The language of the conference is Hungarian and English. Simultaneous translation will be provided.

Next Practice Conference

New sources of competitiveness in the supply chain

HALPIM Conference
June 9, 2011 – NH Hotel Budapest, Hungary

The language of the conference is Hungarian and English. Simultaneous translation will be provided.


We are all aware that the ever-changing world constantly urges companies and people to face new challenges and try to keep up with the expectations. There are some who has the resources, the luck and dare to think big and leap ahead of others. If they succeed they create future patterns to follow.

The recent global crisis has shocked the whole world, and though we are in the recovery phase, risks and challenges remained persistant. More and more surveys among CEOs, supply chain and procurement managers investigate future economic and social tendencies to support the decision makers. The EU has adopted a comprehensive strategy ?Transport 2050? for a competitive transport system that will increase mobility, remove major barriers in key areas and fuel growth and employment. At the same time, the proposals will dramatically reduce Europe’s dependence on imported oil and cut carbon emissions in transport by 60% by 2050.

It is for sure that these times have positioned R&D and innovative solutions into forefront and new paradigms need to be considered and tested. It is true for logistics, procurement management and for the whole supply chain – both locally and globally. This gave the impetus to the Hungarian Association of Logistics, Purchasing and Inventory Management to look into the future and try to provide an overview of future trends and innovative solutions in the framework of a one-day conference. The “NEXT Practice” is about future-oriented innovation which is indispensable to gaining and sustaining competitive advantage.

The main topics of the conference will include
  • future trends in supply chain management in a global context
  • sustainable development and environmental supply chains
  • tendencies in trade and the movement of production sites
  • innovative business models and technologies


NH Hotel Budapest, 1137 Budapest, Vígszínház u. 3.

Tentative program

9.00 Welcome

Magas IstvánTowards a New World Economy: Reflections on some old and recent concerns of crisis management
István Magas
, Professor and Chair, Department of World Economy, Budapest Corvinus University & Adjunct Professor of Finance and Economics, Central European University

Alan WallerSupply Chain Management and International Business – Future Trends and Opportunities
Alan Waller, Vice-President for Supply Chain Innovation, Solving Efeso / International President, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport / Chairman of the European Logistics Users Providers and Enablers Group (ELUPEG)

10.30 Coffee break

Chikán AttilaExecutive roundtable:
CEO’s perspectives about the major economic challenges of the next 20 years

Discussion leader:  Attila Chikán, Professor, Co-President of HALPIM

Roundtable participants:

  • Gábor Bojár, Co-Founder and President, Graphisoft
  • Béla Forgó, Country Manager Hungary, Alcoa
  • Dale Martin, CEO, Siemens

12.30 Lunch

What are the next challenges in the logistics industry? Where to go in the future?
Maren Böhmer, Expert Patent Management, DHL Solutions & Innovations, Deutsche Post DHL

Manfred Meffert

Competitive Advantage through Strategic Global Sourcing
Manfred Meffert, Integrated Supply Chain, IBM

Technological innovations in logistics and transport: present and future

Duma LászlóDiscussion leader: László Duma, Director of the Business Management Institute, University of Óbuda

Roundtable participants:

  • Zoltán Bokor, Head of Department of Transport Economics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  • Sándor Kürti, President of Kürt Information Management
  • István Varga, Associate Professor at Department of Control  and Transport Automation, Budapest University of  Technology and Economics; Senior Research Fellow at MTA  SZTAKI
  • János Berényi, Institute for Transport Sciences
Registration fees

HALPIM member: HUF 45.000 Ft + VAT
Nonmember: HUF 58.000Ft + VAT

Registration deadline: June 7, 2011

Registration details

You may register before June 7 with submitting the registration form and transferring the registration fee. Invoice will be sent for paying the registration fee. The number of participants is limited to 120.
Full refunds will be provided for cancellations received in writing prior to June 7, 2011. No refunds will be provided for any cancellations or no-show after June 7, 2011.

Registration fee in includes costs of attendance, lunch and coffee breaks. Fee should be transferred to HALPIM bank account: K&H Bank 10200823-22223876-00000000

(Taxes related to meals have to be paid by the participant (or his company). Invoice issued about the conference fee contains the contribution-in-kind services separately.)

Prior permission is needed for any recording at the event.

For further information please contact:

HALPIM Secretariat

Király u. 12.
1061 Budapest
T&F: +36 1 267 8740


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