltd. said, “Globalisation has increased trade flow among all countries, thereby stiffening the competition, which has in-turn increased the need for introducing more and more innovation in the entire value chain, which includes inbound logistics , operations, outbound logistics and marketing. Innovation has therefore become a key factor to sustain and grow in the highly competitive global economy. I wish to congratulate IIMM for holding this important convention at the right time and hope that the eminent speakers and professionals, who are participating in the conference will bring new insights and thoughts in both theory and practice of supply chain management. I am confident that the deliberations in technical sessions of the two-day conference will be rewarding and enriching for delegates coming from all corners of the country and region.”
The international conference has successfully brought together, many top management executives and supply chain management (SCM) professionals from around the world. The event is serving as an important platform for SCM practitioners in the region to network and collaborate, and is also providing many opportunities to exchange ideas to arrive at new solutions for age-long issues as well as emerging challenges in the sector. APCON 2013 conference is providing practical know-how to all forward-thinking CEOs, CFOs, COOs, CPOs, SCM professionals, business development managers, vice presidents, directors, and general managers from both manufacturing and service industries, who are participating in the international conference.
Addressing the audience at the APCON 2013 inauguration, Mr. C. Subbakrishna, National President, IIMM, said, “The conference aims to help top management and SCM professionals by focusing on ways to stay competitive in order to increase profitability, turn challenges into opportunities, empower team members to communicate and cooperate, develop sensitivity to client diversity, and encourage collaboration among suppliers, customers and partners. The supply chain industry needs to constantly reinvent itself into a value chain and this requires newer tools and techniques. This conference will do its best to address these issues and find smarter SCM solutions to support the industry. The end-benefits of APCON are expected to be multifold.”
The development of supply chain management (SCM) has been characterized by the attention given to global supplier relationships and the expansion of supply chains over national boundaries. The businesses are now very focused on the goal of increasing their competitive advantage, value-addition and reducing costs through supply chain management which is being the central theme of APCON 2013. The conference is aiming to drive focus on unleashing innovation in value chain to support faster industrial growth.
Presenting the conference theme to the participants, Mr. Subhash Lovekar, Conference Chairman, APCON 2013 said, “As global organizations across different geographies strive to focus on core competencies and becoming more flexible, they are now reducing their ownership of raw materials sources and distribution channels. These functions are increasingly being outsourced to other entities that can perform the activities better or more cost effectively. Competition is no longer viewed as between individual companies but is increasingly between the extended supply chains. As businesses look to the emerging and dynamic economies of Asia, newer challenges unfold. These force re-evaluation of current supply chain practices which need to address local, regional and global complexities and thus our theme and discussions today are apt for the conference.”
The international conference also featured coveted, industry-special supply chain management awards and accolades instituted by Indian Institute of Materials Management (IIMM), which were given away to high performing professionals and organisations in the field of SCM, with a view to recognise some of the best practices and top contributions of the sector to the industry. The various categories of distinction included IIMM-Idol, SCM innovation award, SCM young achiever, SCM quiz champion, SCM essay master, corporate excellence in SCM, besides others.
About APCON 2013
APCON 2013 is a signature SCM event where seasoned practitioners from across the region meet and discuss ways of addressing these challenges. It seeks to bring together professionals from different parts of India, Asia-Pacific region and rest of the world. With participation from a wide range of industries and academia, public and private sectors of industry - APCON 2013 expects to serve as a springboard for collaboration, an idea-exchange which can in turn, fuel innovation. For more information, please visit www.apcon2013.com
Indian Institute of Materials Management (IIMM), with its headquarters at Navi Mumbai, is the national apex body representing a wide spectrum of professionals engaged in various facets of materials management, responsible for planning, sourcing, logistics and supply chain. Through its wide network of 45 branches and 18 chapters, having over 9000 members drawn from public and private sectors, IIMM is dedicated to the promotion of the profession of materials management with its multifarious activities including EDPs, seminars, workshops, in-house training programs and consultancy assignments & advance materials management programs & research programs. To have more effective global interaction, the institute is a chartered member of International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM), Atlanta, USA, which has its members in over 44 countries. For more information, please visit www.iimm.org.
The International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) is the union of 48 National and Regional Purchasing Associations worldwide. IFPSM facilitates the development and distribution of knowledge to elevate and advance the procurement profession, thus favorably impacting the standard of living of citizens worldwide through improved business practices. The term procurement is taken to embrace purchasing, materials management, logistics, supply chain management and strategic sourcing. For more information, please visit www.ifpsm.com.
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At the APCON 2013 Conference inauguration. From left to right: Mr. K. C. Harsha, Convener, APCON 2013; Prof. Anil K. Gupta, IIM-Ahmedabad; Mr. C. Subbakrishna, National President, IIMM; Mr. Gopal Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, Central Coalfields Ltd.; Mr. Subhash Lovekar, Chairman, APCON 2013; Mr. R. S. Sodhi, Managing Director, GCMMF Ltd. (Amul); Mr. L. P. Patel, Sr. Vice-President, IIMM.
Mr. C. Subbakrishna, National President, Indian Institute of Materials Management (IIMM) presenting the special citation and CEO of the Year Award to Mr. Gopal Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, Central Coalfields Ltd. at APCON 2013 International Conference in Bangalore.
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