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Supply Chain Matters Founder Bob Ferrari to Speak at Intesource E-Sourcing Innovation Conference

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The role and contribution by procurement to the business is changing rather rapidly. The reasons are many and the change has accelerated because of evolving mega-trend convergence that surrounds various industry and services focused supply chains. Such trends include more rapid advances in the technology and software applications supporting sourcing and procurement business processes.

Once more, retail food and beverage and other service industries are undergoing extraordinary challenges brought about by global expansion of supply networks. Recent headlines surrounding brands such as McDonalds and KFC and their challenges with China based food suppliers are just two examples.

On March 8-10, e-Sourcing technology provider Intesource will be hosting its 2015 InnovationBest Practices in Sourcing customer conference in Las Vegas. We are pleased to announce that Bob Ferrari, Supply Chain Matters Founder and Executive Editor will be a featured guest speaker. This week on the Intesource E-Sourcing Society blog, Bob is featured in a guest commentary describing his upcoming talk, Converging Mega-Trends Impacting the Supply Chain.

Customers of Intesource and Supply Chain Matters readers who may be in Las Vegas during this period are welcomed to attend this insightful presentation. 

The agenda for 2015 InnovationBest Practices in Sourcing can be downloaded at this Intesource web link, and conference registration information can be accessed at this web link.

Join Bob Ferrari in Las Vegas in March.

 


Upcoming- Join Us at 7th Annual Supply Chain Management Summit

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Supply Chain Matters readers residing in the New England region are invited to join me at the 7th Annual Supply Chain Management Summit being held on Thursday, August 21 on the campus of Bryant University in Smithfield Rhode Island.

Over the years, this Summit has grown and matured into a northeast regional event focusing on a new burgeoning supply chain challenges and solutions. I was a featured speaker in the 2013 event which was very well attended and I’m pleased to be invited back to speak at this year’s Summit.

I’ll be joining a distinguished compliment of speakers for this year’s event including a dear former colleague, Dr. Larry Lapide who will be delivering the morning keynote, and Dr. Jim Tompkins who will deliver a very timely luncheon keynote.

My presentation is titled: New Developments in Supply Chain Technology- What to Consider in Your Supply Chain Investment Plans. 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 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

Individual registration for this upcoming conference is $150 with discounts available for organizational table sponsorships. Registration is available at this web link but act quickly since the event is a sure sellout.

If your organization has needs for a dynamic speaker, panelist or roundtable facilitator on compelling topics impacting supply chain management and B2B business networks, you are welcomed to review our Speaking Services page.

Bob Ferrari


Join Us at an Upcoming S&OP Focused Breakfast Series

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We want to alert Supply Chain Matters readers that Bob Ferrari, our Founder and Executive Editor will be featured as a kickoff speaker at an upcoming series of Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) Executive Breakfast Briefing events sponsored by Steelwedge Software.

 This series has been designed to provide attendees with advanced understanding of technology being applied to support the S&OP process, including the important insights for integrating information and more predictive decision-making capabilities for process participants. There will be time allocated for ample interaction with speakers.

 Bob Ferrari’s presentation is titled: A Practical Guide to Using Predictive Analysis to Take Your S&OP and IBP Process to the Next Level. In this talk, Bob will address how many S&OP processes become stalled because they are trying to assimilate information that is most external to existing information system or spreadsheet capabilities. S&OP processes are literally drowning in data but starving for decision-making insights. Three significant industry converging forces are coming together to allow S&OP teams the ability to incorporate use of more predictive decision-making as well as to achieve goals for integrated business planning. Along with Bob, both the Boston and Chicago breakfast series events will feature Bruce Richardson, Chief Enterprise Strategist at Salesforce.com as a speaker.

 These breakfast series events will be conducted in the following cities with more information and conference registration information provided at the below web links:

Wednesday, April 30 in Boston

Thursday, May 1 in Atlanta

Thursday, May 8 in Chicago

 

Join Bob Ferrari and other distinguished speakers at either of these upcoming Steelwedge focused events for insights on taking your organization’s S&OP process to the next level.

 


Hotel Space at Supply Chain World North America Conference Becoming Limited

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Supply Chain Matters has a brief update regarding the annual Supply Chain World North America Conference being held on April 13-15, 2013 in Nashville. This conference is sponsored by the Supply Chain Council (SCC), facilitators of the Supply Chain Operations Model (SCOR) and M4SC   Supply Chain World 2014 North America Conferenceframeworks, among others.

Once again, Supply Chain Matters will be one of the media sponsors of this event. 

If you have been considering attending this upcoming educational event, please act now since the very attractive designated hotel conference hotel room rate is selling-out. We received word from SCC that the designated conference hotel, The Inn at Opryland along with the adjacent Gaylord Resort in Nashville now has limited room availability for April 13-15 period.  Alternate lodging has been arranged at the Marriott Airport Nashville.  Please review the conference web site for more specific details.

Yours truly will once again moderate the Supply Chain Industry Analyst and Influencers panel discussion slotted on the afternoon of Monday, April 14. We have one change in our panel composition and pleased to announce that Mike Burkett of Gartner will join the panel.

Panel participants will be:

Jake Barr, CEO, Blue World Supply Chain Consulting LLC

Mike Burkett, Research Vice President and Chief of Supply Chain Research, Gartner Inc.

Brad Householder, Principal, PwC Management Consulting

Steve Melnyk, Professor of Operations Management, Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Michigan State University

Again, readers can gain additional information on venue, agenda and registration information for this upcoming conference by clicking on logo located in our Conferences panel on the right-hand side or clicking on this web link.

Bob Ferrari


Consider Attending the Supply Chain World North America Conference

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We would like to remind our readers that the Supply Chain Council (SCC), facilitators of the Supply Chain Operations Model (SCOR) and M4SC frameworks, among others, will once again be conducting its annual Supply Chain World North America Conference on April 13-15, 2013. 

This year’s North America conference will be held in Nashville Tennessee, which is situated within close proximity and drive to the nearby hubs of automotive, industrial and high tech manufacturing and supply chain activity located in the southeastern portion of the United States. The conference facility is located within close proximity to the Grand Ole Opry, the shrine of country music and to, of course, Nashville the hub of the same. We frequently have country music streaming at our Supply Chain Matters desktop hub, and confess we might have done a tiny bit of lobbying of the conference organizers to select Nashville for the conference.

The theme for the 2014 conference is: The Tuned Supply Chain- From Strategy to Resources.  The conference agenda is now posted online and available for your review. A scan of the agenda indicates the following topics, among others, will be put forth to conference attendees:

• Supplier Lifecycle Management: Critical success factors; consistent understanding and application

• Leveraged use of analytics to improve supply chain decision-making and performance

• Advent of digital manufacturing (Internet of Things) and integration of important data to various supply chain business processes

• Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP): Capturing accurate demand; moving beyond current inertia; time to stop chasing the forecast; leveraging appropriate technology

• The needs for increased integration of product management with supply chain

The Tuned Supply Chain: New approaches to interoperability that include roles, expectations, business models, culture

Once again, Supply Chain Matters will be one of the media sponsors of this event. 

Yours truly will once again moderate the Supply Chain Industry Analyst and Influencers panel discussion slotted on the afternoon of Monday, April 14. The panel will consist of:

Jake Barr, CEO, Blue World Supply Chain Consulting LLC

Noha Tohamy, Vice President of Supply Chain Research, Gartner Inc.

Brad Householder, Principal, PwC Management Consulting

Steve Melnyk, Professor of Operations Management, Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Michigan State University

Readers can gain additional information on venue, agenda and registration information for this upcoming conference by clicking on logo located in our Conferences panel on the right-hand side or clicking on this web link.

Bob Ferrari


Join Supply Chain Matters at the 2014 Supply Chain World North America Conference

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The Supply Chain Council (SCC), facilitators of the Supply Chain Operations Model (SCOR) and M4SC frameworks, among others, will once again be conducting its annual Supply Chain World North America Conference on April 13-15, 2013. Supply Chain World, with specific variants across broad global SCC regions, is the conference focused on broader supply chain management strategies, challenges and insights.

This year’s North America conference will be held in Nashville Tennessee, which is situated within close proximity and drive to the nearby hubs of automotive, industrial and high tech manufacturing and supply chain activity located in the southeastern portion of the United States.

The theme for this year’s conference is: The Tuned Supply Chain- From Strategy to Resources.  The conference planning team is current reviewing numerous speaker content submissions and will be publishing a more detailed agenda in the next few weeks. Previous editions of Supply Chain World North America have featured a diverse variety of knowledgeable speakers with numerous opportunities for networking with fellow supply chain leaders.  This year’s conference facility is located within close proximity to the Grand Ole Opry, the shrine of country music and to, of course, Nashville the hub of the same. A very attractive negotiated hotel rate affords the opportunity to check-in on the country music scene, gain important insights and network with fellow cross-functional supply chain professionals.

It is our pleasure to announce that once again, Supply Chain Matters will be one of the media sponsors of this event.  We know that there are many supply chain conference options for our readers to consider but trust that Supply Chain World North America is a venue that provides great timely content and multiple industry supply chain perspectives and networking opportunities.

Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor has once again been invited to chair, recruit and facilitate the Supply Chain Industry Analyst and Influencers panel discussion which is tentatively being slotted on the afternoon of Monday, April 14. Bob is in the process of recruiting an exciting and diverse panel with broad perspectives on the conference theme.

Please consider joining us for this year’s conference.

Readers can gain additional information on venue, agenda and registration information for this upcoming conference by clicking on logo located in our Conferences panel on the right-hand side or clicking on the above embedded web link.


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