After a hectic travel schedule yesterday (no thanks to Southwest Airlines), I arrived about an hour late for the initial networking reception prior to the Summit meeting today.  It was good to chat with some attendees from various manufacturing and technology companies. I ran into Karin Bursa, Vice President of Marketing at Logility who updated me on Logility’s product development activities including the integration of its recent acquisition of multi-echelon inventory optimization provider Optiant. I was also encouraged to hear that Texas A&M University has developed its own broad-based supply chain management program.

I also spoke with Melinda Spring of the Supply Chain Council who was delighted to inform me that the Board of Directors had that day approved the new charter for the Middle East Chapter of the Supply Chain Council which would consist of chapter members residing in the region including Saudi Arabia, Dubai.

For readers not familiar, the Supply Chain Council is a global non-profit organization whose methodologies and learning help organizations make improvements in supply chain business processes. The Council continues to grow its worldwide presence which is rather appropriate since globally based supply chains are part of ‘the new normal’. A glance at the Council web site indicates chapters that span the globe including emerging new chapters in Greater China and Southern Africa.

The theme for this year’s Summit is The New Realities for Supply Chain Excellence, and I’m expecting lots an interesting exchange of information and perspectives. Stay tuned to Supply Chain Matters for continual coverage of this year’s Executive Summit.

Bob Ferrari

Bob Ferrari