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Driving Supplier Innovations

Fall 2016 Supply Chain Leaders' Forum

October 12-13, 2016


Innovation is key to enabling future success. However, a company's development costs can quickly and easily erode any profit made from those innovations. Thus, the importance of collaborative supplier innovation continues to be a focus point for many companies. Suppliers provide ideas, reduce development cost, time, and cost of goods sold, as well as pave the way to a price premium. This forum focuses on successfully managing collaborative supplier innovation to produce profitable growth by way of improved differentiation and speed while lowering costs.

With hectic agendas, overextended employees, and insatiable demands, supplier partnerships have become a means of survival.  However, it is up to the company to create the environment where their partners can thrive as a strategic asset.  Driving Supplier Innovation focuses on building that environment and creating new points of competition in previously unexplored ways. Here is a lineup of the forum general sessions and breakout discussions.

  • Transparent Supply Chain InitiativeMr. Thomas Ward, Supply Chain Strategist, IBM
  • Connected Vehicle Technology for Logistic Efficiency Steve Boyd, President & CEO, Peleton
  • Working with Supply Partners to Develop New Product Ideas and InnovationsLisa Szekely, Associated Vice President, Production/Operations, Mast Global Beauty & HomeReliability NetworkingJim Owens, Vice President, Business Development, SDI
  • Product Development with an External PartnerFrancisco Gonzalez, Product Innovation Coordinator, Metalsa
  • People, Process & Technology – Optimizing Vehicle Efficiency – John Muir, Wegmans
  • Supplier Development ProgramSean Trainor, Vice President, Global Operations Engineering & Technology, Dell
  • Data AnalyticsTerry Harrison & Douglas Thomas, Professors of Supply Chain and Information Systems, Penn State University
  • Sustainable Supply ChainsErik Foley, Director of Sustainability, Penn State Executive Programs and Daniel Guide, Smeal Chaired Professor of Supply Chain Management

We are fortunate to have Mr. Jim Owens, the senior vice president of business development at SDI as the forum’s program director.  Adept at building high-performance sales organizations and establishing integrity-based client relationships within highly competitive markets, Jim brings a unique blend of strategic and creative thought to every client engagement to create an environment of proactive collaboration and common value for both SDI’s clients and future clients.

He has a passion that drives him to develop innovative ideas and strategies to help clients solve their toughest challenges. With a history of commercial and industrial business development for companies like EMCOR, Transfield Services and IFCO, Jim’s experience at creating and implementing successful and strategic value-driven solutions transcends industry sectors.

Join us Wednesday and Thursday, October 12th and 13th, for the day-and-a-half Fall 2016 Supply Chain Leaders Forum at The Penn Stater Conference Center, University Park, PA.  Registration is limited and is on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Access registration and forum information by this link.

Twice a year the Center for Supply Chain Research sponsors an invitation-only, issues discussion program called the Supply Chain Leaders Forum. The program is intended for mid to senior level supply chain managers and executives. Its purpose is to foster peer-to-peer discussions of current issues dealing with logistics and supply chain management and to seek commonalities in business practice. Themes from prior Supply Chain Leaders' Forums include; visibility, transformation, strategy, Lean/Six Sigma, globalization, sustainability, emerging technology, integration, synchronization, talent development, omni-channel, security, and risk mitigation.

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