EBG | Network say a warm welcome to Otto Tell, Business Navigation Manager, Category Area Food and Nichlas Jespersen, Multi Project Manager at Inter IKEA Group joining Sourcing Outlook 2020. Below the session you will draw from Otto and Nichlas.
How Food Suppliers can co-exist with Furniture Suppliers; creating a Supplier multi-project-management platform
The IKEA Food business had grown to such an extent globally that it became necessary to restructure the business and build one common supply chain. The new business would ensure greater control, compliancy and sustainability through the end-to-end supply chain.
The challenge: to enable the smooth transition to a solid system structure in 12 months, managing suppliers and contracts.
It was clear there was also a need to digitalize the manual ways of working with IKEA Food supplier contracts. In the Home Furnishing business of IKEA, there was an ongoing project to develop a collaboration tool between IKEA and suppliers, covering supplier and contract management, among other major processes. It seemed like an ideal opportunity for IKEA Food to share the same journey. Would it be possible to find synergies between the two businesses to co-exist on the same platform?
Indeed it was, and these two connecting projects evolved into a multi-project enabler of supplier management and contact management ready to be applied over several business areas.
During this session you will learn how the IKEA Food supply chain was restructured and digitalized. Secondly, you will learn the considerations behind choosing a scalable, common platform to meet those needs, including platform capabilities versus configuration, the challenges of convincing stakeholders and co-ordinating implementation partners, and the benefits of applying a parallel implementation methodology that would form the base for a multi-project governance model.
Discussion following the keynote:
- Budget challenges; Don’t take no for an answer if the ROI is strong
- Application customization vs changing ways-of-working; How to reach a good compromise?
- Mind-set and collaboration as key drivers for change
- Challenges and solutions with Food and Furniture co-existing in the same environment
- How to govern multi-project-management