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BARCELONA, Spain, June 7, 2023

Gartner Supply Chain Symposium/Xpo EMEA: Day 3 Summary

We are bringing you news and announcements from the Gartner Supply Chain Symposium/Xpo in Barcelona, Spain. Below is a collection of key announcements and insights coming out of the conference.

On Day 3 of the conference we are highlighting sessions on the key elements to cover with suppliers on their business continuity plans, how to develop a Scope 3 emissions strategy and how supply chain planning can help achieve smart manufacturing goals. 

Key Announcements

It's More Than a Plan: Key Elements to Cover With Suppliers on Business Continuity

Presented by Heather Wheatley, Senior Director Analyst, Gartner

With the amount and severity of disruptions that can impact supply chain operations growing, now is the time to closely review suppliers’ business continuity management and work with them to enhance their capabilities in this area. In this session, Heather Wheatley, Senior Director Analyst with Gartner, shared the roadmap to ensure that not only are business continuity plans in place, but that they can be proven effective.

Key Takeaways

  • “Half of businesses are confident in their business continuity plans, yet 77% reported recovery issues during their last declared disaster.” 

  • “Business continuity is more than a plan, it’s a continuous process involving senior management buy-in, risk and impact assessment dependencies, response development, training and validation exercises.” 

  • “Start by ensuring suppliers have a solid foundation: is a defined governance plan in place? What happened during the last disruption and have those lessons been applied to the current plan?” 

  • “A well-conducted business impact analysis (BIA) measures the impact of disruptions to service delivery, determines critical activities and their recovery times. This analysis enables structured planning and eliminates disjointed efforts.” 

  • “Types of exercises to validate your plan: walk-through, facilitated discussion, single team simulation, multiteam simulation and full-scale exercises.”

How to Navigate the Scope 3 Emissions Maze

Presented by Susan Boylan, VP Team Manager , Gartner 

Scope 3 emissions, or the indirect emissions that occur in the value chain both up and downstream, continue to challenge organizations. In this session, Susan Boylan, Senior Director Analyst with Gartner, provided some direction in navigating the Scope 3 emissions maze.

Key Takeaways

  • “Addressing Scope 3 emissions is a critical part of any organization’s sustainability work; as Scope 3 can account for more than 70% of a business’ carbon footprint.”

  • “Benefits of addressing Scope 3 include: reduced costs, improved products, enhanced value chain and better engaged employees.” 

  • “There are 15 different Scope 3 categories; Supply chain leaders can’t address them all at once. They must select the most relevant ones to their function and get started.” 

  • “It is vital to receive feedback from both internal and external stakeholders on what it will take to reach Scope 3 reduction goals, and how this will impact them.” 

  • “Ultimately, a successful plan must balance impact with cost, and the plan should be recalibrated regularly with new goals and milestones.”

How to Achieve Smart Manufacturing Goals by Rethinking How You Think About Supply Planning

Presented by Amber Salley, Senior Director Analyst, Gartner 

Smart manufacturing success relies on supply chain planning. In this session, Amber Salley, Senior Director Analyst with Gartner, highlighted how supply chain organizations can link their planning goals to the most desired smart manufacturing outcomes and achieve operational excellence.

Key Takeaways

  • “An emphasis on manufacturing resilience and agility does not guarantee that enterprise strategic objectives will be met.” 

  • “Supply chain planning (SCP) spans multiple time horizons and links operational planning with the strategic execution of goals.” 

  • “SCP trends align with smart manufacturing goals and provide more real-time data, more autonomous decision making, better network visibility and operate natively in the cloud.” 

  • “Pathway to a successful transformation: Identify technology enablers, map new sales and operations planning (S&OP) processes, build constraint-based models and adopt continuous improvement.” 

  • “Creating a handshake between manufacturing operations with SCP can improve the ability for companies to achieve their smart factory goals and objectives.”

  • “As leaders in manufacturing anticipate more activities will be digital/lights out, SCP can provide a more accurate signal to inform manufacturing operations technologies.”

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