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The five-star event took place in the equally prestigious Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal, where delegates had the chance to meet Europe’s leading solution providers, offering a wide range of their latest products and services and find answers to today’s most pressing business challenges in the industry, reducing the amount of time required by senior management to reach future purchasing decisions. Over 1400 one-to-one business meetings pre-scheduled on the online Meeting Scheduler were conducted during the two days, making the event an outstanding success.

The conference programme has been exceptionally well-received by the knowledgeable audience. Among the numerous acclaimed presentations, one of the most popular was Professor Sebastian Kummer’s (Vienna University of Business and Economics), highlighting the importance of supply chain management in today’s multi-polar world.

Delegates received fascinating presentations from leading industry professionals like Chaim Huijsman (Head of Corporate Sales at Gebrüder Weiss) who spoke about pioneering along the silk road from Mozart to Genghis Khan, Miguel Suarez (Supply Chain & Purchasing Manager at Lafarge Central Europe) providing delegates with exclusive information about supply chain assessment, Stefan Putzlocher (Director Logistics at Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary) sharing the secrets behind successful JIS processes at Mercedes Benz or David Gaal (Head of HR Adriatic Region at Nestlé) introducing the next generation of supply chain professionals.

The Central Eastern European Logistics and Supply Chain Excellence Award Ceremony together with the cocktail reception was opened by Alfonz Antoni, Vice-President of the European Logistics Association, followed by Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kummer who announced the winners and handed out the award to Gebrüder Weiss and SMR AMT Hungary, emphasising that emphasising that the recently established methods with an already well proven track record will encourage professionals to constantly raise standards and come up with innovative and flexible solutions, to further contribute to the development of the rapidly growing CEE region. Applications were evaluated by an independent jury, by their level of innovation, transferability, sustainability, cost-effectiveness and customer value-contribution. The projects had to be accomplished in any of the countries in the CEE region in one of the two categories: manufacturers and retailers firstly, and service providers with a customer related project secondly.

Gebrüder Weiss, leading Logistics Service Provider, winner in the service industry applied with its Control Tower Concept, which was established for Hilti CEE distribution, and can be implemented for other key accounts. The project is remarkable because the key success factor of any logistics system is information, so the aim of this project was to provide better information for the service provider but also the customer. The solution offers an impressive 98.92% delivery performance and 99.68% quality performance level on average, lifting an existing successful partnership to the next level. It also helped the partners to solve 90% of occurring problems in time instead of the previous 60%, also tripling the initiated process improvements per year.

SMR AMT Hungary an Indian owned company operating in Hungary, winner in the industry and retail category developed an exciting direct distribution system proving its logistics competency in the most competitive environment, manufacturing for the European automotive industry. The project reduced downtime caused by material shortage by 75%, increased the accuracy of deliveries by 15% and also eliminated intermediate storage in production units. As a result of these savings, the number of necessary material handlers decreased by 75%, who could be employed in new projects, the amount of transfers and transactions decreased by 35% and leased forklifts were decreased by 3 commissioning machines.

This year participants also had the exclusive opportunity to take part in one of the most popular programmes: the specially organised plant visits to the Audi plant in Győr and the ZWACK Unicum plant in Budapest.

As Roman Zorman regional logistics manager at Studio Moderna Slovenia summarised the event “This congress is the best way to share knowhow, new ideas and best practises which help us to deliver much higher level of supply chain and logistics within the region.”

2000 pre-scheduled and ad-hoc business meetings, hundreds of decision-makers from all countries of the region and countless exchange of ideas and best practises made the third annual TRANSLOG Connect an outstanding success.

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kummer further highlighted the importance of TRANSLOG Connect Congress as it has become a landmark for Supply Chain and Logistics Management in Central and Eastern Europe, to support an innovative Logistics and Supply Chain Management development.

TRANSLOG will be taking place again in November, 2014 in Budapest. For further information, please visit the website at www.translogconnect.eu or contact the organiser at info@tegevents.eu.

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