Managing Director of DESMA
Christian Decker, born 1967, graduated from the University of Bremen/Germany in economy engineering and company design. He began his career at the Institute of Production Science/Bremen in new technologies and rapid prototyping in the applications for the automotive and aircraft industries. In 1997 he entered the company DESMA and was responsible for projects regarding reorganisation and integration of ERP and CAD design tools, followed by a variety of managing positions in development and design. Since 2001 he is responsible for all product developments of DESMA. In the year 2009 he was joining the managing board and is today managing director of DESMA.
Vice President Speed, adidas ag
Franck Denglos is a Vice President at adidas, in charge of SPEED. He has the responsibility to transform the end to end business model of adidas through product creation, sourcing, supply chain and sales, to ensure maximal SPEED to market. His goal is to make adidas the fastest sport company and ensure consumers get products whenever and wherever they want them. Franck has held various senior positions in Marketing, Retail and Sales at adidas in France, Regional and Headquarters. In his previous position, he was Global VP for adidas Wholesale. He is also a passionate mountain biker.
Win the Consumer with SPEED
The main reason consumers become a brand detractor is because they can't find their product in their size.
Still today, our industry mostly plans upfront how many products will be sold and has a limited capacity to react to consumer demand in season. This can lead to a lack of best-seller products and overstock of low sellers. At adidas, we're changing the game with SPEED. Our goal is to win consumer with products that are fresh and desirable, available when and where they want them, with an unrivalled brand experience. SPEED articles are either enabled through fast creation process, a fast or reactive supply chain and most of the time it's both.
In this presentation, you will understand the business proposition behind SPEED which is built around three programs: Planned Responsiveness (PR), Never Out of Stock (NOOS) and In-Season Creation (ISC). You will see how we transform our end-to-end value chain in order to accelerate our SPEED to market, our reactivity and our availability. As a result, we transform how we design, create, source, transport, sell-in and trade.
At the extreme end of that transformation, you will get an overview of SPEEDFACTORY and how it's revolutionizing sport manufacturing by bringing high-performance product ever closer to the consumer, and on demand.
Director of the national EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability
Steve Evans spent 12 years in industry, finally as Engineering Systems Manager at Martin-Baker Engineering, the world leading manufacturer of ejection seats. He was made Professor of Life Cycle Engineering at Cranfield University in 1998 and joined the University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing in 2011. He is Director of the national EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability, now with over 50 staff. His research seeks a deep understanding of how industry brings environmental and social sustainability concerns into its design and manufacturing practices, with a duel emphasis on urgent & practical change now and system level change that offers hope for a sustainable future. Steve works with organisations to develop solutions that move us towards a sustainable future. His work includes sustainable factories, food systems for people with reduced access to food, sustainable city re-generation design, and cars with water for exhaust that do 280mpg (equivalent). Steve has acted as Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords, is a member of the Lead Expert Group for the Government’s Future of Manufacturing Foresight exercise setting out a vision for UK manufacturing to 2050; he is a Partner in two cleantech start-ups.
Lean Manufacturing: How can Design and Manufacturing embrace
Great design and excellent manufacturing are necessary ingredients for success. To be world class they must also work together seamlessly. This is something we find easy to agree with but hard to do!
This session will explain some of the techniques used in the very best companies. Reducing time to market, increasing early yield and increasing quality are all possible. You will learn how good companies have found ways to reduce time to market by 30% or more; how they found ways to introduce new technologies, new ideas and new designs into a busy system; and how they do this with less pain, less iterations, and fewer prototypes.
Senior Vice President Group Supply Chain Carlsberg AG (2011-2016) & Member Supervisory Board Accell Group NV
Futurist and trend watcher
Renowned trendwatcher & futurist Richard van Hooijdonk offers valuable inspiration sessions for companies, organizations and the public sector. More than 300,000 people have attended his sessions within and outside the Netherlands. Well-known from the RTL television Masterclass, Radio 1 news and BNR, Richard also lectures at Nyenrode Business University and Erasmus University Rotterdam/Netherlands.
Co-owner Maxlead Online Marketing, Maxlead, The Netherlands
Ronald van Klooster, Co-owner Maxlead Online Marketing. Helping A-brands with digital transformation & operation since 2006. In his years with Maxlead, Ronald has been especially focused on brands with a distribution chain (dealer model).
In 1993 he was Founder of Dutch local hero CRM system PerfectView. In 2011 interim appointed as Global Marketing Director at Exact Software and member of the executive committee. Maxlead (founded in 2002) is one of Google’s first Dutch partners. As a Google premium partner Maxlead has customers in the E-commerce and lead generation environment.
Maxlead works for International brands like Accell, O’Neill, AGU, Fast Forward Wheels, Luxaflex (Hunter Douglas), Scotch & Soda, Happy Socks, Mr. Auto, Shurgard, TomTom Telematics, DRU fire. They all have the same challenges but above all the same opportunity:
Utilizing the internet to let their business expand through their dealer channel!
In all those years Maxlead amassed data and experience regarding online consumer behaviour and the role of regional dealers. The keyword here is transparency.
Many manufacturers owe their historic success to a high-performance distribution chain (Independent Bicycle Dealers). There are good reasons why the partner channel has always taken a prominent position in Porter’s Value Chain.
However, in recent years the Internet has led to a major shift in all industries that work with a distribution chain. We see that the distribution chain is losing breadth, but is developing in depth. The links in the chain are smaller in number but stronger. In some industries, the intermediate links between company and customer have all but disappeared. This phenomenon is known as disintermediation: the disappearance/removal of intermediaries between manufacturers and customers.
Which distribution chain strategy works best for your online business? In this presentation, you will find 6 distribution chain strategies including examples of companies that have applied these models, and their respective advantages and disadvantages. Bonus: 12 practical tips to optimize your distribution chain.
Development Director, European Cyclists' Federation, UK
Expert in strategic management and project management, Mr Mayne is the Director responsible for organisational development at ECF. Previously 14 years as Chief Executive of the UK’s national cyclists’ organisation, delivering interventions and projects funded by local government, national government, commercial sponsors and EU institutions. Board member of Cycling England, government body overseeing €150Million programme of cycling interventions.
His main activities are project development and design, implementation strategy, liaison with partners, liaison with strategic networks including governments, industry and ECF members and securing co-funding.
The current political priorities of the European Union include jobs, growth, competitiveness, energy efficiency and climate change. One of the specific objectives include “maintain and reinforce a strong and high-performing industrial base We need to bring industry’s weight in the EU’s GDP back to 20% by 2020, from less than 16% today.”
Through its work on a European Cycling Strategy the European Cyclists Federation has been setting out a comprehensive plan to show the Commission how the sector as a whole can combine its industrial objectives with goals for mobility and improved quality of life in cities. The bicycle and its new technologies such as bike sharing, e-bikes and connected bikes are showing that we can lead the mobility sector in innovation and job creation but we have to engage with the policy makers national and regional level too to show them what we can offer.
In his presentation Kevin Mayne will set out some of the key policy areas and funding opportunities that can grow cycling as a whole and the industry across the EU
Chief Digital Officer, Intersport International Corporation
As Chief Digital Officer of INTERSPORT International Corporation (IIC) and a member of the Executive Management team; Mia Ruotsala is responsible for the Group's digital and omnichannel strategy. With combined retail sales of EUR 11.1 billion and more than 5,500 affiliated stores in 45 countries, the Group includes INTERSPORT- the world's leading sporting goods retailer, as well as The Athlete's Foot- the international sport lifestyle retailer banner. In this newly-created position, she is building the organization and capabilities within the INTERSPORT Group to transform it into a leading Omnichannel player. Prior to IIC, Mia held management positions in Digital marketing and e-Commerce in companies such as AOL.com and Tommy Hilfiger, as well as advised international retailers in the EMEA region on digital transformation.
Senior Partner, Porsche Consulting GmbH
Michael Tribus is Senior Partner leading the worldwide consumer goods and retail practice of Porsche Consulting, a subsidiary of Porsche AG and the German industry leader in Operational Excellence.
In this role he leads projects that support international FMCG companies and retailers with a focus on supply chain optimization, digitization challanges and achieving operational efficiencies. He and the team of consultants he leads are experts in the design and deployment of end-to-end processes, from product origination and design, through to production, distribution and in-store retail execution. Michael Tribus studied Mechanical Engineering at the TU-Graz in Austria and at the UTC in Compiégne, France. He has held a number of senior positions as operational excellence advisor within the FMCG, Retail, Automotive and Aeronautical Industries.
Workshop around "Increasing Speed to Market"
Janice Wang, a member of Alvanon's founding family, joined Alvanon in 2002 as its CEO. Under her leadership Alvanon has attracted and nurtured top tier apparel analysts, business strategists and technical experts. The Group now operates in 89 counties and has evolved into one of the global apparel industry's most sought after business consultancy organizations.
At Alvanon she has successfully combined her apparel business knowledge and management skills with her industry vision to empower companies with profit-making growth, customer engagement, product development and supply chain strategies. The Financial Times has described her as: "The shaper of change for (the) fashion world."
Janice is the third generation of a family rooted in the apparel industry. She spent her formative years in the family childrenswear manufacturing business in Hong Kong, Sterling Products Limited, where she learnt the value of technical excellence, relentless innovation, consumer focus and mentoring talent. She has worked in every aspect of product development and the supply chain, and has a double degree in Economics and East Asian Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University.