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2013-02-06 12:32:17 - Second day of the 2nd Annual Supply Chain Middle East Summit addresses logistics management and the current state of logistics and its impact in the Middle East

February 6, 2013:

The 2nd Annual Supply Chain Middle East Strategy Summit started yesterday with some eminent speakers addressing the delegation. Held under the patronage of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the summit saw speakers from the Dubai Chamber, Chrystler, Dubai Customs, Mattex, Nokia, CILT and SCLG address over 100 industry people in attendence.

Day two of the summit today looked into the broad spectrum of logistics management with the supply chain and the state of logistics in the Middle East. Gayane Afrikian, Senior Economic Policy Advisor at the Department of Economic Development , Government of Dubai opened the second day by addressing how Dubai has developed into a multimodal transportation and logistics hub. As a policy head, she also went

on to talk on the current policies to enhance the multimodal cluster for transportation and logistics. Following Ms. Afrikian's presentation, Shailen Shukla of Jumbo Electronics took the podium to address the possibility of developing a holistic logistic network. He spoke on how adhering to the different GCC government regulations can ensure cross border network agility.

Post the morning networking session, Gopakumar Nair, Manager Warehouse and Distribution at General Motors addressed how handling of unpredictable changes can assist with inventory changes. He spoke on the possibility of reducing inventory driven costs across the distribution network and enhance service levels within the supply chain. Memosh Khawaja of Henkel presented a case study along the lines of driving sustainability through the value chain. The idea of creating a value and engaging partners for a win-win situation. Vel Dhinagaravel CEO of Beroe , and luncheon sponsor for day two, addressed the future of procurement within the logistics sector.

Joining Afrikian, Shukla and Nair was Erhan Tuncbilek of Teriyaki Agro Foods on a panel to discuss the difficulties of logistics within the region. The attendees opinionated on the idea of building a flexible global freight forwarding platform and the lack of alternative solutions due to overdependancy on the trucking industry. Post luncheon, Tuncbilek COO of Teriyaki Agro Foods evaluated the best option for warehousing and how to maximize supply chain efficiency. He spoke about the pros and cons of companies owning their own warehouse vs the 3PL warehousing solution. His concluding address was to understand the warehousing options to maintain stock control to enhance the supply chain flexibility.

The summit closed with a final panel to debate the measures taken to improve the flexibility of the Middle East supply chain in 2013. Improving visibility and reducing capital exposure were some of the points that were discussed. The summit encompassed themes ranging from operational excellence to logistics management with the main theme of the supply chain strategy of mirroring the organisations core vision.

2nd Annual Supply Chain Middle East Strategy Summit had Bastian solutions and Pantos Logistics as network sponsors. It also saw support from leading organisations like the Russian Business Council, SCLG, CILT and Global Supply Chain Council.

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