Supply chain has always been a vital aspect of business operations, but recent worldwide events have highlighted just how critical it is. How can companies take advantage of this new supply chain era? Can AI and robotics revolutionize the industry? How does China shape the future of trade? That’s just some of the topics that were discussed during the Optilon Supply Chain Conference 2023, held September 7 in Stockholm.
With the theme “From Boring to Boardroom,” the conference delved deep into the world of supply chain management, showcasing its critical role in today’s ever-changing business landscape. One key finding was that there is now a strong human component to an industry that is very much tech orientated. Storytelling is and will be a big part to this multi-dimensional aspect of supply chains forward.
The conference had a lineup of distinguished speakers, panel discussions, and networking opportunities that left all of us inspired and empowered. Did you miss the event? Here is a recap!
EXPLORING THE SUPPLY CHAIN LANDSCAPE
The conference welcomed over 250 supply chain professionals, eager to gain insights into the future of supply chain management. The day started off with a thought-provoking keynote by Christina Boutrup, who shed light on “The China Factor” and how it shapes the future of trade.
Throughout the day, attendees were treated to a diverse range of perspectives and expertise from industry leaders:
Katarina Blomkvist, in her session on “Building the Supply Chains of Tomorrow”, emphasized the importance of innovation and adaptability in supply chain management.
Jesper Metz from H&M discussed “How Supply Chain Analytics Create Clarity and End-to-End Optimization”, showcasing the power of data-driven decision-making.
Danica Kragic from KTH delved into “Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics”, highlighting both the hopes and challenges they present for the future of supply chain management.
Nicklas Jonsson from Exeger explored how they revolutionized the field with Powerfoyle – a unique solar cell that transforms all forms of light into electrical energy.
Patrik Johansson from Stora Enso shared an inspiring success story about projects that included machine learning for network optimization. He also presented how you can exceed expectations demonstrating how innovation can push boundaries through creativity.
EXPERT PANEL DISCUSSION
The conference also hosted an expert panel discussion that explored how supply chain management has evolved from a boring topic into a critical boardroom discussion. The panel included Unni Olldén (Synsam Group), Gabriella Norén (AIRA), Richard Molin (Höganäs), and Jens Stenquist (Optilon), offering valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities facing the supply chain industry.
CONNECTING SUPPLY CHAIN PROFESSIONALS AND NETWORKING
One of the standout features of the conference was the networking sessions. Attendees had the chance to connect with like-minded professionals together with good food and bubbly drinks. We heard discussions about everything from how companies retrieve their inventory to how e-commerce affects supply chain planning. You could really feel the atmosphere in the room – it was electric.
As the Optilon Supply Chain Conference 2023 concluded, attendees left with renewed enthusiasm. The event showcased that supply chain management is no longer perceived as “boring” but rather as a dynamic field driving innovation.
In case you missed this conference, or want to share it with a colleague, we have gathered all the inspiring keynote presentations and the panel discussion and will launch it soon! Follow us on LinkedIn if you want to be the first one to know when the recordings are live.