We wanted to alert or Supply Chain Matters readers that Executive Editor and Independent Supply Chain and B2B Industry Analyst Bob Ferrari will be attending the Kinaxis sponsored Kinexions 2016 customer conference being conducted this week in Nashville. Festivities begin Tuesday evening.
This is the annual gathering of supply chain planning and response management technology provider Kinaxis’s customers and prospects.
If readers are planning on attending this week’s event, please say hello during any of the networking or educational sessions.
Supply Chain Matters will feature upcoming commentary regarding impressions and insights shared at this year’s conference.
We wanted to alert or Supply Chain Matters readers that Executive Editor and Independent Supply Chain and B2B Industry Analyst Bob Ferrari will be attending the IBM’s Empower 2016 conference this week in Orlando starting Tuesday evening.
This conference features IBM procurement specialists focusing on education networking and discussions on all things Procurement and on the application of advanced technologies across sourcing, contracts and other procurement related business processes. One of the usual highlights of this event is the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) luncheon that features an exchange of challenges, opportunities and best practices across multi-industry settings.
If readers are planning on attending this week’s event, please say hello during any of the networking sessions.
Supply Chain Matters will also feature an upcoming commentary on impressions of this conference as well as IBM Emptoris technology.
We wanted to once again remind our Supply Chain Matters readers and followers that Founder and Executive Editor Bob Ferrari will be moderating a panel discussion at next week’s Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Annual Conference being held in Orlando Florida.
This session, jointly sponsored by The Washington Post and Ryder Inc., is titled: Delivering on the Customer Promise: Where Retail and Automotive Connect. This panel discussion is scheduled for Monday, September 25 from 3:45pm to 5;00pm and held in the SUN Ballroom 1 & 2.
The panel is divided into two separate sessions. Panel One: How a refreshed distribution strategy revs up savings in the automotive industry will feature:
Steven Crowthers, Director of Distribution North America, FRAM filtration
J Steven Sensing, President, Global Supply Chain Solutions, Ryder System, Inc.
Panel Two: Is it possible to achieve high touch deliverables with lower costs? will feature:
Abhinav Shukla, Senior vice President and Chief Operating Officer, True Value Company
John Diez, President of Dedicated Transportation Solutions, Ryder System, Inc.
In addition, Ryder will be sponsoring a Supply Chain Exchange reception, directly after the panel sessions at the Gaylord Convention Center Expo Hall.
If you are planning on attending the CSCMP Annual Conference next week, please join Bob Ferrari, The Washington Post and Ryder, Inc. in viewing this timely panel exchange.
If your organization or upcoming conference requires a very knowledgeable and highly recognized speaker on topics related to multi-industry and global supply chain management along with supporting information and physical technology. Further information about speaking services can be found at this Ferrari Consulting and Research Group’s web site link. For direct inquiries, please email us at: speaker-request <at> supply-chain-matters <dot> com.
Next week, The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) will be conducting the Supply Management Conference of the Year, ISM2016, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Once again our bag will be packed and Supply Chain Matters will be attending this year’s conference. We had all good intentions of attending last year’s conference but a multiple bookings precluded that opportunity.
The theme chosen for this year’s conference is: Proactive-Disruptive-Productive and includes a great line-up of speakers, sessions and networking opportunities. Former President and CEO of Ford Motor Company, Alan Mulally, is a featured keynote speaker who is expected to share his experiences as a dynamic change agent while leading Ford Motor Company. Former corporate lawyer and negotiations consultant Susan Cain, author of the best-selling book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, will address why introverts are capable of great achievement. Susan Schwab, former U.S. Trade Representative and current Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland will lead a discussion on the ISM Report on Business® and the future of the economy. Ms. Schwab was integral in the initial launch of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations and she will further address how the TPP relates to the future of supply management.
We are further looking forward to the unveiling of the newest complement of 30 under 30 Supply Chain Rising Stars, jointly sponsored by ISM and ThomasNet.com. This program, launched in 2014, was initiated to provide role models to illustrate supply chain and procurement as an exciting and rewarding career choice.
For those readers planning to attend next week’s conference, please say hello. This Editor will be wearing one of our signature dress shirts during the conference so you should be able to identify the guy with the thinning hair.
Next week, ERP technology provider QAD will be conducting its QAD explore 2016 annual customer conference being held in Chicago. The conference kicks-off with a welcome reception on Monday evening, May 2nd, with general sessions beginning on Tuesday May 3 thru Thursday, May 5.
The conference agenda includes a number of sessions focused on specific industry challenges, technology trends, and updates and new releases related to specific QAD applications and services. Current conference registration is nearing 800 expected attendees.
We would like to call attention to one specific panel discussion: The Skills Gap and the Gig Economy, scheduled for Thursday, May 5 at 11am local time. This Editor and independent supply chain industry analyst has been invited by QAD to be a panelist to address this important topic. Other panelists include:
Nick Castellina, Research Director at Aberdeen Group
Kaye Swanson, HR Skills Director, QAD
Sharon Ward, Senior Director Solutions Marketing, QAD
There is little question that manufacturing and supply chain talent development and retention has become a top of mind multi-industry challenge. Many organizations express frustration in their efforts to find talent with correct skills. Challenges often relate to the large increase in Baby Boomer era retirements, image problems related to manufacturing and or supply chain careers, and means to attract and retain millennials. Desired skills include embracing the flood of new technologies making their way into manufacturing and supply chain business processes, understanding of global business cultures and facilitating organizational change. The reality is that business, technology and supply chain business challenges are out-distancing current skill and talent needs.
Our panel will highlight current organizational challenges and trends in this important area along with root causes. This Editor will address various industry developments and differing perceptions related to either training or skills gaps that are currently impacting industry supply chains. All of the panelists will also address specific questions from our audience.
In addition, Supply Chain Matters will be featuring specific coverage of QAD explore 2016 that will include takeaways and insights derived from a panel discussion on skills and talent needs along with key themes derived from the conference.
I look forward to meeting or speaking with our readers who are part of the QAD community attending next week’s event. Please say hello if you get the opportunity.