A one-day conference

Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

Date: 10th October 2019

Sponsored by:

Kingspan Insulated Panels

The warehousing, logistics and supply chain management sector is set to change dramatically over the next five years. With the developments of Artificial Intelligence, analytics, new payment systems such as crypto currencies, GDPR challenges, the impact of Brexit on our ports and airports and the growing acceptance of Blockchain, the sector is heading for significant changes and transformation.

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This unique business conference will examine how Ireland’s warehouse and supply chain sectors are likely to be affected, the most probable scenario at our ports and airports post Brexit, a closer look at Industry 4.0, and why it’s being referred to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and the future of warehouses and supply chain in general. The conference also takes a look at the influence of Artificial Intelligence and automation, and examines the attitude to AI.

You will leave this conference understanding where the potential challenges lie, and the possible opportunities. With a fantastic speaker line up packed with industry insights and future likelihoods, you will leave armed with the knowledge to plan ahead and develop strategies for the next five years.

Who should attend?

This conference would be of interest to Warehouse Owners, Logistics Managers, Warehouse Managers, Supply Chain Managers, Strategic Planning Managers, Inventory Managers, Business Development Managers, Project Managers.




Registration with tea, coffee and pastries


Opening Remarks by Conference Chairperson:

Patrick Daly, Founder & Managing Director, Alba Consulting


Opening Remarks

Michael O’ Callaghan, MBA M.Sc.  B.Sc., Supply Chain Instructor and Trainer, Supply Chain Management Institute


Brexit Implications for Supply Chains

Speaker: Ray Ryan, Brexit Trader Engagement Unit, Revenue Commissioners.

  • Planning essentials for Brexit
  • Roles and responsibilities of actors in the supply chain
  • Example customer journey’s and the impacts Brexit will have
  • Outline of available authorisations to assist in the efficient movement of goods
  • Information on changes at Ports and Airports to deal with UK leaving the EU.


Capitalising on Irelands Brexit potential

Speaker: Frank Murray, Chairman, Piercom Ltd & Managing Partner, The Linkage-Partnership

  • Selecting the right International markets post Brexit
  • Developing go-to market strategies
  • Identifying channels and partners
  • Evaluating competitors and gathering market access intelligence
  • Managing growth and scaling strategies
  • Identifying key strategic supply chain linkages


Using Artificial Intelligence and the Technologies available

Speaker: Philipp Verhoeven – Microsoft, strategic adviser in the areas of Modern Workplace, Data & AI, Business Apps and Infrastructure.

  • Real time tracking of goods and processes
  • Machine Learning for operations and supply chains
  • Robot automation
  • Employee skills required in a 4.0 warehouse
  • Automated Inventory Management


Q&A Session


Coffee break and chance to network


The Role of Analytics in Shaping the Future of Warehouse Operations

Speaker: Dr. Tony McVeigh, PerformanSC Supply Chain

  • Power of Data in Shaping Optimal Performance
  • Inventory Optimisation
  • Warehouse Design and Item Slotting
  • Performance Management and Metrics
  • Role of Automation


Robots vs Humans – To embrace or fear?

Speaker: Declan Kavanagh, Managing Director: Organisation Development Tools Institute

  • Assessing human- machine collaboration
  • The effects automation has on an organisation its staff and jobs
  • How reliable are these new autonomous devices?
  • Is there still a place for the humans?
  • Is this an opportunity to up skill current employees?


Q&A Session


Lunch and chance to network


Blockchain for the Supply Chain- the future of payment and contracts

Speaker: Barry O’ Connor, co-founder, QPQ

  • What does it actually mean?
  • How will it change what I do?
  • What is all the hype about?
  • How is this relevant to me?


Freight Forwarding and Supply Chain

Speaker: Derek Dunne, FICS, Managing Director, Manifest Ireland. Former Education Officer with the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers

  • Speaking the same language
  • Understanding Export Documentation
  • Exporter Responsibility
  • Freight Provider Responsibility
  • Receiver Responsibility
  • Import and Export Customs procedures.


What is Industry 4.0 and what it means for the future of supply chains?

Speaker: Bill O’Leary, General Manager, Confirm

  • Industry 4.0 overview – current and future state landscapes
  • How Industry 4.0 is likely to impact on the supply chain & warehousing – and why it’s important
  • Key considerations from an investment perspective
  • Discover how robotics, virtual reality / augmented reality, and “Digital Twin” can drive revenue growth, cost reduction, product development etc


Q&A Session


 Conference Close

Derek Dunne

Derek Dunne

Managing Director, Manifest Ireland

Derek Dunne FICS is the current Education Officer for the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers in Ireland.

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Derek held the Chair of the Irish Branch in 2013/2014, he was promoted to a Fellow of the Institute in 2014 when the Irish Branch hosted the International gathering of the Institutes Controlling Council.

Managing Director of Manifest Ireland offering Customs Consultancy services to clients in general Customs formalities, AEO applications and planning for the post Brexit Customs environment.

With over 35 years’ experience in the maritime sector Derek has extensive experience in the areas of Port Agency and Customs.

Philipp Verhoeven

Philipp Verhoeven

Solution Specialist – Azure Cloud Platform, Microsoft

Philipp Verhoeven, born in Germany, works in Dublin as a strategic advisor for multinational manufacturing corporations headquartered in the DACH region.

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He and his team empower customers to transform their business. from optimizing processes to innovating products, across all corporate departments. Previously, he was based in London, where he worked as a project manager alongside private equity funds and management consultancies on market evaluations.

Declan Kavanagh

Declan Kavanagh

DipEng, CDipAF, MBA, Managing Director: Organisation Development Tools Institute

Declan has 40 years’ experience in technology business initially with multinational ICT organisations rising to CEO level.

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He founded a software services company in 2003 which was acquired by Capgemini/Sogeti in 2008. Since then he has advised many organisations Nationally & Internationally and worked with Academia and Irish Technology Research Centres in the area of Capability Building. He co-founded the Organisation Development Tools Institute with Dr. Myles Sweeney.

Dr Tony McVeigh

Dr Tony McVeigh

CSci CMath CEng FIMA FIET MCGI, PerformanSC Supply Chain

As Principal – Operations with PerformanSC Supply Chain, Tony devotes much of his time to the application of Operations Research and analytical techniques to Supply Chain challenges and problems.

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In particular, the optimisation of inventory control and replenishment, network flows and design, warehouse efficiencies and operational improvements.

Prior to joining PerformanSC Supply Chain, Tony spent 25 years in the Manufacturing and Supply Chain sectors holding many positions including Managing Director for Key Tronic Europe, Vice President of European Operations for ModusLink and Chief Operations Officer for iQon Technologies.

A multidisciplinary professional, Tony is elected Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. He holds an MSc in Mathematics and a DPhil in Applied Mathematics.

Ray Ryan

Ray Ryan

Brexit Trader Engagement Unit, Revenue Commissioners

Ray is Assistant Principal in the Customs Division of the Revenue Commissioners.

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He has responsibility for the Brexit trader engagement programme. This role involves providing information and practical support to businesses that will be impacted by Brexit.

He has over ten years’ experience in Revenue’s Customs Division, holding previous roles within eCustoms development, Classification, eCustoms Support and the Accounts Bureau. He has represented Revenue’s Customs Division at European level, including assessing examine the impact of Union Customs Code related IT requirements on Member States’ electronic systems.

Michael O’Callaghan

Michael O’Callaghan

Supply Chain Instructor and Trainer, Director, IPICS The Supply Chain Management Institute

Michael has considerable experience as an Instructor within supply chain and operations management, and in designing, configuring, implementing and project managing systems in these areas, and also works as a contract SAP Applications Consultant.

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Michael is an APICS registered Instructor, and is also an APICS Lead Instructor Training.  Michael provides instruction on public courses, in-house company courses, Instructor-led distance learning and online learning for APICS Certifications in CPIM, CSCP, CLTD, and Principles of Operations Management Courses for IPICS The Supply Chain Management Institute.

Michael has been instructing in supply chain and operations management, including warehouse operations and logistics management, since 1988.

Michael is a certified trainer for The Fresh Connection (TFC) business simulation system, and uses the TFC as an enhanced learning tool in the provision of supply chain training and certification courses.

Frank Murray

Frank Murray

Chairman, Piercom Ltd & Managing Partner, The Linkage-Partnership

Frank Murray is an International Business Development Consultant and Managing Partner at The Linkage-Partnership (TLP) focussed on international supply-chain business development and collaboration.

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Clients use TLP if they wish to find partners, channels, and innovative ways to gain access to new value relationships for their products and services. www.linkage-partnership.eu

Frank’s international experience at US, UK, Swiss, Japanese and Irish industrial enterprises has allowed Frank work in London, Boston, Geneva, Fribourg and Dublin working with multinationals and SMEs at senior business development executive level. He held P&L responsibility positions managing revenue growth from €15M-€1Bn and has worked across multiple business sectors and functions. Frank specialises ICT and IOT technology working with advanced technology sectors such as food, energy, electronics and software. A board room player, strategic thinker and leader Frank and his TLP partners are interested in developing value networks and sustained partnerships for clients. Using state of the art technology and providing insights on rules based exporting and importing TLP are focused on making Irish companies advance outside their traditional markets.

Frank is Chairman of Piercom Limited an advanced knowledge supply-chain technology solutions company. Piercom is focussed on developing advanced ‘’knowledge supply chains’’ across manufacturing engineering and specific interests include IOT, Big Data Analytics and Cloud initiatives. Frank led the company to the award of the prestigious Washington based Smithsonian Institute Medal for Innovation in business and services. He is Chairman for the Swiss-Irish Business Association and an active member of the European, US and Asian Chamber of Commerce movements. He has served on the Board of the Local Enterprise Office for Co Clare 2010-2015. Frank founded The Linkage-Partnership in 2014 which has offices in Holland, Switzerland and Ireland.

Frank holds a B.Sc. from the National University Ireland UCG. His postgraduate management education was at INSEAD, Paris; IMD, Lausanne and IFL, Stockholm from 1984-1989 where he completed the International Advanced Management Program. He serves on a number of Boards both commercial and voluntary and is a passionate environmental technology advocate.

Bill O’Leary

Bill O’Leary

General Manager, Confirm

Bill is the General Manager of Confirm, the €47mil SFI funded smart manufacturing research Centre which encompasses nine Universities and Institutes in Ireland.

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Confirm is focused on fundamental and applied research in the areas of robotics, machine learning, predictive analytics, advanced modelling, supply chain optimization, IoT etc. Confirm works with companies of all sizes and across all sectors of Irish manufacturing to help digitise their processes and develop where appropriate new business models. Confirm is currently in the process of moving to a new dedicated multi million euro facility in Limerick.

Before joining CONFIRM in April 2018 Bill was a Senior Global Operations Director for multi-sites operations with a ranging background in tech, mining, renewables, & pharma. Bill is PhD, MBA, Six Sigma Black Belt qualified.

Patrick Daly

Patrick Daly

Founder & Managing Director, Alba Consulting

Patrick Daly is the founder and Managing Director of Alba Consulting, a business consultancy focused on supply chain and logistics based in Dublin.

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Patrick is an accomplished consultant, speaker, trainer, author and broadcaster and has been active in the logistics sector for over 25 years.

Patrick works with many of the top Fortune 500 companies in manufacturing, distribution and logistics services in Europe, Asia and the Americas helping them to achieve dramatic improvements in their supply chain capabilities and performance through supply chain excellence. In his consultancy assignments, Patrick has worked with clients all over the world in countries such as China, India, Uruguay, Puerto Rico, Egypt, UAE, US, UK, Spain, Croatia and others.

Patricks hosts Interlinks, a weekly radio programme broadcast on Dublin South FM that explores the positive and negative effects of globalisation around the world through the medium of interviews with business people from around the world and he is the author of the book International Supply Chain Relationships: Creating Competitive Advantage in a Globalized Economy published by Kogan Page in London and New York in 2019.

Barry O’ Connor

Barry O’ Connor

co-founder, QPQ

Barry O’Connor is a Dublin born Technology Entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience.

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In that time, he has specialised in working with new ideas and concepts and framing them for the corporate world. In the last few years he has focused exclusively on Blockchain and the emerging world of Distributed Ledger Technology. Barry is a co-founder of QPQ Ltd. He is the first person in Ireland to hold a MSc in Blockchain and is a national lead in ISO TC307 (Blockchain technologies).

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Talbot Hotel (Formerly Stillorgan Park Hotel)

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