Indian Institute of Materials Management (IIMM) to Host APCON 2013 International Conference on Supply Chain Management


Bangalore, Karnataka, India, Wednesday, April 03, 2013 — (Business Wire India) — Two-day event offers new learning, sharing and networking opportunities for the industry

Indian Institute of Materials Management (IIMM) is all set to host APCON 2013 (Asia-pacific Conference), the flagship event of International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) , on May 16-17, this year. The event that brings together top management executives and supply chain management (SCM) professionals from around the world, is back in India after a successful tour around the globe. The two-day conference, will be held at the Hotel Sheraton, Bangalore, India, and will serve as an important platform for SCM practitioners in the region to network, exchange ideas and arrive at new solutions to age-long issues as well as emerging challenges in the sector.

“Businesses everywhere, are now focused on the key goal of increasing their competitive advantage, value-addition and reducing costs through innovative supply chain management. IIMM is indeed very happy to host this prestigious and industry-significant event, especially at a point, when the world of commerce is experiencing a major churn across different geographies. Particularly, with retail chain and service sectors on the growth path, efforts of all sophistication in emerging SCM technologies and management should ensure that end-benefits are multifold, diverse and measurable in the industry” said Mr. C Subbakrishna, National President, IIMM, India, addressing the press conference.

Some of the topics that will be addressed at the APCON 2013 conference include – leveraging technology for innovation in value chain, growth of e-procurement, industry case studies of innovation in value chain, good governance in SCM, competitive advantage by superior performance in SCM, and impact of inventory in value chain.

Elaborating on speakers, technical agenda and planned topics for discussions at the conference, Mr. Subhash Lovekar, Conference Chairman, APCON-2013 , IIMM, said, “The supply chain needs to constantly reinvent itself into a value chain and this requires newer tools and techniques. Innovation cycles have to be compressed and supply chain professionals continuously seek answers to master future challenges. This conference will do its best to deliberate on issues and find smarter SCM solutions to support the industry.”

The much awaited, industry-top, IIMM-APCON 2013 awards will also be presented at the upcoming international conference to SCM teams or organizations in order to recognize significant achievements, key value additions, functional brilliance, critical innovations, and best practices that have led to fundamental differences in the growth areas of materials and supply chain management. Award categories include SCM Best Practices Award, Corporate Excellence in SCM, IIMM Idol, SCM Innovation Award, SCM Young Achievers Award, and Best SCM Faculty Award, among others.

“At the event, you will be able to listen to the views of some of industry’s top functional experts, thinkers and change leaders, besides deliberating on how SCM professionals together, can contribute to enhanced knowledge and capability in this part of the world. The end objective, of course, is to find and formulate ways to further the development of a world class supply chain management system that delivers under varying local conditions,” said Mr. Harsha Kestur, Convenor, APCON 2013 , talking to the press.

APCON 2013 conference aims to help SCM professionals by focusing on ways to stay competitive in order to increase profitability, turn challenges into opportunities, empower team members to communicate and cooperate, develop sensitivity to client diversity, and encourage collaboration among suppliers, customers and partners.

Speaking to the press, Mr. Channabasappa Herur, IIMM Bangalore Branch Chairman, added, “Forward-thinking CEOs, CFOs, COOs, CPOs, vice presidents, directors, general managers, business development managers and SCM professionals from both manufacturing and service industries will look forward to join us at the event and benefit from APCON 2013 , which will provide them with the latest industry updates and information, practical skills and networking opportunities.”

About APCON 2013

APCON 2013 is a signature SCM event where seasoned practitioners from across the region meet and discuss ways of addressing these challenges. It seeks to bring together professionals from different parts of India, Asia-Pacific region and rest of the world. With participation from a wide range of industries and academia, public and private sectors of industry – APCON 2013 expects to serve as a springboard for collaboration, an idea-exchange which can in turn, fuel innovation. For more information, please visit

About IIMM

Indian Institute of Materials Management (IIMM), with its headquarters at Navi Mumbai, is the national apex body representing a wide spectrum of professionals engaged in various facets of materials management, responsible for planning, sourcing, logistics and supply chain. Through its wide network of 45 branches and 18 chapters, having over 9000 members drawn from public and private sectors, IIMM is dedicated to the promotion of the profession of materials management with its multifarious activities including EDPs, seminars, workshops, in-house training programs and consultancy assignments & advance materials management programs & research programs. To have more effective global interaction, the institute is a chartered member of International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM), Atlanta, USA, which has its members in over 44 countries. For more information, please visit


The International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) is the union of 48 National and Regional Purchasing Associations worldwide. IFPSM facilitates the development and distribution of knowledge to elevate and advance the procurement profession, thus favorably impacting the standard of living of citizens worldwide through improved business practices. The term procurement is taken to embrace purchasing, materials management, logistics, supply chain management and strategic sourcing. For more information, please visit

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From left to right in the picture, Mr. Channabasappa Herur, IIMM Bangalore Branch Chairman, Mr. Subhash Lovekar, APCON 2013 Conference Chairman, Mr. C. Subbakrishna, IIMM National President and Mr. Harsha Kestur, APCON 2013 Conference

Mr. C. Subbakrishna, National President , Indian Institute of Materials Management (IIMM)

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From left to right in the picture, Mr. Channabasappa Herur, IIMM Bangalore Branch Chairman, Mr. Subhash Lovekar, APCON 2013 Conference Chairman, Mr. C. Subbakrishna, IIMM National President and Mr. Harsha Kestur, APCON 2013 Conference


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