Program 2020

All timings in US Central Standard Time

7:40 AM - 8:40 AM

Networking & 1-2-1 Meetings

8:40 AM - 8:45 AM

Chair’s Opening Remarks

8:50 AM - 9:25 AM - Keynote

Logistics & Inventory Management

Technology and Supply Chain Interventions to Help Improve Congestion, Emissions and Delivery Costs

  • An overview of prioritized interventions and level of maturity
  • Cooperating on retail space and build merged supply chains
  • How interventions can be combined in the most effective way to create collaborations

9:30 AM - 10:05 AM - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

The Importance of Women’s Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion

Yuko Kitamura, CPSM, Director - Supply Chain Operations, Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc.

  • Session Abstract TBC

10:10 AM - 10:45 AM - Case Studies

Collaboration & Transparency

Successfully Leading a Global Supply Network Through COVID-19

Gregory Toornman, Vice President Global Materials, Logistics & Demand Planning, AGCO Corporation

Learn how AGCO Corporation was able to successfully navigate through COV19 headwinds by leveraging agile innovation and a global integrated supply network.

  • Learn out how AGCO Corporation was able to identify early supply risk and execute mitigation actions
  • Learn how early decisions focusing on supply network safety were a critical enabler of AGCO’s success
  • Learn how globally integrated teams, tools, innovation, processes, and operating culture enable supply chain agility    

Leadership & Workforce Development

Breaking the Silos That Keep Divisions Within the Company from Working Together Effectively

  • Developing a culture that promotes collaboration
  • Retrospectives and continuous improvement system
  • Incorporating collaboration in your employee’s normal workflow

10:45 AM - 11:35 AM

Networking Break

11:35 AM - 12:10 PM - Solution Spotlights

Logistics & Inventory Management

Warehousing – Back to the Basics

Amy Marzonie, Director, Operations Excellence, Carlisle & Co., Inc.

Eric Francucci, Manager

Through decades of supporting motor vehicle OEM aftersales supply chains, Carlisle has developed a toolkit of best practice warehousing techniques. Using a fundamental, “Back-to-Basics” approach, Carlisle has worked with several OEMs to achieve double-digit annualized productivity gains, far surpassing industry rates

12:15 PM - 12:50 PM - Case Studies

Logistics & Inventory Management

Time to Bring Manufacturing Back To America

Rosemary Coates, Executive Director, Reshoring Institute

  • We live in turbulent global manufacturing times. Dealing with the pandemic, tariffs, trade wars, and global politics is causing manufacturers to rethink their global manufacturing strategies.  Should you keep sourcing parts and products from China or is it time to bring manufacturing back to America?  Explore the possibilities with the leader of the Reshoring Institute.

Technology & IoT

What Opportunities Does the 3D Printing Revolution Offer Supply Chains?

  • Overview of available technology and practical applications
  • Potential for decentralised manufacturing – impacts on responsiveness and lead times
  • Looking at the inventory management benefits
  • The customer at the centre - providing a customer-specified product, produced near or at point of need

12:50 PM - 1:50 PM

Networking Lunch

1:50 PM - 2:25 PM - Solution Spotlights

Technology & IoT

Autonomous Warehouse Management

  • A look into machine learning embedded into robots
  • Primary type of robots that could work in your warehouse
  • The benefits of robotic warehouse automation
  • Developing individual routes in the most effective manner without risk of collision

1:50 PM - 2:25 PM - Case Studies

Logistics & Inventory Management

Is Dark Warehousing the Future?

  • Investment in intelligent automation will reach $232 Billion in 2025
  • Fully Automated Warehouses are becoming increasingly popular
  • Dark Warehousing to reduce labour costs and increasing accuracy and efficiency
  • Can Dark Warehousing handle highly-variable operations?

2:30 PM - 3:05 PM - Case Studies

Logistics & Inventory Management

Identifying Where and How Reversed Logistics Gap Exists Within Your Operation

  • How companies can leverage Robotics Process Automation to effectively audit all processes and connect with customers after the initiation of the return or to fulfil a return
  • Minimizing customer returns by implementing the correct strategy within the forward logistics
  • Merging forward and reverse logistics efficiently to benefit from synergies between both flows
  • Converging financial, operations and information flow

Leadership & Workforce Development

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Implementation and Research Trends

Nourredine Boubekri, Ph.D., Professor, College of Engineering, University of North Texas

The fourth industrial revolution has resulted in a number of technologies being developed in a number of areas including: information systems, smart materials, robotic systems, smart technologies, and others. The focus of this contribution highlights the challenges of implementing some of these technologies as well as some of the research trends.

3:05 PM - 3:55 PM

Networking Break

3:55 PM - 4:30 PM - Solution Spotlights

Logistics & Inventory Management

Integrating Your Inventory Software with Your Accounting and Back-Office Processes

  • Real-time visibility of your inventory for planning the right level and amount of stock 
  • Using production network accomplices to deal with their inventory levels and client shipments
  • Decreasing admin task by reducing duplicate work
  • Assessing your integration needs

Technology & IoT

Using Digital Twins to Ensure Successful Inventory Management

  • Benefits of Digital Twins in Inventory management
  • How Digital Twins can be used for real-time product monitoring?
  • Help plan for spikes in product demand

4:35 PM - 5:10 PM - Keynote

Collaboration & Transparency

Tales From the COVID Front

Motz Feinberg, Vice President Supply Chain, Operations, Cedars-Sinai

  • Throughout history, front line operators have relied on the logistics tail to ensure their survival and effectiveness in the field. The battle against COVID19 is no different from those waged over millennia – only that our enemy is invisible. 
  • As a key logistician in the war on COVID19, Motz will share his experiences supporting two large hospital systems based in California. The talk will include a view to how hospitals activate and manage 24 hour command centers - often stretching beyond the hospital buildings.
  • Further examples will include how healthcare workers and other industries have innovated in a time of urgent supply shortages.  Motz will share personal stories of chasing “vapor” PPE, enabling local and global manufacturing, and helping stand up a surge hospital in 2 weeks.

5:15 PM - 6:00 PM - Panel Discussion

Security & Risk Management

Responding to The Immediate Challenge

  • What short-term actions should be made to respond to this challenge?
  • How often should one revisit his respective global supply chain strategy?
  • How to accelerate the adoption of Digital Supply Network models and capabilities?

6:00 PM - 6:05 PM

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Day 1

6:05 PM - 7:05 PM

Networking & 1-2-1 Meetings

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Networking & 1-2-1 Meetings

8:45 AM - 8:50 AM

Chair’s Opening Remarks

8:55 AM - 9:30 AM - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

How to Implement a New Strategy Without Disrupting Your Organization?

  • It is estimated that 70% of digital transformations fail, with little improvement over time
  • Traditional training programs alone have proved to not meet expectations
  • Defining the requirements for excellent change leadership within your business
  • Tools to foster strong internal capabilities
  • The process of launching a development program that is both affordable and effective

9:35 AM - 10:10 AM - Keynote

Technology & IoT

Industry 4.0 - Why Digitalization is (Not) an IT Project

Paul Mairl, Chief Digital Officer, GKN Powder Metallurgy

We are moving fast with the latest digital technologies and many companies are overwhelmed by the new opportunities and solutions provided. Many are struggling to turn all this into real benefits and lacking speed and clear decision making.

Adaption is more than ever required and traditional manufacturing need to be turned into an agile organization. COVID-19 has increased the pressure on digital transformation.

What is agile manufacturing?
  • Agile, which is the capability to adapt itself continuously to complex, turbulent and unsecure environment
  • Leaders capable to lead and develop employees/teams to drive towards self-managed teams
  • A future-oriented and attractive work environment focused on high value activities
  • Develop highly skilled employees capable to utilize new digital technology and be innovative problem solvers
  • Employees acting on data and driving for improved utilization of resources to harvest the benefits of digitalization

10:15 AM - 10:50 AM - Case Studies

Collaboration & Transparency

Aligning with Customer Needs to Create a Dynamic Relationship with a Competitive Edge

  • How has the increasing complexity of the supply chain redefined the supplier-customer relationship?
  • Customers are expecting more from their suppliers and the production process is increasingly a joint enterprise
  • How to build a dynamic relationship with your customers to create a competitive advantage by aligning the customer needs with your own capabilities
  • Communicating with the customers about the direction of strategic plans and working together to cut costs and improve the quality
  • How working closely together can achieve efficiency and increase customer retention

Logistics & Inventory Management

10:50 AM - 11:50 AM

Networking Break

11:50 AM - 12:25 PM - Case Studies

Technology & IoT

Can Blockchain help with Sustainable Project Management?

  • The role of blockchain technology in financial management and how it will speed up the payments without involving third parties and eliminate long term delays in the cash flow
  • Smart contracts designed for your business and needs
  • Supporting material and asset management by track and tracing material movements

12:30 PM - 1:05 PM - Case Studies

Collaboration & Transparency

Session Title TBC (Primex Technologies Inc)

Heinz Avendano, Vice President of Manufacturing, Primex Technologies Inc

  • Full session abstract TBC

Logistics & Inventory Management

1:05 PM - 2:05 PM

Networking Lunch

1:06 PM - 1:06 PM - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Session Title TBA

  • Session Abstract TBA

2:05 PM - 2:40 PM - Case Studies

Logistics & Inventory Management

Session Title TBA (MRC Global)

Barry Gipson, Vice President-Operational Excellence, MRC Global

  • Full Session Abstract TBC

Collaboration & Transparency

Effective Supply Chain Network Design for Reducing Carbon Footprints and Improving Environmental Sustainability

  • Incorporating sustainability into a company's supply chain is complex but the failure to act may be the biggest risk of all
  • Prioritizing efforts with suppliers that value suitability
  • Aligning corporate values and culture with your department’s strategy and goals
  • Performing a logistics assessment to determine where sustainability improvements can be made

2:45 PM - 3:20 PM - Case Studies

Collaboration & Transparency

Scaling the Alternative Protein Supply Chain

Zak Weston, Food Service & Supply Chain Manager, The Good Food Institute

  • Introduction and overview of the growth in plant-based, fermentation-derived, and cultivated protein foods
  • Key challenges in scaling the plant-based and alternative protein supply chain
  • Investment needs, commercial opportunities, and research projects to accelerate industry growth
  • The future of the protein supply chain

Technology & IoT

How Can you Optimise your Workflow to Drive Efficiency in Your Supply Chain?

  • According to Geodis’ Supply Chain Survey supply chain visibility is one of the top three most important supply chain priorities
  • Traditional, manual and isolated workflows provide limited supply chain visibility
  • Optimising workflows digitally has allowed for instant access to data and the opportunity to streamline workflow processes
  • Workflow transparency has become imperative to create a more efficient supply chain

3:25 PM - 4:00 PM - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

How to Provide Industry Leadership in Engaging Government to Address the Skills Gap and Workforce Development William Pratt, VP Operations, Kinamed

  • Full session abstract TBC

4:05 PM - 4:40 PM - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

Benefits, Barriers, and Bridges to Effective Supply Chain Management

  • Benefits, barriers, and bridges to successful collaboration in strategic supply chains
  • Close interaction between the two departments can cut unnecessary inventory levels by at least 15%
  • How to successfully utilise the opportunities of supplier-integrated contracts, streamlined processes and reduced costs
  • Technology, information, and measurement systems as major barriers to successful supply chain collaboration

4:05 PM - 4:40 PM

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Day 2