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2014 Sessions

Keynote Sessions 

Supply Chain 2020: When Future Uncertainty is a Certainty

Dr. Lapide will provide a peek into the uncertain worlds in which future supply chains might operate. He managed the launch of MIT’s Supply Chain 2020 Project that has been researching the future of Supply Chain Management. Dr. Lapide’s presentation will look at the six (6) major macro factors and future scenarios that the project identified as most likely to shape supply chains of the future; and their implications for creating winning supply chain strategies today.

Presenter: Larry Lapide
                     Research Affiliate 
                     MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics

Value Creation in Today's Multi-Value Omnichannel Supply Chain

Did you know that Chinese e-marketplace Alibaba is the fastest growing e-commerce company in the fastest growing e-commerce market in the world? Or that Alibaba has already invested over $1 billion in business across the U.S.? With its impending IPO launch in New York City, plus the release of its American marketplace “11 Main,” Alibaba plans to take e-commerce in the U.S. by storm.

In this presentation, CEO and supply chain authority Jim Tompkins will lay out the top five things today’s businesses need to know about Alibaba and how they can respond. He will also outline his predictions on how Alibaba will continue to expand both in the U.S. and globally and the impacts of this expansion on consumer products, retail, 3PL, distributors and wholesalers. Attendees will learn more about final delivery, the “get local” movement, and omnichannel.

Presenter: Dr. Jim Tompkins
                     Tompkins International Supply Chain



Collective Panel Session: "A C-Suite Perspective"

A Discussion with Senior Executives from America's Top Corporations

Moderated by Providence Business News' Mark Murphy, this executive panel will discuss some of the most important trends, issues, and challenges facing their supply chains, and what companies must do to remain competitive.

Presenter: Sandra Coletta
                     Care New England

Presenter: George Ellis
                     Director, Global Logistics Procurement
                     Merck & Co.

Presenter: Bryan Fournier
                     Vice President of Global Operations 
                     A.T. Cross



General Sessions

Could the Biggest Threat to Your Business be INSIDE Your Company?

You’ve watched every penny through the recession, leaned out your supply chain, invested in technology and other productivity enhancements for growth, but you’re still seeing some level of product and/or financial losses. Could the threat be inside your company or within your trusted supply base? This is one of the topics that we will be covering in terms of top security risks and how to reduce or eliminate them. Join this interactive discussion as the President of Securitas Northeast, one of the largest security companies in New England and the President of Banneker Industries, who manages almost a billion dollars of customers’ assets share some of these real life situations first hand and the lessons learned. You never want to think it can happen to you…until it does!

Presenter: Cheryl W. Snead
                     President & CEO 
                     Banneker Industries

Presenter: Richard K. Avery
                     Securitas Security Services

Corporate Social Responsibility in the Global Supply Chain

In today’s global business environment, businesses need to be cognizant of issues around People and the Planet. The money that businesses generate must be made in a socially responsible manner that takes into account how all supply chain members treat their employees and the people they come into contact with, and how the members impact the environment. Hence, businesses now need to place an emphasis on People, Planet and Profit – also known as the triple bottom line. This active participation discussion will highlight several supply chain areas of corporate social responsibility including: Ethical Issues in Offshoring and Supply Chain Transparency; Product Recalls; Disaster Management and Humanitarian Supply Chains; ISO Standards and the Global Reporting Initiative; Supplier Codes of Conduct; and Certifications, Standards and Rankings.

Presenter: John K. Visich, Ph.D.
                     Bryant University

New Developments in Supply Chain Technology- What to Consider in Your Supply Chain Investment Plans

Converging forces in the area of business process evolution, information and database management technology are enabling the harnessing of a new era of supply chain technology. We are literally on the verge of a new era with abilities to leverage both the physical and digital supply chain. However, there are many implications.

This presentation will address:

- How senior industry executives view needs in business-wide decision-making, and what expectations they have for supply chain capabilities.

- The converging trends and forces related to the Third IT Platform, the “Internet of Things’, digitally-enabled manufacturing, and cloud-based supply chain business networks

- The new requirements of Plan-Sense-Adapt- Synchronize and the new levers of information velocity-context- clarity

- A new thinking required to overcome current organizational and supply chain collaboration barriers

- What you should know as operations, planning, procurement or supply chain management professionals in terms of skills readiness and tool adoption

- Important strategies to consider and practice along with key takeaways

Presenter: Bob Ferrari
                     Managing Director 
                     The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group

Supply Chain Synchronization in an Omnichannel Environment

Order management, order fulfillment, and distribution are proving to be a challenge in emerging omnichannel supply chains. This session will describe the big picture; how omnichannel fits into overall efforts by companies to achieve supply chain synchronization. The challenges and opportunities for omnichannel distribution will be described with supporting evidence from the findings of ARC/DCVelocity/Supply Chain Quarterly research on omnichannel, including discussion about how omnichannel impacts retailers, manufacturers, and 3PLs. Examples from omnichannel case studies will also be discussed.

Presenter: James Cooke
                     Editor, Supply Chain Quarterly
                     Author of Protean Supply Chains

Presenter: Mitch Mac Donald
                     President & CEO / Group Editorial Director
                     AGiLE Business Media, LLC

Supply Chain Talent: Implementing a Global Supply Chain Learning and Development Strategy

The CR Bard Supply Chain organization has undergone a major transformation impacting organizational structure, business processes, and technology over the past two years. During the implementation of Bard’s next generation Advanced Planning software, they have concurrently developed a Supply Planning Center of Excellence and enhanced their talent pool across the entire organization. In parallel, they have also institutionalized a role-based Learning and Development Academy across the enterprise. This session will provide insight on their approach, structure, and fit of their Learning and Development solution. Audience members can expect to walk away with a model for how a role-based learning and development curriculum fits into an overall Talent Development strategy.

Presenter: Tony Balliro
                     Senior Director, Supply Chain Management
                     C.R. Bard/Davol

You want it delivered when? From where? Omnichannel strategies and solutions from a retailer, manufacturer, and 3PL

As supply chains evolve from multi-channel to cross-channel to omni-channel designs, end customers are expecting increasingly more flexibility, agility, and responsiveness in the order management and order fulfillment processes. Largely driven by mobile technology and customers’ expectation of being able to receive anything, anytime, from anywhere, omnichannel fulfillment involves serving customers seamlessly from all available channels, including website, mobile, catalog, and brick-and-mortar stores and showrooms. Although omnichannel has primarily focused on retail supply chains, the phenomenon exists in business-to-business environments as well. In this panel discussion session, you will learn about the omnichannel solutions and strategies adopted by three companies representing a retailer, manufacturer, and 3PL.

Moderator: Mitch Mac Donald
                     Chief Executive Officer 
                     AGILE Business Media

Panelist: Dan O’Keefe
                     Director of Business Services
                     W.B. Mason Co.

Panelist: Richard Magee
                     Director of Purchasing
                     W.B. Mason Co.

Panelist: Scott Hothem
                     Senior Vice President of Customer Solutions 
                     Barrett Distribution

Panelist: Wendy Duncan
                     Senior Vice President of Marketing 
                     Alex & Ani

Facilitator: Steve Silva
                     Vice President of Supply Chain 
                     Care New England Health Systems

From the Back Room to the Boardroom: Changing the Perception of Supply Chain

In some organizations Supply Chain is recognized for the value they contribute and the impact on the bottom line. In many cases, Supply Chain is represented at the board level or in the C-Suite, but that is not yet the case everywhere. This session will discuss the challenges we face in different organizational cultures and in raising our Supply Chain “Image”. We will also talk about how we can overcome these challenges.

Presenter: Steve Silva
                     Vice President of Supply Chain
                     Care New England Health System

Intermodal Transportation: The Evolution from an Afterthought to the Main Feature

Intermodal is the fastest growing mode of transportation. This session will cover the evolution of intermodal (IMDL) freight and how it fits into current supply chain strategies. You will learn how to identify the best modal alternatives within the scheme of your transportation operations, including when IMDL should and should not be implemented. Time in transit, pricing, and service level implications are key factors to be considered in the decision. The session will also discuss the future of intermodal and what it might mean for your company.

Presenter: Giles Taylor
                     President and Founder
                     Trans-solutions, Inc.

What’s Next: Technology That Will Change the Way You and Your Supply Chain Operate

In a hyper-competitive global economy, the need to do things better, faster, and with more accuracy is reshaping how businesses operate. This trend is especially true as it relates to technology and automation within the supply chain industry. Join us for a fast-paced session as we explore how world-class grocer Stop & Shop is leveraging cutting-edge technology to drive efficiencies in their warehousing and distribution operations.

Presenter: Jerry Pimental
                     Vice President, Supply Chain
                     Stop & Shop New England

How to Decomplexify APS Implementations

Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) solutions are considered to be the "silve bullet" to address Supply Chain inefficiencies for companies. They can certainly enable significant cost reduction and top-line growth provided companies are able to limit the complexity of business requirements associated with APS implementations. APS implementations are a journey and companies encounter three major "valleys of despair" which they need to navigate:

1. "The Solution Doesn't Work"

2. "No One is Using the Solution"

3. "The Business Has Changed"

This session will share perspectives on how to limit the complexity of APS implementations through a recent case study. A major medical devices manufacturer was able to de-risk its APS implementation by limiting the business requirements of the solution and adopting a phased approach to implementation. This helped the manufacturer in maintaining the value proposition associated with the implementation without risking the implementation itself.

Presenter: Arun Kochar
                     A.T. Kearney

Develop and Measure a Sound Supply Chain Strategy for your Organization

A sound organizational strategy impacts the supply chain from key suppliers to end user customers' satisfaction, and is essential for improving issues of quality, raw materials and resources needed to attain success in today's global market. This session will show the participants how to develop a sound supply chain strategy and then implement and measure it. It will demonstrate turning 3 to 5 year goals into concrete projects with clear responsibilities assigned. It will also show the participants how to develop the key metrics needed to monitor progress of these initiatives, a key ingredient for continuous improvement of supply chain strategy.

Presenter: Don Nester
                     Program Manager