Indirect Procurement Forum (Shanghai)

21 Aug 2019
1:30pm - 5:30pm HKT

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For many companies in China, indirect/services account for one-third of every purchasing dollar spent. And yet, few companies have standardized procedures specifically designed for the complexities of services procurement. Often, the result is excessive costs, drawn-out purchasing cycle times, and inconsistent workflow procedures.

Many companies in China have started to realize the inefficiencies in their indirect procurement and they are now increasingly targeting business services as an area for cost cutting. Learn how leading-edge companies who are bringing a degree of professionalism to define and manage this category eventually uncover a gold mine of potential savings.

This unique forum is where you can find out how to cut costs and achieve organizational excellence from strategic sourcing to spend management initiatives, with proven strategies from your peers real-life lessons.

Featuring all new speakers and case studies, best practices and the latest updates within the indirect procurement role, this forum is an event you cannot miss!

Speakers and panelists already include:

Leo Zhan
Head of FPP China

More speakers will be confirmed soon... 

Why Attend this Event?

Did you know that depending of the industry, 30% to 80% of all procurement is services-related? (CAPS Research). Indirect expenditure is the unavoidable cost of doing business but imagine the benefits of an effective services spend!

Taking place once a year, this forum is designed to share new ideas for cutting costs and optimizing your indirect services procurement efforts in Shanghai.

At this unique event, you will be able to translate your knowledge about sourcing and buying tangible goods into the services arena, and uncover hidden savings in the process…

Categories to be discussed: accounting or financial services, advertising, payroll & benefits, consulting, logistics, human capital, IT, insurance, legal, outsourcing, relocation, telecom, training, travel, fleet, utility services, waste and cleaning, etc…

5 Top Reasons to Attend:
> In just one day, get new case studies that will help you think in new ways to develop your indirect procurement in China and get the results you want.
> Get diverse perspectives and access new experiences offered by heads of indirect sourcing and procurement from various sectors and industries.
> Hear real-life stories of indirect transformation in the region, enabling you to take away ideas that apply to your team or projects.
> Develop yourself professionally by accessing the team from the Global Supply Chain Council, Asia’s largest supply chain professional organization.

Who Should Attend?

The Indirect Procurement Forum builds on the Council’s reputation as the Asia’s leading professional organization gathering a growing, diverse and dynamic community of C-level executives, featuring the biggest names in indirect procurement and category management.

This program is designed for procurement, purchasing and sourcing professionals responsible for not only acquiring indirect categories, but also for developing the procurement strategies in China. Team leaders, project managers and members of supply chain cross-functional teams will also profit from this unique event.

The event will bring together Directors, Manager and Heads of:
– Indirect Procurement/Purchasing
– Strategic and Global Sourcing
– Category Management
– Supplier Relationship Management
– Supply Chain Management

In addition, this forum will deliver:
> Access to dozens of executives from world-class organizations actively seeking intimate and relevant benchmarking opportunities
> The most current content, as shaped by year-round interactions with indirect professionals in China and the rest of Asia
> Interesting case studies that allow attendees valuable insight into how the latest indirect savings and margin improvements were achieved.

Confirmed Speakers and Topics Include:
– Indirect cost optimization practice in Danfoss by Leo Zhan, Head of FPP China, Danfoss
– more speakers will be confirmed soon...

Other Topics to be Discussed During Event Include Among Others:
– Indirect Spend Best Practices in China
– How to Develop Great Services RFPs
– Talent Management in Indirect Procurement
– How to Adjust Indirect Procurement Strategy Under Currency Changes
– Applying Strategic Sourcing Principles to Indirect Procurement
– Developing Services Contracts that Work in China
– Strategies to Source/manage Travel & Expense, Hotel, Airlines, Fleet, Logistics Services, Marketing, Telecom, Legal, etc…
– Examples of Indirect Procurement Transformations
– Bridging the Gap Between Indirect Procurement and IT

Proposed Event Agenda

The final agenda will be published one week prior to the event date, so stay tuned!

13:30 - Registration

14:00 - Welcome and Sessions start

Panel Q&A with previous speakers

15:15 - Coffee/Tea & Networking Break

15:30 - Sessions continue

Panel Q&A with previous speakers

17:30 - Closing remarks & End of the event

Share Your Experience & Insights - It's Easy!

If you wish to share your knowledge or experience on this topic, come forward to become a speaker or panelist at this event.

Again, you don't have to be an "expert" or a subject leader in the field to be considered as a speaker. We are looking for someone who is willing to share practical stories or the lessons your learned at your company that can ultimately stimulate a good discussion and debate.

Benefits of speaking include:
- Get a free pass and enjoy all the benefits of a paid attendee (a big $$ saving);
- Gain visibility, recognition and credibility for you & your company;
- Help foster the growth of supply chain, logistics or procurement in Asia;
- Instantly expand your professional network with peers;
- Receive immediate feedback from other professionals on your ideas, methods and plans, which can benefit you and your company!

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Presentations are only 20 minutes long (10-15 slides, half of them can be your company overview) so preparation for this event will not take too much of your time. You can also sit at a panel discussion if you don't wish to present or simply don't have time to prepare anything.

If you are interested to speak,  email us at or contact us via the contact form

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How many attendees will be at the event?
This varies for each event, generally from 50 to 150 depending of the theme, time of the year and the city.

How do I find details on the topics and speakers?
You can always check out the most up-to-date version of the event page. Here you can see session descriptions as well as bios and photos for the confirmed speakers and panelists.

Are all the speakers confirmed for the event?
Circumstances beyond the control of the organizer may necessitate substitutions, alterations or cancellations of the speakers and/or topics. As such, we reserve the right to alter or modify the advertised speakers and/or topics if necessary. Any speaker of schedule substitutions or alterations will be updated on our event page as soon as possible.

I would like to meet some of the delegates during the event, can you arrange this?
Yes, using our site, you can connect and contact all the event attendees before and after the event. We don't arrange matchmaking meetings at our events on a systematic way, but please ask at our registration desk if you would like us to assist us.

How can I get to the venue? 
The venue details, including the full address, are listed on the event page, and you will also be notified by email about the venue when receiving your confirmation letter a few days before the event.

What should I wear during the event? 
In our efforts to make the forum more enjoyable, we invite you to dress “business casual” and tie is again not required. We hope that this casual dress code will allow participants to conduct discussions in a more comfortable environment.

Are the drinks and meal included? 
Yes, all refreshments, tea/coffee breaks are always included and depending of the format of the event, a lunch or breakfast might also be included. Check the agenda for timings and more details.

When should I pay for the event? 
Once you have completed your registration, we require full payment before the event. Payment can be done using credit cards, Stripe of Paypal. For larger groups, we provide the possibility for you to pay by bank TT transfer.

Can I substitute a delegate? 
Yes, you can substitute a delegate at no extra charge - please email us the new name, job title, email and mobile number of this new person at support{at}

Can I receive a copy of the presentations? 
As a general rule, we don't provide the presentations to any delegates and leave up to the speakers to decide if they wish to provide a copy of their presentation. Please meet them at the event and ask them directly.

What happens if the event get postponed? 
In the event that we postpone the event, you will be able to keep your registration for the next date. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled event, you are welcome to send a substitute delegate, free of charge.

For more information on the terms and conditions of attending our events, read here.

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21 Aug 2019
1:30pm - 5:30pm HKT

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