The only true Supply Chain Manager in a corporation is the CEO Expectations absolutely fulfilled. “Outsourcing in the New Supply Chain Environment” was the first successfully organized event by the Supply Chain Management Forum (www.scmforum.org). It took place at Athens Hilton on Friday and Saturday 25th and 26th of November. Speaking to a high demanding audience, Mr. Clifford Lynch, the Supply Chain Management “guru”, with venturesome points of view, comments and observations, analyzed the global, European and Greek logistics market, gave answers to vitally placed and moot questions concerning the way of doing business. “In a globalize business environment, with goods without country, the only true Supply Chain Manager in a corporation, is the CEO because nobody else has the full control of the cradle - to - grave process – or farm to pantry, as we used to call it at Quaker” he pointed out when starting his speech.
“I believe logistics is just a piece of the supply chain. You have purchasing. You have manufacturing. You have marketing, financial, IT. All are involved. All play a role. You have the whole company. The company is the supply chain” Clifford Lynch said.
With a penetrating eye, he analyzed the outcomes of the last issued international, US and European researches, surveys and studies, carried out by firms and organization with a worldwide reputation such as CSCMP, Eyefortransport, Outsourcing Center, Cap Gemini – Georgia Tech – DHL, JP Morgan, η DTZ, Prologis, Wold Trade Magazine, Accenture, where the trends of the global logistics market are presented, and he pointed out the critical points which must be in special attention.
The raised points come out from the extremely interesting discussions, which took place on Saturday’s specialized workshops, lasting till late afternoon, were the following:
“Outsourcing is not a strategy, but firms it is necessary to develop a well structured strategy for outsourcing that will be presented on comprehensive, manageable contracts. An effective user – provider partnership or alliance, is a whole company matter. It is a matter for the General Managers, not only for low or middle level executives”, point out Mr. Clifford Lynch. Logistics is just a piece of the Supply Chain Puzzle. “We raise the bar. High level executives,
General Managers and entrepreneurs, from firms’ leaders in their business sectors, actively participated in this event. I hope this event was a value added one, for the participants,” said Mr. Evangelos Angeletopoulos, Managing Director of the consulting firm Business Logistics Services Ltd, which is responsible for the S.C.M.F initiative.
Between participants were companies such as Tellas, Phillip Moris Hellas, Praktiker, Frigoglass, Karcher, Elais Unilever, Roch Hellas, Klonatex, House Market (IKEA), J&P, OMEGA Transport, Ballauf, Mantis, MAVE, Μitem, Multirama, Unilog, Plias, ΒP, Foodlink, PIL, Petzetakis, Proodos, Kioussis Transys and others.
Clifford F. Lynch, Managing Director of C. F. Lynch & Associates has been in the logistics industry for 45 years. He was with The Quaker Oats Company for 29 years, the last 13 of those as Vice President – Logistics. He was president of Trammell Crow Distribution Corporation from 1987 – 1993, and for the past 12 years he has been providing management advisory services in Logistics Outsourcing with a clientele of companies from the U.S.A., China, the Philippines, Mexico and several European Union countries.
He is a Certified Member of the American Society of Transportation and Logistics and member of the Editorial Review Board of such Journals: The Journal of Business Logistics, The International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, The Supply Chain Management Review and The Warehousing Education and Research Council. Furthermore he is a Director of The Memphis Food Bank.
Mr. Lynch is ex - president of the Council of Logistics Management and has received numerous professional awards in the field of logistics.
He is an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis and a frequent lecturer at other colleges and universities and an author of numerous articles on the subject of logistics and two books on Logistics Outsourcing, which are considered as the most thorough in their field and have become best sellers.