A new organisation, Leaders in Supply Chain, has been launched bringing together more than 40 leading supply chain professionals from across Belgium and The Netherlands, as well as peers from the UK.
Professor Martin Christopher gave a keynote presentation at the inaugural meeting in Antwerp on “The mega-trends that are reshaping the supply chain landscape”, with the meeting and subsequent debate being chaired by Professor Alan Waller.
Leaders in Supply Chain was initiated by The Logistics Directors Forum in the UK, and has been set up by Vereniging voor Inkoop en Bedrijfslogistiek (VIB) and Association Belge des Cadres d’Achat et de Logistique (ABCAL) in Belgium, vereniging Logistiek management (vLm) in The Netherlands, and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK. All are not-for-profit members of the European Logistics Association.
The inaugural meeting was attended by senior representatives from regional shippers, such as Procter & Gamble, Danone, Alpro, Johnson & Johnson and Heineken, transport companies such as Wim Bosman, Norbert Dentressangle and the Belgian railways, as well as logistics services providers such as DHL Supply Chain, Penske Logistics and Hessenatie Logistics.
The intention is that Leaders in Supply Chain will meet three times a year a different venues in Holland and Belgium. Membership will be by invitation only for individuals who have chief executive or director status.
Executive director Jos Marinus, president of founder member Vereniging voor Inkoop en Bedrijfslogistiek, says, ”These are challenging times in the logistics arena and I believe this forum will come to play a key role, not just in addressing the current issues faced by logistics professionals, but also in shaping a vision for the future. The calibre of those who attended this first meeting certainly gives me every confidence that Leaders in Supply Chain will be highly influential across industry.”
Alan Waller, chairman of the LDF and founding president of Leaders in Supply Chain, said: “One of our most important objectives is to increase the influence of the supply chain in the boardroom, something that has been sadly lacking in the past. At no time has it been more important that supply chain issues and their impact on the business and economy are raised at the very highest level.”