Supply Chain Conference 2017

Supply Chain Conference 2017 September 6-7

Supply Chain Conference is the Nordic meeting place for 250+ supply chain professionals from major brands and industries such as retail, manufacturing and FMCG. The conference addresses supply chain challenges such as inventory optimization, supply chain design, forecasting, production planning and much more, and always with new trends in focus.

This year's theme is "Go digital, create value" and explores how a supply chain can benefit from digitalization no matter if the core business is online or offline.

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Keynote Speakers 2017


Amazon - Tim Collins, Vice President of Worldwide Logistics

Tim Collins, Vice President of Operations, Amazon.

Tim Collins is Vice President of Worldwide Logistics for Amazon, responsible for Amazon Logistics, Amazon’s internal delivery service. In this role, Tim manages all “last mile” operations and deliveries worldwide.  Tim joined Amazon in 1999 and has held several key senior leadership roles over the years including Director of North American Operations, Director of Operations for Emerging Regions, and Vice President of Operations, Europe. In late 2014, Tim left Amazon and joined Uber Technologies as Vice President of Global Operations where he led teams responsible for scaling Uber’s physical operations – customer service, mapping, and partner support – worldwide, helping to grow Uber from 60 to over 400 cities in less than 2 years. He came back “home” to Amazon this summer (2016).

Born and raised in Seattle, Tim is a graduate of the University of Washington, and lives in the area with his wife Dr. Joanna Collins and their 4 daughters, ages 6 – 14.

Christiane "Elektronista" Vejlø

Elektronista Christiane Vejlø

Christiane "Elektronista" Vejlø is a tech and digital guru from Denmark. She supplies her audience with trends and updates on digitalization and the way of today's connected lifestyle.

The digital transformation is ongoing and affects us all. From businesses, product development and strategy, to families, relationships, health and education. Elektronista will introduce you to a number of key trends that will change the world. With a number of specific cases based on well-known brands, Elektronista will guide you in critical focus areas, which could play a crucial part for your business within the next five years. Things such as platforms, digital user behaviour, disruption, exponential growth, and Internet of Things. You will get concrete ideas on how to distinguish your business in a sea of competitors and demanding digital users.



Speakers 2017



Kai Simonsen, Supply Chain Planning Manager, Diplom-Is

Diplom-IsDiplom-Is is one of the largest ice cream manufacturers in the Nordics. Operating on a market with the characteristics of extreme seasonality, continuous updates in assortment and restrictions regarding product temperature. This makes supply chain planning highly important.

By shifting into a highly automated planning process, covering distribution, production, and purchasing. Diplom-Is has reached significant improvement in terms of process efficiency as well as supply chain KPI improvements. This journey will be presented by Kai Simonsen.


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Joep Hamers, Director Strategic Network Design, Carlsberg

Joep Hamers, CarlsbergCarlsberg is one of the largest breweries in the world, with a market covering more than 150 countries. The combination of acting on a competitive market and having a complex supply chain, with breweries in both Europe and Asia, makes supply chain design a key differentiator.

In the presentation Carlsberg will describe their work with supply chain design, from an organisational, process and IT point of view. The presentation will also cover how to build a successful supply chain design team in a global company.



Peter Grimvall, Distribution Network Design Manager, IKEA

Peter Grimvall, IKEAPeter Grimvall is leading IKEA’s newly established competence centre for Network Design, based in Switzerland. The organization’s goal is to build a supply chain network design and planning competence to enable end-to-end optimization of an already advanced and efficient supply chain. Before taking on this role, Peter helped IKEA’s Industrial Group to set up a global purchase organization being based in his home country Sweden. 

Peter grew up and studied in Linköping, Sweden, and since then mainly worked abroad in several countries in Europe and Asia. Since last year, he lives in Basel together with his Canadian wife and 5-year-old son.

PMC Hydraulics Group

Terho Lind, Chief Operating Officer, PMC Hydraulics Group

PMC Hydraulics logoPMC Hydraulics is the leading provider of customized hydraulic systems and components for customers in the industrial, energy, mobile and marine sectors. A global expert with a strong local presence, having operations across the Nordics and production sites in Poland, India, and China.

Terho Lindh, Chief Operating Officer, PMC Hydraulics, will give a presentation on the subject; How can we be more Cost Effective and Improve our Competiveness, with a different Warehouse Set-up and the Way of Working with Equal or Improved Customer Service?




Jörg Schlager, Business Transformation Manager, SKF

Jörg Schlager, SKFSKF is a global technology provider, having more than 140 sites worldwide. With a wide product range, serving many different types of industries, the balancing act between service levels and inventories is key.

SKF will tell the story about how they initiated one of their biggest transformation progams. Moving from a decentralized to a global supply chain organisation, enabling a more transparent and agile way of work while getting in total control of their supply chain.


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Skånska Byggvaror

Mike Opdahl Supply Manager, Skånska Byggvaror

Mike Opdahl, Skånska ByggvarorSkånska Byggvaror is an expansive online-based Nordic distance retailer of refined building products. Skånska Byggvaror offers a carefully selected and affordable product range to DIY customers, mainly through its web platform and stores. The business model is characterised by a high number of products under its own brand, control of the value chain and a high level of service regardless of the sales channel. In Norway sales are carried out under the brand Grønt Fokus, in Denmark under the brand Pavillon and in Finland via distributors. Skånska Byggvaror is part of the Byggmax Group since November 2015.

Mike Opdahl will present how automation of forecasting resulted in less administrative work, more time for analyzing, and improved service.


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Sabinije von Gaffke

Sabinije von Gaffke moderatorAs our moderator we will meet Sabinije von Gaffke. Sabinije is an experienced, multitasking and appreciated business and entertainment Broadcast Journalist, Moderator and TV-Presenter with 15 years experience in Network Television, Web TV, Corporate TV, Print and Radio.

She has undertaken assignments in Sweden and abroad for a variety of corporate companies, international organizations, ICT, tech and media events, The Swedish Government, TEDx Talks to the World of Entertainment.

Examples of previous moderator assignments: Nordic Business Forum, The Wisdom Conference, Stockholm Business Region, Electrolux, Nasdaq OMX, Axel Johnson International, Super Content Marketing, Digital Health Days, Regeringskansliet, Kista Science Center, Stockholm International Film Festival to TED Talks: TEDx Stockholm.​

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