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Supply chain club: Central Europe - What perspectives for Supply chain?

On Thursday the 23rd April, the French Chambers of Commerce in Central Europe organised a webinar focused on Supply chain.

The Covid-19 outbreak has paralysed most of markets worldwide. At the beginning of the crisis, nobody could have predicted impacts on supply chain and more broadly on economy. However, governments and companies have adjusted and reorganized their practices. 

On Thursday the 23rd April, the French Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia organised a webinar focused on “Central Europe - What perspectives for Supply chain?”. A panel of experts on the perspective of the supply chain have shared their experiences, supported by our institutional guest speaker: 

  • Julien AUTRET- Attaché douanier régional Europe du Sud Est et Balkans  

  • Renaud de SAINT LAGER, Regional Purchasing & Supply Chain Director Oriental Central European Area, LESAFFRE Tchéquie  

  • Piotr DOPIERALA - Supply Chain Director & Logistics Auchan Retail Poland 

  • Stefan GAIBU -General Manager Supply Chain, Groupe Renault Roumania  

  • Jakov KARMELIĆ - General Manager, CMA CGM Croatia d.o.o  

  • Bogdan MLYNARCZYK- General Manager, Geodis Poland  

  • Fabrice PAYA - Conseiller régional transport environnement  

  • György SZABÓ, CEO, Former President of the Hungarian Road Transport Association, Prevost Hungária Kft. 

  

What can we learn from this webinar? 

Nobody could have predicted the crisis. For all institutions and companies, it is a very challenging period 

 

  • The closing of borders and plant’s shutdowns are the main problems for companies.  

  • Food industry has faced “panic buying” and an important scale of demand. For plants and supermarkets, it has been an important challenge to adapt the supply to the fluctuation of demand. They noticed some changes in the demand structure: sales limited to very basic needs (pasta, toilet paper and bakery products mostly) and online sales grew rapidly.  

  • Automotive industry has been severely affected by the crisis. Road transport has been more impacted than air and maritime transport.  

  • A large amount of employees works from home. Specific procedures have been introduced to reduce risk of spreading the virus.  

  • The crisis has accelerated the digitalization of working processes.  

  • Keys to survive: reorganize, implement strict protective measures, build a strategy to ensure continuity and prepare for the restart of economic activity. Ability to adapt is the key for all businesses.  

What about the future? 

 

  • With lifting of measures the consumption will grow and it will be challenging for suppliers. For now, business and production restart progressively. 

  • For transport companies, the system will not remain as it was before the crisis: a lot of capacities will be left unused - there won’t be such an important demand for transportation as before. That might be visible especially in road transport. 

  • All companies needed to respond to the crisis and to restructure their services to create more intelligent supply chain. Specific protective measures had to be taken.  

  • As Churchill said: “never let a good crisis go to waste”, maybe it’s time to cooperate more and try to introduce agreements leading towards common standards? 

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