Zetes Open Days -1st June and 29th June 2010

Morrisons, Nike, Superdrug, Cranfield, NITL, Faber Music, Seachill, Grosvenor Consulting and Hendersons to speak at the Zetes Open Days


Dublin: 1st June 2010 at the Blanchardtown Crowne Plaza, Dublin
UK: 29th June 2010 at the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel and Country Club, Meriden, West Midlands

The Zetes Open Day is a conference and networking event which offers delegates a unique opportunity to learn from European industry innovators about optimising the supply chain to cut costs and become more profitable and competitive.  Leading supply chain academics, consultants and pioneering end users from across Europe will share their insights at a unique event which brings together the brightest minds in retail, logistics and manufacturing.  This complimentary event includes a full conference pass, networking lunch with guest speaker, solutions exhibition.  

The day will conclude with an informal golfing challenge at one of the UKs best 9-hole courses and midsummer sunset buffet.
Keynote Speakers at the Events include:

Jerome Saint Marc, Development Director and Stuart Rowlings, Logistics Manager at Morrisons - Jerome and Stuart will co-present how Morrisons has worked with Zetes to implement wireless working in their manufacturing operations and voice directed picking across their network of UK distribution centres.  The project has ensured Morrisons is able to fully realise the benefits of their investment in Oracle eBiz and has already delivered significant returns in enabling Morrisons to operate a demand driven supply chain.

Professor Alan Braithwaite, Visiting Professor at Cranfield Universitys Logistics and Supply Chain Management Faculty and Chairman of LCP Consulting - Alan will present new research to highlight the true cost of data inaccuracy and process errors in the supply chain.  Data accuracy is a critical success and 'Master Data Management' is a standard business process.  LCP has worked with Cranfield to estimate the impact of data accuracy and its true cost. Alans presentation will introduce this work and highlight the importance of process and master data accuracy to really leverage the benefits of smart technology in logistics.

Johan Veestraeten, Global Logistics Director at Nike - Johan will share a case study illustrating how Nike has implemented voice directed working with Zetes in a number of its distribution centres globally, and the benefits this has delivered.  Most recently, Johan implemented voice picking in China, to help improve traceability, accountability and standardised processes within the warehouse.  This was achieved in addition to significant improvements to accuracy, labour productivity and operational agility to manage demand fluctuations.

Gerrit Jan Steenbergen, Global Head of Store Systems, AS Watson - Gerrit Jan is responsible for developing the strategic IT store solutions for the group which in the UK, includes Superdrug, Savers and The Perfume Shop.  His presentation will illustrate how AS Watson has used Zetes technology including voice directed working, to reduce costs in the warehouse on a global level and how it has ensured process standardisation as the business continues its expansion into developing markets.
Steve Wallace, Supply Chain Director at Seachill - Steve will present how Seachill, one of Tescos biggest suppliers of fish products, uses image id technology to comply with its customers Advanced Shipping Notification requirements.  Its Zetes Visidot system scans hundreds of barcodes in seconds, ensures the accuracy of its shipments and reduces the costs associated with manual verification processes.  In less than a year this investment delivered a full return on investment and improved customer relationships significantly.
Edward Sweeney is Director of Learning at the Irish National Institute for Transport and Logistics (NITL), Irelands centre of excellence in logistics and supply chain management (SCM) and well known as an expert in his field. His most recent book - Supply Chain Management and Logistics in a Volatile Global Environment (2009), explores the role of SCM in the of the challenges posed by the economic turbulence of recent years.  Edward will discuss why investment in supply chain enhancing technology is central to a sustainable, competitive business.

Chris Tiernan, Managing Partner at Grosvenor Consultancy Services - The seeds of success and failure of investments are sown in business cases yet business cases are often viewed as administrative hurdles to be overcome to secure funds for investing in business change. Today, funds are scarce and competition for them intense. Chris will examine techniques for making business cases even more convincing to decision makers, for securing commitments from colleagues who have key roles to play in the success of investments and ultimately increasing the business value they deliver.

John Hepworth, Managing Director, Faber Music - John will present how Faber has completely overhauled its warehouse environment to help the company compete more successfully on a global scale, and be better equipped to manage a multi-channel commercial environment.  Fabers investment into wireless working and voice technology with Zetes won a CILT Excellence Award in 2009 within the Materials Handling Technology for the impact the solution has had in improving business operations.

Pat McGarry, Logistics Director, Henderson Group - Pat McGarry has overhauled his entire logistics operation with technology and a close partnership with Zetes.  His implementation of data capture and wireless working, including voice picking won his company an award at the 2009 Retail Systems awards in partnership with Zetes.  Pat will outline what Hendersons has done, and the tangible business benefits the investment has delivered.

Marcel Kars, Senior VP of Technology at Zetes - Marcel will discuss why companies need to develop a demand driven supply chain, which puts the customer at the centre of the supply chain function, and how this can deliver sustained competitive advantage,  He will illustrate how access to information is at the heart of this, and how it can be achieved using a variety of data capture and goods identification technologies.

Jan Vermeesch, VP of Multi National Accounts at Zetes - Jan will highlight why increasingly, companies are looking to nominate a global supplier for their technology projects and the benefits this delivers.  What are the important supplier attributes required to ensure a successful and profitable partnership?  What makes Zetes ideally placed to fulfill this role?  This presentation will also include insights from Pat McGarry, Logistics Director at Henderson Group who will explain why Spar Group has nominated Zetes as one of its global technology partners.

Feedback from Delegates at Previous Zetes Events
Here is some of the feedback we received from delegates who attended Zetes recent Wireless Futures event:
a very well presented and focussed day
great update on mobile technology within a logistical context
very, very good!

To RSVP, please contact Eva Birdthistle at ebirdthistle@ie.zetes.com
Find out more about Zetes at www.zetes.co.uk

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