AKRON, OHIO (Oct. 6, 11:10 a.m. EDT) — Many think first of cost reductions when considering the primary objective of e-business. But other reasons for conducting business online can be just as significant, according to purchasing executives at some of America's best-known product manufacturers.
Key aims include improving the quality and timeliness of information to allow for more accurate planning; compressing product-development cycles through collaborative design and engineering; and simplifying and speeding transactions.
And, of course, keeping costs low always makes the list.
Senior purchasing executives from Hewlett-Packard Co., Bausch & Lomb Inc. and Harley-Davidson Inc. agreed in a recent conference-call discussion that those are high-ranking e-business objectives for their diverse manufacturing companies. Those three officials — who will populate a panel Oct. 18 at Plastics News' Executive Forum 2001 in San Antonio — are:
* Rich Crawford, global procurement section manager for HP plastic resin and packaging.
* Joe Packard, project manager for b-to-b issues at vision-care giant Bausch & Lomb.
* Barry Sos, the senior purchasing engineer responsible for plastic component design and development worldwide at motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson.
Ellis Booker, editor of Chicago-based sister publication BtoB, will moderate the 90-minute session, which will conclude the Oct. 15-18 forum dedicated to forecasting prospects for key plastics materials, end markets and trends.
In addition to the panel's discussions on changing supply-chain dynamics, the balance of the half-day e-business program Oct. 18 will be devoted to such topics as the current status of e-marketplaces, by AMR Research Co.; customer relationship management, by Kline & Co.; and establishing a supply chain in China, by Kevin Painter, former chief of IBM China.
Topics covered on the event's other days will include resin supply/demand, economic trends, globalization, mergers and acquisitions, and prospects for key end markets including telecommunications, medical, automotive and packaging. Senior officials from Ericsson U.S., Motorola Inc., Boston Scientific Corp., Moll Industries Inc., Pactiv Corp. and Delphi Automotive are among the speakers.
More details are available online, including the full agenda and speaker roster. You may either register online or by contacting Nancy Parks in Akron by calling (330) 865-6134 or e-mailing [email protected].