Supply Chain Management 2011 preview: Japan’s anguish is sure to come up during global sessions

by Scott Wallask

March 18, 2011

By Scott Wallask, SAP Experts

At our series of supply-chain-related conferences next week, it will be interesting to hear how expert presenters and attendees view the supply chain in Japan as that country deals with the aftermath of the earthquake, tsunami, and radiation threats.

Japan’s presence in the supply chain and its foothold in industries such as automobile manufacturing and high tech both seem unsteady as the nation responds to a series of terrible crises. Even if your company doesn’t have direct business ties to Japan, it’s not hard to appreciate what could happen if similar escalated disasters hit other parts of the world.

I searched for the term “global” in sessions at our Logistics and Supply Chain Management 2011, Procurement and Materials Management 2011, PLM 2011, and Manufacturing 2011 conferences (all of which take place next week in Orlando). More than 25 presentations showed up in the search results, and I’d expect Japan’s dire circumstances to come up during many of these gatherings.

All of our presenters turned in the slide sets weeks ago, so I don’t know any of them will bob and weave their discussions around Japan’s supply chain woes. But some of the sessions that have peaked my interest from a global perspective include the following:

I hope to see many of you at the conferences—stop by the WIS Publishing booth and say hello.

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