The Supply Chain Summit 2015 – A Success Story

SKEIN, the Supply Chain and Operations Club of IIM Udaipur in collaboration with State Bank of India successfully conducted The Supply Chain Summit’15, second edition of the annual Supply Chain Symposium on 14th February, 2015. The clubs and committees of IIMU give ample opportunities to its students to master the tapestry of learning and holistic development while getting hands on experience in organizing events. SKIEN’s constant endeavor remains imparting the students of IIMU the latest knowledge from the World of Supply Chain. It is an initiative to bring together Supply Chain enthusiasts from academia, the local community and industry alike and provide a platform where global leaders can share their opinions and views on supply chain through engagement in panel discussions and thus provide valuable insights to the students.

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The event flagged off with an opening speech from Prof. Janat Shah Director, IIMU who presented his vision for the institute with strong emphasis on research, analysis and entrepreneurship. The umbrella theme for this Supply Chain Summit 2015 was “From Apple to Apple – Supply Chain Transformation”, aptly developed around the global Supply Chain evolving activities and the prominent opportunities in the sector in future. The theme throws light on the transformation that took place from selling of apples in grocery stores to developing and implementing innovative supply chain technologies in companies such as Apple Inc.

The run-up to the event saw numerous online and on-campus competitions being held, with teams from the best B-schools across the country joining the event for battling their knowledge out in the arena in front of the judges.

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The event saw two important panel discussions between eminent corporate leaders. The first panel discussion with the sub-theme, “Make in India: How Supply Chain can help achieve the Dream” had panelists Mr. Ajay Jhalani – Head Supply Chain (CHEP India Pvt. Ltd.) , Mr. Chandramohan Gupta – Director Supply Chain (Coca Cola – India and SW Asia),  Mr. Shyamal Chatterjee – Head India Operations (Tupperware) , and Mr. Vinal Kabra -Global Supply Manager (Apple Inc., California). The vast experience these professionals had helped in an engaging and enriching discussion with various strata of Supply Chain management touched upon like Sustainability of Make in India, Importance of Analytics in the field of Supply Chain, protecting the margins in businesses, amalgamation of frontend and backend processes, and problems pertaining to warehousing and storage of food in India. The panel mentioned that roughly 12-14% of India’s GDP goes into logistics and similarly 80% of the price of the product also comprises of supply chain. They also threw light on the importance of new managers coming into the industry and the expectation from them. The speakers discussed about plethora of issues ranging from integration with suppliers, Squeezing of working capital & its profitability, Accurate Demand aggregation, and enhancement in Cold Chain infrastructure.

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The second panel discussion revolved around the sub-theme, “E-Commerce in India: Competitive Advantage through Innovations in Supply Chain” with the panelists Mr. Hrishikesh Pore – Head Grocery Online (My247Market.com – A TATA Enterprise) , Mr. Navneet Rai – Co-founder (Tolexo) and Mr. Jayant Mahto – VP Operations (Firstcry.com). The panel discussed about how e-commerce has brought the once backend process of a business i.e supply chain to front end. They discussed the dilemma of maintaining a site that offers products both perishable and nonperishable products.  The panel discussion was mainly interaction driven with students asking questions specifically related to e-commerce industry as well as companies that the panelists are representing. The panelists also discussed the benefits of e-commerce as compared to the traditional method of shopping offline.

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The event ended with a felicitation of the speakers and a vote of thanks. The Supply Chain Summit’15 was a resounding success with speakers and participants alike, appreciating the seamless organization of the entire event and the insights they gained through the discussions.

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IIM Udaipur Supply Chain Excursus

Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur successfully conducted the IIM Udaipur Supply Chain Excursus on 18th January, 2014, the third in the Excursus series in a span of two months. The aim of the event was to create a platform for the industry leaders in Supply Chain to share their rich experiences and expertise through engaging dialogues, to showcase IIMU and its students to the outside world and provide a unique learning opportunity to the students through interactions with the industry stalwarts.

The theme of this event was ‘Supply Chain 2020’.  The event was flagged off by Prof. Janat Shah, DirectorIIM Udaipur, an Operations liturgist himself, where he highlighted that despite being one of the youngest IIMs, IIMU is leveraging the opportunity to establish itself as a completely different institute, focusing more on industry interactions, live projects and research.

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The first panel, represented by the Senior Supply Chain Management team from the corporate world with Mr. Siva PeriasamyHead of Procurement, Wipro, Mr. Kalyana Krishnan Head of Supply Chain, Ranbaxy and Mr. Arun Kumar GhoshHead of Supply Chain, Microsoft India, discussed on the topic ‘Collaboration in future Supply Chains’. The discussion was very enriching, where the esteemed panelists mentioned that team-work is an extremely crucial element in ensuring the success of Supply Chains. The areas touched upon were sourcing, collaborative planning cum forecasting and logistics services. Mr. Siva Periasamy emphasized that mutual trust forms the backbone of collaboration and companies should increasingly focus on collaboration to manage their complex Supply Chains.

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Poster Competition conducted by SKEIN The Operations Club of IIMU, during the event witnessed students battling it out in the final round by giving a 2-minute elevator pitch on various burning issues in today’s Supply Chain – containerization, impact of social media, use of hi-tech weather forecasting technologies etc.

The second panel discussion on ‘Supply Chain Innovations and their impact’ was represented by the Supply Chain Heads consisting of Mr. Moti GyamlaniChief Supply Chain Officer & Board MemberBharti Airtel, Mr. Ankur BhandariPartnerErnst & Young and an esteemed guest from a leading pharmaceutical company. All the honored panelists stressed on the need to build the culture of innovation in organizations. Mr. Moti Gyamlani mentioned how innovations in the service industry have transformed the business models and made it increasingly customer-centric.

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The day concluded with the declaration of the Poster Competition results followed by a vote of thanks. The Excursus event proved to be a great learning experience for the entire IIMU student community from the discussions about the future of Supply Chain with the experts from leading corporations and how tomorrows Supply Chain leaders need to think differently in order to cater to increasing customer needs.