Opera’16: Operations Conclave

The Industry Interaction Committee of DMS, IIT Delhi organized OPERA '16 (Operations Conclave) where eminent guest speakers have been invited to share their key insights and enlighten the students.

The first session was focused on the theme- "Adaptive Supply Chain: Mitigating the Uncertainties". The Panel was headed by Prof. Ravi Shankar, PhD, IIT- Delhi. Following are the eminent panel members from across the industry, who provided deep insight to our students on the above topic:-
  • Mr. Sreenivas Rao, Regional Supply Chain Director- South Asia, Reckitt Benckiser
  • Mr. Baldeep Singh, VP Operations, Snapdeal
  • Mr. Anand Maithani, Head-SCM, Apollo Tyres
  • Mr. Amitabh Prasad, Regional VP-Sourcing, Ericsson
  • Lt. Col. Mr. Atul Holkar, Senior Vice President, Head Merchandise and Supply Chain Management, RJ Corp
  • Mr. Vinod Kumar, Supply Chain Planning Head, Sony India
  • Mr. Hunny Ghade, AVP, Operations, Delhivery
  • Mr. Sanjeev Singh, Director, Head of Strategic Sourcing and Procurement, Cushman and Wakefield

Dr. Ravi Shankar, professor in the area of Operations and Supply Chain Management at DMS, explained 3A’s of uncertainty in supply chain: adapt, agile and align. Mr. Sreenivas Rao explained uncertainties in supply chain mainly depend on the type of market, demand and type of products in the market. Mr. Rao pointed out an extremely good observation of how consumers have become very demanding nowadays and companies have become very responsive to their demands. Mr. Baldeep Singh mainly focused on adaption of supply chain in E-Commerce. Mr. Anand Maithani focused on the perspective of different organizations when exposed to uncertainty. He stated that supply chain is global, and that events in one country will impact many other interlinked businesses in other geographies too. Mr. Amitabh Prasad focused on the internal and external factors that drive supply chain where he explained that internal factors involve firm’s ability to time its processes and design various stages of operations. External factors involve demand forecasting and firm’s ability to service those demands. Lt. Col. Mr. Atul Holkar emphasized on how agility or the ability to react fast to change can save a company even if there is no visibility of the uncertainty. He stated that adapting, managing and evaluating processes are the core principles in supply chain. In addition, Lt. Col. Mr. Holkar also focused on the need to strategies ‘Last mile delivery’ problems. Mr. Vinod Kumar emphasized on how he tackled volume, source and visibility challenges in Kerala. He stated that as the industry grows, so does the demand. Mr. Hunny focused on seasons when the supply is at peak like festive season. Mr. Sanjeev Singh stated that supply chain system should be more agile and responsive. To counter uncertainties, there is need for intelligent data.

The post lunch session was focused on the theme- "Logistics 2.0:- Changing Industry Landscape". Panel was chaired by Mr. Dharmesh Srivastava, VP Supply Chain, Agro Tech Foods Ltd, and co-chaired by Mr. Soumya Kanth Dwivedy, Head Supply Chain, Becton Dickinson and Company. Following are the eminent panel members from across the industry, who provided deep insights to our students on the above topic:-
  • Mr. Dharmesh Srivastava, VP Supply Chain, Agro Tech Foods Ltd
  • Mr. Tridiv Sethi, Director Business Development, DHL Supply Chain India Pvt Ltd
  • Mr. Kamal Deep Ahuja, General Manager and National Operations- Logistics, Lava International
  • Mr. Amit Kumar, Supply Chain Specialist, Amway
  • Mr. K. Jaibhaskar, Regional Operations Manager, Maersk Line
  • Mr. Sanjeev Singh, Director, Head of Strategic Sourcing and Procurement, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Mr. Soumya Kanth Dwivedy, Head Supply Chain, Becton Dickinson and Company

Mr. Dharmesh Srivastava introduced the topic by discussing about Goods and Services Tax (GST) and its industry impact. Mr. Srivastava focused on the issues that are pertaining to the supply chain management where there is a need of uniformity in every phase of supply chain. Mr. Tridiv Sethi emphasized on the impact of GST which is going to create more opportunities in future and how GST will impact in concentrating towards large robust supply chain and providing value for money. Mr. Kamal Deep Ahuja explained about eco-friendly reverse logistics and how small players are becoming increasingly relevant because of which companies will be consolidating warehouses. Mr. Amit Kumar highlighted on the fact that transport, inventory and warehouses are important players in logistics framework, whereas truck drivers are an important variable in supply chain sector. From first line to last line, it is all about valuing customer feedback.Mr. K. Jaibhaskar focused on the relaxation of CABOTAGE LAW .He explained how dedicated freight couriers, Contingency management and planning with service partners are important factors in supply chain which requires coordinated effort and involves different variable-costs, customers and disruption.Mr. Sanjeev Singh stated that logistics industry is quite organized but penetration of technology is quite weak. He emphasized on the level of sensitivity in every phase of supply chain.Mr. Soumya Kanth Dwivedy stated that supply chain is a cross functional operation. He also focused on the horizontal collaboration across Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies and growth of telecom industry.
The floor was then opened for questions where students put forth their doubts in front of the panelists on various aspects of logistics in supply chain.

To get more insights of the session visit
Session 1:- https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/adaptive-supply-chain-mitigating-uncertainties-dms-iit-delhi
Session 2:- https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/logistics-20-changing-industry-interface-media-cell-dms-iit-delhi