16-18 October | Hotel Arts, Barcelona, Spain

The exclusive cross-industry forum for supply chain leaders looking to drive innovation in supply chain strategy.

Innovation powers growth

Supply chain is the true platform for innovation…

Customers of all kinds increasingly expect more both in terms of price and availability. They also expect products that excite and delight. Continuous improvement is no longer enough. Breakthrough innovation in every element of the business is vital for powering growth. For supply chain executives this means working to enable great new product development as well as process transformation.

Where once sourcing, manufacturing and logistics focused almost exclusively on driving down costs, most executives today find that these new challenges demand much more. In retail and consumer products, digital demand and e-commerce are forcing supply chain leaders to tackle massive complexity while still winning at the shelf. In industrial and electronics sectors, technological shifts can topple leaders and empower upstarts. And in pharmaceuticals and healthcare new ideas are needed to contain costs while broadening reach.

For all supply chain leaders, the name of the game going forward is innovation. This means not only working effectively with R&D and marketing, but also thinking at a higher level about how supply chain’s unique role contributes to growth at the top line.


The best people to grow the supply chain profession are the executives who are leading it today.  From keynotes to more intimate workshops, hear new best practice case studies from leading senior executives in our community, backed by SCM World’s own predictive research on the impact of supply chain as the true platform for business innovation.

Peter Ernsting

Senior Vice President, Group Supply Chain

Carlo de Notaristefani

President & Chief Executive Officer

Roeland Baaijens

Executive Vice President, Global Logistics

Willem Vesters

Vice President, Global Supply Chain Planning

Juha Pankakoski

Chief Digital Officer

Xavier Houot

Senior Vice President – Group Environment, Safety, Real Estate


There are three fundamental ways that supply chain must approach innovation:


How does supply chain leverage innovation to gain a competitive edge? What competences must be built to meet a competitive threat or seize an opportunity? How can supply chain choices in terms of network design, organisational structure or metrics affect the pace of innovation and its business impact?


What skills and personality traits distinguish innovative thinkers from the rest? How can a supply chain organisation be functionally grounded, but at the same time receptive to new ideas and adaptable to new challenges? What attitudes and behaviour foster constant innovation in the processes, tools and tactics of supply chain?


Which disruptive technologies will impact your industry and supply chain? How can supply chain leaders sort through emerging technologies to find meaningful trends early and avoid dead ends? What is currently affecting core supply chain processes and how are they changing?

By breaking the innovation imperative in supply chain down into these three areas, this event will help executives systematically engage new ideas to power business growth.


Sunday 16th October
13:30-18:00 – Pre-event networking activity
19:00-21:30 – Welcome reception

Day one: Monday 17th October
07:30 – Networking breakfast
08:30-11:55 – Morning sessions
11:55-12:55 – Networking lunch
12:55-17:30 – Afternoon sessions including Executive Huddles and one-to-one peer connections
19:30 – Power of the Profession Dinner

Day two: Tuesday 18th October
07:50 – Networking breakfast
08:50-12:00 – Morning sessions
12:00-13:00 – Networking lunch
13:00-16:10 – Afternoon sessions including one-to-one peer connections
16:10 – Close

Keynote presentations include: 

  • Innovation and the future of business
  • The right brain supply chain TM
  • Partnering to expand innovation impact
  • Modularisation and platforming – innovating for long-term growth

If you’d like to learn more about our agenda, or anything else about this exclusive event please call us on +44 203 747 6200 or email us at hello@scmworld.com

Unique, Interactive Format

SCM World Live Europe is a unique, closed-door, cross-industry forum.  Its highly interactive and unique format puts peer-to-peer interaction at the top of the agenda.

Closed door: no press or media

Engage in frank, honest conversations with fellow industry Leaders that will remain confidential within the forum.

Keynote sessions and panel discussions

Senior leaders share practical insights into their supply chain operations and you can question them directly to get to the heart of all the key issues.

Executive huddles

Small, private roundtable discussions focusing on the critical issues affecting the future of the profession. As all dialogue remains strictly confidential, you can speak openly and freely without any risk of later citation.

1-2-1 peer connections

You can pre-book private face-to-face meetings with executive peers attending the forum using a private online portal running up to and during the event. Gain real practical insights into what other companies and industries are doing to take back to your boardroom.

Informal networking

A host of informal and relaxed networking opportunities over the course of the forum provide plenty of opportunity to enjoy time out from the intense business discussions and reflect with peers on the key themes of the day.

No exhibition or tradeshow

This means you can experience a unique environment free from solicitation by consultants or vendors.


Senior Supply Chain Executives from the following companies have already registered for SCM World Live Europe:

To find out how you could be joining them, please get in touch. You can call us on +44 203 747 6200 or email hello@scmworld.com


Hotel Arts, Barcelona

Uncover one of the premier luxury hotels in Spain as you experience the exhilarating culture, architecture and cuisine of Spain’s second-largest city. From world-renowned structures to the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean, artistic masterpieces to award-winning dining – this Barcelona luxury hotel’s accommodation provides guests with convenient access to all this one-of-a-kind destination has to offer.

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