Top 10 supply chain events
Supply Chain Digital takes a look at the biggest procurement and supply chain management events of 2019. Check out these annual gatherings of the top minds in the industry.
10 | Chief Procurement Officer Summit
Held each year at the end of April, the Chief Procurement Officer Summit took place this year in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Ritz Carlton. The annual event is an invitation-only forum for key players in the procurement industry, bringing together elite buyers and sellers in an environment designed to promote the focused discussion of key new drivers shaping the industry. The 2019 Summit featured key topics such as Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Blockchain and the importance of accurate data within procurement systems.
9 | Women in Procurement & Supply Chain Summit
The fifth annual Women in Procurement & Supply Chain Summit took place in Sydney, Australia between April 30 and May 2, 2019. The annual event is a unique gathering centred around advancing the careers of female procurement and supply chain professionals. The 2019 summit focused on the challenges, opportunities and pain points facing procurement and supply chain stakeholders. Some of this year’s keynote speakers included Ann Sherry, Executive Chairman of Carnival Australia; April Palmerlee, Chief Executive Officer at the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia; and Thomai Veginis, Chief Procurement Officer at Telstra.
8 | Procurecon Travel
Designed as an interactive, peer-led event for senior level procurement executives to learn, discuss and innovate regarding their companies’ corporate travel initiatives, Procurecon Travel is scheduled to take place on May 14-15 in Henderson, Nevada. Aimed at companies ranging in size and maturity from startups to Fortune 500 firms, Procurecon Travel offers intimate networking sessions and innovative workshops centred around taking travel procurement beyond cost-cutting and into a future of value creation.
7 | World Procurement Awards
Hosted at the Intercontinental Hotel in the heart of London, the World Procurement Awards 2019 are a shining highlight of the talent, passion and expertise leading the procurement industry. The event, taking place on Thursday, May 16, will be hosted in partnership with SAP Ariba and, in addition to honouring the best and brightest trailblazers in the procurement sector, will be a unique opportunity for procurement professionals from around the globe to gather and celebrate the progress made over the previous year by the industry as a whole.
6 | Supply Chain Innovation Summit 2019 - Shanghai
The eighth annual Supply Chain Innovation Summit will be held in Shanghai on the 16th and 17th of May, 2019. This year’s event is billed as a must-attend for supply chain and procurement professionals looking to do business in China. Organised around the theme of “Moving to the ‘Thinking’ Supply Chain & Logistics Era”, the event will focus on the need for agility, visibility and adaptability in the modern supply chain landscape.
5 | Global Manufacturing Supply Chain Innovation Summit 2019
As the world’s manufacturing industry continues to evolve alongside Industry 4.0, manufacturing and industrial companies must also innovate in their procurement and supply chain departments. Held on May 30, 2019 in Singapore, the ninth Global Manufacturing Supply Chain Innovation Summit will bring together industry professionals to discuss the theme of “New Manufacturing, New Supply Chain”. The event will be centred around eight sessions, including presentations on the new manufacturing, iconic brand case studies, supply chain visibility and customer collaboration.
4 | Procurecon Asia
Also held in Singapore, Procurecon Asia will take place between the 9th and 11th of July at the Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa. With the goal of “Transforming Procurement. Together”, the event will feature inspirational stories from the industry and offer attendees the chance to take part in small, interactive working groups to accelerate and support their procurement transformation projects, grow knowledge and learn how to become ever more agile. According to Jorge Juan Munoz Fernandez, Head of Strategic Sourcing & Transformation at Maxis, the event delivers “the perfect selection of topics … [alongside] actionable solutions to address the biggest procurement challenges currently facing us."
3 | CIPS Australasia Conference & Supply Management Awards
The region’s most prestigious conference and procurement and supply chain awards event, the CIPS Australasia Conference & Supply Management Awards are an annual event, this year taking place once again at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne, Australia. The conference will feature keynote presentations and networking opportunities concerning leading industry trends, such as optimising costs and adding value through procurement and supply chain innovation. The awards ceremony will celebrate thought leaders, offering attendees the opportunity to network with the region’s leading supply chain professionals.
2 | Procurecon IT Sourcing
Helping to round out a jam-packed 2019 is Procurecon IT Sourcing, which will be held in Germany on the 19-20 of November. The event is one of the longest-running in the procurement sector and is aimed at helping attendees benchmark themselves, their procurement departments and processes against other leading players in the industry. This year’s event is expected to focus on new software solutions available to the space, as well as hardware licensing and contracting, data spend, mobility spend, telecoms spend, IT outsourcing and digital transformation.
1 | Asia Pacific Procurement Congress 2019
Finally, the Asia Pacific Procurement Congress, held in November in Singapore, promises to be the ultimate in education, development and networking for supply chain professionals in the APAC region. “To build an agile function that contributes to the top-line, your function’s processes, tools and behaviours need to be re-evaluated,” say the event’s organisers. The Congress is dedicated to discussion and development of the latest global trends in technology, talent and business models that are intended to allow procurement professionals and departments to contribute to their companies’ growth and value.