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Fall 2014 Supply Chain Leaders Forum

Supply Chain Visibility and Alignment

September 4 - 5, 2014 (Welcoming Reception evening of September 3rd)

Details and registration for the Fall 2014 Supply Chain Leaders Forum are available by accessing this link.

Today's business realities – volatile demand, shorter product life cycles, highly competitive markets, and ever increasing supply chain complexity – require visibility for the end-to-end supply chain, but what exactly does that mean?  How do we define and measure visibility attainment?  What data should be considered and at what levels within the supply chain?  Is the current state of technology able to capture and filter the influx of fragmented data from disparate systems for real-time decision support?

Join the Center for Supply Chain Research and your peers on September 4 – 5, 2014, for the Fall 2014 Supply Chain Leaders Forum to learn the progress that industry leaders have made achieving alignment through enterprise and network visibility.

The guest program director, Mr. Alex Stark, the director of Marketing for Kane is Able, will lead the forum, Supply Chain Visibility and Alignment.  Stark has been in the supply chain industry in operations, business development, marketing, and communications for the past 15 years.  He has collaborated with many companies utilizing KANE’s nationwide distribution solution from integrated distribution, workforce management to transportation specifically designed to meet the needs of consumer goods manufacturers and their retail partners.

Ms. Siobhan O’Bara, the senior vice president of Industry Engagement at GS1 US, will be our morning keynote presenting a broad industry overview on visibility and alignment.  O’Bara is the lead ambassador to the Consumer Packaged Goods/Grocery, Healthcare, Foodservice, Fresh Foods, Apparel and General Merchandise industry sectors.

As a suite of informed applications built on top of demand network data, DNA – IntegriChain's cloud, Demand Network Analytics – provides customer operations, national accounts, and finance teams with a collaborative, agile, and mobile alternative to ERP and home grown systems specifically for the Pharmaceutical industry. IntegriChain’s CEO, Mr. Kevin Leininger, will discuss how DNA helps to control the high cost of product distribution while improving product availability by embedding customer insights into daily business processes.

McCormick & Company, Inc., launched its award-winning campaign, FlavorPrint – a new technology that allows consumers to digitally discover flavorful foods they’ll love based on their flavor profile.  FlavorPrint has not only created real-time insight by one-on-one conversations with the McCormick consumer, it has also created an environment rich in data and strategic partnerships requiring visibility and alignment throughout the McCormick supply chain. Mr. Jerry Wolfe, CIO and vice president of Supply Chain Strategy will share the FlavorPrint story.

Verizon operates America’s largest 4G LTE and 3G networks, as well as provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries.  It is vital that Verizon remains agile to meet customer demands of this powerful technology.  Mr. Gerard Perret, director, and Mr. James H. Wilson, manager, will discuss how Verizon’s Supply Chain Services team leverages advanced analytics to optimize processes and procedures leading to improved device life cycle management, effective network equipment utilization, working capital optimization and cost reduction.

Pernod Ricard is the world co-leader of the Wine & Spirits industry with a complete portfolio of international brands. The company has always been a driver of the industry's growth with innovation at its core.  Pernod Ricard's story will be presented focusing on the importance of visibility and alignment of the decentralized organization.

Dr. Christopher Parker, an assistant professor of Supply Chain Management from Smeal College of Business at Penn State, will join the speaker lineup with his current academic research, “Supply Chain Visibility in Emerging Markets.”

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 leader forums include supply chain visibility, customization, flexibility, transformation, strategy, Lean/Six Sigma, globalization, environmental sustainability, and talent development.

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