PRESS RELEASE Workshop July 2012, IIM Kozhikode IIM Kozhikode hosted a first-of-its-kind workshop in Supply Chain Management on the 7th and 8th of July; conducted by Mr. Ali Hasnain Ghoghai, Senior Manager at DHL Supply Chain Solutions, a revered name in the global Operations-Supply Chain domain. The event was organized byIndustry Interaction Cell (IIC) in collaboration with OMEGA (the operations interest group) of IIMK. Mr. Ali Hasnain Ghoghai's managerial experience spans across Solution Designing, Operations, Procurement, Supply Chain Management and Commercial Negotiations in Retail - Electronics, Food Products and Petrochemicals, E-commerce / E-retail Industries. He has extensive experience involving Global Freight management, India/GCC/UAE Land Transport management, Warehouse management, Inventory management and Strategic Supply Chain Planning. Mr. Ghoghai is an MBA Gold Medalist from S.P. Jain Center of Management with specialization in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management. The workshop was conducted over two days. Two lectures were scheduled on the 7th of July followed by the presentations of the top 5 teams who qualified for the DHL Supply Chain Case Challenge. The first day (07.07.2012) saw a lecture-cum-interactive session on General Outline of Supply Chain Management like highlighting the key differences between SCM in theory and SCM in practice and the core skills required for SCM and basic market offered career paths for different SCM professional roles. Mr. Ghoghai also talked on the Emerging concepts in SCM in India like FTWZ (Free Trade and Warehousing Zones) and LLP (Lead Logistics Partner), GST (Goods & Services Tax) and its impact on the Supply Chain industry. A post dinner informal career counseling session followed when Mr. Ali dealt with questions on individual careers based on the individual's past experience and skills. The mainstay of the workshop is the "DHL Supply Chain Case Challenge". The case was all about designing a warehousing and transportation solution for an e-commerce company. The top 5 teams were shortlisted by Mr. Ali Ghoghai himself. These teams presented on Sunday (08.07.2012) and were jointly evaluated by Mr. Ali Ghoghai and Prof Saji Gopinath - one of the revered names in the QM & OM department,IIMK. Mr. Ali Ghoghai who was highly impressed with the presentations of the top 5 teams and remarked “I felt the interest level of the batch to be much higher with very good level of commitment. I agree the case study was tough, however seeing the participation in terms of number of groups was amazing.” He even promised to revisit IIM Kozhikode in the future.