On the 23rd of January YPP kicked off the new event-year at the office of Stedin Netbeheer B.V. in Rotterdam. After enjoying an Italian buffet, the attendees were introduced to the company Stedin, a distribution network operator, responsible for the safe and reliable transport of electricity and gas to a big part of the Randstad with nearly 2 million private, public and business customers.
With a better picture of the core business, Fred Kemper, Manager Procurement at Stedin, continued the evening with an interesting story about the Direct Procurement department. In 40 minutes Fred gave the group a glimpse of the organization of the department, some important achievements and adjustments in 2013, and the goals and resolutions for the year 2014. Especially the focus on category management was pointed out in several slides, showing a clear path regarding ‘people’, ‘visibility’, and ‘tools’ on the ‘Stedin Yellow brick road’. (see PDF)
After several last questions concerning Stedin, the evening continued with the focus on YPP. In the first place the board shortly introduced itself, after several shifts in the composition of the team in 2013. Secondly a short summary was given of the events in 2013, followed by the ‘event-resolutions’ for this year. Finally, the attendees, at this point a rather exclusive group of 12 people, continued with the interactive part of the evening. Starting at the Stedin office and continuing in a bar in the ‘Oude Haven’ the group, amongst other things, discussed the following topics:
- How to reach and involve the YPP members?
- YPP Congress 2014 @ DSM/FrieslandCampina – topic: Co-creation & Partnership – what do you expect of this day?
- First International event @ Maersk – what do you expect of this event?
- In general, what would you like to see from YPP? (And what can you offer YPP?)
With a lot of interesting ideas and suggestions regarding reaching existing and new members, how to deal with ‘no-shows’, and possible new events, the first event of 2014 was concluded with a last drink.
Please, find the presentation of this event attached below. In case of questions or input regarding the mentioned interactive topics contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org