Go to Africa

While France Supply Chain accelerates its international development through its Chapters, on September 22, 2022 a focus on Africa was presented by Xavier Personnic, GO to Africa Expert.

This conference was divided into several parts:

  • Presentation of a realistic image of the continent between "afro-optimists" and "afro-pessimists

    with Momar Nguer, President of the Africa Committee of MEDEF INTERNATIONAL

  • Development models in Africa and the impact of human resources

    with Youssouf Camara, Director General of the Maison de l'Afrique

  • International Chapters of France Supply Chain

    with Ali Berrada, President of Logismed and Jean-Michel Guarneri, President of France Supply Chain International

  • Concrete cases of Africa roadmaps with their Supply Chain impact

    with Xavier Ameil, Supply Chain Director Decathlon Kenya 2018-2021, Jérôme Grimprel Operations Director Africa, Middle East, Turkey 2015-2021 Essilor, Jean-Claude Lasserre CEO Sub-Saharan Africa Saint-Gobain and Driss Merbouh Member of the Executive Board at L'Oréal Morocco

You can find all the summaries and replays of this conference on our Youtube channel.

  • Presentation of a realistic image of the continent between "afro-optimists" and "afro-pessimists" with Momar Nguer

  • Rational of the global footprint Africa and Supply Chain zoom on air transport operations to and in Africa with Jerome Grimprel

  • Rational of the global footprint Africa and focus on regional industrial operations in Southern Africa with Jean Claude Lasserre

  • Global footprint Africa and Supply Chain Morocco maturity zoom with Driss Merbouh

  • Rational of the global footprint Africa and Supply Chain zoom on regional hub Africa Tangier Med and Mauritius and context East Africa with Xavier Ameil

  • Development models in Africa and the impact of human resources with Youssouf Camara

  • International Chapters of France Supply Chain with Ali Berrada and Jean Michel Guarneri


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Quick wins in logistics automation

In the course of writing a white paper, we came to the conclusion that traditional automation projects, which can quickly become large and expensive, were too risky for many companies to takethe plunge.

In partnership with EOL and Wavestone, we are therefore seeking to collect your needs and examples of automation to meet your daily problems as logisticians while remaining modest in size and quick to implement.

CO2e Measurement Across Supply Chain by SupplyChain4Good

From a BCG survey of 1,290 companies in 2021, we know that :


of organisations consider themselves concerned about reducing their emissions


are able to measure their emissions comprehensively


have reduced their emissions in line with their stated ambitions over the last five years

More broadly, respondents to this study estimate an average error rate of 30-40% in the measurement of their emissions.

Following the publication of the 6th IPCC report and the ambitions shared by The Shift Project in their Plan for the Transformation of the French Economy, it is clear that organisations are not up to the challenge.

This is why the SupplyChain4Good LAB is launching the "CO2e Measurement Across Supply Chain" project

To carry out this project, we are launching a survey to assess the impact of companies. The more people who participate, the more we can move forward together on low carbon best practice.

The objectives

  • Diagnose current CO2e measurement practices in supply chains.
  • Examine the prospects for improving measurement practices (automation, collaboration, granularity, completeness, etc.).
  • Agreeing on a targeted level of accuracy of CO2e measurement that could support the steering of the transition to a low-carbon economy with reasonable effort


  • Survey of all participants to assess the maturity of impact measurement, priorities and current concerns regarding existing methodologies.
  • Diagnosis of current impact measurement practices related to the value chain; the level of completeness, granularity, frequency and accuracy should be assessed and challenged
  • Best Practice Guide / Set of recommendations on the level of measurement targeted for each axis identified in the diagnosis and survey
  • SupplyChain4Good approved" label and/or commitment of all participants to adopt the recommended practices.
  • Proof of Concepts adapted to the revealed needs of the participants


While the supply chain is more than ever in the spotlight, it is increasingly being criticised for its environmental, societal and economic impact. Companies must urgently improve their control of this complex network of interdependencies in which and thanks to which they operate and develop their activities.

Produced in partnership with Arts et Métiers, France Supply Chain and AMRAE, this barometer analyses the challenges faced by companies in the aeronautics, automotive, luxury goods/distribution and services sectors in the face of these risks and sheds light on the areas of work to improve their resilience.


Challenges and impacts of RPA in supply chain processes

After a first meeting in 2020, France Supply Chain organised a second webinar on RPA on 19 January, with FM Logistic and Groupe Avril. A look back at some concrete examples of how the technology has been used.

On 19 January, the Digital LAB of France Supply Chain, led by Anne-Brigitte Spitzbarth, VP Operations Excellence and Sustainability of Gefco, launched its first 2022 webinar on RPA with the aim of revealing concrete cases of implementation of the solution.

To kick it off, Virginie Fongond, Head of Optimisation and Automation Projects at FM Logistic explains how the logistics company has taken on the subject through a holistic approach. After three years of deployment and a first POC at the end of 2018, it has a portfolio of more than 330 automation projects, 141 of which are currently in production. It has already saved 16,000 hours since December 2020, i.e. a saving of 300,000 euros and as much time reallocated to higher value-added tasks.

Award for the best article in sustainable supply chain - 2022 Edition

In the framework of the Supply Chain 4 Good Lab and in the continuity of the Manifesto, France Supply Chain launches the Best Article Award in Sustainable Supply Chain in association with the International Association for Research in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

The aim of this initiative is to reward a scientific publication making a significant contribution to the field of sustainable supply chain management. This operation allows us to highlight excellent academic work in the specific fields of logistics management and supply chain management.

Who can participate?

The 2022 edition of this prize is open to research teachers who have published an article in one of the two journals associated with the AIRL-SCM or in a peer-reviewed scientific journal in the field of Supply Chain Management between1 January 2020 and 31 December 2021. The paper may be in French or English. For those in English, candidates will have to produce a long abstract in French (1000 words).

What are the evaluation criteria?

A jury, made up of teacher-researchers who are members of France Supply Chain and members of the AIRL-SCM, will evaluate the articles according to the following criteria:

Importance of the subject matter for France Supply Chain members (e.g. link with the Labs, link with the Manifesto for a more sustainable Supply Chain)

Potential impact of the results (e.g. potential to influence decisions in business or public organisations)

Nature of research contributions: academic, methodological, managerial

Innovative nature of the research

Practical application and consideration of ecosystems

The winner(s) will be awarded a €2,000 prize by France Supply Chain at a ceremony to be held during the AIRL-SCM meetings in Clermont Ferrand from 18 to 20 May.

How and when to apply?

Applications for this "Best Sustainable Supply Chain Paper Award - 2022 Edition" consist of an electronic file including :

The application form

A short curriculum vitae of each author with a list of recent publications

Thepaper submitted for the award, giving full publication references

For articles in English, a long abstract in French of 1,000 words announcing the main contributions

The winners

Out of 17 entries, two were awarded:

  • The "Coup de Coeur" prize was awarded to Anne Touboulic and Jane Gover for their article "Tales from the countryside: Unpacking 'passing the environmental buck' as hypocritical practice in the food Supply Chain".
  • Best Paper Award to Joséphine Riemens, Andrée-Anne Lemieux, Samir Lamouri, Léonore Garnier for their paper "A Delphi-Régnier Study Addressing theChallenges of Textile Recycling in Europe for the Fashion and Apparel Industry

Download the abstracts of the two winning articles:


Share our solutions to make progress together on our environmental challenges.

The environment is a major issue today and will be even more so tomorrow. In our warehouses and logistics platforms, you all have successful environmental initiatives. With this challenge, we invite you to highlight your key initiatives for the rest of the community to learn from.

Each participant shall :

Offer a field visit
of one of its warehouses

Participate in the proposed visits
by other participants

to give rhythm to this process

coordinated by Édouard Laumonier of Louis Vuitton.

It will run from November 2021 to July 2022.

Join us, make yourself known to the SC4Good team!

Take part in this fun challenge to go further and faster together.

The shippers' coalition commits itself to a decarbonised maritime transport

To accelerate the deployment of low-carbon shipping solutions FRANCE SUPPLY CHAIN and AUTF launch a call to the shippers' coalition

Faced with constant environmental challenges, companies are thinking about solutions for logistics that have a lower impact on the environment. However, one subject remains complex: the decarbonisation of maritime transport.

Although innovative solutions, such as biofuels, can currently be deployed, they do not seem to be sustainable in the long term because of the scarcity of energy sources used and the lack of energy sobriety which we absolutely need at global level. Yet maritime transport is a vital part of the functioning of our economy, which is more than ever based on international trade. 

With this in mind, FRANCE SUPPLY CHAIN and its Supply Chain4Good Lab, in partnership with the Association des Utilisateurs de Transport de Fret (AUTF), are mobilising to take their approach towards low-carbon maritime transport astep further.

They call for the mobilisation of international shippers, who are at the heart of the virtuous circle of this transition, to join the coalition and become actors of a responsible maritime fleet.

A first solution with a predominantly vegetable drive

FRANCE SUPPLY CHAIN and the AUTF are already initiating the first concrete actions, with the aim of reaching an industrial scale.  

A group already made up of 11 shippers, and set to grow, is committed to loading a series of mostly wind-powered container ships from 2024 onwards, for one or more weekly transatlantic routes between Europe and North America.

Already supported by the Maritime Community, they will launch a call for tenders at the beginning of 2022, the closing date of which is planned for mid-2022, in order to give their action the scope to meet the environmental challenges.

At a time when the world must reinvent itself in the face of major environmental challenges, the Supply Chain, the true nervous system of the economy, is once again proving that it is one of the keys to renewal.

About France Supply Chain

In an increasingly complex world, making the Supply Chain a lever for a more sustainable world is an essential challenge for all companies. This is why France Supply Chain brings relevant solutions to all Supply Chain actors, thanks to its network of 450 affiliated companies and an approach based on collective intelligence.

About the Association of Freight Transport Users (AUTF)

AUTF is a professional association of shippers, representing industrial and commercial companies in their role as transport contractors. Multi-sectoral and resolutely multimodal, AUTF's action is part of a global approach to improving the economic and environmental performance of transport chains in order to improve the competitiveness of companies and the attractiveness of the territory.

Press Contact: CLC Communications

Gilles Senneville and Laurence Bachelot

01 42 93 04 04

Five members of the association join the Board of Directors

In view of the important development of France Supply Chain, which already federates 450 companies of all sizes (large groups, ETI, SMEs) and all sectors of activity, five new members are joining the Board of Directors of the Association.

VP Logistic Strategy & E2E network design - SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC

General Manager Supply Chain - NESTLE

General Manager Supply Chain - INTERMARCHE

Jean-Christophe MACHET
Chairman - FM LOGISTIC

Managing Director France - PTV GROUP

They join the 41 members of the Board of Directors and strengthen the 2 colleges that make up the Board:

  • College 1 federating industrial companies, trading and distribution companies, logistics service providers and health structures;
  • College 2 representing: service providers, associations, federations, research and training organisations and individuals.

These 5 appointments are part of the dynamics of France Supply Chain which helps companies to transform themselves, and relies on the strength of its network and the power of collective intelligence with a common ambition: the Supply Chain to change the world.

How blockchain is making exchanges between all supply chain actors more fluid

On July 2nd, France Supply Chain and its partner Wavestone organised a live webinar on Blockhain applied to the supply chain. Focus on the application of the technology in the sector, presented in a pragmatic and practical way.

Blockchain - a transparent and secure transaction validation and archiving technology that operates without a central control body - has been the subject of much discussion since its concept emerged in 2008. According to the 2021 edition of the Digitalisation Panorama, 36% of the companies surveyed consider it a priority, but it is still a subject that has not been widely exploited in the supply chain sector.

This is why, around Marc Dauga, Supply Chain partner at Wavestone and member of the Digital & Technologies Lab of France Supply Chain, three startups - Ownest, KeeeX and Crystalchain - came to present concrete cases of use of Blockchain in supply chain.

Improving stock management and making the supply chain more fluid

A real lever for creating value for the supply chain, capable of reducing risks and optimising ecosystems, Blockchain and its advantages - security, disintermediation and decentralisation - are slowly proving themselves in the sector. The proof is in the client case presented by Thibault Glaunez, CPO of Ownest, about SNCF Réseau, which has chosen to implement a solution developed by Ownest on its Moulin Neuf industrial site for the assembly of track elements (EIV), allowing the transfer of tokens, digitally transferable assets with a unique and unalterable identifier, content and an owner. Thus, each part exchanged between the site and the Moulin Neuf EIV warehouse is associated with a transfer of responsibilities: "When we transfer products, we also transfer the associated responsibility tokens. We have created a consensus with individual interests for each product transfer, in order to be able to trace them and secure the logistical flows," explains Thibault Glaunez. The results? Better stock management, a rate of non-conformity linked to the loss of a product divided by two, a reduction in product loss and the implementation of concrete KPIs of what is happening on the ground.

Facilitating the synchronisation of flows in multimodal transport

Then came the turn of the KeeeX company, which presented a project for the Grand Port Maritime de Marseille, based on multimodal transport. The objectives? To increase traffic while reducing transport times and costs and improving the environmental impact. To achieve this, KeeeX has developed a secure application that can be used by all types of users. "It allows users to connect to the system, flash the container number, perform various operations and add information to the chain in real time. Each addition made is signed by the person making it. Finally, among the major ROIs of this solution, we note a reduction in the number of transactions, a very strong increase in visibility rates and a synchronization of exchanges from 14% to 100%", underlines Cyprien Veyrat, VP Marketing and Pre sales at KeeeX.

Towards consumer products will be traced from end to end 

Finally, to close this round table discussion, Maxime Michelot, head of agri-food projects at Crystalchain, unveiled a project conducted with the company Raynal & Roquelaure. Here, from the farmer to the point of sale, all the players record their traceability information autonomously on a secure, reliable and distributed system. This information is then distributed to all the links in the chain. Together, the companies connect the data and add value to it in order to respond, among other things, to the problems of controlling health risks and making the supply chain more fluid. " Not only does this meet the consumer's need for transparency, but in addition, the platform makes it possible in just a few clicks to trace the entire traceability chain and to expose potential inconsistencies in terms of the quantity or even the origin of products," explains Maxime Michelot. "Our vision? Within 5 to 10 years, all consumer products will be traced from end to end," he concludes.

Finally, in order to provide more details on this increasingly important subject in the supply chain sector, France Supply Chain and Wavestone have also published a white paper which can be found below:

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