55th BME Symposium takes place digitally for the first time

Premiere for Europe's leading non-profit trade association for procurement, logistics and supply chain: Under the slogan #gipfelstürmer, the BME is organising its annual event as a virtual congress this year.

The largest networking event of the BME is breaking new ground. The 55th Procurement and Logistics Symposium is taking place as a virtual congress for the first time. "Under the motto ‘#gipfelstürmer’ we will be discussing the megatrends in procurement, logistics and supply chain management in the week of 9 November 2020," said Dr Silvius Grobosch , CEO of the German Association for Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics (BME), in Eschborn. Further details of the program will be published in the coming weeks. "We are aware that a digital event cannot replace a personal meeting. In order to keep the spirit of the symposium alive virtually, we are working on a concept that is much more than a series of webinars. Networking and discussions are vital parts of the symposium and should also form a pillar of the online congress," Grobosch continues. This year's BME symposium is based on three conceptual focal points, both digital and live. These include "Knowledge & Information" (lectures, surveys and guidelines), "Network & Community" (discussion rounds, virtual coffee break discussions, matchmaking and regional live events) and "Services & Consulting" (career and further training advice, discussions with solution providers). Grobosch also provided information on the central issues of the first major digital event of the BME. These include "Navigating 2020: What lessons we take with us for the adaptation of our strategies in 2021", "Market developments: What forecasts do we expect for the economy, geopolitics and procurement markets?", "Procurement & Supply Chain Management: How are global supply chains changing?", "Leadership & Innovation: How do we counteract disruption, complexity and uncertainty?", "What are sustainable sourcing strategies?” and "Vision 2025+: How do leading companies and CPOs adapt their strategies for the future?". Among the speakers expected to attend, well-known company representatives such as Ralf Anderhofstadt (Head of Competence Centre Additive Manufacturing, Daimler Buses), Ludovic Subran (Chief Economist, Allianz SE), Ulrich Weigel (former Deputy COO, Leica Camera AG), Ninian Wilson (Global Supply Chain Director & CEO, Vodafone Procurement SARL) and Anja Zerbin (Head of Digital Culture, Deutsche Bank AG) have already made binding commitments. Save the Date: 55th BME Symposium Purchasing and Logistics (online conference) in week 46 (second week of November 09.11.2020) Note: If you are interested, please use the e-mail address: anmeldung@bme.de to contact us. More detailed information will be sent to you shortly. In 2021, the 56th Procurement and Logistics Symposium of the BME is scheduled to be held in Berlin from 10 to 12 November 2021.