The ECR Ireland Supply Chain & Product Availability Summit is a major supply chain event for the grocery & consumer product sector in Ireland.

The speaker lineup is a high profile and experienced collection of supply chain experts from leading retailers, manufacturers, service providers and consultants delivering the latest insights, best practice, technology development and advice for supply chain performance & product availability in the Irish Grocery sector.

A key component in the concept of ECR is "Collaboration". This is most apt for the Irish supply chain community at present considering the supply chain implications of Brexit and that many Irish Supply Chain roles are UK based.

Now is the time, more than ever before, that the Irish grocery supply chain community should collaborate, network and work together.

The ECR Ireland Supply Chain & OSA Summit represents an opportunity for the Industry to discuss the challenges & opportunities ahead ... together.

Conference Theme

"The Challenges & Opportunities facing Supply Chain Managers for the Grocery sector in Ireland"
We are all aware how complex the consumer path to purchase has become.
It resembles an omni-channel spaghetti junction with many fragmented touch points and routes to market.
Such changing consumer behaviour and the irresistible rise of digital transformation & online retailing will create many supply chain challenges & opportunities and a shopper intolerance for out-of-stocks.

Then there is Brexit.

Effective & efficient supply chain management is sure to become a major determinant of competitiveness. 

Consider the major challenges & opportunities facing the Irish supply chain sector, how relevant they are to your business and the impact they will have on how your future supply chain will operate by hearing from retailers, manufacturers and experts at the ECR Supply Chain & Product Availability Summit 2019.


Product Availability

Ray Peelo, Supply Chain Manager, Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland
With the largest distribution network in Ireland to manage, product availability is a major focus area in Musgraves. Ray will review the forces that affect product availability throughout the Musgraves end to end supply chain highlighting best practice & potential pitfalls from suppliers, distribution centres and Super Valu & Centra stores.

Meeting Customer demands for Trusted Product Information

Tim Daly, Industry Engagement, GS1 Ireland
Today's customer is looking for more and more information to satisfy their demands for product transparency, sustainability and traceability. Learn how the use of GS1 standards can help you transform and digitise your supply chain processes to efficiently meet that need.

How the UK is championing data transformation to increase consumer trust and improve supply chain efficiency

Jim Dickson, Head of Retail, GS1 UK
Leanne Cooper, Tesco customer supply chain manager (UK & Int), Nestle UK


Shoppers continue to expect more information on the products they buy, anytime, anywhere, and on a device. However, multiple shopping formats increase supply chain complexity, cost and make it harder to innovate - particularly without a standardised process for sharing product data. This session will discuss how challenges in the supply chain have led to low consumer trust and how the UK retail industry have come together to solve this issue - developing a solution built on collaboration, not competition. As part of the session you will hear from Nestlé on how this solution has helped achieve efficiency savings of up to 67% and improve their relationships with key retailers.

Business Analytics and Efficient SCM

John Mee, Supply Chain Excellence and Business Analytics Manager, Glanbia
Paul Pierotti, Managing Director, Applied Intelligence, Accenture

Industry is seeing an exponential increase in complexity levels across supply chain and manufacturing operations. “Data” is adding to this complexity and yet equally holds improvement opportunities if utilised appropriately.  This presentation looks at the
potential for business analytics to help address these challenges through appropriate use of data. The first half of the presentation will be delivered by Paul Pierotti of Accenture providing an overview on the potential of supply chain and manufacturing analytics, whilst the second half of the presentation will be delivered by John Mee of Glanbia who will provide number of examples of how Glanbia are applying business analytics to deliver value.



A Collaborative Approach to Tackling Waste

Chris Hill, Head of Food, Foodcloud

The session will look at the benefits and challenges of highlighting, measuring and addressing waste through a collaborative approach. The aim is to unlock financial and efficiency savings throughout the chain whilst reducing food waste and creating a more sustainable food industry in Ireland. Chris is a member of the ECR Community Shrink & OSA Group, a leading think-tank on Shrink & OSA. Chris will outline why Irish companies should attend their next meeting in Dublin.

Digital Supply Chain

Mark McKeever, Director, PwC

Mark will discuss emerging trends associated with the digital supply chain illustrating how leading companies are deploying digital solutions to drive supply chain performance & improvement.

ECR Community

Declan Carolan, General Manager & Co-Chair, ECR Ireland & ECR Community

Declan will give a summary of the Supply Chain projects being conducted by ECR Community & by the ECR Nationals globally.  Highlights include projects from ECR China, ECR France & ECR Italy.

Panel Discussions + Q&A

1. Major Challenges & Opportunities
2. Brexit & OSA

Two Panel Discussions featuring the conference speakers and industry practitioners to debate the major challenges & opportunities facing Supply Chain Executives of retail & consumer product groups companies in Ireland today.  This will be an interactive debate and assist in identifying the topics for future ECR Supply Chain Workgroups.  The first Panel Discussion will focus on the major challenges and opportunities in the sector while the second Panel will focus specifically on the "Big Two" ... Brexit & OSA.

Why Attend?

Listen to the views & predictions from leading practitioners
Inspire your thinking with fresh looks at challenging supply chain issues
Explore best practices and collaborative opportunities to drive efficiency
Learn about the new supply chain technologies that will be common-place tomorrow
Get insights and learning experiences on top supply chain topics
Gain an understanding on how to improve OSA
Hear cross-industry case studies to revolutionise your own supply chain strategies
Consider the impacts of BREXIT with experts and companies already preparing  

This event is must-attend for anyone working in the following functions:
Supply Chain Management
Product Availability
Logistics & Distribution
Warehouse Management
National Account Managers
Supply Chain Technology
Food Waste Management

...from all businesses involved in the Grocery & Consumer Product Sector
Logistics Service Providers
Supply Chain Solutions Providers
Supply Chain Consultants

Want to showcase your business?

Sponsorship opportunities: Put your business in front of major retailers and international manufacturers to showcase how you can enhance their business with your solution.

Contact ECR Ireland for enquiries HERE  

Check out last years ECR Ireland Supply Chain Summit 2018 HERE