Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, GA
March 19- 21st

This event is co-located with:

Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, GA
March 19 -21st 2017

Educational Program Overview

With the help of 46 distinguished steering committee members Scope Procurement Summit Spring 2017 presents a 100% peer-driven educational program addressing some of the latest trends, most pressing challenges, and vast opportunities within the supply chain and procurement world. 

At SCOPE you can customize your schedule and choose topics from 3 different tracks to fit your specific needs and challenges. Take control of your learning experience and design your own agenda! 

                                                            PROGRAM 5 KEY THEMES

Topics will be divided into 3 tracks which will be open to our attendees for crafting of their individualized agendas.

 

Procurement Management | Strategic Sourcing | Supplier Partnerships

​The procurement track brings together senior purchasing, sourcing and supply chain executives to deliver a comprehensive view of best practices and solutions to the most significant and prominent challenges in the procurement world. They will address key strategies for inventory and cost management, technology implementation, strategic sourcing, supplier relations, talent management  and other topics that will promote a successful operational system.

  • Leveraging the Latest Technology & Selection
  • Centralized Versus Decentralized Procurement
  • Spend Management/ Cost Containment
  • Digitization of Procurement
  • Reaching Sustainable Procurement
  • Trade Compliance and Governance
  • Best Practices for Strategic Sourcing
  • Workforce & Talent Management
  • Supplier Risk Management
  • Effective Inventory Management

Supply Chain Strategies & Leadership

The strategies and leadership track was specifically developed to support supply chain leaders with best strategies and management tactics relating to workforce, supply chain risk, value creation, and technology selection, among others. This track will address some of the most pressing challenges for the supply chain organization and business model as a whole. 

  • Supply Chain Transformation
  • Workforce and Talent Management
  • Supply Chain Risk Management & Value Creation
  • Technology Selection & Implementation
  • Increased Use of Global Supply Chain
  • Supply Chain Modeling to Improve Operations

Distribution Centers Management & Warehouse Optimization

This track was designed for those leading DC and Warehouse operations.  The track will address some of the most significant challenges inside operational facilities, including labor and automation, inventory, WMS selection, omni-channel demands providing comprehensive solutions for day-to-day operations.

  • Labor Shortage and Case for Automation
  • Improving Efficiency and Cutting Costs
  • Inventory Planning, Forecasting and Management
  • Servicing Omni-Channel Demands
  • Warehouse Management System Selection & Implementation
  • Efficient Space Utilization and Warehouse Layout

Transportation & 3PL

Transportation and logistics is one of most costly and time-consuming roles in the supply chain. During this track attendees will hear from industry experts on leading strategies for 3PL selection, contract negotiation, technology, and other efficient transportation tactics leading to successful cost-cutting solutions.   

  • Best Practices for Selecting and Managing A 3PL
  • Improving Transportation Efficiency and Cutting Costs
  • Contract Negotiation – More Bang for Your Buck
  • How Technology Is Transforming Transportation
  • LTC
  • International Transportation Management

Supply Chain Agility

With the constant change and increasing demand uncertainty in the current business environment, effective supply chain agility is very difficult to achieve. During this track attendees will receive valuable insight into the different strategies of supply chain visibility, traceability, planning, and digital agility that will help attain organizational agility and achieve a sustainable competitive edge

  • Digital Supply Network for The Modern Supply Chain
  • Sales and Operations Planning
  • Supply Chain Visibility & Traceability
  • Demand Driven Supply Chain
  • From A Cost Center to A Profit Center

 

 

Keynote Presentations

Supply Chain Cost Management in the Information Age: Projected Cost Modeling to Increase and Maintain Savings Achieved

SPEAKERS

Christopher H. Sower
Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, Nalco Champion

Details

Supply Chain Cost Management in the Information Age: Projected Cost Modeling to Increase and Maintain Savings Achieved

Cost management requires a strategy that assures cost savings initiatives negotiated with suppliers garner all the potential benefits, while also ensuring those achieved benefits do not erode over the course of time. The development and utilization of cost models greatly enhances an organization’s ability to proactively sustain competitive cost.

Key Take-Aways

  • Cost management strategy techniques to sustain competitiveness
  • Introduction to the “Why” projected cost models are valuable
  • A brief example on the construction of projected cost models
  • Applying projected cost models as a part of the strategic sourcing and negotiations process (examples results shared)

 

 

WORKFORCE AND TALENT MANAGEMENT

SPEAKERS

Jose Varela Garza
Vice President and General Manager, 3M Global Sourcing

Details

WORKFORCE AND TALENT MANAGEMENT

Today Supply Chain leaders and employees are facing more demanding challenges and opportunities such as customers expecting perfect service, instant feedback in social media about product quality, big data that allows constant benchmarking and pressure to deliver financial targets. More than ever, teams have to be engaged, motivated, have clarity on stretch business targets and confidence to build a career. Leaders have to inspire their teams to excel on these new times. This presentation will share some practical examples on how to lead this change, deliver results and increase team engagement. 

Key Take-Aways

  • Evaluating and aligning your leadership style with the shifting needs of up-and-coming demographics within Supply Chain
  • Establishing group- and function-specific development resources to promote professional growth and maintain employee engagement even during times of business transformation
  • Identifying and accommodating your personnel’s changing aspirations for their career in Supply Chain
  • Best strategies for feeling fulfilled in your profession and getting the most out of your team by helping them to do the same 

Breakout Presentations

Continuous Improvement, Managing Change, Safety, Supplier Selection, and Evaluation

SPEAKERS

Dave Berg
VP Global Sourcing & Logistics, Schrader-Altavista

Details

Continuous Improvement, Managing Change, Safety, Supplier Selection, and Evaluation

Key Take-Aways

  • Defining expectations up front
  • Formal supplier selection process that provides least risk and best chance of success
  • Developing a supplier evaluation process that measures results and drives continuous improvement & increased value
Supplier Risk and Relationship Management

SPEAKERS

Pracash Thiyagarajaa
Head of Supply Chain Strategy & Vice President of Mass Channel Operations and Global Sourcing, Carters

Details

Supplier Risk and Relationship Management

Supplier Risk is predominant in a global sourcing context. Understanding supplier definitions for compliance and congruence with US terminology is foundational for risk management. Important to segment the supply chain to understand the different levels of risk. Supplier score carding at a regular cadence with Key Risk Indicators will determine the movement in risk factors. A hierarchy of supply chain risks and relationship management to mitigate the known and unknown risks can be a subjective science but “presence” makes a difference. Protectionism versus punitive measures lends to a paradigm shift in the risk and relationship equation.

Key Take-Aways

  • Measuring risk
  • Managing risk
  • Educating and building supplier relationships
  • Sustaining a risk and reward based culture
Strategies for Negotiating Effective Contracts and SOWs

SPEAKERS

Mary Lewis
Manager, Sourcing, Sprint

Details

Strategies for Negotiating Effective Contracts and SOWs

In this fast-paced, interactive presentation, discover effective strategies to source, evaluate, and contract professional services.  Recognize and avoid common pitfalls that keep the billing meter running. A brief exercise on architecting fees and metrics highlights unintended consequences with terms typically used in services agreements, based on actual contract disputes.

Key Take-Aways

  • Identify the key characteristics and legal ramifications for how professional services suppliers are engaged, based on the work product they produce
  • List common services contract metrics and the unintended consequences by not negotiating them properly
  • Describe at least two methods that can be used to evaluate and compare services suppliers, even if you're not an expert
  • Articulate how to negotiate various pricing frameworks
Distribution Network and the Use of Multi-Functional DC's to Secure On-Line Fulfillment and Services

SPEAKERS

Craig Jones
Vice-President, Supply Chain, Aldo Group

Details

Distribution Network and the Use of Multi-Functional DC's to Secure On-Line Fulfillment and Services

The presentation will address how to approach a global network design covering all sales channels using networking tools, consumer trends and customer service expectations working through a regional and national carrier network. 

Key Take-Aways

  • Benefits of network planning tools
  • How to apply consumer wants and wishes
  • Getting the buy-in, who are the main stakeholders
  • Setting up a regional and national carrier network
  • Working with store, on-line, wholesale and returns distribution 
  • Continuous improvements 
GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN IN A PROJECT ENVIRONMENT

SPEAKERS

Blake Mathies
Vice President, Supply Chain and Procurement, Vanderlande

Details

GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN IN A PROJECT ENVIRONMENT

A project environment is unique in that it is a short-term event (3 months to 2 years). With multiple projects going on all over the world, the supply chain is focused on supporting these short-term events, while also having to maintain the ability to operate globally. There is little time to implement a continuous improvement process methodology because of the short duration of a project won’t yield the results. As a result, at the individual project level you have to plan ahead and rehearse scenarios to optimize value versus cost. At the same time, you have to be able to support multiple projects all over the world.

Key Take-Aways

  • Unique issues that occur in this environment
  • What are the risks and opportunities?
  • How to operate in this environment successfully and what this means for the future of supply chain in general
THE SUPPLY CHAIN AGILITY

SPEAKERS

Chris Gall
Calfrac Well Services Ltd., Vice President, Global Supply Chain and Manufacturing

Details

THE SUPPLY CHAIN AGILITY

The presentation will discuss the selection of critical or complex suppliers in supporting operational challenges, streamlining inefficiencies, strategic alignment, and operating in a safe and social responsible matter. 

Key Take-Aways

  • Alignment with business goals and deliverables
  • Established evaluation criteria and weightings
  • Cross-functional team model
  • Long term viability
Being a Good Customer to Our Suppliers

SPEAKERS

Ramon Gonzalez
VP of Corporate Quality and Supply Chain Management, Daikin Applied

Details

Being a Good Customer to Our Suppliers

All of us have suppliers. Some are key, some are just vendors. Some of us manage our suppliers, others just purchase from them. Today more than ever, suppliers can give us a competitive advantage.  How we manage our suppliers will decide if we are a customer of choice or not.

Key Take-Aways

  • Creating the right supplier management process
  •  Supplier segmentation for better management
  • Identifying the information, we need
  • Benefits of good relationship management
  • What's in it for our suppliers?
Keeping it Personal in a Digital Age - How New Technologies Will Impact the Supply Chain Future

SPEAKERS

Alex Rhodeen
Director of Disruptive Solutions, GEODIS

Details

Keeping it Personal in a Digital Age - How New Technologies Will Impact the Supply Chain Future

In the digital age how can you make logistics personal for your customers? Learn the ways innovative companies create personal connections through logistics to drive customer loyalty and growth.

Key Take-Aways

  • The value of using logistics to create personal connections with your customers.
  • Personal connections are relevant, even in a digital age. What are you doing about it?
  • Developing new, sustainable delivery methods is critical to stay on top.
  • Adapting operation models to remain competitive.
  • The growth of e-commerce and how final mile logistics plays a role.
Leveraging Value-Added Distribution to Overcome Industry Change

SPEAKERS

Bob Brenner
Vice president of logistics and Operations, Avnet, Inc

Details

Leveraging Value-Added Distribution to Overcome Industry Change

Companies are challenged to fulfill increasingly complex end-customer requirements while maintaining or reducing costs. In addition to meeting these demands and mitigating supply chain disruptions, distributors are also tasked with a wide array of services outside of traditional distribution ranging from part identification to clarification and testing. This presentation will focus on how to adapt new distribution models that allow your organization to dynamically adapt to changing business and customer requirements.

Key Take-Aways

  • The impact that customer demand and industry change are having on distribution and supply chain processes
  • Best practices for accommodating rapid change in distribution
  • The factors to consider when selecting a distribution partner
SALES AND OPERATIONS PLANNING IN A LEAN ENVIRONMENT

SPEAKERS

Dean M. Panettieri
VP & COO, Auto Meter Products, Inc.

Details

SALES AND OPERATIONS PLANNING IN A LEAN ENVIRONMENT

Discussion on the integrated use of Statistical Forecasting, Master Scheduling, and MRP for demand and production planning in a high mix lean manufacturing environment. 

Key Take-Aways

  • Benefits and applications for statistical forecasting
  • When to use safety stock vs. safety time
  • How to automate the master scheduling process
  • Review of production planning for self-directed work teams
REDESIGNING THE SUPPLY CHAIN FOR GROWTH

SPEAKERS

Louis Cheung
Executive Director, Supply Chain Management, Bostik

Details

REDESIGNING THE SUPPLY CHAIN FOR GROWTH

The purpose of Supply Chain Design is to determine the most cost effective configuration of manufacturing and distribution that can best support the go-to market strategy of the business and its future growth objectives.  Design output will provide a long-term roadmap of evolutionary improvements and structural changes that must be made in order to achieve the necessary differentiation of manufacturing footprint and technology, business process, organization competency, distribution network, customer service and inventory policy. 

Key Take-Aways

  • Profiling product and system to identify critical gaps in the current overall business model
  • Characterizing the current end-to-end supply chain from suppliers to customers
  • Evaluation of long-term alternative network strategies that will enable planned organic growth, M&A targets and potential outsourcing option
DRIVING CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT IN DISTRIBUTION CENTERS KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS’

SPEAKERS

Brian De Lyon
Director-Warehouse Logistics North America, ECOLAB

Details

DRIVING CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT IN DISTRIBUTION CENTERS KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS’

Toyota Lean Production philosophies indicate that we only have 2 jobs… do the work… improve the work.  These principles apply to any operation and drive the need to measure the work and the improvement.  We must blend both anecdotal subjective knowledge and data to get a true overall picture.  Distribution Centers are an important link in the supply chain, necessitated by varying customer demands, unpredictable production mechanisms and a global economy.  These conditions dictate that Distribution Centers continuously improve performance and focus on the KPI’s that are important to a wide array of stakeholders.

Key Take-Aways

  • LEAN Practices such as 5S Workplace Organization, Diagnostic Mapping & Elimination of the 7 Wastes should be deployed to begin the continuous improvement journey
  • 4 critical measures should be focused upon in order to remain competitive, as they ALL impact either revenue or expense. - Safety, Quality, Delivery, Productivity
  • Select KPI’s that: 

o   Are within the control of the function

o   Are Leading & Lagging indicators to DRIVE performance

o   Have integrity, consistency, availability

INVENTORY PLANNING, FORECASTING, AND MANAGEMENT

SPEAKERS

Guido Alberti
Vice-President, Operations Planning & Distribution, Salvatore Ferragamo

Details

INVENTORY PLANNING, FORECASTING, AND MANAGEMENT

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People Centric Leadership

SPEAKERS

Enrique Perez
Director, Global Supply Chain, Chef Works

Details

People Centric Leadership

Growing and acquiring talent is one of the biggest strategic issues that businesses are facing today in Supply Chains.  Developing the right team and coaching them to execute the strategies is the key to make this work.  During this presentation, participants will learn how to create a strategic framework tied to Performance metrics to help talent growth.

Key Take-Aways

  • Shift of coaching vs managing
  • How to create Supply Chain Strategies tied to the corporate objectives
  • Getting everyone on the same page and creating metrics to track progress
Transitioning the end to end Supply Chain into a Competitive Advantage

SPEAKERS

Robert Dietz
Vice President, Supply Chain, Charter Steel

Details

Transitioning the end to end Supply Chain into a Competitive Advantage

This presentation will focus on how to approach Supply Chain transformation regardless of the industry. Understanding the concepts of how to align the supply chain mission with the Business Strategy and then define the vision and corresponding roadmap to achieve the vision will enable an organization to increase revenue, decrease costs and turn the Supply Chain into a competitive advantage.

Key Take-Aways

  • Aligning the Supply Chain mission to the business strategy
  • Supply Chain vision key concepts
  • Key elements in the roadmap that achieves the supply chain vision
  • Results
Getting the Most Out of Your TMS

SPEAKERS

Dave Venberg
Sr. Director Transportation and Logistics, Ardent Mills

Details

Getting the Most Out of Your TMS

Hear a story of how Ardent Mills, largest gain-based company, drove significant savings while improving customer service through developing a transportation strategy, designing key processes and metrics, aligning talent, and enabling technology.

Key Take-Aways

  • Aligning your transportation strategy to the business strategy
  • Ensuring your processes are effective and efficient
  • Attracting the right Talent to deliver your strategy
  • Enabling process with Technology
  • Metrics and Continuous Improvement
Improving Supply Chain Efficiency with Logistic Performance Management

SPEAKERS

Grant Wolf
Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, SensiTech | Freightwatch International

Details

Improving Supply Chain Efficiency with Logistic Performance Management

Presentation: Learn how low-cost tracking devices provide logistics insight, visibility, and improved supply chain performance and efficiency. Implementing a proactive solution to track, manage, and induce action – in real-time – can mitigate the risks caused by unexpected disruptions during the transportation leg of your supply chain.

Key Take-Aways

  • Recognize the value electronic tracking technology can provide without significant investments in hardware or IT integration.
  • Understand how real-time alerts can proactively prompt action to address supply chain disruptions before they negatively impact customer service.
  • Discover post-shipment compliance reporting and how to use data to improve supply chain operations and carrier performance. 
IMPROVING TRANSPORTATION EFFICIENCY AND CUTTING COSTS

SPEAKERS

Karl B. Manrodt
Ph.D. Logistics and TransportationProfessor, Georgia Southern University

Details

IMPROVING TRANSPORTATION EFFICIENCY AND CUTTING COSTS

Transportation continues to be an area where senior managers look for cost reductions.  Carriers have continually complied, leaving shippers addicted to savings.  Yet, this is not sustainable.  Instead of looking at costs, shippers need to reconsider their relationship with carriers to find mutually beneficial means of reducing the cost of doing business.  The presentation will share results of the 26th Annual Study on Trends in Logistics and Transportation, and provide 5 rules to start the dialogue.

Key Take-Aways

  • What are some of the trends impacts transportation?
  • How is procurement getting involved?
  • Vested’s Five Rules
The New Digital Workforce: How Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Has Transformed One Transportation and Logistics Companies Operations

SPEAKERS

Andrew Gleason
Chief Strategy Officer, LTX

Details

The New Digital Workforce: How Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Has Transformed One Transportation and Logistics Companies Operations

Providing responsive service and producing profitable operations every year requires third party logistics and transportation companies to be innovative in their approach to automating processes.  Whether it is scheduling a delivery, tracking freight, or auditing a shipment, often manual tasks like copying and pasting information between internal systems and partner portals or responding to emails is still performed by employees. Attend this session to hear from LTX about how they are using Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to automate business activities such as tracking freight and auditing shipments, while complementing their current transportation management systems and operations. You will hear how they have built smart software robots in a matter of hours without expensive coding, which has enabled LTX to process 10,000 shipments a month while eliminating 90% of the manual work, along with completing the work faster and with significantly fewer mistakes.

Key Take-Aways

  •  How to eliminate 90% of manual tasks with RPA
  •  Improved Customer Service – how to enhance customer service quickly
  • How their robots are used to track freight, audit shipments, while complementing current TMS operations
  • Any much more…
Strategic Sourcing: Realizing The Benefits Without An

SPEAKERS

Troy Heibein
Vice President of Strategy, Raven Bay

Details

Strategic Sourcing: Realizing The Benefits Without An "All Or Nothing" Transformation

Strategic Sourcing has the proven ability to leverage spend across the enterprise and improve service delivery from suppliers. Implementing this model, however, has traditionally involved an "all or nothing" transformation of a firm's supply chain operating model with significant people, process, and technology impacts that are not always feasible from a budgetary, disruption to business, or political perspective.  This presentation explores how you can reap the benefits of these powerful concepts with minimal investment or business disruption through the utilization of Cross Functional Teams

Key Take-Aways

  • An end-to-end understanding of the Opportunity Identification, Category Planning, and Strategic Sourcing processes
  • How a holistic view can be used to identify & prioritize opportunities where Strategic Sourcing could generate a meaningful impact along with developing the business case and deciding on an implementation approach                                               
  • How your organization can get started on achieving the benefits of Strategic Sourcing without an "all or nothing" transformation, significant cost, or a major disruption to the business

 

 

3 Critical Reasons to get Software Selection Advice

SPEAKERS

Michael Thaw
Senior Director, Selection Services, Technology Evaluation Centers

Details

3 Critical Reasons to get Software Selection Advice

Significant Risk, Time and Money are at stake especially with your mission critical systems. TEC is a trusted advisor and advocate with your best interests as the top priority. We'll share our insight and resources to show you an easy to follow structured roadmap to successful best fit selection. Guided Self Service (DIY) or Full Service Approach.

Key Take-Aways

• Use TEC's structured easy to follow proven approach to Software Selection
• Get hands on expert advise to lead, coach and support your evaluation
• Use TEC databases of product and vendor capabilities to compare vendors
• Find out how to score everything (all decision factors) in your evaluation
• Build consensus and an audit trail, leveraging the information for your selection and negotiation

Transforming Defense Supply Chains: A Case Study in Military Innovation

SPEAKERS

Greg Parlier, PhD, PE
A retired US Army Colonel,

Details

Transforming Defense Supply Chains: A Case Study in Military Innovation

The US Department of Defense operates the most complex supply chains in the world. However, according the Government Accountability Office (GAO), DoD supply chain management is both wasteful and high risk due to poor demand forecasting, ineffective inventory management, and inadequate strategic planning. To address these persisting problems by investigating the nature, causes, and consequences of demand uncertainty and supply variability, the US Army established the project to Transform Army Supply Chains (TASC).

Key Take-Aways

  • The resources-to-readiness challenge
  • Transforming the US Army Supply Chain (TASC) Project
  • Key Catalysts for Innovation
  • Sustainment Maturity Models
  • Engines for Innovation

Theory, practical applications, and recent test results will be presented.

Creating a Cost Effective, Flexible and Responsive Omni-channel Distribution Center – With One Inventory

SPEAKERS

Kevin Reader
Director Business Development, KNAPP Logistics Automation

Details

Creating a Cost Effective, Flexible and Responsive Omni-channel Distribution Center – With One Inventory

Many will argue that Omni-channel strategies simply cost too much.  Others will argue that free shipping will be the ruin of a retail industry already facing considerable challenges. While many retailers are setting up purpose-built distribution centers, Amazon is setting the service standard and winning customers.  Simultaneously, customers are increasingly demanding what Amazon is offering; free shipping, access and visibility to all inventory and a consistent brand and shopping experience – regardless of the channel.

Join us as we explore the demand side drivers, challenges to the Omni-channel distribution model, and emerging trends and solutions that make the Omni-channel model possible and cost effective.

Kay Take-Aways:

  • Historical drivers
  • Supply & Demand Side Drivers
  • Flexible and Scalable Automation Concepts
  • High Level Case Studies