At the recent Makers and Movers event, a panel of supply chain professionals discussed the past year of crisis. The experts included Radu Palamuria, Managing Director at Alcott Global; Erik Lund, Head of Tracking division (Visilion) at Sony; Nihal Mokdad, Director of Supply Chain Excellence – Global Emerging Markets at Mars; and Daniel Stanton, known as Mr. Supply Chain.
The focus of the panel was supply chain visibility. The global pandemic, the blockage of the Suez Canal, labour shortages and worker strikes have led to a re-evaluation of values in the supply chain, including a deeper appreciation for visibility. Understanding what is happening at every level of your supply chain operations is essential to navigating unexpected circumstances and mitigating damage.
While supply chain managers around the world focus their energy on increasing visibility and building resilience, there are still many unanswered questions. What lessons can we learn from the past year? What is the best way forward? The panel discussion on visibility at the Makers and Movers event addresses some of these questions, and covers topics including:
- The positive changes that have occurred in the supply chain over the past year
- Whether or not it is possible to form long-term relationships with supply chain partners
- The role of culture and values in the supply chain
- How to deal with the mental and physical exhaustion of supply chain workers during crisis