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The Implications of Omni-Channel Commerce Are More Profound for Supply Chain Leaders

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Bob Ferrari, noted supply chain thought leader and Executive Editor of Supply Chain Matters continues with a current series of guest postings on the Chainalytics blog.  The latest guest posting, The Implications of Omnichannel Commerce Have Become Profound, cites recent business media and executive viewpoints that now conclude that there has been a permanent shift in consumer buying habits with profound implications.

The important takeaway for retail, CPG and other consumer-facing industry supply chain leaders is to internalize the reality that permanent changes in shopping behavior are underway and to proactively educate the rest of the business to the supply chain strategy and potential re-alignment implications.


Supply Chain Matters Founder Bob Ferrari to Deliver Keynote at the 2013 PRISM Users Group Meeting

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We are pleased to announce to our readers that Supply Chain Matters Founder and Executive Editor, Bob Ferrari, will deliver the keynote address at the 2013 PRISM Users Group Meeting being held on October 20-22 in Boston.

The PRISM® User Group is an independent collection of likeminded individuals whose companies employ the PRISM process-ERP application within food, chemical, and pharmaceutical manufacturing industries.  This group began as an informal organization back in the 1980’s sponsored by the originator of the software, Marcam Corporation.   After Marcam and PRISM were acquired several times, Precision Solutions Group (PGSi) resurrected the PRISM User Group in 2005 to support ongoing interactions in both a Linked In group and in a conference held annually. The initial PRISM User Group Meeting began in 2006 and has been held every year with the exception of one year.

This year’s conference venue will be the Marriott Newton Hotel and will begin with a networking reception on Sunday evening, October 20. Bob Ferrari will kick-off the session in a Monday morning keynote presentation: The Most Significant Process and Technology Trends Impacting Supply Chain and Manufacturing Teams over the Next Five Years.

Manufacturing and supply chain teams have made considerable strides since the advent of MRP driven process and the original deployments of PRISM.  In April 0f 2012, the cover of The Economist magazine boldly declared: The third industrial revolution, and how a renaissance in manufacturing would lead to new digitally-driven capabilities. In the keynote, Bob will address the vastly increasing clock speed of business change coupled with paradigm shifts in a more technology astute consumer, increased presence of global risk, and the dawn of more efficient use of predictive decision-making capabilities as driving significant business and associated process changes. Bob will further address challenges that could stall the timing of these changes, one of which is the cumulative impact on people skills. Bob will also draw on published research and commentaries noted in Supply Chain Matters.

Readers residing in process intensive manufacturing industries, especially those utilizing elements of PRISM ERP should consider attending this timely event.  More information and registration information regarding this upcoming event can be obtained from the PRISM User Group web link.  

October is also a great time to visit New England and view the fall foliage colors.


Upcoming Appearances for Bob Ferrari in April 2013

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As the calendar quickly transitions into April, we wanted to call reader attention to upcoming appearances by Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor of Supply Chain Matters.

The Supply Chain Council is hosting both its joint Global Member Meeting and Supply Chain World North America Conference in St. Louis from April 7 to April 10. Both conferences feature a quality line-up of speakers. As an example, the Supply Chain World North America conference has adopted the theme, 21st Century Supply Chain: Gateway to the Future, and will feature speakers representing senior supply chain executives from multiple industry supply chains. The Vice President of Supply Chain scw na banner190x180 Upcoming Appearances for Bob Ferrari in April 2013Management for Boeing’s Space and Security group will provide the opening keynote. Other speakers include the SCM Director from LG Display, a company whom readers should recognize as a strategic volume supplier to consumer electronics companies such as Apple, the Director of Product Management for Elemica, a 5000 company supplier network supporting on process industry manufacturers, along with a presentation on building a best-in-class financial supply chain.

On Wednesday April 10, Bob Ferrari will participate on the Analyst Panel where we will debate future supply chain industry trends and impacts on supply chain management. This will be Bob’s third annual appearance as part of the panel that traditionally provides the climax of this conference.

Registration is still open, but you must ask quickly. Although early registration rates have expired, we have been informed that if you register, you can also register a co-worker at half-price.

Supply chain professional and Supply Chain Matters guest blogger Bruce Spurgeon has invited Bob to speak to the Central Pennsylvania APICS organization at its monthly meeting in Harrisburg Pennsylvania on Wednesday, April 17. The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg East beginning at 5:30pm. Bob will speak on the timely topic of Supply Chain Risk Management-The Importance to Your Brand. For further information and registration, please email registration <at> apics-cp <dot> org.

Stay tuned for another announcement involving selection as part of a judge’s panel related to customer technology use awards at an upcoming major conference in May.

If your organization or upcoming conference is in need of a dynamic and engaging speaker, panelist or management team facilitator to speak on timely topics involving global supply chain and B2B networks, please contact us at speaker_request <at> supply-chain-matters <dot> com.

Next Week- Supply Chain Control Tower Foundations Webinar Presentation

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Next week, I’m especially looking forward to delivering the first of a two-part market education series of webinars for the Accenture Supply Chain Academy audience on the evolving hot topic of Supply Chain Control Towers (SCCT).

In the Part One- Foundations webinar next week I will cover the fundamental strategic changes occurring across global supply chains, along with their implications for decision-making.  I’ll also provide our audience with a working definition of supply chain control tower capabilities, why these capabilities are so important, and delineate the design parameters, risks and benefits.

In December, Part Two of this education series will dive deeper into the people, process and technology capabilities to consider along with some guidelines for designing SCCT based initiatives within industry supply chains.

This series is exclusively available to licensed members of the Accenture Academy. The webinar content and registration can be viewed at this web link. Readers who are Accenture Academy Live members are encouraged to immediately register for this upcoming series, since registrations are building and the series kicks off Monday with an international based audience, followed on Tuesday with a European and U.S. based audience.

Supply Chain Matters readers can also review and access some of these SCCT concepts by clicking on supply chain control tower in our listing of Topics in the right-hand panel. Later in the week, I will also summarize some important takeaways from the Part One webinar for our broader readership.

Bob Ferrari

Join Me at Supply Chain World North America-2012

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On April 2nd thru the 4th, the Supply Chain Council (SCC) is conducting its annual Supply Chain North America 2012 Conference, which this year is being held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Miami Florida.

This year’s conference has as its overall theme: A Shift to Integrative Thinking, and will include sessions that address needs in the areas of customer delight, supply chain operational excellence, people and talent, and the need for resilience. Last year’s conference garnered highly positive feedback from attendees and this year’s event has similar potential.

The lineup of speakers includes timely keynotes from Donald Wirth, Vice President, Global Operations-Corporate Supply Chain at DuPont, and Steven A. Melnyk, Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University. Other conference speakers include senior supply chain managers representing Anheuser Busch Inbev, Avnet, Inc., Cienna Communications, Dell, Land O’Lakes, and SAP, among others.

I’m delighted to announce that I will once again be moderating the Pundits and Influencers panel discussion which is scheduled on Wednesday, the final day of the conference.  This will be my second year of panel moderation for the annual conference.  The panel itself is designed to provide attendees the latest perspectives of upcoming business, process and technology trends impacting global supply chains.  We broadened the format last year to provide the audience with more diverse perspectives, hence the name changed from the traditional industry analyst panel to an influencer’s panel.  The change was well received by last year’s audience.

The panel will include perspectives involving recognized supply chain thought leaders representing academic, consulting, social media and industry analyst perspectives. Panelists thus far confirmed include:

  • Steven A. Melnyk, Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management, Michigan State University
  • Roddy Martin, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain Practice, Competitive Capabilities International (Former Vice President at AMR Research/Gartner)
  • Matthew Davis, Research Director, Supply Chain, Gartner Inc.
  • Bob Parker, Group Vice President, IDC Manufacturing Insights and IDC Retail Insights
  • Yours truly

My goal is to have the panel discuss and interact on current top-of-mind topics including what integrative supply chain capabilities equate to, the impact of a rather tumultuous 2011 across global supply chains and other topics.

More detailed information regarding the conference, including detailed agenda and registration information, can be accessed by clicking on the conference graphic located on our Conferences panel on the right-hand side.

Please consider joining me at Supply Chain World North America this coming April.

Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor

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