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Views - The Forum on Supply Chain Risk + Compliance Management 2016

"In today’s networked world, our society in general is learning good and not so good things from the social networks which are controlled mostly by popular sentiments. However, professional forums can be useful as they can moderate the discussions and in"

Mr. Vinayak Sohani, Senior Manager, Compliance and Assurance, Mumbai International Airport Private Limited

VinayakSohani, is a Textile Technologist by Qualification with twenty three invaluable years of experience which involves thirteen years in management system and operations consulting, six years in third party audits and three years in Air Cargo and passenger operations experience at CSI Airport Mumbai. 

It is to his credit that as a consultant, he guided a number of companies for various QHSE management system certifications. He has also carried out as a lead auditor for various management standards and executed as a third party auditor with three major certification agencies, both in national and international standards.  He has appeared as a key team member for TAPA – FSR – A certification at MIAL domestic Air Cargo. 

He is currently working as a Sr. Manager - Compliance and Quality Assurance at CSI Airport Mumbai.

Q. May we request you to highlight the areas of Supply Chain Risks?

Mr. Sohani: In aviation/airport with 24x7 operations, where I believe business continuity risks are more critical. Collaboration and contingency preparedness are the keywords for ensuring continuity. 

Q. The Supply Chain Risk: Who owns it? Compliance Management Program: What drives it?

Mr. Sohani: Supply chain risk Compliance Management Program: Prioritization based on penal consequences and continuity risks drives the compliance management. E.g.  

Q. What do you think are the areas of improvement in transforming Supply Chain in India?

Logistics in terms of road, rail and air travel network is now developing extensively. However, we need to ensure efficiency across supply chain to improve delivery performance across the country.  Some of the measures could be trainings, use of technology and using improvised handling procedures 

1.    How can stakeholders develop a Risk Based Action Plan for Supply Chain Security?

Periodic risk assessment is using a multi-disciplinary team to rate existing risks and identifying new risk is the first step. Once the risk assessment is complete all efforts can be made to define and document the action plan based on risk ratings 

Q. Your views on Standards & Certifications in mitigating Supply Chain Risks. Should theStandards & Certifications be made mandatory for the Supply Chain ecosystem? How do you think it is achievable?

Mr. Sohani: Standards ensure a structured approach to achieve a benchmark.  The benchmark can be then set higher for continual improvement 

Standards & Certifications may be made mandatory for the Supply Chain ecosystem as more and more institutional buyers 

Q. Do you think the stakeholders from Supply Chain ecosystem at any and all levels whether in public and/or private and/or the national and global top professional and trade associations and organizations should come forward and utilize such a forum/platform such as, ‘The Forum on Supply Chain Risk + Compliance Management ‘, and encourage and support such forums?

Mr. Sohani: Yes. In today’s networked world, our society in general is learning good and not so good things from the social networks which are controlled mostly by popular sentiments. However, professional forums can be useful as they can moderate the discussions and initiatives for the benefit of the supply chain community  

Q. What discussion topics would you like the forum to cover and deliver? And, what would you like to take away from ‘The Forum on Supply Chain Risk + Compliance Management in 2016?

Mr. Sohani: Supply chain Best practices 
-    Pro-active ompliance management

Highlights!

    • Supply Chain RISK + COMPLIANCE MANAGEMENT – What it really means to MANUFACTURERS?
    • Transforming the Supply Chain with National and Global STANDARDS to manage RISK and COMPLIANCE.
    • IMPORTANCE & ROLE of STANDARDS & CERTIFICATIONS in Supply Chain RISK MANAGEMENT + COMPLIANCE.
    • Best Practices Case Studies + Use Cases in Supply Chain Risk + Compliance Management.
    • Securing the Supply Chain ECO-SYSTEM and the role and responsibilities of the STAKEHOLDERS;
      • Manufacturers 
      • Logistics Providers
      • Freight Carriers
      • Law Enforcement Agencies        
      • Government Agencies 
      • Security Professionals   
      • Logistics Professionals  
      • Freight Services Industry Companies
      • Insurance Companies
      • Audit Companies
      • Technology Companies
    • The IMPORTANCE & ROLE of TECHNOLOGY in STANDARDS Development 
      • TELEMATICS for Cargo + Driver Safety and Security 
        • Cargo Safety & Security - Explore how telematics is used for combating hijackings, thefts and robberies
        • Driver Safety & Security - Explore how telematics technologies can help enhance the driver safety and security by real time monitoring of driver behavior and driver fatigue
        • Fleet Performance and Fuel Efficiency - The impact of telematics and fleet management technology on insurance
        • Cold Chain Management - temperature-controlled supply chain: 
        • Life Sciences: Clinical Trials - Hospitals and Blood - Pharmaceuticals - Vaccines, 
        • Fresh and Processed Food - Produce - Seafood - Meat and Poultry - Dairy - Floral
      • Technology Solutions for Warehouse Safety & Security
        • Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) - An Integrated Approach to Warehouse Security for simplifying the command and control - at-a-glance snapshot of all operations, enhancing their situational awareness and increasing their ability to react to any security infringements within the warehouse environment - Witness how a PSIM platform that seamlessly brings together otherwise disparate solutions - Access Control, CCTV, RFID, Intruder detection and Fire systems.
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