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Industry game-changers

While the black swan is an “unpredictable event that is beyond what is normally expected of a situation and has potentially severe consequences”, the supply chain and business environment is disrupted every day by numerous issues and the pace of change in our business environment is gathering momentum.  Is it possible to bullet-proof our supply chains?  

This is not an exhaustive list, however business leaders regularly exchange perspectives on these types of issues at F&L.  Join us for dialogue.

2020 – business as usual?

We have covered some, but not yet all, of these questions in our Friday Focus discussions.  Join the dialogue.  

  • Will supply chains shrink, making near-sourcing an option and bringing manufacturing closer to customers?
  • How can we guarantee quality, price and availability?
  • Can 3D printing help us keep control and better manage black swans?
  • How does industry 4.0 fit in?  Artificial intelligence?  Blockchain?  Increased automation?
  • Do manufacturers expect ‘vanilla products’ to become a bigger focus?
  • How will agile supply chains of the future look?
  • What are the right costs and investments to prepare?

On a geopolitical and country level, politics and regulation affect how industry and business can operate.  Will countries work together on issues like global climate change, the way they have on coronavirus?  How can every part of our society be included?  

  • What can business leaders learn about trust, information, working together for common good?
  • How do you encourage all stakeholders of an organsation to move in the same direction?
  • How can business leaders, policymakers and governments come together with the international leadership that we need for all sectors of industry and society to move forward? 

China’s BRI Belt & Road Initiative

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is a colossal infrastructure investment aiming to promote international co-operation, which may boost trade and growth for economies in Asia and further afield. Begun in 2013 by President Xi Jinping, nearly 70 countries across Asia, Europe and Africa (more than two-thirds of the world’s population) have seen infrastructure developments and investments.

  • What are the opportunities for business leaders in Europe?
  • How will trade and investment be affected?
  • What are the potential barriers in the roll-out of the BRI?
  • How is the transport and logistics sector experiencing impact now, and what is likely to happen in the near and long term future?

Join us for continued discussion here and at F&L Geneva.