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ASCM CONNECT will focus on today’s global, complex, digital ecosystem and how supply chains can mitigate risk, build resiliency and navigate today’s unpredictable environment.

Learning Paths

All new in 2020, the ASCM CONNECT educational sessions are organized into eight learning paths, each addressing the most relevant, significant issues transforming end-to-end supply chain today. The learning paths reflect the evolution of the industry and the growing significance of technology, talent development, and the environment. Focus on one track to gain targeted knowledge in a particular area or attend sessions across multiple tracks to gain a broader educational experience. These learning paths are designed to deliver the best available learning experience for supply chain leaders, presented by some of the industry’s most respected practitioners.

Dynamic Fulfillment

Dynamic Fulfillment

The Dynamic Fulfillment learning path imparts the knowledge and skills required to streamline and optimize logistics, transportation and distribution. Sessions will present new insights into warehousing and finished inventory strategies; robotics; optimal scheduling, pick, pack, shipment and invoicing; and global logistics considerations, among others. You’ll come away with a deeper understanding of the concepts and processes that improve the movement of goods and materials across the supply chain.

Emerging Trends

Emerging Trends

Stay on top of trend-setting developments and learn what’s driving innovation and change in supply chain and logistics. Presentations in this learning path will explore new game-changing trends in the industry and shed light on how they can shape the future supply chains. Gain illumination and inspiration through education sessions that reveal what’s coming next.

Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 delivers an up-close look at the digital technologies that are transforming supply chain. From Artificial Intelligence and machine learning to Internet of Things, robotics and smart manufacturing, what was revolutionary just a few years ago is now standard operating procedure. Presenters in this learning path will inform, educate and engage as they share their stories and first-hand experience in leveraging the building blocks of Industry 4.0.

Intelligent Supply

Intelligent Supply

The intelligent supply chain uses technology to progress from a conventional supply chain to one that is fully digital. By using IoT-based systems to capture and store data, and infusing it with AI and machine learning, the intelligent supply chain generates data that drives decision-making. This learning path focuses on building a global, digital, collaborative supply chain that streamlines sourcing and procurement decisions to advance your business, your suppliers, and your customers.

Operational Excellence

Operational Excellence

Supply chain excellence remains a top priority and key differentiator for many businesses, but the complex global landscape is making our jobs increasingly difficult. The Operational Excellence learning path presents case studies and updated best practices from some of the most respected names in the industry, all designed to help you stay ahead of the competition.

Sustainability

Sustainability

Supply chain practices can be one of the greatest obstacles to improving an organization’s sustainability performance, and the size and complexity of global supply chains can make effecting change daunting. The Sustainability learning path advances new strategies and perspectives to help an organization and its leaders rethink and retool its products and processes to create more responsible business practices. Sessions in this learning path will explore a variety of approaches to track, measure and analyze information about an organization’s impact on the environment and society.

Synchronized Planning

Synchronized Planning

In this challenging global marketplace, integrated sales and operations planning across all business units is essential. A successful S&OP process goes further, achieving synchronized planning that integrates, among others, financial, marketing and operational processes and workflows to create an over-arching strategic plan. This learning path offers forward-looking presentations that will enable you to collaboratively participate in taking process to the highest level.

Talent, Leadership and Culture

Talent, Leadership and Culture

Exceptional supply chains require an exceptional workplace with an ecosystem that balances talent, leadership and culture. Education sessions in this path are designed to help develop the next generation of informed, agile supply chain leaders who possess the hard and soft skills it takes to excel. Whether you’re an enterprise seeking new ways to recruit and retain talent, or an individual looking to elevate your skill set and likelihood of promotion, you’ll benefit from the learning sessions in this path.

Women in Supply Chain Forum

Be an essential part of ASCM's efforts to attract, promote and retain women in supply chain by joining the Women in Supply Chain Forum held in conjunction with ASCM CONNECT in New Orleans.

Hear from supply chain and diversity trailblazers, who will share their insights regarding the new faces of supply chain leadership and the future of the field. Plus, participants in this special gathering will have the opportunity to network with one another and discuss opportunities and challenges.

This forum is open to all, and ASCM values the participation of anyone who supports the continuing advancement of women in the field. Attendees must be registered for conference to participate.

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Facility Tours

Always one of the most popular elements of the conference, facility tours give you an inside look at a local supply chain in action. Facility tours typically are led by company employees and located close to the conference. All tours are $79 for conference attendees and include transportation.

Monday, September 14; 1 PM CT

Dixie Brewing Company
Since 1907, Dixie Beer has been a beloved New Orleans institution. The original Dixie brewery that stood on Tulane Avenue since 1907 was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina, and in 2017, Tom and Gayle Benson, owners of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans, purchased a majority stake in Dixie Beer, promising to bring jobs and economic growth back to New Orleans while preserving an iconic local brand. The new 85,000 square foot Dixie Beer brewery opened in 2019. Your tour will begin in the tasting room where you’ll sample Dixie Lager and Blackened Voodoo Lager while learning the history of Dixie Brewery and brewing in New Orleans. You’ll see the beer museum of historical memorabilia, the main production spaces from the mezzanine overlooking the brewing and fermentation tanks, and the automated control room and quality control lab. You’ll also see high-speed canning and bottling lines.

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Hilton Behind the Scenes
Tour the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, the 29-story skyscraper and ASCM CONNECT headquarters hotel overlooking the Mississippi River, to learn how this busy convention hotel in one of the largest cities in the country handles the influx of day-to-day demands. Join the regional manager of field operations with Hilton Supply Management, to learn about the brand’s supply chain processes, including systems management, purchasing, production scheduling, inventory management, warehousing, and more. Walk through the loading docks and food and beverage storerooms with Hilton Hotels purchasing manager, who will describe efforts to responsibly source the freshest seafood for the property’s restaurants by partnering with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. The tour concludes with a toast at the popular Public Belt bar, a piano bar serving craft cocktails, wine and beer.

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Aquarium of the Americas - Audubon Nature Institute
Join Audubon Nature Institute staff on a guided tour through the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans with multiple behind-the-scenes opportunities. Interact with the caretakers who tend to the animals and get a glimpse into where they are fed and cared for. You will also have the chance to go above certain exhibits and get a bird’s eye view not seen in normal admission. You’ll also see aquarium exhibits like the Great Maya Reef walk-through tunnel, the penguins and the Southern sea otters. Marvel at gigantic sharks and rays in the 400,000-gallon Gulf of Mexico exhibit, and learn how the aquarium, as coordinator of the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program, prepares sea turtles for release to the wild.

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Port of New Orleans
Tour the Port of New Orleans aboard the Port NOLA vessel General Kelly as you travel 15 miles along the vibrant working riverfront of the Mississippi River and return. The Port of New Orleans handles containerized cargo (coffee, plastics, apparel, food products and consumer merchandise) and breakbulk cargo (steel, non-ferrous metals, rubber, wood and paper). A modern multimodal gateway for global commerce, the port can deliver seamless, integrated logistics solutions between river, rail and road by being uniquely located on the Mississippi River near the Gulf of Mexico. It is also the sixth largest cruise port in the United States. During your tour, you will view some of the 13,511 feet of berthing space available, six dedicated breakbulk terminals, and a 140,00 square foot cold storage facility. The port generates $100 million in revenue annually through four lines of business – cargo, rail, industrial real estate, and cruise ships.

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Tuesday, September 15; 8 AM CT

NASA Michoud Assembly Facility
Tour the NASA facility where space shuttle components have been constructed and tested over decades of space exploration. The Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans provides vital support to NASA exploration and discovery missions. Owned by NASA and managed by the Marshall Space Flight Center, this is one of the largest production buildings in the nation. Its vertical assembly building served as a critical resource for stacking components of the space shuttle external tank, which was constructed, tested and delivered to NASA's Kennedy Space Center by Michoud throughout the space shuttle program. Between 1979 and 2010, the facility produced 136 tanks; only one of these was never used for space flight. Today, Michoud supports projects for America's next generation of space transportation vehicles, including NASA's Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket, managed by Marshall, and the Orion spacecraft, managed by Johnson Space Center.

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Laitram Machinery
At the Laitram Machine Shop in New Orleans, stainless steel sheet stock comes in one door, and high-quality industrial cooking and food processing equipment goes out the other, bound for customers around the world. Laitram’s business divisions design and manufacture automated equipment for shrimp, seafood, vegetable and nut preparation, cooking, steaming and roasting. This tour focuses on the unique workflow at Laitrum’s production control office, entirely different from most manufacturers, which paves the way for operational excellence. You’ll also see the quality control process and the machine shop with laser fabrication, sheet metal deburring and leveling, brake operation, tig welding final assembly, controls, and factory acceptance testing underway.

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Tuesday, September 15; 1 PM CT

Craft Kettle Brewing Equipment
This tour takes you behind the scenes of two flourishing businesses in the craft beer industry located next door to each other. The tour begins at Craft Kettle, where you’ll see the operations behind the design and manufacture of craft brewing equipment and Craft Kettle’s team of experienced designers, fabricators, welders, control technicians and brew masters at work. Next, you’ll visit Urban South, a local brewery and taproom that uses Craft Kettle equipment. You’ll learn about the brewery's founding, see how the beer is made, and conclude with a sampling and a take-home souvenir glass. With Craft Kettle’s unique supply chain and Urban South’s expert team of brew masters, both companies have helped each other flourish and grow into key suppliers in the Louisiana craft movement.

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Port of New Orleans
Tour the Port of New Orleans aboard the Port NOLA vessel General Kelly as you travel 15 miles along the vibrant working riverfront of the Mississippi River and return. The Port of New Orleans handles containerized cargo (coffee, plastics, apparel, food products and consumer merchandise) and breakbulk cargo (steel, non-ferrous metals, rubber, wood and paper). A modern multimodal gateway for global commerce, the port can deliver seamless, integrated logistics solutions between river, rail and road by being uniquely located on the Mississippi River near the Gulf of Mexico. It is also the sixth largest cruise port in the United States. During your tour, you will view some of the 13,511 feet of berthing space available, six dedicated breakbulk terminals, and a 140,00 square foot cold storage facility. The port generates $100 million in revenue annually through four lines of business – cargo, rail, industrial real estate, and cruise ships.

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INTRALOX
Intralox has grown from a small Louisiana belt manufacturer into the leading global provider of conveying solutions, while remaining family owned. During your tour of the Intralox facility in Hammond, La., you will view production operations with over 60 plastic injection molding machines, 60 percent of them being fully automated workcells. You’ll see mold and equipment maintenance areas, and plastics material distribution systems including storage, blending, drying, conveyance, and scrap recapture. The tour continues into warehousing operations where you will see the 6,000-pallet VNA warehouse and the 23,000-pallet capacity Automated Storage and Retrieval System warehouse with three fully automated cranes for pallet picking and put-away. At 105 feet high, the warehouse footprint occupies only 30,600 square feet, uniquely designed for storage density rather than pick speed.

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Schedule at a glance

Sunday, September 13

6:30 AM - 7:00 AM

Morning Run

7:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Registration

7:00 AM – 6:30 PM

ASCM Store

8:15 AM – 9:15 AM

Educational Sessions | Multiple rooms

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

General Session

10:45 AM – 2:00 PM & 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM

ASCM Expo

11 AM – 1:25 PM & 4:40 PM – 5:25 PM

Spotlight Sessions | Expo Hall

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Networking Luncheon

11:40 AM – 12:00 PM

ASCM Recharge: yoga session

1:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Women in Supply Chain Forum

1:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Educational Sessions | Multiple rooms

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Welcome Reception | Expo Hall

Monday, September 14

6:30 AM - 7:00 AM

Morning Run

7:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Registration

7:00 AM – 6:30 PM

ASCM Store

8:15 AM – 9:15 PM

Educational Sessions | Multiple rooms

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

General Session

10:45 AM – 2:00 PM

Expo Hall

11:00 AM – 1:25 PM

Spotlight Sessions | Expo Hall

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Networking Luncheon

11:40 AM – 12:00 PM

ASCM Recharge: yoga session

1:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Educational Sessions | Multiple rooms

Tuesday, September 15

6:30 AM - 7:00 AM

Morning Run

7:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Registration

7:00 AM – 6:30 PM

ASCM Store

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Educational Sessions

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

General Session

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Recognition Luncheon

1:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Educational Sessions

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Closing Reception | Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Testimonials
Carlo Binder

Carlo Binder

Freelance Supply Chain Consultant

"This was my first ASCM conference, and it was by far, one of the best conferences I have ever attended. Many thanks to all of you for a great conference!!!"
Shreya Jain

Shreya Jain

Operations Planner

"This was my first time attending an ASCM annual conference. I entered with zero expectations, an open mind, and a thirst for knowledge. After having attended all days at the conference, I can confidently say that this is the place to be for a young, and growing Supply Chain Professional like myself. Listening to Industry professionals share their journey, challenges, and insights were my favorite learning experiences! Participating, living and breathing the world of Supply Chain Management through the events, speakers, and peers, reinstated my Career and Industry choice thus far, with many promises for the future of tomorrow. Supply Chain connects the world, and ASCM connects us!"
Rob van Stratum

Rob van Stratum

MSc, CPIM-F, CIRM, CSCP, CLTD, CPF Master Instructor Supply Chain Education s.r.o.

“I was glad to learn about several subjects, particularly from those who are in similar industries. I appreciate having much of the information on the app to share with others in my company."
Max Merk

Max Merk

Operations Management Major University of Cincinnati

“I enjoyed the event and thought that the Student Scholar Program was a great way to gain exposure to the industry and to attend the conference that I wouldn't have been able to without it."
Rafiqul BARI

M.D Rafiqul Bari

Executive Director UDC Construction Ltd, Bangladesh

“I enjoyed the full seminar ASCM-2019 with my satisfaction. It helps me and my company for the improvement of the performance. Thanks a lot to ASCM for providing me the opportunity to work as a Mentor with a bright Mentee. I had a good experience visiting the Carpenter Training Center under Facility Tour. I will recommend ASCM to keep more tour programs relating to SCM in its future seminars."
Sunil Bharadwaj

Sunil Bharadwaj

Deputy General Manager Strategy & Supply Chain, Raymond Ltd

"Very well organized; a great learning experience"
Vikam Mulchandani

Vikam Mulchandani

Supply Chain Strategist

“Exceeded my expectations especially in the way it was orchestrated, relevance of sessions especially those related to emerging technologies such as Blockchain"
Robert Burrows

Robert Burrows

MCSCP, CLTD Manager, Strategic Sourcing EDF Renewables North America

“This event is my annual supply chain enthusiasm boost!”

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