May 17, 2020

Supply Chain Risk Getting the Royal Treatment

Extended Supply Chain Conference
Radisson Blu Londo
Freddie Pierce
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With natural disasters causing market unrest in sectors as diverse as information technology and nuclear power, the management of supply chain risk has...

With natural disasters causing market unrest in sectors as diverse as information technology and nuclear power, the management of supply chain risk has never been a hotter topic for business leaders.

How to diversify holdings to mitigate the impact of a single supply chain zone anomaly; how to develop backups and safeguards for crucial links in the chain; how much it all matters to your bottom line – these and other topics will be covered by industry leaders at the Extended Supply Chain Conference this April in London.

Over 40 international guest speakers will be presenting, and professionals in the field will be given a singular opportunity to mingle in the creamy ethereality of a swanky London hotel.  Women tend to be thinner than they should be and older than they seem; men have large features and don’t wear top buttons or ties, although you notice their absence. 


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It’s exactly the atmosphere to encourage the kind of networking that’ll tide you over until next year.  And we haven’t even mentioned the ESC’s special 1-2-1 meetings – add those numbers up however you want to.

The event has an impressive roster of speakers drawn from some of the most prominent companies in the world.  Supply chain managers from all over Europe attend ESC every year to hear the likes of Patrik Jansson, VP Ops at Sony Ericsson, speak to the issue of endemic risk.

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Jun 23, 2021

SAP Ariba to digitise procurement for Expo 2020 suppliers

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SAP Ariba will fully digitise and automate the procure-to-pay lifecycle for more than 25,000 suppliers at this year’s Expo 2020 Dubai

SAP Ariba will provide a unified digital procurement and payment platform for more than 25,000 suppliers at Expo 2020 Dubai

The global trade event, this year hosted in Dubai, was rescheduled from last year and will now take place between 1 October 2021 and 31 March 2022. 

As the event’s Innovative Enterprise Software Partner, SAP Ariba solutions will fully digitise and automate the procure-to-pay lifecycle, providing a streamlined experience for thousands of market leading, global suppliers and strengthening the global supply chain with enhanced transparency and efficiency. The cloud-based platforms operate through on SAP Ariba’s UAE public cloud data centre and connects to the Ariba Network. 

Expo 2020 "a long-term investment"

Mohammed AlHashmi, Chief Technology Officer, Expo 2020 Dubai, said the world trade event is  “a long-term investment in the future that aims to enhance opportunities for sustainable business connectivity and growth”, which stretches beyond Expo 2020’s six-month window. 

“Our partnership with SAP is an example of what can be achieved with the invaluable support of our technology partners to host one of the most digitally advanced World Expos ever,” he added. “The implementation of SAP Ariba solutions has transformed our end-to-end procure-to-pay cycle and helped set new standards of procurement automation for projects of this scale.”

To date, more than AED 1bn has already been transacted by Expo 2020 suppliers through SAP Ariba. The platform promotes collaborative partnerships and allows registered users to participate in sourcing events, negotiate and initiate contracts, and centralise their invoicing and payments in real time. 

Claudio Muruzabal, President of EMEA South, SAP, said: “Expo 2020 Dubai is demonstrating global best practices in digitising its procurement process with SAP Ariba solutions to help gain visibility into its spend, tighten collaboration with its suppliers, and achieve process automation, including completely paperless invoicing.”

About Expo 2020 Dubai

Expo 2020 will take place in Dubai and is the first of the long-running World Expos to be hosted in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia territory. The original World Expo, called the Great Exhibiton, was hosted in 1851 at the Crystal Palace in London, designed as a showcase for the innovations of the Industrial Revolution. 

Expo 2020 was originally due to run 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021, but was last year postponed in light of COVID-19 restrictions - though some business has already taken place virtually. The event will place greater emphasis on innovation in sustainable solutions through the Sustainability District, blending technology and culture. It is expected that around 70 per cent of the 25 million attendees will be international visitors. 

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