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Keynote Speakers

Gary Cohn

Gary Cohn

Former Director of the National Economic Council

Gary D. Cohn is an American business leader, philanthropist and former director of the United States National Economic Council. He served as assistant to the president for economic policy and director of the National Economic Council from January 2017 through April 2018. As President Donald J. Trump’s chief economic advisor, Cohn managed the coordination of the president’s domestic and global economic policy agenda and led the administration-wide effort to successfully pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Cohn began his career in finance at The Goldman Sachs Group in 1990. He held a variety of leadership positions in the firm’s securities division in New York and London, including global co-head of the equities and fixed income, currency and commodities divisions. He served as president and chief operating officer from 2006 through 2016 and was a member of the firm’s board of directors and chairman of the Firmwide Client and Business Standards Committee. Currently, Cohn is chairman of the board at Pallas Advisors and serves on the boards of Abyrx, Indago, Machine Zone and Spring Labs.

H. R. McMaster

H. R. McMaster

Former National Security Advisor of the United States

Former National Security Advisor, Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster is a preeminent voice on leadership, global security and international affairs. Named one of TIME's "100 Most Influential People in the World" and Fortune's "50 World's Greatest Leaders,” McMaster is recognized as a "warrior-intellectual." He is the author of two New York Times bestselling books on national security: “Battlegrounds” and “Dereliction of Duty.”

McMaster is recognized for his leadership in the Gulf War, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was commissioned in the United States Army upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1984. His command assignments include Commanding General, Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning; Commander, Combined Joint Inter-Agency Task Force Shafafiyat (Transparency) in Kabul, Afghanistan; and Commander, Third Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Carson, Colorado and Iraq. McMaster was also an assistant professor of history at West Point.

Speakers

Amy Augustine, CSCP

Amy Augustine, CSCP

Senior Director, Network Supply Chain at UScellular

Amy Augustine is senior director of network supply chain at UScellular. She is responsible for supporting network infrastructure programs, including procurement, material delivery, distribution, inventory planning, forward kitting logistics and warehouse management. Augustine is also responsible for supporting small cell deployments, including lease agreements and material logistics.

Christine Barnhart, CPIM

Christine Barnhart, CPIM

Vice President of Strategy and Go-to-Market for Verusen

Christine Barnhart is vice president of strategy and go-to-market for Verusen, bringing more than 20 years of expertise to the organization. Working closely with product management, sales, marketing and others within the organization, Barnhart is tasked with ensuring that Verusen is delivering market-leading innovation to its customers.

Barbara Bartels

Barbara Bartels

Assistant Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives at Brandman University

Barbara Bartels is the assistant vice chancellor of strategic initiatives at Brandman University. With a passion for organizational leadership, change management, inspirational speaking and motivational theory in the workplace, her primary role is to generate enrollment growth strategies at Brandman’s 27 campuses, particularly within the School of Education.

John Boyer, CPIM, CPIM-F

John Boyer, CPIM, CPIM-F

Owner & President of J.E. Boyer Company Inc.

John Boyer is the owner and president of J.E. Boyer Company Inc., a manufacturing and education consultancy based in Utah. Throughout his career, he has worked with numerous companies in industries including metal fabrication, electronics, sporting goods, aerospace and medical equipment. Boyer is a frequent speaker at conferences and events.

Paul Clark

Paul Clark

General Manager of Microsoft Azure Cloud Infrastructure Sustainability

Paul Clark is general manager of Microsoft Azure Cloud Infrastructure Sustainability and an active circular economy ambassador across the wider organization. A veteran of process engineering and managing global supply chain capabilities, Clark represents Microsoft in the North American Capital Equipment Coalition, which aims to help companies in the capital sector transition to a circular model.

John Danley, CPIM, CSCP

John Danley, CPIM, CSCP

Manager of Master Scheduling and Demand Planning at Spirit AeroSystems

John Danley is manager of master scheduling and demand planning at Spirit AeroSystems. He has spent the past 20 years using a variety of improvement techniques to facilitate change and generate improved financial performance for a variety of companies. In addition, Danley is a an APICS instructor and serves as the Wichita ASCM chapter president.

Lucille Docter

Lucille Docter

Senior Manager of Supply Chain Planning at UScellular

Lucille Docter is senior manager of supply chain planning at UScellular. Passionate about collaboration, developing and executing strategies, and improving processes, she oversees the demand, supply and inventory planning for network equipment across UScellular’s blueprint. Docter is also responsible for developing, designing and implementing rigorous processes across UScellular teams.

Aubree Duncan

Aubree Duncan

Global Director of Quality and Food Safety at Tosca

Aubree Duncan is global director of quality and food safety at Tosca. She has considerable experience in quality and food safety in the food and packaging industries, as well as a demonstrated history of working in commercialization and packaging. Duncan is also experienced in sensory evaluation, food microbiology and food science.

Kerry Fechner Ph.D., CPIM-F, CIRM, CSCP, CLTD

Kerry Fechner Ph.D., CPIM-F, CIRM, CSCP, CLTD

Professor at Northern Illinois University

Kerry Fechner is a professor at Northern Illinois University. She is skilled at helping organizations achieve alignment, reduce resistance and increase the adoption of new work methods. Fechner is a change management and organizational development expert, with experience managing large-scale initiatives involving transformational change.

David Glick

David Glick

Chief Technology Officer at Flexe

David Glick is chief technology officer at Flexe, where he is responsible for the design and development of the Flexe Logistics Platform. Previously, Glick spent nearly 20 years at Amazon, including five years as vice president of fulfillment technology, overseeing the development and functionality of the technology within multiple fulfillment centers.

Jonathan Gregory

Jonathan Gregory

Director of Community Engagement at GS1 US

Jonathan Gregory is director of community engagement at GS1 US, where he facilitates collaboration among brands, retailers and supply chain partners to optimize the use of GS1 standards. With a focus on leveraging item-level radio frequency identification for inventory accuracy, Gregory enables companies to achieve unified commerce.

Steve Melnyk, Ph.D.

Steve Melnyk, Ph.D.

Professor of Supply Chain and Operations Management at Michigan State University

Steve Melnyk is a professor of supply chain and operations management at Michigan State University. He has coauthored 20 books and more than 90 articles. Melnyk’s research focus includes supply chain risk and resilience, strategic supply chain management, behavioral research, and certified management standards.

Daniel Mielke, CPIM, SCOR-P

Daniel Mielke, CPIM, SCOR-P

United Kingdom Supply Chain Director at Bostick Ltd.

Daniel Mielke is the United Kingdom supply chain director at Bostick Ltd., where he manages supply chain planning, logistics, customs compliance, customer service and direct purchasing. With a passionate approach to continuous movement, he has led several successful cost-saving projects. Mielke holds a master's degree in procurement, logistics and supply chain management.

Santiago Najera Ph.D.

Santiago Najera Ph.D.

Operational Planning Manager at Pronaca and General Secretary at Asolog

Santiago Najera is an operational planning manager at Pronaca and general secretary at Asolog. He is an economist and a lawyer, holding a Ph.D. in business administration and several master’s degrees in finance, operations research, applied statistics and total quality management. Najera has nearly 20 years of experience managing both private and public companies.

Arunachalam Narayanan Ph.D.

Arunachalam Narayanan Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Analytics at the University of North Texas

Arunachalam “Chalam” Narayanan is associate professor of analytics at the University of North Texas. Prior to this, he served in the industrial distribution program in the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. His research involves supply chain management, with a specific focus on optimization and behavioral operations management.

Himali Patil

Himali Patil

Doctoral Candidate Majoring in Logistics Systems at the University of North Texas

Himali Patil is a doctoral candidate majoring in logistics systems at the University of North Texas. She also has work experience as a supply chain development project lead, operations manager, demand planner and customer quality manager. Her research focuses on the implications of additive manufacturing adoption on supply chains.

Narjinder Pathania

Narjinder Pathania

Director of Digital Supply Chain Cloud Solutions at SAP National Security Services

Narjinder Pathania is director of digital supply chain cloud solutions at SAP National Security Services, where he is continuously improving its secure, world-class set of supply chain technologies. Pathania has worked with supply chains for more than 20 years to improve processes and optimize performance by leveraging technology.

Ryan Poirier

Ryan Poirier

Manager of Network Logistics at UScellular

Ryan Poirier is manager of network logistics at UScellular and has extensive experience collaborating with customers and internal teams on a global scale. With more than 15 years of results-oriented practice and leadership with both established and early-stage, high-growth organizations, Poirier is an analytical leader who emphasizes building motivated and effective teams.

Danaka Porter

Danaka Porter

Regional Managing Partner at Iota Consultants

Danaka Porter is the regional managing partner at Iota Consultants, where she consults in supply chain, project management and data analytics in heavy manufacturing and technology. She is also a sessional lecturer at the Dhillon School of Business, teaching supply chain and project management.

Tom Raftery

Tom Raftery

Global Vice President at SAP

Tom Rafter is global vice president at SAP, guest lecturer at the Instituto Internacional San Telmo and a board advisor at numerous startups. Rafter has a strong background in technology and social media and is cofounder of a software development company, a social media consultancy and a hyper-energy-efficient data center.

Kate Robertson

Kate Robertson

Client Engagement Director at The CARA Group

Kate Robertson is a client engagement director at The CARA Group and a senior organizational change management professional. She is a practicing expert in strategic and tactical change management, program management, process improvement, process design, training development, training logistics, coaching, and financial operations.

Jan Spreitzenbarth

Jan Spreitzenbarth

External Doctoral Student in the Data and Web Science Group at the University of Mannheim in Germany

Jan Spreitzenbarth is an external doctoral student in the data and web science group at the University of Mannheim in Germany. Spreitzenbarth also drives the smart mobility procurement unit of Porsche AG and is assigned to the build-up of the newly founded CARIAD SE, bundling the software experience and competencies within the Volkswagen Group.

Jim Ullum

Jim Ullum

Chair of the West Virginia University Global Supply Chain Management Advisory Council

Jim Ullum is a managing partner of Source International and serves as chair of the West Virginia University global supply chain management advisory council. With more than three decades of experience, Ullum specializes in new product development, offshore manufacturing, quality assurance and product life cycle software.

Rick Watson

Rick Watson

Founder and CEO of RMW Commerce Consulting

Rick Watson is founder and CEO of RMW Commerce Consulting, enabling brands to grow their e-commerce revenue. After two decades as a technology entrepreneur, Watson’s work now centers on helping investors and management teams enhance direct-to-customer businesses. His podcast, The Watson Weekly, shares an unbiased take on the retail sector.

Jennifer Wertman-Becka, CPIM, CSCP

Jennifer Wertman-Becka, CPIM, CSCP

Senior Category Manager at Amazon

Jennifer Becka is senior category manager at Amazon, where she leads global powered industrial truck safety, services and automation sourcing initiatives. Her projects include collision avoidance technologies that won the Green Cross Safety Innovation Award by the National Safety Council. Becka holds a master’s degree in business operational excellence and a lean six sigma black belt.

Derek Westfall, CPIM, CSCP, SCOR-P

Derek Westfall, CPIM, CSCP, SCOR-P

Supply Chain Analyst at The Boeing Company

Derek Westfall is supply chain analyst at The Boeing Company, an APICS instructor and an adjunct professor at Portland State University. With more than 35 years of supply chain and project management experience, he is well-versed in the design and development of end-to-end supply chain solutions.

Karin Witton, Ph.D

Karin Witton, Ph.D

Global Director of Sustainability at Tosca

Karin Witton is global director of sustainability at Tosca. Serving for more than 30 years in leadership roles in sustainability and environmental management, she has worked as a consultant for oil and gas, industrial manufacturing, armed services, utility companies, and waste handling and disposal services.

Zijian Zheng, Ph.D.

Zijian Zheng, Ph.D.

Supply Chain Planning Manager in Gates Corporation’s Global Mobility Department

Zijian Zheng is a supply chain planning manager in Gates Corporation’s global mobility department. Through global supply chain management, he has boosted company revenue through root-cause analysis, process improvement and supply chain optimization. Zheng holds a Ph.D. in transportation safety.

Educational Sessions

The event agenda is subject to change. The agenda is growing each day so check back often.

Sunday, September 18

Guayaquil, Ecuador: From COVID Casualty to Inspiring Model

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Operational Excellence

Synchronized Planning

Guayaquil, Ecuador: From COVID Casualty to Inspiring Model

Sunday, September 18. 9:30 am – 10:30 am

When the pandemic struck in March 2020, the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador, experienced critical hardship and incredible distress. Ecuador’s largest city made the news for enduring one of the world’s most lethal outbreaks of COVID-19, as well as for the extreme challenges it faced in ensuring people had access to enough food. Amid this shortage of raw materials and labor, the country’s principal food company worked in overdrive to redesign its operations and serve the community. Discover how this organization overhauled its supply chain in less than a week, satisfying demand, refining key-performance indicators and even achieving production records.

Learning Pillars:

Operational Excellence

Synchronized Planning

Presenter:

Santiago Najera Ph.D.
Operational Planning Manager at Pronaca and General Secretary at Asolog

Capture Product Identity for Compliance and Transparency

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Dynamic Fulfillment

Capture Product Identity for Compliance and Transparency

Sunday, September 18. 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Supply chain claims carry an annual industry cost in the tens of billions of dollars. Safeguard your networks with electronic product code (EPC)-enabled radio frequency identification (RFID), leveraged with GS1 standards. This educational session will illustrate how this solution can help capture product identity at scale for more efficient, accurate and transparent tracking. From case and carton audit automation and the avoidance of mispacks to product authentication and grey market tracking, discover how EPC-enabled RFID offers reliable data reading and sharing for increased operational efficiencies, a better bottom line and greater customer satisfaction.

Learning Pillars:

Dynamic Fulfillment

Presenter:

Jonathan Gregory
Director of Community Engagement at GS1 US

Procurement Partnerships from the Supplier's Perspective

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Intelligent Supply

Procurement Partnerships from the Supplier's Perspective

Sunday, September 18. 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Buyer-supplier relationships play a critical role in numerous aspects of supply chain management. Unfortunately, these partnerships are often viewed primarily from the buyer’s point of view, while the perspectives of the supplier are overlooked. This is a vital omission, which can explain many interesting outcomes, such as when good suppliers choose to leave the arrangement. Attend this educational session to explore this phenomenon, identify the factors influencing supplier behavior, and understand why adopting a different viewpoint can help buyers prioritize the critical importance of their suppliers and lead to big procurement improvements.

Learning Pillars:

Intelligent Supply

Presenters:

Steve Melnyk, Ph.D.
Professor of Supply Chain and Operations Management at Michigan State University

Nicholas Little
Director of Railway Education in the Center for Railway Research

The State of Digitization: Procurement Versus Sales and Marketing

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Intelligent Supply

Synchronized Planning

The State of Digitization: Procurement Versus Sales and Marketing

Sunday, September 18. 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

The procurement function and the sales and marketing function are a supply chain organization’s main boundary-spanning functions. Each has a specific focus and different views and objectives — so together, the two often fight for relative competitive advantage. The digitization of processes and the rise of enterprise resources planning systems led to a data abundance, yet the outcomes are not yet satisfactory in practical application. This presentation will share results from an explanatory study that considered key takeaways related to procurement in contrast sales and marketing.

Learning Pillars:

Intelligent Supply

Synchronized Planning

Presenter:

Jan Spreitzenbarth
External Doctoral Student in the Data and Web Science Group at the University of Mannheim in Germany

Solve for the Talent “Sansdemic” With an AI-First Strategy

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Emerging Trends

Industry 5.0

Intelligent Supply

Solve for the Talent “Sansdemic” With an AI-First Strategy

Sunday, September 18. 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Legacy systems constrain supply chains by causing data inconsistencies that add risk, prevent effective communication, and hinder relationship management with both suppliers and customers. But by building a reliant supply network, organizations can better keep up with customer needs, empower the next-generation of supply chain talent and futureproof the business as a strategic partner. This presentation will demonstrate how to apply an artificial intelligence (AI)-first supply chain strategy to advance both people and systems in order to achieve key goals while becoming more efficient and sustainable.

Learning Pillars:

Emerging Trends

Industry 5.0

Intelligent Supply

Presenter:

Christine Barnhart, CPIM
Vice President of Strategy and Go-to-Market for Verusen

New Product Development With a Positive Impact

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Sustainability

New Product Development With a Positive Impact

Sunday, September 18. 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) requires operating in ways that positively affect employees, consumers, the wider community and the environment — and, accordingly, in ways that also have a positive effect on the organization. To maintain our planet’s natural resources for future generations, preserve biodiversity and address consumer expectations, it’s necessary to prioritize developing greener products. This presentation will enable attendees to increase their knowledge of what makes a product sustainable, as well as specific tools that add CSR features to new products, existing products and the overall supply chain.

Learning Pillars:

Sustainability

Presenter:

Jim Ullum
Managing Partner of Source International and Serves as Chair of the West Virginia University Global Supply Chain Management Advisory Council

The Supply Chain Sustainability Imperative

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

In Person Exclusive

Sustainability

The Supply Chain Sustainability Imperative

Sunday, September 18. 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

In Person Exclusive

Sustainability, once viewed as a nice-to-have, is increasingly becoming a must-have for supply chain organizations. In fact, key stakeholders such as regulators, the investment community, employees and customers are actively demanding it. Supply chains are typically responsible for anywhere from 80% to 95% of a company's climate emissions, which means supply chain professionals are in a unique position to help. Participants at this educational session will learn how to overcome common challenges associated with achieving sustainability and discover simple approaches for significantly reducing emissions throughout their networks.

Learning Pillars:

Sustainability

Presenter:

Tom Raftery
Global Vice President at SAP, Guest Lecturer at the Instituto Internacional San Telmo and Board Advisor at Numerous Startups

Distribution that Goes Beyond State-of-the-Art

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Operational Excellence

Distribution that Goes Beyond State-of-the-Art

Sunday, September 18. 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Once an organization leverages automation, deploys leading-edge equipment and implements top-tier management systems, what's next? Attendees at this educational session will explore the real-world distribution strategies used by a highly “technologically proactive” North American grocery retailer. Learn how key continuous improvement principles have been integrated with state-of-the-art algorithms to meaningfully advance distribution operations. And discover how this company successfully targeted improvement opportunities in order to achieve enhanced productivity within an already state-of-the-art distribution operation.

Learning Pillars:

Operational Excellence

Presenters:

Robbie Cluett
Vice President of Business Development and Customer Success at Syncontext

Hector Orozco
President and CEO at Syncontext

Elevate Freight Activities to Boost Profitability and Sustainability

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Dynamic Fulfillment

Sustainability

Elevate Freight Activities to Boost Profitability and Sustainability

Sunday, September 18. 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Reducing logistics freight costs can be challenging and often involves many obstacles. But the effort is well worth the time and effort, as it creates a straightforward method for increasing competitive advantage and ensuring profitable and sustainable growth. This presentation will define key initiatives that have helped reduce freight costs in the chemical industry, but can be applied to numerous fields. Specific improvements include reducing carbon footprint, optimizing pallet weight, enhanced full-truck-load agreements, adjustments to delivery frequency, reducing complexity in information models, defining clear key-performance indicators and many more.

Learning Pillars:

Dynamic Fulfillment

Sustainability

Presenter:

Daniel Mielke, CPIM, SCOR-P
United Kingdom Supply Chain Director at Bostick Ltd.

Monday, September 19

Amazon’s Warehousing and Distribution Safety Initiatives

9:30 am – 10:30 am

In Person Exclusive

Dynamic Fulfillment

Amazon’s Warehousing and Distribution Safety Initiatives

Monday, September 19. 9:30 am – 10:30 am

In Person Exclusive

Powered industrial trucks are an essential part of warehouse operations at Amazon. Unfortunately, safety concerns include collisions, fall hazards, instability and overturning, difficulty stopping and maneuvering, and a back-heavy construction. In 2021, the e-commerce giant partnered with original equipment manufacturers to develop collision avoidance technology (CAT) that protects the fleet, its operators, and the warehousing and distribution landscape. Attendees will learn about CAT, as well as how to approach life cycle analysis under an accelerated technology deployment, related to safety, amid supply chain constraints and a labor shortage.

Learning Pillars:

Dynamic Fulfillment

Presenter:

Jennifer Wertman-Becka, CPIM, CSCP
Senior category manager at Amazon

Are You Making the Most of AI, ML and the IOT?

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Industry 5.0

Operational Excellence

Are You Making the Most of AI, ML and the IOT?

Monday, September 19. 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and the internet of things (IOT) and have been employed in supply chain for a number of years, making the largest impacts in manufacturing, high-tech, industrial work, logistics and transportation. Attend this educational session to learn about the applications of AI, ML and the IOT in supply chain as they relate to predictive maintenance, integrated planning, inventory management, quality optimization and more. Participants will discover implementable strategies for using these solutions to enable data-driven supply chain performance.

Learning Pillars:

Industry 5.0

Operational Excellence

Presenter:

Danaka Porter
Regional Managing Partner at Iota Consultants

Engage and Retain Employees by Giving Them Meaning

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Talent, Leadership and Culture

Engage and Retain Employees by Giving Them Meaning

Monday, September 19. 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Disengagement and voluntary turnover costs businesses more than $1 trillion per year. But when people find meaning at work, they are healthier, happier, more productive and three times more likely to stay. The Meaning-Centered Leadership framework, based on extensive research, provides skills and strategies that enable organizations to increase employee engagement, empowerment and expertise. In this interactive session, participants will learn about the actions they can take to support the implementation of meaning-centered leadership and drive positive engagement and organizational commitment at their workplaces.

Learning Pillars:

Talent, Leadership and Culture

Presenter:

Barbara Bartels, Ed.D.
Assistant Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives at Brandman University

Heroic, High-Risk Change Management

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Talent, Leadership and Culture

Heroic, High-Risk Change Management

Monday, September 19. 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Learn from firefighters, police and other first responders, who were interviewed in order to understand what motivates and inspires them to perform in such dangerous, uncertain environments. Compare their experiences to the application of disruptive technologies, such as blockchain, which involve big shifts in processes, tools, knowledge and skillsets that fundamentally cause insecurity and risk. This educational session explores an innovative approach to change management and presents practical tools to enable organizations to succeed when implementing supply chain projects that change the essential ways their people operate.

Learning Pillars:

Talent, Leadership and Culture

Presenters:

Kerry Fechner Ph.D., CPIM-F, CIRM, CSCP, CLTD
Professor at Northern Illinois University

Kate Robertson
Client Engagement Director at The CARA Group

Integrated Business Planning Bolsters Spirit AeroSystems

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Synchronized Planning

Integrated Business Planning Bolsters Spirit AeroSystems

Monday, September 19. 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Aerospace and defense organizations sit at the forefront of innovation and advanced technologies, shaping our world in ways that were once unimaginable. Yet the manufacturing of large and complex aircraft presents a unique set of challenges — one of which is the ability of supply chain planners at all tiers to effectively simulate demand changes driven by a turbulent market and changing customer needs. This presentation will illustrate how Spirit AeroSystems developed and implemented a robust integrated business planning process, which enables them to effectively handle unstable market conditions.

Learning Pillars:

Synchronized Planning

Presenters:

John Danley, CPIM, CSCP
Manager of Master Scheduling and Demand Planning at Spirit AeroSystems

Narjinder Pathania
Director of Digital Supply Chain Cloud Solutions at SAP National Security Services

A View Inside Amazon Logistics

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Dynamic Fulfillment

A View Inside Amazon Logistics

Monday, September 19. 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

From air freight and global logistics to fulfillment and last-mile, Amazon is constantly evolving. Attend this educational session to learn about exciting new innovations and emerging trends that are pointing the way to the highest peaks of global logistics. Presenters of Five Insights Into the Ongoing Rise of Amazon's Logistics Investments from ASCM CONNECT 2021 will pick up where they left off last year, breaking down all the latest from the world of Amazon. Explore the latest changes to Amazon's processes and get an informative update about its massive network.

Learning Pillars:

Dynamic Fulfillment

Presenters:

David Glick
Chief Technology Officer at Flexe

Rick Watson
Founder and CEO of RMW Commerce Consulting

Key Qualities of Unifying Leaders

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Talent, Leadership and Culture

Key Qualities of Unifying Leaders

Monday, September 19. 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

In our highly polarized world, it's more important than ever that leaders adopt a mindset of partnership and practice behaviors designed to bring together their team members. This presentation will discuss specific traits to adopt, as well as how supply chain organizations can use them to connect their people, get them to work as a team, achieve breakthrough results and experience unprecedented fulfillment. Participants will benefit from key realizations and practical approaches that they can put into practice immediately in order to transform their organization’s culture and cooperative results.

Learning Pillars:

Talent, Leadership and Culture

Presenter:

Amir Ghannad
Founder and President of The Ghannad Group

Tuesday, September 20

Creating a Winning 3PL Partnership

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Dynamic Fulfillment

Operational Excellence

Creating a Winning 3PL Partnership

Tuesday, September 20. 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Too many of the partnerships between client companies and their third-party logistics (3PL) service providers end in disappointment for both parties. In almost all of these failed relationships, the breakdown occurs before the agreement even begins, due to a lack of clearly defined requirements and expectations. Attendees at this educational session will learn about a uniquely insightful process for implementing a winning 3PL collaboration, from the start, at any supply chain organization. They will also gain a proven, step-by-step methodology for information-sharing and superior logistics results.

Learning Pillars:

Dynamic Fulfillment

Operational Excellence

Presenter:

Derek Westfall, CPIM, CSCP, SCOR-P
Supply Chain Analyst at The Boeing Company

Waiting On the Additive Manufacturing Revolution

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Industry 5.0

Waiting On the Additive Manufacturing Revolution

Tuesday, September 20. 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Additive manufacturing has been around since the 1980s and has gained a lot of attention in recent years under the umbrella of 3D printing. However, despite its revolutionary properties and optimistic growth projections, the technology is progressing more slowly than expected and has yet to be widely adopted across product categories; nor has it significantly reduced our dependence on traditional manufacturing. Participants in this educational session will explore why additive manufacturing isn't ubiquitous in supply chain by learning from three case studies that describe additive manufacturing challenges and benefits in the automotive, aerospace and health care industries.

Learning Pillars:

Industry 5.0

Presenters:

Arunachalam Narayanan Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Analytics at the University of North Texas

Himali Patil
Doctoral Candidate Majoring in Logistics Systems at the University of North Texas

How Microsoft Cloud’s Supply Chain Achieves Circularity

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sustainability

How Microsoft Cloud’s Supply Chain Achieves Circularity

Tuesday, September 20. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Each year, 11 billion tons of waste are processed, with e-waste being the fastest-growing waste stream of all — yet only 20% of e-waste is recycled. Microsoft Cloud Circular Centers offer a model for changing that trajectory by processing decommissioned cloud servers and hardware at more than 200 of Microsoft's global data centers. The components and equipment are sorted and intelligently channeled to optimize reuse and repurpose, as well as minimize the waste sent to landfills. This presentation will demonstrate how Microsoft plans to reuse 90% of its cloud computing hardware by 2025 and achieve circularity at scale with zero waste.

Learning Pillars:

Sustainability

Presenter:

Paul Clark
General Manager of Microsoft Azure Cloud Infrastructure Sustainability

Supply Chain Transformation at UScellular

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Operational Excellence

Supply Chain Transformation at UScellular

Tuesday, September 20. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

In 2019, UScellular’s complex supply chain was challenged by long lead times, shipping delays, and planning and supply issues. To address these problems, company leaders started Project NEO, which involved applying ASCM’s Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model to develop top-tier processes. This initiative resulted in significant optimization of the company’s core processes and a transformed future for UScellular's supply chain. In this educational session, the presenters from UScellular will share implementable best practices and discuss the specific strategies involved in Project NEO, as well as insightful takeaways regarding both change and risk management.

Learning Pillars:

Operational Excellence

Presenters:

Amy Augustine, CSCP
Senior Director of Network Supply Chain at UScellular

Lucille Docter
Senior Manager of Supply Chain Planning at UScellular

Ryan Poirier
Manager of Network Logistics at Uscellular

Superior Supply Chains Via “Intrapreneurship”

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Synchronized Planning

Operational Excellence

Talent, Leadership and Culture

Superior Supply Chains Via “Intrapreneurship”

Tuesday, September 20. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Learn from a pacesetting supply chain team, which had to think outside the box with limited historical data in order to regularly develop successful new products. This educational session will explain how this supply chain team was challenged to find creative solutions and scale the business during a surge in demand in a dynamic market. The presenters also will share how intrapreneurship — entrepreneurship within an existing organization — brought about supply chain advancement, enabled leaders to effectively maintain global third-party operations and helped teams rapidly expand product lines.

Learning Pillars:

Synchronized Planning

Operational Excellence

Talent, Leadership and Culture

Presenters:

Aaron Goldschmidt, CPIM, CLTD
Supply Chain Manager at Gates Corporation

Zijian Zheng, Ph.D.
Supply Chain Planning Manager in Gates Corporation’s Global Mobility Department

Achieve Long-Term Sustainability Value

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Sustainability

Achieve Long-Term Sustainability Value

Tuesday, September 20. 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

How can supply chain professionals convince their stakeholders to focus on sustainable business decisions amid labor and material sourcing crises? Attend this presentation to discover how to achieve program alignment that shifts the perspective from short-term cost-avoidance to long-term success. The presenters will outline demonstrated benefits of sustainability programs — including refining company culture through the discovery of alternatives that are safer, better for the environment and cost-efficient. Learn the value of just one company’s sustainability efforts, even at a time when supply chain challenges are at the forefront of everyone’s minds.

Learning Pillars:

Sustainability

Presenter:

Aubree Duncan
Global Director of Quality and Dood Safety at Tosca

Karin Witton, Ph.D.
Global Director of Sustainability at Tosca

7 Steps to Better Inventory Turns

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Operational Excellence

7 Steps to Better Inventory Turns

Tuesday, September 20. 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Discover tried-and-true inventory turn methods from a wide variety of manufacturing and distribution businesses and 30 years of experience. This informative educational session will share seven steps for advancement and illustrate how to apply them throughout the supply chain wherever inventory positions are maintained. Based on key principles that have been practiced and shown to be extremely effective, participants will discover how these seven steps are easy to learn, understand and implement by buyers, planners, analysts, inventory controllers and clerical personnel.

Learning Pillars:

Operational Excellence

Presenter:

John Boyer, CPIM, CPIM-F
Owner and President of J.E. Boyer Company Inc.

6 Stages of Digital Transformation

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Emerging Trends

Operational Excellence

6 Stages of Digital Transformation

Tuesday, September 20. 9:30 am – 10:30 am

The journey to digital transformation has some common roadblocks, but there are proven, practical approaches that every supply chain organization can apply to overcome them and succeed. This presentation will detail the six stages of digital transformation, provide a set of practical steps for getting started, and compare and contrast companies that are data-driven and those that are not. This will be especially impactful for those looking to drive digital change in their organizations by leading the effort to analyze, simplify and digitize legacy processes.

Learning Pillars:

Emerging Trends

Operational Excellence

Presenter:

Marcus Bugni, CPIM
Senior Supply Chain Analyst at Andersen Corporation and Cohost of The Strongest Link Supply Chain Podcast

Justin Wilcox, CPIM
Inventory Control at Cirrus Aircraft and Cohost of The Strongest Link Supply Chain Podcast

Learning Pillars

The ASCM CONNECT Annual Conference educational sessions are aligned under eight learning pillars, each addressing the fundamental issues of a resilient and sustainable supply chain. The content within these learning pillars is specifically structured to provide the best possible learning experience for conference attendees.

Dynamic Fulfillment

Dynamic Fulfillment

The Dynamic Fulfillment learning pillar explores the essential concepts involved with moving goods and materials throughout the supply chain. Gain key insights about optimizing logistics, transportation and distribution; streamlining warehousing and finished inventory strategies; the latest in robotics; and smarter scheduling, picking, packing, shipping and invoicing.

Emerging Trends

Emerging Trends

Discover the most interesting technologies and innovations in supply chain today. Educational sessions within the Emerging Trends learning pillar investigate the latest advancements while showcasing potential benefits of adopting and implementing these innovative solutions. Don’t miss this essential tour through the landscape of modern supply chain trends.

Industry 4.0

Industry 5.0

Industry 5.0 is the future of supply chain: the internet of things, cybersystems, advanced data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and much more. These educational sessions point the way to forward-thinking supply chain management through compelling case studies, examples of creative problem-solving and much more.

Intelligent Supply

Intelligent Supply

Intelligent supply chains are digital and data-driven. So, tapping into these capabilities is necessary in order to create a global, connected, collaborative network. The educational sessions within this learning pillar will demonstrate how to streamline decision-making to advance your business, strengthen your supplier relationships and delight your customers.

Operational Excellence

Operational Excellence

Competitors enter the market. Product life cycles dwindle. Customer expectations extend beyond cost and service to include ethical, environmental and sustainability priorities. The Operational Excellence learning pillar includes some of the most respected names in the industry teaching you how to compete successfully and stay ahead of the competition.

Sustainability

Sustainability

Superior supply chain professionals are those who work intentionally and with critical purpose, mitigating the effects of climate change and leveraging innovative practices to design and support ethical networks. Become a force for corporate social responsibility and business integrity by attending the educational sessions in the Sustainability learning pillar.

Synchronized Planning

Synchronized Planning

Integrated sales and operations planning (S&OP) is more essential today than ever before. The Synchronized Planning learning pillar will examine how to achieve truly successful S&OP via synchronization among financial,
marketing and operational workflows. Learn how to collaboratively take your processes to the highest level.

Talent, Leadership and Culture

Talent, Leadership and Culture

Exceptional supply chains require an exceptional workplace that balances talent, leadership and culture. Educational sessions within this pillar are designed to help advance the next generation of supply chain professionals while supporting organizations seeking to build and engage the most informed, agile teams.

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