We are less than a week away from this year's CSCMP Edge event in Atlanta and I'm excited to attend this year's show. I will be there with Brian Hodgson and Chris Giovino from the MP Objects team (Booth #1031) to discuss supply chain orchestration with all of the supply chain leaders who will be at the event.
I'm also looking forward to the great sessions that have been scheduled during the 3 days in Atlanta. Topics around supply chain transformation, supply chain visibility, inventory optimization, multi-enterprise supply chain networks, customer centric supply chains, dynamic order fulfillment and other key supply chain trends will make the conference a treasure trove of learning at the event.
While there are plenty of great sessions and tremendous keynotes planned, here are 8 that I'm excited to attend (there is some overlap which will make for some tough decisions!):
Supply Chains to Admire: What Are the Winning Characteristics?
Time & Location: 9/25/17 10:30 am - 11:45 am, Level 1 C107
Speakers: Lora Cecere, Founder, Supply Chain Insights
Sam Borthwick, Research Associate, Supply Chain Insights
Brian Tessier, Vice President of Innovation, Schneider-Electric
Description: Learn the results from a big data analysis on the drivers of supply chain excellence on growth and value. Using Hadoop along with machine learning and pattern recognition, this study analyzes 15 years of balance sheet and income statement data identifying the characteristics of outperforming companies from 7,000 responses from quantitative data studies.
Benchmarking Order Fulfillment Best Practices
Time and Location: 9/25/17 10:30 am - 11:45 am, Level 2 C206
Speakers: Suzanne Richer, Director, Trade Advisory Practice, Amber Road
Tom Elliott, Sr. Director, Network Strategy & Management, Global Supply Chain, Pfizer Global Supply
Lindsay H. Gauthier, Director, Customer Logistics, Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc.
Geoff Boykin, Director Supply Planning, Coca Cola North America
Moderator: Miquel Serracanta, Partner Solutions & Decisions, CSCMP European Regional Advisor & Spain Roundtable President
Description: Firms have to navigate complex order fulfillment needs through globalization, multiple channels, inaccuracies, and escalating costs. We will discuss best practices for evaluating demand, visibility, case studies, and recommendations across all.
Omnichannel – Not Just a Retail Challenge
Time & Location: 9/25/2017 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm, Level 2 C206
Speakers: Mary Long, Managing Director, University of San Diego Supply Chain Management Institute
Brian Gibson, Wilson Family Professor of Supply Chain Management, Auburn University
Michelle Livingstone, Vice President Transportation, The Home Depot
Description: Omnichannel is becoming boon or bane of retailer success. Product companies & service providers are also stakeholders who face omni-challenges. Join us for an interactive, thought-provoking working session on changing retail landscape & implications.
Changing Dynamics of Distribution Requirements
Time & Location: 9/25/17 3:45 pm - 5:00 pmLevel 2 C206
Speakers: Craig Weiss, VP Supply Chain Planning, Programs & Logistics, ConAgra Brands
Rich Wilson, Director, Fruit Planning and Contract Manufacturing Systems and Analytics, The J.M. Smucker Company
Angela Fernandez, VP, Retail Grocery and Foodservice, GS1 US
Description: Distribution requirements are changing to meet demanding channels’ needs. How do companies deal with the changing dynamic of supplying their products? What are the requirements and how are companies working together to fulfill the requirements?
Creating Cost Effective and Visible Fulfillment Network
Time & Location: 9/26/17 10:30 am - 11:45 am, Level 2 C206
Speakers: Mary Kaufman, Senior Director, Operations Product Innovation, Wayfair
Sean McCartney, Executive Vice President - Global Operations, Radial
Michelle Covey, Vice President, Retail Apparel and General Merchandise – Industry Engagement, GS1 US
Bill Connell, Senior Vice President, Transportation, Reverse Logistics and Collaboration, Macy's
Description: Fulfilling customer’s orders using a good network is critical to satisfy the customers. We will examine creating a cost effective fulfillment network that would deliver customer’s expectation, as well as visibilities that would enhance the network.
Panel, Best Practices in Building an Integrated Supply Chain
Time & Location: 9/26/17 10:30 am - 11:45 am, Level 1 C108
Speakers: Sean Willems, Ph.D., Haslam Chair in Supply Chain Analytics, Professor of Business Analytics and Statistics, Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee
Brent Nagy, Vice President of Customer Strategy, CH Robinson
Robbin Haddock, Group Director Supply Planning, Coca Cola North America
Speaker: Theresa Scheingraber, Director Global Demand Planning, Vitalize
Lisa Bowie, Operations & SIOP Manager, Chempoint
Description: Building an integrated SC in today's global business environment is challenging. Panelists will share insights into their company's integrated SC development journey and share recommendations that you can use to further your company's journey.
The Journey to the Perfect Order
Time & Location: 9/26/17 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm, Level 1 C108
Speaker: Mario Morhy, Vice President, Global Customer Service & Logistics, Monsanto
Description: In a high supply variability business, providing a perfect order requires more than good customer service processes. What is required is Supply Chain transformation including organization design, solutions, metrics and governance. In this session, Monsanto will present the strategies used in the past four years, to reach Perfect Order capabilities.
Disrupt or be Disrupted
Time & Location: 9/27/17 8:30 am - 9:45 am, Level 1 C108-C109
Speakers: Pablo Cussatti, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, Blue Apron
Jared Mellin, Vice President of Logistics, Peloton
Sean Halligan, Vice President of North America Fulfillment, Nike
Sana Raheem, Senior Manager of Supply Chain and Logistics, Blue Apron
William Driegert, Director, Uber Freight, Uber
Description: Industry Leaders across the world's most innovative companies talk about their journey to the direct to consumer world. Join us for an opportunity to gain insight from a panel of supply chain leaders from today's top companies. The session will include topics around supply chain efficiency, customer-centric expectations, and the role of technology in omni-channel. Industry leaders will also be sharing career experiences and advice.
Those are the sessions we are excited about. Hope to see you there!
What are the sessions you are most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments.