Aberdeen’s Supply Chain Summit Returns to Chicago with Over 200 Registrants

Please join Bryan Ball, Vice President and Principal Analyst and myself as Lead Research Analyst at Aberdeen’s 7th Annual Supply Chain Management (SCM) Summit, taking place April 9-10 in Chicago. Now in its seventh year, the Aberdeen Supply Chain Management Summit continues to be recognized as the premier forum for leading supply chain executives to share best practices, strategic processes, and business improvements.

We have shaped the SCM Summit with the busy executives’ schedule in mind. At this executive summit, join your peers and recognized supply chain leaders as they share new innovations and key transformational initiatives being adopted to fuel growth. The SCM Summit features 17 industry experts, 12 highly specialized break-out sessions, 7 networking breaks and 2 cocktail receptions: all packed into a 1.5 day event.

Sessions and roundtable discussions will span topics of interest from integrated business planning to logistics and collaborative execution, and from supply chain network design to supply chain visibility and span all stages of the supply chain.

See agenda highlights below, and visit our website for the full program and details.

Agenda Highlights         

Day 1: April 9th | 9:00 am: Keynote Address
Innovation Using Internal Solutions to Enable Growth with Partners
Robert Gifford, Executive Vice President, Global Logistics, Ingram Micro

Day 1: April 9th | 11:50 am
Multi-Channel Logistics and e-Fulfillment: Addressing The Need Through Automation And Innovation
Rod Galloway, Vice President, Logistics Strategy, Design, Engineering & Facility Support, Staples               

Day 1: April 9th | 2:20 pm
Customer Experience Initiative -End to End
Gary Hirschel, Vice President, Global Operations, Life Fitness

Day 2: April 10th | 8:45 am
Reengineering the Supply Chain: Key Lessons from Fujitsu’s Playbook
Kevin Wrenn, SVP Platform Production, Fujitsu

Day 2: April 10th | 9:40 am
**JDA Roundtable: Global Logistics Roundtable: Strategy, Innovation and Technology

Sponsored by JDA this roundtable discussion will examine key innovative strategies in applying technology to various aspects of the global logistics domain. Discover how these strategies and practices can minimize cost, mitigate risk and increase network agility. We will examine several topics, including:

  • The debate between insourcing and outsourcing and the merits of a hybrid approach
  • The role of strategic and dynamic planning
  • The opportunity to create and leverage scale
  • The importance of network visibility

This Roundtable is designed to encourage active dialogue and information sharing from the participants. Q&A is welcome. We look forward to your participation and an interactive, informative session.

Day 2: April 10th | 10:50 am
** The ROI Benefits of Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) : Barilla’s Growth Initiative
Gianluigi Mason, Director, Supply Chain Planning, Barilla

Growth at Barilla has been accelerated through an innovative Vendor Managed Inventory Program. In Europe up to 40% of production/supply passes through this innovative model which offers key retail partners attractive price discounts and a share in overall savings coming from shipment/truckload consolidations, higher fill rates, and synchronized inventory and replenishment.  Learn the why and how of the deployment in Europe and now in the US  and discover the success such collaboration brings to all parties through shared savings and supply chain efficiencies.

Day 2: April 10th | 11:40 am
S&OP to Value Chain to Continuous Improvement: Pathway to Growth and Market Leadership
Kevin Hall, Vice President, Supply Chain and Continuous Improvement, American Italian Pasta Company


** The JDA Roundtable: Global Logistics Roundtable: Strategy, Innovation and Technology and the session entitled The ROI Benefits of Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI):  Barilla’s Growth Initiative are both sponsored by JDA and illustrate user qualified benefits of JDA software.

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