A Smart Business Operation is a Sustainable Business Operation.
The best companies view smart/sustainable operations as an opportunity to contribute to global citizenship goals, but above all as a compelling avenue to creating competitive advantages. Improving sustainability throughout their business processes from product design, supply and fulfillment gives those companies an edge over less-sustainable competitors. To fully reap the benefits, companies need to incorporate sustainable values into their product life-cycles, supply chains, logistics and transportation processes. Information and Communication Technologies are the primary enabler of this Sustainable Business Process re-engineering.
Sustainable-Smart Product Life-Cycle Management
Applying engineering strategies to make a wasteful or hazardous process more sustainable might seem like a beneficial course of action but is it actually the goal we want to pursue? Conversely, engineers can be headed toward positive ends yet be undermined by tools that will never get them where they want to go.
This session will present the ICT led solutions and practical examples that will allow engineers and designers to:
- Ensure that all materials and energy inputs and outputs are as inherently non-hazardous as possible;
- Prevent waste rather than to treat or clean up waste after it is formed;
- Separate and purify operations to minimize energy consumption and materials use;
- Design products, processes, and systems to maximize mass, energy, space, and time efficiency;
- Target durability rather than immortality;
- Meet needs and minimize excess;
- Minimize material diversity;
- Integrate material and energy flows.
- Design products, processes for performance in a commercial "afterlife";
- Use renewable rather than depleting material and energy.
Sustainable-Supply Chain Management
Improving on-shelf availability, reducing cost and supporting sound balance sheets have been the design criteria for most current supply chain model installments. A significant shift has already happened and will only accelerate, creating a massive and collective supply chain model re-engineering effort across all industries. CO2 emissions control and reduction, reduced energy consumption, resource scarcity, traffic congestion in urban environments, consumer behaviors and awareness, regulations and compliance will be the forcing agents introducing discontinuity for existing supply chain models and infrastructures. These new parameters will make their impact felt throughout the balance sheets and on the bottom line.
- Their impact will only grow in the coming year and likely in an exponential way.
- Supply chain strategy needs to look ahead and shift priorities to accommodate the change.
- All stakeholders in the supply chain will need to play their part to accomplish this change.
- Consumer awareness and demand for new products and services.
This session will present the ICT led solutions and practical examples that will allow Supply Chain strategists and managers to conceive and execute a sustainable supply chain strategy, and seek the most pragmatic solutions (applications, services and processes) for:
- In-Store Logistics
- Collaborative Physical Logistics
- Reverse Logistics: product recycling, packaging, recycling, returnable assets
- Demand Fluctuation Management
- Identification and Labeling
- Efficient Assets: Energy, Vehicles, Buildings
- Measure the results and return on investments
Sustainable-Smart Logistics and Transportation
As fuel costs and taxes rise, the need to run more efficient logistics operations is increasingly important. "Smart Logistics" comprise a range of software and hardware tools that monitor, optimize and manage operations, which helps reduce the storage needed for inventory, fuel consumption, mileage driven and frequency of vehicles travelling empty or partially loaded.
ICT can improve the efficiency of logistics operations in a number of ways. These include software to improve the design of transport networks, allow the running of centralised distribution networks and run management systems that can facilitate flexible home delivery services. Specific levers include intermodal shift, or moving to the most efficient type of transport, eco-driving, route optimization and inventory reduction. There are a number of specific technologies that could already enable more efficient logistics.
This session will provide participants with practical examples and ICT led solutions to:
- Re-think their logistics processes
- Optimize and control inventory to reduce vehicle miles
- Model and optimize distribution network design
- Track efficiency against business performance
- Standardize, monitor and account
- Tag and track inventory, stock and other items
- Information systems to understand optimal routes and vehicle's efficiency behavior
- Information systems to provide the driver with real time information about the vehicle's efficiency
- Real time fleet tracking
- Transform their transportation and logistics processes
- Vehicle and load management systems
- Reverse logistics to allow the back-loading of vehicles
- Apply systems thinking from production to consumer to end of life
- Protocols for system interoperability
- Route optimization standards and software
Smart BizOps 2011
February 9th 2011
February 10th 2011
On Demand Feb - Mar 2011
MorningSustainable Business Operation Strategies Regulations and Governance The role of ICT for Smart Product Life-Cycle The role of ICT for Smart Supply Chain Management The role of ICT for Smart Transportations NGOs Industry Research Best Practices
- PLM Applications
- Cradle to Cradle
- RFID, Bar Coding
- SCM Applications
- In-Store Mgmt
- Reverse logistics
- Demand fluctuation
- Machine 2 machine
- Fleet Mgmt
- Route Optimization
- GPS and GIS
- Machine 2 machine
- Fleet tracking
- Smart PLM
- Smart SCM
- Smart L&T