2024 Conference Programme

Connected, integrated, predictive
Digitalising North America’s end-to-end automotive supply chain

DAY 1 - Wednesday, 26 June 2024

14:00 CDT - 30 mins

Registration and coffee 

14:30 CDT - 60 mins

Digital supply chain strategies: Leadership perspectives

Automotive supply chain and digital leaders share their strategic objectives, processes and investments for increasing end-to-end visibility, connectivity and predictability across operations, planning and delivery

As transformation of automotive supply chains continues apace in North America and beyond, with the development of electrified and software-defined vehicles and increasing competition, OEMs and suppliers are radically rethinking the very nature of supply chains and logistics. That includes how transport networks are designed and work, how suppliers are managed, and the technology and digital infrastructure supporting the end-to-end value chain and product lifecycle.

For example, when the complex nature of domestic and international value chains, new materials, software and suppliers collide with the need for speed to market, efficiency, regulations and sustainability, there is a critical requirement to refocus on creating and developing digital supply chains which are not just responsive, but predictive; not just disruptive, but transformational; not just environmentally friendly, but efficient, competitive and sustainable in the long run. 

Attend this opening session, including keynotes and discussion, to hear from digital, supply chain and logistics leaders from manufacturers and key providers to understand more about the landscape and objectives driving digitalisation across operations. They will discuss requirements for visibility, automation and data, connectivity and technology requirements, and what digital strategies and transformation programmes they are putting in place to create more resilient, competitive and predictable supply chains.

15:30 CDT - 30 mins

Networking and Coffee break 

16:00 CDT - 60 mins

Interactive Workshops:

Join your peers in a deep-dive, interactive workshop on topics exploring supply chain digitalisation, including end-to-end collaboration, data exchange, cross-functional teams, cybersecurity and ROI.

In these collaborative sessions, attendees will be invited to join one of the groups below for a deep-dive into critical topics in supply chain digitalisation. Each group will discuss the challenges and come up with three solutions or pathways to solutions. These sessions are interactive by nature and provide a chance to also network with colleagues and work together on topics that will be explored throughout the event.

A- Evaluating end-to-end supply chain collaboration techniques
Discussion Points:
- The most important areas of collaboration needed within your organisation and across the value chain, including functions and stakeholders, to accelerate digitalisation
- Ensuring digital transformation is beyond the limits of own organisation
- Key technologies and tools to increase end-to-end collaboration

B- Removing data silos and increasing data sovereignty
Discussion Points:
- Developing a coherent data strategy plan
- Overcoming challenges in removing data silos
- Increasing data sovereignty and data exchange across the supply chain

C- Weaving sustainability into your digitalisation strategy
Discussion Points:
- What areas of sustainability and eco-friendly strategies can benefit from digitisation?
- Measuring the environmental impact of supply chain and required governance
- Assessing what technologies can have the greatest impact on sustainability

D- Improving cybersecurity across the supply chain
Discussion Points:
- Assessing the nature and impact of cyberattacks in the supply chain
- How to protect the value chain while fostering collaboration and sharing
- Protecting against the ‘weakest links’, including companies who may not have resources/tools to monitor threats

E- What to measure when calculating ROI for digitalisation
Discussion Points:
- Assessing what should and should not be measured, by when and by whom
- Developing a matrix to calculate short and long-term ROI
- Beyond monetary value, what other returns can be expected from digitalisation?

17:00 CDT

Close of Session and Preview of Day Two

17:15 CDT - 2:45 mins

Networking Drinks Reception

Join industry leaders, experts, colleagues and peers for a delightful evening of networking and camaraderie at the welcome drinks reception.

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20:00 CDT

Close of Day One

DAY 2 - Thursday 27, June 2024

08:30 CDT - 30 mins

Conference open for registration, networking and refreshments

Re-group and re-fuel for day two with some early morning refreshments, and kick start the conversation with new-found colleagues and connections.

09:00 CDT - 45 mins

Driving hyper-value from data in a digital supply chain

Attend this session to discover case studies of how manufacturers, logistics and technology providers are working together to develop agile, resilient and efficient digital supply chains based on data interoperability and systems integration.



Ed Stachowski, Director, Data Science & Machine Learning, Supply Chain Analytics, Ford

Data is at the heart of a successful digital supply chain and logistics strategy – especially the effective use of trusted, identifiable data. Gaining actionable value from the millions of datasets generated every second across the value chain is a challenge for most, if not all organisations, from changes in the bill of materials (BOM) to logistics and delivery visibility.

However, focusing on the data with forensic precision can empower stakeholders to discover hidden value within, and enable them to deliver not only more resilient and sustainable supply chains, but also greater visibility, fewer security risks and more long-term competitive advantages.

In this session, hear what OEMs and suppliers did to glean hyper-value from their data and what strategies and enablers are required for success. In particular, learn how to accelerate gaining valuable business intelligence, set KPIs and go beyond dashboards to actionable value.

09:45 CDT - 45 mins

Overcoming integration and interoperability challenges across the end-to-end value chain

Learn about how stakeholders are increasing interoperability and exchange of data across suppliers, logistics providers and customers through trusted networks and shared standards



Ricardo Manzanera, Americas Purchasing Logistics - Transport Director, Forvia

A key challenge in the era of digitising logistics and supply chain operations is system integration and connectedness of the entire ecosystem. Modern supply chain systems should allow all stakeholders to seamlessly integrate processes, technologies and inputs from across suppliers, customers, BOM and logistics, using a common language to communicate effectively and exchange data efficiently. The resulting digital interoperability should lead to more end-to-end visibility, information tractability and transparency – it can also set the groundwork for building large datasets and using artificial intelligence and generative AI in logistics and supply chain operations.

Inevitably there are critical challenges when trying to integrate systems from company to company let alone legacy systems within an organisation. Creating a unified transparent view of real-time data across multiple platforms and protocols is becoming mission-critical, but requires extensive planning, trust and technological collaboration.

Attend this session to discover case studies of how manufacturers, logistics and technology providers are working together to develop agile, resilient and efficie

10:30 CDT - 30 mins

Networking, refreshments & exhibition visit 

11:00 CDT – 45 mins

Evaluating how digital transformation and organisational change go hand in hand

Manufacturers and suppliers are adapting skills, functions and organisations to be more agile and responsive to digital change. Understand more about key priorities and requirements when it comes to creating a digital supply chain team.



Alex Murray, Senior Manager, Global Supply Chain Management, Metal Forming Division, American Axle & Manufacturing


Chandan Trehan, Lead, Digital Supply Chains and Logistics, Bosch North America

To truly benefit from digitalisation in the supply chain, it has become essential to have a digitally skilled and agile workforce. With an eye to the future, what skills and talent should automotive supply chain organisations invest in now so that OEMs and suppliers have the right skills in the right place at the right time? Not only do they need a workforce who are technologically aware but should be data literate and problem-solving leaders.

As supply chains become even more intelligent, so the workforce and individuals within it will need to adapt and evolve to new job functions. Future-proofing the workforce entails creating new and different teams, away from silo working and more cross-functional groups, broadening digital fluency and investment in training and long-term workforce planning.

Attend this session to discover how OEMs and suppliers are developing their talent strategies, gaining management buy-in for investment and achieving milestones in future proofing their workforces capable of supporting a digitally connected supply network.

11:45 CDT - 45 mins

Lean vs agile in a digitalised supply chain

To manage the right balance of inventory and resiliency with efficiency, manufacturers and logistics providers are using multiple layers of data, systems and cloud insight across control towers and real-time supply chain monitoring.

Whilst lean supply chains are more cost-effective and predictable, agile supply chains can be more flexible and are able to react quickly to market changes. Is this a binary choice, or can you have both in a digitalised supply chain? 

With so many demands on a supply chain, and a no one-size-fits-all approach to SCM, logistics and manufacturing leaders need to find a balance of both. To create these hybrid supply chain models between lean and resilience, manufacturers and providers are looking to digital control towers, including integrated data monitoring from customer orders, suppliers and distribution. These methods use a mixture of data, machine learning and integrated planning to react faster and predict problems ahead of time. That allows them to maintain low inventory and just-in-time production – but to plan in appropriate buffers.

Attend this session to hear digital strategies that enable manufacturers to build a resilient value chain; through better visibility, end-to-end operational integration and effective data analytics.

12:30 CDT - 90 mins

Lunch & networking

14:00 CDT - 45 mins

Measuring (and then achieving higher) ROI from a digital transformation programme 

Understand how manufacturers and logistics providers should consider return on investment for digital supply chain technology and tools, including value drivers, timing and holistic benefits.



Skotti Fietsam, Senior Vice President Supply Chain, Accuride

Digital transformation of logistics and supply chains is here to stay. Yet to keep growing and providing tangible benefits, the return on investment has become a constant consideration. This is especially true when considering that digitalising the supply chain doesn’t happen overnight – it’s a long-term process with changing priorities and goals, new technologies coming on stream and increased risks and rewards. And yet logistics, IT and purchasing teams have tight budgets, and investments must be prioritised and pay back dividends.

Whether measuring the hard ROI in dollar terms, or soft ROI in terms of process improvements, the investments in technologies, people and processes have to be measured using innovative ROI models that encompass end-to-end supply chain and operational impacts. Going further, the measurements themselves can also boost the strategy to increase investment within a circular process.

Join this session to understand the best approaches to determine ROI based on supply chain objectives, and to demonstrate how investing in the right new technology can create greater visibility, offering increased opportunities and providing higher ROIs.  

14:45 CDT - 45 mins

Cybersecurity: How to mitigate risks from the strongest to weakest links in the supply chain 

Learn the step and actions plans that supply chain and IT leaders need to protect their systems, suppliers and employees from rising risks and threats.

As digitalisation spreads across the value chain, so does the risk of cyber threats. Whether attacking data storage services or business emails through infected software or hardware, attackers have an array of single-entry points that can cause disruption across the entire network.

Since malicious attackers would target the weakest point across the network (whether a vulnerable supplier or smaller logistics provider) OEMs, suppliers and logistics providers have to collaborate to protect and enhance their end-to-end network. To respond to the constant cyber threat in a digitalised supply chain, stakeholders need to have a common understanding of the cyber risks, identifying weak points within the network, complying with new regulations whilst having a clear plan to increase resilience.

This session will delve into what manufacturers and providers can do to monitor and protect their shared network whilst minimising disruption across the value chain.

15:30 CDT - 30 mins

Networking, refreshments and exhibition visit  

16:00 CDT - 45 mins

Converging digital twins within a digital supply chain to gain competitive advantage 

Chart the journey from digital control towers to digital supply chain twins, including opportunities in simulation and AI across logistics, up to and including the industrial metaverse.

Whist logistics and supply chain systems, including TMS, YMS and control towers, provide real-time data to help improve logistics routes, manage inventory and assess changing risks and bottlenecks, there are even greater opportunities to design, simulate and adapt supply chains in the virtual world, minimising delays, reducing engineering changes and improving responsiveness in real-time. Moreover, the use of digital supply chain twins can reap benefits that include improving sustainability, cost reduction and greater agile planning.

Already, logistics and assembly planners are actively using virtual factory, warehouse and other simulations of facilities and products. However, the practical implementation of digital supply chain twins remains fraught with obstacles. Many manufacturers lack of master data strategy, struggle to integrate parts and logistics data, lack system scalability as well as workforce skills to develop true digital supply chain twins, let alone the even larger scope of the ‘industrial metaverse’.

However, companies continue to make advances in logistics and supply chain simulation. Join this session to discover the steps to evolve supply chain planning to multi-layered digital control towers, and eventually digital supply chain twins and the metaverse. Learn what obstacles to avoid and how they bring about benefits on sustainability and decision-making.

16:45 CDT - 45 mins

Automotive digital supply chain 2034: A road map for digital logistics and supply chain  

A look ahead to what digital supply chain experts expect over the next decade, from genAI, self-learning supply chains to true end-to-end visibility – and much more.

As supply chains rapidly evolve, what digital advances can be expected in the next ten years, specifically within the North American market? One thing is certain, change will continue at pace and organisations seeking to maximise revenue and profits will be future planning and future-proofing their systems now.

For example, automation and AI will permeate logistics and supply chain operations to support better risk identification, demand management and intelligent decision-making – heading towards a sentient supply chain. But how do organisations get there and what steps must be taken now: including increased collaboration with stakeholders, reshaping business models and investing in new technologies will be key.

Attend this closing session as we gaze into the future and outline what scenarios may unfold and how OEMs, suppliers, logistics and technology providers should respond.

17:30 CDT - 15 mins

Closing remarks and key takeaways  

17:45 - 19.30 CDT

Conference networking reception  

Finish the conference networking with fellow digital supply chain leaders over drinks and snacks.