Conclave started with lamp lighting and prayer to Maa Saraswati. Dr. Vandana Arora, Group Director, Lloyd Group of Institutions introduced the chief guest, panelist and Lloyd Group. President, Lloyd Group of Institutions, CA Manohar Thairani in his opening speech give focus on numbers. He described that how companies worldwide and specially in India have increased their numbers in income statement and balance sheet due to supply chain management and E-commerce. He said that supply chain management is not only reducing cost to companies, convenience is also added to customers through SCM.
Mr. Harry Himmat Lagad, Chairman of National Supply Council was the chief guest of the conclave and keynote speaker for the first session.
As a Keynote speaker for the first session, Mr. Harry discussed about lack of business leadership developed in India during last two decades. He advises to young managers:
Think Globally; Act Locally; and Compete as a Team.
The first panel discussion was started with the theme, " Mega Cities: Growth and Challanges".
The Panelist were as follows:
Mr. VGS Mani, Founder, 'The Chainworks'; Mr. Rajesh Partap, SCM Manager, Ananda; Mr. Saneeth Mathew, Head Academics, Safeeducate; Mr. Gaurav Arora, V.P. Yes Bank. Moderator was Mr. Vishwas Verma, Assistant Professor, Lloyd Business School.
The panelist were in the view that overgrown population in the mega cities and lack of infrastructure is creating hurdle for the growth of SCM. Public transport system need to strengthen in metro and tier I and II cities. Fintech collaborations with banks like Paytm has smoothened the life of citizens in Mega cities, but lot of work has to be done in rural India. These technical collaborations has created large number of employment opportunities in the field of SCM/Fintech/E-commerce and Banking. Panelist discussed the scope for young managers to opt SCM as specialization and think likely Lloyd Business School, Greater Noida had already started its Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) in collaboration with Safeeducate three years back.
The theme of the second session was "Disruptions in Global Supply Chain & Roadmap for Future"
Ms. Venu Vashista was the keynote speaker for the second session. She is alumnus of IIM, Lucknow and currently Director, Supply Chain at Kohler Kitchen and Bath.
In her keynote address she said that the objective of SCM is to maximize the overall value generation of the company. She focused on planning manufacturing capacity, inventory management and planning for future.
Panelist for this session were as follows:
Dr. Babu Lal, Ex-Director, BHEL; Ms. Venu Vashist, Director, Supply Chain, Kohler; Mr. Sushil Agarwal, Geodis; Mr. VGS Mani, Founder, 'The Chainworks'; Mr. Yuvraj Sharma, Director Sales, Geodis.
Panel discussed about legal barriers. In the view of panelist disruptions not only comes in single day, it gives signals in advance. Due to change in technology large amount of capital is required in the field of SCM. Knowledge flow is required in the field of SCM, if the country has to grow. This will bring only when institutes like Lloyd will bring courses in SCM. Panelist discussed with young managers and motivated to opt skill base educational programs like SCM, Business Analytics etc. which has more scope in near future.
During the conclave a case study competition was also organized, in which the students of various B-Schools and Universities participated.
First prize was awarded to Anurag Tripathi and his colleagues from Sharda Unversity, Greater Noida. Runner-up prize was awarded to Shalu Upadhay and her colleagues from Lloyd Institute of Management and Technology and third prize was awarded to Archana Yadav and her colleagues from Sharda University.
During conclave the Rookie Manager Category Award, were provided to the students from Supply Chain Management stream to Mr. Nitin Choudhary (Batch 2015-17), Ankur Verma (Batch 2016-18), Ms. Jyoti Kumari (Batch 2016-18) and Mr. Arvind Negi (Batch 2016-18).
At last conclave ended with sumptuous lunch.