The Drive to Digital: Disruption or Discovery?

International Conference and Exhibition for Automotive Supply Chain Management, Information Technology and Communications

The transformation of businesses that is brought about by digitalisation is commonly referred to as digital disruption. There is no denying that such a profound transformation is disruptive but in our eyes the drive to digital is also a journey of great discovery. Whatever your view, disruption or discovery, in order to survive in this environment it is clear that businesses must be agile and focus on responding quickly to fundamental changes.

It’s about the capability of an enterprise to master information and only those who know how to make use of the increasing volume of available data will make the difference and be successful.

But digitalisation of the supply chain is certainly not a new topic and Odette has been at the forefront of the information revolution. Although possibly considered as ‘disruptive’ in the 1980s, Odette standards, especially in the areas of electronic messaging, auto id and telecommunications, are now ‘run of the mill’ implementations which have saved billions for the industry over the past 30 years. In order to take maximum advantage from earlier investments, organisations must take a holistic approach in rebuilding business processes and consider how the integration of the latest innovations can enhance the capabilities of more traditional legacy technologies.

Having an ecosystem of forward looking business partners is vital in tackling the real challenges of digitalisation and in bringing fresh thinking to your own company and colleagues. At Odette2018, you can discover how your peers are approaching the next steps and how they are leveraging new and existing technology to effectively bridge the data gap, whilst learning how others from the global automotive supply chain and beyond are discovering how to minimise the disruption of the drive to digital.

"I use what I have learned at the Odette conference everyday with my team"
Michelin delegate

"It is essential for me to come to the Odette conference because in 2 days I solve more problems than in a week in the office"
Volkswagen delegate

"It’s about learning from others and using that knowledge in my day to day job"
Hella delegate

"It is essential for our company to support the Odette conference to meet our business partners"
Renault delegate

Where automotive logistics and automotive IT come together

12 Nov 2018 - 13 Nov 2018

Lille - France

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2018 Keynote Speakers

  • Francesca GAMBONI

    Francesca GAMBONI

    Senior VP Supply Chain
    Peugeot Group

  • Al JEORY

    Al JEORY

    Head of Inbound Logistics
    Jaguar Land Rover

  • Jürgen MAIDL

    Jürgen MAIDL

    Senior VP Supply Chain

  • Helen SAVMYR

    Helen SAVMYR

    Senior VP Operations
    Volvo Group Trucks Asia


Odette2018 topics

Speakers already confirmed from: BMW, Daimler, DBSchenker, Faurecia, Fraunhofer, Ford Otosan, Hella, Jaguar Land Rover, KGH, Kuehne + Nagel, Magna, Michelin, Peugeot Group, Renault-Nissan, Robert Bosch, Scania, Schaeffler, Schenker, Tofaş, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo Group Truck, XPO (with more to come) will talk about :

Deriving value from Digital Transformation

• The impact of digitalisation on the organisation of major OEMs supply processes
• Logistics of the future: transparent, autonomous, networked
• Efficient and secure technologies supporting the digitalisation of global supply chains
• Enabling the rapid movement and tracking of shipments across international borders, overcoming changing legal and political constraints such as Brexit
• New technologies to serve innovative processes: Blockchain and Smart Contracts; Machine Learning and Logistics; Virtual Reality and Logistics Training, Artificial Intelligence

Digital Innovations

• Who are the new drivers of innovation?
• Collaborating with robots – is it feasible, is it ethical?
• Blockchain: a solution looking for a problem to solve in the automotive supply chain
• EDI, IoT, Big Data: integration threats and opportunities
• Alternative powertrain technologies: overcoming the logistics challenges
• Packaging: bringing JIT techniques to the supply of empties
• AutoID: the key to supply chain visibility
• Matching physical and digital flows: new requirements for the Transport Label
• A collaborative approach to Supply Chain Risk Management
• A logistics organisation fit for the digital age: optimising the audit process
• eInvoicing: making it the norm so we can drop the ‘e’

Site visits

These visits are offered free of charge to conference delegates.

  • La Francaise de Mecanique

    The Douvrin PSA Site is dedicated to the production of petrol and diesel engines. The site produces 5 engine families, including the EB Turbo PureTech engine, which was awarded “Engine of the Year” in its category during three consecutive years. Discover the specific supply chain processes required to produce engine.

  • Further activities to be announced


Sponsoring and exhibiting at Odette2018?

The Odette2018 automotive supply chain conference will bring together some of the most well-known and forward-thinking experts in the industry, along with representatives from a wide variety of organisations at every level of the global supply chain.

Exhibitors will meet with key decision makers from automotive companies worldwide – Odette2018 will offer unparalleled opportunities for networking with potential customers and provides customers with a chance to engage with new suppliers. True to the Odette ethos, the conference also provides an ideal environment for competitors to share ideas and concepts and pave the way for mutually beneficial collaboration.

 Click here to request Odette2018 Exhibition Information

If you are:

Technical experts – solutions providers, software developers, hardware manufacturers and systems integrators.

Consultants – e-Business, engineering collaboration, sourcing, cross-border invoicing and supply chain management experts.

Marketplace specialists – transport companies, inventory management businesses, logistics service providers and VANs/EDI hub representatives.

Evening Networking

Capitalise on this unique opportunity where logistics and IT professionals from the global automotive industry come together under one roof.

Starting with a cocktail in the exhibition area, delegates will be transported to a special location for an entertaining evening dinner offered free of charge. This is one of the highlights of the Conference and is an excellent opportunity to network and spend the evening with colleagues and customers in a relaxed atmosphere.

The evening promises to be a lively highlight of the conference. It must be booked at time of registration to guarantee access.

Bring lots of business cards!

Venue and Hotels


Lille Grand Palais
Boulevard Emille Dubuisson

Getting there


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