International Business Engineering Conference (IBEC)

11th November 2019, ESB Business School, Hochschule Reutlingen

"Digital Supply Chains – Opportunities and Challenges for Companies"

The IBEC conference provides the ideal platform for experts from academia and industry to discuss current challenges and opportunities in global business. This year's conference deals with the digitisation of business supply chains across the world and will be hosted by ESB Business School, Reutlingen University, Germany.

Keynote Speech

The Future of Logistics is digital and connected –
Unit Load System Pooling Solutions enable intelligent Transport Operations

Ansgar Diekmann, Vice President International Key Accounts, ALSCO Group
In today's world, industry value chains are being reshaped by a wave of next-generation technologies that will reduce costs, delays and frictions of trade. The emergence of 5G networks will provide a backbone for IoT, autonomous operation and increased turnover rates. Emerging economies are reaching a new level of maturity requiring domestic supply chains. Shipping goods halfway around the world hampers responsiveness and slows speed to market so that manufacturers are establishing or consolidating regional supply chains while at the same time, global tariff and taxation policies require ever smarter logistical and manufacturing assembly operations. Shorter delivery cycles of industrial components, combined with the e-Commerce megatrend will lead to an on-par of deliveries for mail and parcel in the next 5-6 years, where the ratio stands at 30:1 today. To ensure timely and on-demand deliveries, unit load system (ULS) packaging, equipped with Bluetooth or GPS/GSM devices and operated on international pooling loops will shape the world of logistics operations.

Plenary session

Joint research initiative on "Digital Disruption and its Effects on Global Supply Chains"

Prof. Dr. Edward Sweeney
Prof. Dr. Andreas Taschner

In this session we will present the results of a global survey conducted by IABEP academic partners focusing on the effects of digitisation in global supply chains. Digital technologies are changing the supply chain landscape. In our survey, we have examined how companies deal with new digital technologies in their supply chains today and which challenges they face. We use survey results to highlight the key problems and suggest possible action paths for companies to profit from opportunities opening up through digitisation in global supply chains.


Digitally Enhanced Products

Prof. Dr. Martin Mocker, ESB Business School, Reutlingen University

Companies have used technologies for decades to enhance their supply chains. With their fast paced development, digital technologies (IoT, AI, etc.) are increasingly moving into customer-facing products.
Think of smart, connected cars, for example. We call these smart, connected products digitally-enhanced. Delivering digitally-enhanced products successfully requires companies to develop very different capabilities, though.

In this session, Martin Mocker will discuss to which degree companies are already producing and selling digitally-enhanced products and to which degree they possess the required capabilities. Participants will assess their readiness to provide digitally enhanced products.

Martin will also share findings from his new book “Designed for Digital” (MIT Press).

Supply Chain Finance

Prof. Jan H Jansen, HAN University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

What is the impact of an IT platform that connects ERP systems of different companies in the supply chain to improve the performance of the supply chain in terms of dynamic and static working capital and other metrics like ROE, ROA, EVA, etc?


Issues Related to Digitisation in a Small Manufacturing Company: A Case Study of Fuji Film

Dr. Patricio Torres-Palacio, Ricciardi College of Business, Bridgewater State University, USA

Digital disruption is the change that occurs when new digital technologies affect supply chain operations and business models of companies that operate in these supply chains.  Digital technologies, such as Internet of Things, and robotics, are applied to global supply chain management in the constant search for efficiency in manufacturing operations.

This workshop will present an assessment of Fuji Film’s manufacturing operation in Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA.  It will address how this operation is currently embracing digitization and how it is positioning itself to leverage emerging digital technologies in the future.   Such analysis can provide insight into the development of new strategies.

Sharing Logistics

Dr. Nur Budi Mulyono, School of Business and Management ITB, Bandung, Indonesia

The idea of sharing logistics, in the form of truck sharing, emerges as extended and inherent needs of sharing economy that contributes in the mobility sharing segment to maximize utilization of trucks and solves an empty backhauling problem. The benefit of sharing logistics is not only the reduction of transportation costs, but also the reduction of carbon emission.

In this workshop, Nur Budi will share his findings on the response of logistics companies and logistics users towards sharing logistics. The working business model, risk mitigation and pricing of sharing logistics will also be presented.


Provisional Programme

11th November 2019

13:30 - 14:00   Arrival and registration

14:00 - 14:15   Opening ceremony & welcome speech by Prof. Dr. Hendrik Brumme, President of Reutlingen University

14:15 - 14:45   Keynote speech: "The Future of Logistics is Digital and Connected"

14:45 - 15:15   Plenary session: Joint research initiative on "Digital Disruption and its Effects on Global Supply Chains"

15:15 - 15:30   "An Innovative Digital Solution for Outbound Logistics", PriLogiX 

15:30                  Coffee Break

15:45 - 16:30    Introduction to workshop topics:
                               Digitally enhanced products
                               Supply chain finance
                               Issues related to digitization in a small manufacturing company: A case study of Fuji Film
                               Sharing logistics

16:30 - 17:45   Workshops

17:45 - 18:00   Coffee break

18:00 - 18:30   Poster presentations

18:30 - 19:00   Wrap up and outlook

19:00                  Informal evening get-together

Conference Registration

Conference attendance is free of charge. Please click here to register.