RELEX’s fourth annual London seminar, held at the Finnish Ambassador’s residence on Thursday, saw a lively debate about developments and best practice in supply chain management.

RELEX Chairman Andrew Blatherwick introduced a strong panel of RELEX users from leading companies in sectors as diverse as white-goods ecommerce, horticulture, supermarket retail and food service.

The panel provided an opportunity to introduce recent RELEX adopters ao.com and Wyevale Garden Centres to an audience of retail and wholesale supply chain executives.

John Power, Supply Chain Manager at Wyevale, described RELEX as ‘a key facilitator’ in the company’s ongoing efforts to modernise its supply chain, while Vicky Kay, Head of Commercial Operations and Supply at ao.com praised the flexibility and autonomy that RELEX systems give her team.

Also on the panel were representatives from two established RELEX users; Andrew Rafferty, IT & Ecommerce Director with UK regional supermarket, Booths, and Mushtaque Ahmed, COO of JJ Food Service Ltd. Both of whom have won prestigious awards for their supply chain work with RELEX.

The keynote presentation was delivered by Mari Nenonen, Supply Chain Manager at Finland’s leading design and fashion company Marimekko, a longstanding RELEX customer. She outlined the role RELEX has played in helping replenish and manage stock for more than 140 stores in over 40 territories worldwide.

Meanwhile RELEX Co-founder and CEO, Mikko Kärkkäinen spoke briefly about the changing world of supply chain technology. Kärkkäinen, who has recently relocated to London, outlined the potentially revolutionary impact of In Memory Computing on supply chain management.

‘The additional power and much faster results In Memory Computing delivers, make radical change possible by giving managers an unprecedented range of options and degree of control over their supply chain,’ he said. ‘I think we will be seeing huge changes in the way that companies approach their replenishment planning and inventory optimisation.’

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Find the presentations under the links below:

Mari Nenonen, Marimekko – Transforming the SCM of a global multi-channel fashion retailer

Mikko Kärkkäinen, RELEX – The future of supply chain planning: The changes in-memory technology is bringing