The Seventh CSCMP China Conference, co-organized by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and China (Shenzhen) Development Institute (CDI), held in Chengdu on September 8–9, 2016, addressed both the complicated challenges related to managing logistics and supply chain in China as well as the country's rapidly growing market potential and business opportunities.
Experts, supply chain thought leaders, and business executives from more than 10 countries and CSCMP roundtables gathered to share their views and insights with 300 participants in the two-day conference, which focused on the mega-trends for supply chain management in China. Under the theme "Supply Chain Management Plus: The Next Big Thing in China," the conference covered topics such as China's One Belt and One Road Initiative; innovative business models; and the application of technologies such as Big Data, cloud computing, the Internet of things, artificial intelligence, robotics and automation, and new energy solutions.
The following is a summary of some of the highlights from the conference's keynote speeches and breakout sessions. Throughout the conference a number of supply chain experts, CSCMP officers, researchers, and consultants shared their viewpoints on supply chain trends.
The conference also featured thought leadership and best practices from well-known companies such as semiconductor giant Texas Instruments, logistics service provider DHL, IBM, health and nutrition company DSM, Xianyi SCM, and retailers JD.com and VIP.com.
The conference also highlighted Chengdu's role as a national logistics hub in China and its goal to become an international leader in the Belt and Road Initiative. The city has the capability of handling materials and resources from all over the world. It offers rail lines connecting to European and coastal areas, a network of international air routes, and industrial clusters of leading-edge technologies. Chengdu is a good place to explore new business opportunities and set up local connections for logistics and supply chain activities in China.
Additionally 27 companies were presented with the 2016 Award for Excellent Supply Chain Management Companies & Best Practices in China.
We believe the 7th CSCMP China Conference proved the value and attractiveness of of CSCMP's global presence in China. Together with its partner China Development Institute (CDI), CSCMP will make sure the policy suggestions and business development strategies discussed will be collected and reported to relevant government agencies like China Customs as well as governmental inspection and quarantine agencies.