Supply Chain Asia Forum (SCAF) 2012: Bridging the Gap

By Freddie Pierce
Written by Pascal Swinkels, European Logistics Hub Supply chains in Asia differ from those in the United States and Europe. It is estimated that &ldquo...

Written by Pascal Swinkels, European Logistics Hub

Supply chains in Asia differ from those in the United States and Europe. It is estimated that “some are three to five years behind the West and many are more in terms of technology adoption and innovation.” (2). The Supply Chain Asia Forum (SCAF) 2012 will provide insight into the development of supply chains in Asia.

Scheduled for August 28-30 at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel in Singapore, SCAF 2012’s theme is “Innovations & Talents in Supply Chain: Missing Links for Success.”

The forum is application oriented and interactive and attempts to bridge the gap between knowledge and supply chain needs in Asia (1). During these three days a very diverse program will be offered over three days, making this an interesting event for supply chain and logistic industry professionals of all levels.

SCAF 2012 program

Leading organizations will provide insight, challenges, and solutions for supply chains in Asia. The forum will include presentations and case studies that focus on innovation in supply chains. Multinational companies Dell Global, Motorola and Vocollect will share their case studies.

Several roundtables with panelists from leading companies in various industries will be offered. During these sessions executives will engage in strategic and thought-provoking discussions on the need for supply chain innovation.

Attendees can also participate in workshops and technical tracks, which are full with discussions and challenges. The program leaves ample time to network with other professionals and provides a unique opportunity to share experiences and knowledge with other industry professionals.

Supply chains in Asia

In most industries the supply chain is the main driver behind the competitiveness and overall performance of a company. A company with an efficient supply chain will derive value from this. This holds for (multinational) companies in the USA and Europe but in Asia supply chains are less competitive and more fragmented.

The gap between Asia and the West leaves Asia three to five years behind and is even more pronounced with regards to innovation and technology adoption. It is important the gap is acknowledged by industry professionals in Asia, who must cooperate in order to handle the challenges and seek solutions. Meanwhile, professionals around the world must be aware of supply chain challenges in Asia.

SCAF 2012 focuses on bridging the gap between knowledge and needs for supply chains in Asia. A diverse program, which involves many leading organizations and key executives, makes it an interesting and interactive event. This event provides many new insights into the challenges and innovations for supply chains in Asia, and how they differ from the West.







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