More than seventy supply chain experts gathered in Oslo last week for RELEX Norway’s first ever seminar. Billed as an ‘SCM Inspiration Day’ the theme for the inaugural event was ‘Next Generation Supply Chains – Integrated SCM in practice’.
Professor Heidi Dreyer of NTNU gave the first of the afternoon’s presentations and explored how supply chains can become leaner and faster.
Two Plantasjen executives, supply chain planner Viktor Erlandsson, and logistics operations manager Ole Bakurowitz, gave a presentation about their work on automated ordering for the Nordic region’s largest chain of garden centres. Their case study prompted a host of very interesting questions and a lively discussion that continued into the break that followed.
Vibeke Leganger, purchasing manager at the Norwegian industrial clothing and accessory supplier Victoria AS shared her experiences about implementing RELEX. Victoria AS is one of RELEX’s smallest customers but Vibeke threw light on how it is possible to get great results from integrating a supply chain even within smaller businesses.
Later in the afternoon RELEX’s Senior Advisor (Norway) and country manager-designate, Fred Graham, took delegates through the RELEX-commissioned study “The State of the Retail Supply Chain” which surveys SC operations at the UK’s leading retailers and benchmarks them in the light of the latest modern techniques and technology. Finally he handed over to Cato Kaasa, partner at PWC, who examined the same issue of supply chain efficiency in a Norwegian context.
“It’s only a year since we opened our Oslo office,” Fred Graham says, “and to have had such an impressive turnout is a real reflection of the extent to which RELEX has been welcomed into the Norwegian market. And judging by the fact that people barely stopped talking and stuck around afterwards to continue the discussion, I’d say everyone who attended took away a lot from the seminar. It really was an inspiration day.”