The COVID-19 pandemic has a huge impact on companies with whiplash effects on many supply chains. Companies with online retailer channels or those managing their own eCommerce channels are facing challenging supply chain issues. These challenges continue to evolve.
It started with supply shocks especially for those goods/materials sourced from China with dramatic changes in demand as well, as companies tried to react to the demand and supply fluctuations. As the COVID-19 situation progresses, the demand seemed to be normalising with predictions of negative economic outlook.
However, consumer outlook remains volatile. Will demand return to a normal? Will another announcement of lockdown trigger panic-buying? Will there be continued restrictions on movements?
This is leading to new drivers and opportunities for supply chains. Corporates are proving their resilience by trying to be agile and adaptive. Some are cautiously shifting their emphasis and recalibrating away from efficiency/ just-in-time and considering how to build in latent “flex” capacity and address long-tail events.
With the challenges far from over, let’s look at new drivers and opportunities in this COVID-19 period, and imagine a post COVID-19 world. How are supply chains of tomorrow adjusted and refined? Let’s look into what has been observed, examine how corporates build resiliency for their eCommerce business, and rebound stronger – through an adaptive reconfiguration of their supply chain, and use of financial access and digital processes.
9.30 Welcome remarks by Nele Cornelis, Executive Director of EuroCham
9.35 Opening remarks by Prateek Jain, Chair of the Supply Chain Committee
- Stanley Tan, DBS
- Nishant Kaushal, Kantar
- Sam Too, Qoo10
10.15 Panel discussion and Q&A– moderated by Andrew Staples
10.45 Closing remarks
Mr Stanley TAN
Group Head, MNC Sales, Global Transaction Services
Stanley Tan covers cash management and trade solutions for MNC clients in the US, UK and EU.
Prior to joining DBS, he was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company based out of the New York and Seattle offices. While at McKinsey, he was a core member of the Corporate Finance, Private Equity and Financial Institutions practices and has served corporate clients in North America and Asia Pacific on matters pertaining to Strategy, Finance, Risk and Operations.
He graduated Magna cum Laude from Columbia University with a BA in Economics and Anthropology and has passed Level III of the CFA Program.
Mr Nishant KAUSHAL
CCO, Insights Division
Nishant is the Chief Commercial Officer for Kantar Insights. He is responsible for building client-centricity across the business so that we can offer the best of Kantar to our clients and partner in their growth.
With 17 years in Insights and more than a decade of it in leadership positions, he has worked closely with global/regional MNCs as well as local Singaporean giants to solve their business questions primarily within Strategic Market and Consumer Understanding, Brand Strategy & Communications and Innovation domains.
His work on brand strategy and how to bring it to life across the P’s has cut across brands, categories and geographies.
He is passionate about telling stories that inspire action through delivering close to 50 activation workshops across Asia, Europe, North & South America and Africa. Finding wins for clients in the moments that matter drives him.
Apart from Singapore, where he has spent most of his professional life, Nishant has worked in three other countries. He holds a MBA in marketing communications.
Mr Sam TOO
General Manager, Division Leader
With more than 9 years in Qoo10 and one of the founding members of Qoo10 Singapore, Sam has been handed various functions throughout his career in this company. As General Manager he is also Head of Corporate & Media Relations today. His portfolio also includes working with various agencies of the government to develop and improve the E-commerce industry. Besides Qoo10 Singapore’s e-marketplace platform, he has also been involved in Qoo10 Indonesia and help spearhead the company’s latest startup platform called QuuBe (a blockchain-based B2B2C wholesale and retail e-marketplace). He was also able to witness the evolution of E-commerce in Singapore and aspects unique to its locality and context. He has also been invited to many forums as a Guest Speaker to share his knowledge and experience on E-trade acceleration, Block Chain and E-Commerce.
Andrew STAPLES, PhD
Director, Research and Outreach
The Hinrich Foundation
Dr. Andrew Staples is the Director of Research and Outreach at the Hinrich Foundation. He brings over 20 years of experience in international trade, business and investment research in Asia, with a focus on Japan, Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific.
Prior to joining the Hinrich Foundation, Andrew was the global Editorial Director of The Economist Corporate Network (ECN), the Economist Intelligence Unit’s briefing and advisory service. In this role he led a team of editorial directors across Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He was a frequent commentator on economic, trade and investment issues for media and C-suite forums.
Before joining The Economist Group, Andrew pursued an academic career holding both tenured and adjunct posts at leading universities and business schools in Japan and the U.K. He played a pivotal role in the launch and development of a Global MBA programme at Doshisha University Business School in Kyoto.
Andrew has a PhD in International Political Economy and an MSc in East Asian Business, both from the University of Sheffield, U.K. He was a Ministry of Education research scholar at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo (2001-2003). Andrew has published extensively on Asian trade, FDI and integration. His major publications include Responses to Regionalism in East Asia: Japanese Production Networks in the Automotive Sector published as part of the Palgrave Macmillan Asian Business Series, chapters in edited volumes including Asian Inward and Outward FDI: New Challenges in the Global Economy and the popular textbook, Asian Business and Management: Theory practice and perspectives, now in its third edition.
Mr Prateek JAIN
Head of Nutrition (HFD) – International Markets at Unilever
Chair of the Supply Chain Committee
Prateek is an experienced Supply Chain Professional with over 23 years across various functions and geographies including Americas, Middle East & Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific. Before joining Unilever to head the Nutrition Business (HFD) for International Markets, he headed the Global Supply Chain for Nutrition, VMS and Digestive Health Category with GSK Consumer. Prateek is passionate about Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma and has been the Master Trainer for GSK who has trained and certified several Black Belts and Master Black Belts.
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