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