Holis­tic ap­proach to sup­ply chain

THE PRE­MIER EDI­TION OF USC MAR­SHALL’S SYM­PO­SIUM on global sup­ply chain in In­dia was held in Mum­bai this March and brought up per­ti­nent is­sues that the in­dus­try needs to be mind­ful of.

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With the aim of ini­ti­at­ing dis­cus­sions and cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment for in­no­va­tive thought process, USC Mar­shall Cen­ter for Global Sup­ply Chain Man­age­ment re­cently or­gan­ised a one-day sym­po­sium in Mum­bai. The in­au­gu­ral edi­tion that took place on March 16, 2018, fo­cused on the global sup­ply chain land­scape as well as pe­riph­eral as­pects of the in­dus­try such as tal­ent man­age­ment and deal­ing with the mil­len­ni­als. Raj Dias, Sym­po­sium Chair­per­son and Pres­i­dent, Global DCM, is also part of the ad­vi­sory board at USC GSC in CA. He says, “We had in­ter­na­tional speak­ers which of­fered a global per­spec­tive of the in­dus­try.” Dias feels that In­dia is far be­hind as com­pared to the global stan­dards and in­fra­struc­ture is one of the hur­dles. “The USC plans to do such a sym­po­sium every year in In­dia. The USC and the In­dian gov­ern­ment have been dis­cussing sign­ing an MoU in terms of ex­change of ideas, ed­u­ca­tion, etc. but its still in dis­cus­sion stage,” he adds.

He in­di­cated that there was a pos­si­bil­ity of or­gan­is­ing the next sym­po­sium in an­other city – may be Ben­galuru or Delhi. Dias was in Mum­bai for the sym­po­sium as well as look at in­vest­ments, op­por­tu­ni­ties, both from the de­mand side as well as the sup­ply side. Nick Vyas, Pro­gram Di­rec­tor, USC Cen­ter for Global Sup­ply Chain Man­age­ment, for the Masters course, gave a for­ward-look­ing out­look about the in­dus­try by bring­ing in the in­dus­try sta­tus of North Amer­ica. Speak­ing about some of the top dis­rup­tive tech­nolo­gies in the in­dus­try such as drones, 3D print­ing and even ro­bot­ics, he un­der­lined the kind of im­pact they would have on the sup­ply chain.

The first panel dis­cus­sion of the day started with GST – the most talked-about de­vel­op­ment in In­dia of late and how it can trans­form In­dia’s sup­ply chain and lo­gis­tics land­scape. The sec­ond panel dis­cus­sion of the day took this idea for­ward and ex­changed ideas on how star­tups are solv­ing the SCM chal­lenges in In­dia. The con­ver­sa­tion then veered to­wards the board­room where the ques­tions re­volved around CSOs and how soon can they be on the board.

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