European Supply Chain Day, April 10th 2014

(18 Feb 2014)

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CILT Ireland will host three events to mark European Supply Chain Day on Thursday April 10th. Two will take place in Dublin, including a presentation by NITL’s Edward Sweeney, with one scheduled for Cork.

The first event will take place at the McDonalds restaurant on the Kylemore Road, Dublin 12 at 8am. Paul Brennan FCILT (General Manager) of Martin Brower Ireland will deliver a presentation entitled "Future of Food Services Logistics 2020+". Martin Brower Ireland are responsible for all aspects of SCM for McDonald's Ireland covering 110 restaurants and a turnover of over €200 million. Paul is also a Team Leader for Martin Brower, UK & France, responsible for 11 DCs that supply 3234 restaurants. He is a Fellow of CILT and a Certified Logistician (ES Log by the European Certification Board for Logistics, Brussels, Belgium).

The second event is built around a presentation by Dr Edward Sweeney FCILT of NITL entitled "Understanding and Adoption of Supply Chain Management in Ireland" and will take place at the Hilton Hotel in Kilmainham, Dublin 8, commencing at 6.30pm. There is significant evidence of a divergence between theory and practice in the field of supply chain management (SCM). The purpose of this presentation is to disentangle the rhetoric from the reality in relation to SCM adoption in practice, with particular reference to the situation that pertains in Ireland. The presentation summarises the findings from a recent research project which involved the use of focussed interviews with logistics and supply chain managers, focus groups comprising supply chain professionals from a variety of industries, as well as a major questionnaire survey. All phases of the research used the author's definitional construct - the Four Fundamentals of SCM - as their basis. This allowed a comprehensive profile of SCM understanding and adoption in Ireland to be developed. The findings suggest that, while levels of SCM understanding are generally quite high, there is room for improvement in relation to how this understanding is translated into practice. A number of critical success factors (CSFs) and/or barriers to implementation of SCM theory in practice are also identified, as are a number of practical measures that could be implemented at policy, supply chain and firm levels to improve the level of effective SCM adoption.

The Cork-based event will take place at the Rochestown Park Hotel at 5pm sharp and will comprise two presentations. Declan Coyne CMILT (Freight Operations Manager & Customs Compliance Manager with Flextronics) will present the first presentation of the evening on "Achieving a Safe & Secure Supply Chain" and will look at the areas of regulation, vendor selection, partner on-boarding and operational activities.

Declan Coyne CMILT joined Irish Express Cargo in July of 1981 and has worked in all areas of Freight Forwarding, Air - Sea - Road, Imports & Exports.  IEC was acquired in 2000 by the Flextronics Corp and Declan has expanded into an EU Customs Compliance role for Logistics Centres throughout Europe. The second presentation of the evening will come from Patrick Cummins CMILT and will be entitled "Using Technology in the Supply Chain" and will cover the areas of warehouse management systems, voice pick technology and customs technology. Paddy Cummins CMILT worked in the C&C Group PLC for over 30 years and had the responsibility of looking after the company's end-to-end supply chain activities which included exporting goods to most countries in the world from Tipperary Patrick also looked after the national and international transport distribution channels for the C&C Group. 


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