‘OPERA 14’, Operations Conclave at Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi, witnessed a seamless coalition of management graduates imbibing the practical supply chain insights from the industry heavy weights. The day long conclave focused on dual aspects of innovations demands in Supply Chain Management and leveraging IT for operational excellence. Prof. Dr. Ravi Shankar from Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi, welcomed the panelists including Chandar Mohan Gupta, Director SCM, Coca Cola, Ashok Wadhawan, President Manufacturing Business, Punj Llyod, Pradeep Singhal, VP SCM, Bajaj Electricals, and Gaurav Saxena, Logistics Head at Sony India. More than 150 students and few faculty members participated in the conclave.
Dr. Ravi Shankar said that students perception about Supply Chain Management in the outside world is little vague and clarity from industry specialists proves to be of immense help. He mentioned that IIT Delhi DMS tops the lists of logistics research in India and is currently doing so in sustainable trade freight transportation, retail logistics, and low carbon omissions. He also referred that while one side this increases operational efficiency in the industry, on the other side a comprehensive research helps government to counter terrorism and control human trafficking.
Chandra Mohan Gupta said that the gradual importance of SCM in the corporate sector has led to transformation from license raj to service oriented economy. He mentioned that complexities are not so much in upstream as in the downstream. Farm to fork channel is relatively easy to handle than groove to glass channel, as with increasing disposable income it’s the customer who acts as the king and drives the market scenario.
Ashok Wardhan referred SCM process as all inclusive expect the product development. Guiding the students he said that four pillars of SCM includes fund flow, manufacturing, logistics and services; all of which start from focus on the customer and ends again at the customer. Credit Cards and electronic payment gateways were quoted as one of the best examples of SCM innovations so far.
During the second half, Prof. DK Banwet from IIT Delhi welcomed D Venkat Rao, CIO, Godfrey Phillips India Ltd., Amit chahri, Delivery Head, Safe Express, Arihant, SCM Head at Healthkart, Kapil Bharati, Co-Founder and CTO at Delhivery, and Sunil Kapoor, VP Fortis Healthcare, to enlighten students on role of Information Technology in Supply Chain Management.
Answering students, panelists informed that due to Information Technology, process are not automated not only within an organization but also across multiple organizations together which acts as collaborated Supply Chain Management across the industry.