Supply Chain and Logistics Conferences to Attend in 2015

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In my opinion, the best source of practical knowledge and advice are your peers — that is, executives just like you who have already met and overcome the same challenges and opportunities you face today. Conferences are a great example of peer-to-peer learning in action, but with so many supply chain and logistics conferences available, how do you decide which ones to attend? Below is a short list of the supply chain and logistics conferences scheduled this year.

Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference 2016

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Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference 2016. Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference 2016 is the world’s most important gathering of supply chain leaders. Push past traditional boundaries, drive innovation, and uncover new sources of value for the enterprise.

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10th Pan-European Conference in the P2P Series

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10th Pan-European Conference in the P2P Series. Organiser: marcus evans Conferences. URL: Attending this premier marcus evans conference will enable you to: Hear success stories on robotics and touchless.

Sedex Conference 2016: Simplifying supply chain sustainability

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Sedex Conference 2016: Simplifying supply chain sustainability . The Sedex Conference 2016 will bring together over 1000 leaders in responsible sourcing for two days of discussion, insight, networking and practical advice – all with the aim of simplifying supply chain sustainability.

When it Comes to ‘Logistics & Sourcing’ at RILA Supply Chain the World is Your Oyster!

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One of the things I most look forward to when attending the RILA Supply Chain conference is all of the great retail global logistics & supply chain professionals and information to be found assembled all in one place.

Supply Chain Talent: Insights from CSCMP Annual Conference

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Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks, shared that insight during his keynote address at last week’s Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Annual Conference. books, blogs, newsletters, conferences, graduate programs, mentors), but the general consensus was that there is a lot of information out there (“information overload”), so filtering through all the noise to find trustworthy and relevant insights is a challenge.

A Tale of Two Procurement Books: Cox’s Sourcing Portfolio Analysis (Cox) & Strategic Sourcing in the New Economy (Keith et al.)

Supply Chain View from the Field

Andrew Cox’s new book “Sourcing Portfolio Analysis” represents the more traditional “power-based” view of procurement. The book relies on a series of prescriptive two by two matrices, that are further segmented into eight by eight matrices, that establish different typologies for supplier segmentation, The application of these frameworks to the universe of buyer-seller relationships I proposed (ostensibly) to lead to improved sourcing outcomes…for the buyer!

Carriers, You’re in the Information-Handling Business Too (Takeaways from McLeod Software User Conference 2015)

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I speak at many industry conferences throughout the year, where the majority of the audience are shippers — that is, supply chain and logistics executives from manufacturing and retail companies.

Twitter Insights from GT Nexus Bridges 2015 Conference

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Nonetheless, my takeaways below from the recent GT Nexus Bridges 2015 conference provides some insight about the company, it’s success to date, and where it’s heading (assuming Infor doesn’t make any significant changes). The GT Nexus Bridges 2015 conference marked a first for me: it was the first conference where I tweeted soundbites and insights from the sessions I attended. In the 12 months prior to the conference… $156 billion in value of goods on orders managed. $21

The Secret of Getting Ahead (Takeaways from Command Alkon ELEVATE 2018 Conference)

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Therefore, it’s not surprising that the question at the forefront of the most recent Leadership Roundtable meeting (held last month at the Command Alkon ELEVATE 2018 conference ) was, How do we get started? As more trading partners connect to the platform and more functionality is added (such as mobile capabilities), BuildIT aims to become “the single source of truth” for all trading partners working on a project. What a difference a year makes.

Kinexions ’18: A supply chain event that always delivers more


At the heart of the sessions will be how conference-goers can get more from their supply chain, more from their RapidResponse investment and more from their overall Kinexions experience.

Interview: Get ready for Supply Chain Outlook conference!

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The Supply Chain Management Review, one of the leading practitioner journals in the field of supply chain, is hosting their first ever conference in November at the Rosemount Hilton at O’Hare Airport in Chicago. The conference, titled Supply Chain Outlook promises to be an exciting event, with many leading speakers and academics attending.

Logy Conference 2016

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Logy Conference. LOGY Conference is organized annually by the Finnish Association of Purchasing and Logistics (LOGY). Download the brochure >> Events Conference event finlandia hall helsinki intralogistics logistics Logy Logy conference Material handling scm sourcing transport

Where Does Supply Chain Design End and Planning Begin? (Takeaways from LLamasoft’s SummerCon 2017 Conference)

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The answers were revealed at the SummerCon 2017 conference a couple of weeks ago where LLamasoft introduced “Planning by Design” and, which the company describes as “building blocks to improve your current planning capabilities through design technology.”.

Do you have the right sourcing technology? Ask yourself three questions.


The strategic sourcing technology market is a crowded space. Walk the exhibit floor at the annual ISM conference and you’ll easily find more than 40 providers offering a wide variety of e-sourcing solutions. Are your direct materials sourcing teams really adopting the solution?

Insights From Procurement Leaders Conference Part 1 – Making HR Your Friend!

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The conference was held at 60 State Street – overlooking Boston on a beautiful fall day! Procure to Pay Strategic Sourcing Supply Chain Management Supply Chain Talent Management Supply Market Intelligence I am on the road this week, acting as Chair (e.g.

New YouTube on Procurement Analytics from IBM Empower Conference


I was interviewed at the IBM Emptoris conference back in November on some of the emerging trends in terms of the value added that procurement can add through analytics, the importance of data governance as the foundation for analytics, sources of data for creating cognitive analytics, and the rise of Big Data and the possibilities in terms of applications. Supply chain data sources fueling cognitive solutions:

The Global PSCM 2015

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The Global Procurement & Supply Chain Conference is a 2 days event being curated by the industry’s leading procurement & supply chain executives and features high-level discussion on your most pressing challenges including: Achieving excellence in internal collaboration and integration.

How Does Procurement Create Value? Insights from CPO Speakers at Zycus Horizons Conference

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I was attending the Zycus Horizons 2014 conference at Amelia Island today, listening to speakers. And we follow a pattern: you do an assessment, a sourcing wave, build a process, and do it over and over. In addition to the procurement executives, I also got to meet Captain Dick Phillips, the captain of note in the film “Captain Phillips” We had a chance to talk about his experience, and he also presented to the group about the incredible experience he went through.

Procurement Analytics Conferences Feature Emerging of Cognitive Procurement Technologies


Sourcing and market analysis (Watson Buying Advisor). The disruption in technology is that the technology interacts with the user through natural language, mobile picture devices, unstructured text and digital imagery, combined with clarifying questions, to understand the need and channel the need to the right sources. I had the opportunity to attend a number of exciting events on procurement analytics in the last month.

Strategic National Stockpiles and Sourcing for the National Interest!

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Trump’s action with 3M raises questions for any country about what their Strategic Stockpiles should be and whether future sourcing decisions and actions should be based on parochial nationalistic needs or magnanimous global needs. Sourcing mapping for existing and potential suppliers.

Procurement Cockpit – Strategic Sourcing KPIs

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Today I will focus on KPIs that can provide deep insight into the efficiency and effectiveness of your operations, strategic sourcing efforts and how procurement systems are viewed internally. At a conference late last year I heard a presentation by an international service organization.

Manufacturing 4.0 in academia & practice: How SupplyOn contributed to the MIM 2019 conference


Andreas Zaby, President of the Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR), welcomed the more than 750 participants from 51 countries worldwide to the MIM 2019 conference. Susanne Meyer, Vice President of the HWR Berlin, who were both the driving forces behind this conference, also emphasized this unique opportunity to learn from each other in the context of modelling, management and control of manufacturing processes. The scientific quality of the conference was high.

Chief Analytics Officer Conference 2013: A brief history of Big Data analytics according to Tom Davenport

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I had the opportunity to attend the CAO conference in Chicago this week where I sat on a panel discussing the topic “Creating an Analytics Culture.”. Tom founded the International Institute of Analytics which runs the conference, and I work with him and his team as a lead faculty for the “Manufacturing Analytics” track of IIA. LinkedIn, which had a strong presence at the CAO conference, has been the most forward in developing a culture of analytics.

Jason Busch’s Thoughts at the Coupa Conference

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Jason Busch from Spend Matters gave another great speech at the Coupa INSPIRE conference in San Francisco which I attended last week. Jason made a joke at the conference that everyone found very funny from the outset. The landscape for the new P2P technology was a big part of the conference, and my next blog gives a great case study of how this was applied.

Need Robust and Flexible Supply Chain Analytics? Build your own Apps


My takeaways from Gartner’s Supply Chain Executive Conference 2016. Gartner’s Noha Tohamy offered a great presentation about this at their recent Supply Chain Executive Conference. For more on the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference, visit this page.

C5’s 9th Advanced Forum on Customs Compliance

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Strategic sourcing through duty relief programme and trade agreements. Register now >> Events AEO certification c5 communications limited Conference customs Customs compliance discount event Forum government officials HMRC obligations roundtables sourcing supply chain9th Advanced Forum on Customs Compliance. Date: 15-16 November, 2016. Venue: London, UK. Organizer: C5 Communications Limited in partnership with HMRC. Url:

Only 1 Week Until the Supply Chain Analytics Conference at NC State!

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In particular, the need for technologies that drive sourcing analytics, risk management, supplier life cycle management, contract management and market intelligence will become critical in building effective supply chain and internal relationships – yet the linkage to these approaches is not well described or understood in the supply chain community.

What is the True Cost of Sustainable Apparel from Bangladesh? Insights from Harvard “Sustainable Models for the Apparel Industry” Conference


This week he provided a great set of summaries from the Harvard Conference on “Sustainable Models for the Apparel Industry” held on September 24 at the Harvard Law School. What is the fair price of an apparel product responsibly sourced from Bangladesh, and what price do apparel suppliers need to ensure a safe and sustainable work place and fair wages for the workers in Bangladesh? During the Conference, Prof.

Innovate to Survive—Isn’t That Already the New Norm?


That’s the key message I took away from this year’s Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference. They’ve realized their employees are often the best source of new ideas, and have provided an easy, safe way for them to bring them forward. by Alexa Cheater Innovate to survive.

3PLs, What’s More Valuable Than Another Twitter Follower?

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Take user/customer conferences as an example. While software vendors have been organizing user conferences for many years, the concept of bringing customers and employees together to engage in peer-to-peer learning and networking is still relatively new for most 3PLs.

How Many Slaves Are in Your Supply Chain?

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Coincidentally, at the Ariba LIVE 2013 conference yesterday, I attended a presentation by Justin Dillon, Founder and CEO of Made in a Free World , a nonprofit group that is “building a coalition of consumers, businesses, and governments to disrupt the system of slavery.”

eWorld Procurement & Supply

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Venue: The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London, UK. Hot topics covered in the complimentary conference programme include: The Future of eProcurement and wearable technologies. Intelligent sourcing & risk management. eWorld Procurement & Supply.

Conflict Minerals Supply Chain Compliance and Transparency

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Establishing reliable and transparent supply chain, developing a responsible sourcing initiative and a sustainable business model of the future, managing Conflict Minerals compliance. The meeting will be focused on the industry and supplier engagement to eliminate conflict minerals, concepts and practice of collaboration among and across industries, methods for thorough but reasonable risk mapping for affected components as well as affected source countries.

Welcome to “Physi-digital”


Following on from the widely acclaimed DynaSys customer conference in Bordeaux on June 13/14, the QAD DynaSys team kept heading south to the Gartner European Supply Chain Conference being held in Barcelona from June 17 th. June is a happy month at QAD DynaSys.