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keynote address
supply chain optimization

  • Tracing Unilever's supply chain transformation over the last 5 years
  • Establishing a truly global, interconnected and agile infrastructure for success
  • Lessons learned as an organization over the course of our supply chain and logistic journey
  • Forecasting the future - What will the industry look like in 5-10 years’ time? Where is Unilever headed?



Reginaldo Ecclissato
VP, North American Supply Chain

supply chain optimization


  • Out of the box innovative thinking enables the impossible
  • Achieve competitive advantage via supply chain optimisation tooling
  • Central co-ordinated supply chain with different ERP platforms
  • Fast and agile development of state of the art AIMMS software



Sponsored by: Aimms

innovation and technology

  • Defining what a supply chain control tower is – and isn’t
  • Building a competence in collaborative execution with your trading network
  • Providing insights to a major OEM’s use of a supply chain control tower
  • Achieving benefits from a supply chain control tower with extended visibility, real time analytics, and decision support

Sponsored by: E2Open

distribution and logistics


  • Building a business on high performance rather than on low upfront freight cost
  • Generating real cost savings by adopting a holistic approach to transportation execution
  • Managing outbound, inbound, and third party shipments in real time
  • Enforcing internal and external compliance across all modes to reflect true freight cost

Sponsored by: Odyssey Logistics and Technology



The Ports of the Future Showcase is designed to highlight efforts by various American Port Authorities to ramp up capability within the context of expanding maritime shipping infrastructure. Participants will have 5-6 minutes to convince the audience that their port should be named the 2014 American Supply Chain and Logistics Summit ‘Port of the Future’ (to be judged by a panel of event chairs and expert speakers and awarded during the chair’s closing remarks)

Moderated By:    


Jon Gold
VP, Supply Chain and Customs Policy
National Retail Federation

supply chain optimization

  • Identifying the causes of inaccurate forecasting
  • Understanding the forces at play upon delivery time tables
  • Mitigating these considerations to drive inventory and operations efficiency

innovation and technology


  • Empowering warehouse managers to gather critical KPIs and inventory information quickly and easily
  • Who put what where? Improving end-to-end traceability using wearable mobile tools
  • Providing real-time visibility into warehouse operations so that managers can meet the demands of today’s modern distribution operations

distribution and logistics


  • Evaluating current logistical demands of time, space, transportation, and personnel
  • Comparing and contrasting the processes to enhance reliability versus cost-effectiveness
  • Working internally and externally to drive logistical reform

supply chain optimization


  • Leveraging trends in social and digital media to enhance your relationship with the customer base
  • Driving innovation within the supply chain function by using consumer insight
  • How crowd-sourced sustainability solutions allowed Dell to create greener plants


Tom Maher
VP, Supply Chain, Global Service Parts

stream 1
supply chain optimization

  • Assessing the opportunities and challenges of establishing complex logistics infrastructures in emerging, volatile and even dangerous markets
  • Planning ahead – Preparing for unexpected costs understanding indigenous regulation, finding local talent and making first contact to establish relationships with foreign suppliers
  • Achieving Equilibrium – Managing global and domestic teams and coordinating people towards a cohesive, common goal

John Vogt
VP Global Logistics

supply chain optimization

  • Re-conceptualizing the transportation function as a leverage item to improve business from an operational and a cost perspective
  • Overcoming roadblocks – Looking at current challenges in transportation and what works for us conquering them
  • What’s under the hood – New projects and strategies driving transportation at Walmart into the future

Tracy L. Rosser
SVP, Transportation and Supply Chain



keynote address
supply chain optimization

The New Supply Chain Agenda: The 5 Steps that Drive Real Value

  • Hiring and grooming talent with the unique skills needed to build and run your supply chain
  • Selecting and applying the right technologies, from forecasting systems to carbon footprint management
  • Eliminating cross-functional disconnects such as SKU proliferation and obsolete inventory
  • Collaborating with external suppliers to better meet your customers' needs
  • Implementing a disciplined management process to sustain success

Reuben Slone
SVP, Supply Chain and Logistics

panel discussion
business transformation and leadership

Panel Discussion: Supply Chain Talent – The Missing Link in your Organization?

Moderated By:





Comparing strategies for addressing challenges in personnel management such as:

  • Increases in annual turnover
  • Longer duration of position vacancy
  • Large numbers of workers approaching retirement age
  • What can new graduates offer your company?
  • Which are the must-have skills for a supply chain executive?
  • Assessing the ways various organizations and institutions are preparing the industry’s leaders of tomorrow

Andrew Johnson
Representative, Supply Chain Management Association
Michigan State University

Joseph Shearn Jr.
VP, Transportation
Tiffany & Co.

Nicholas Little
Associate Director, Eli Broad School of Management, Supply Chain Management Program
Michigan State University

Ray McGuire
Director, Global Supply Chain

Rob Dugas
VP, Supply Chain and Distribution

stream 1
supply chain optimization

Supply Chain Challenge

What Will You Build: ‘ReStore-ing’ hope - Constructing Habitat for Humanity’s Distribution Network from the Ground Up

This interactive ‘Supply Chain Challenge’ will task the audience with developing a strategy within the confines of a real life case study followed by a lively discussion with the executive who spearheaded the project from start to finish.


  • A supply chain where your supplier base calls you at their convenience requesting immediate pickup
  • Shipments from the supplier direct to your warehouse arrive packaged improperly for transit or storage, with no packing slip and potentially damaged, dirty and unmarked. You cannot reject the shipment
  • You are unable to establish competitive transportation point-to-point pricing due to one-time shipments to and from any location in the U.S.

Given these restrictions – What type of distribution network would you build? This session will challenge you to design a supply chain strategy within the context of these goals:

  • Enable the acceptance of millions of dollars in inventory;
  • Allow Habitat for Humanity to enter the E-Commerce space; and,
  • Facilitate the construction of affordable housing for deserving Americans

Allen Thornton
Director, Logistics
Habitat for Humanity International

stream 2
performance management

Delivering on ‘Consumer-Centricity’ Through the Supply Chain: Measuring the Supply Chain's Impact on the Customer Experience

  • Getting to grips with your consumers’ needs and aligning your products, services and activities to fulfill them
  • Identifying metrics to measure success based on your customers’ satisfaction rather than cost, time or resource efficiency
  • Gathering and analyzing insights to determine areas where service could be improved or capabilities expanded
  • Using lean thinking to improve consumer experience and to reduce cost

Richard Desmarais
Director Lean & Operational Excellence
Johnson & Johnson, Health Care Systems Inc.

stream 3
distribution and logistics

Planes, Trains, Automobiles, and Drones? The Next Chapter in Automation and Transportation Technologies

  • Examining how unmanned ground, marine, and aerial vehicles will revolutionize global supply chains
  • Calculating the impact of changing regulation
  • Understanding the risks – Evaluating threats posed by theft, weather, human intervention, and computer and mechanical failure

Michael Buscher
Chief Executive Officer
Vanguard Defense Industries

supply chain optimization

Re-Conceptualizing Speed as the Innovator in the Supply Chain

  • Understanding how the new dynamic of direct customer communication with suppliers and retailers is changing the time frames for business processes
  • Transforming metrics gathered in real-time into informed decision-making at the right time
  • Empowering supply chain executives to drive positive outcomes through improved visibility and communication
  • Offering examples from the practitioner’s perspective of accelerating delivery on the fundamentals

Sponsored by: Kinaxis

performance management

RIP Status Quo: Hello, B2B Integration 2.0


  • Moving beyond EDI and B2B to accomodate today's competitve economy
  • Perfect Order - Optimizing for this critical KPI in the new multi-channel environment of global commerce
  • Lean Inventory Management - Using real-time monitoring to gain visibility into data flowing through your enterprise to improve business functions such as:
    • Planning
    • Resource Allocation
    • Asset Management
    • Service
  • Governance and Control - Practical and analytical methods for interpreting increased volume of data within your organization and putting it into action!


Sponsored by: Axway

supply chain optimization

New Methods for Increasing Supply Chain Efficiency using Geographic Information Services (GIS)

  • Gaining location-based insights to help you locate business opportunities
  • Connecting everyone in your organization so you can share the latest maps, data, and ideas on a single platform
  • Learning new methods to increase efficiency in site selection and network design

Sponsored by: Esri

stream 1
supply chain optimization

Being a Leader in Corporate Responsibility: Finding the Win-Win-Win of Social Stewardship

  • Satisfying the expectations of both stakeholders and shareholders - Fulfilling your commitment to profit, people and planet
  • Analyzing where you are and where you want to be
  • Highlighting easily implementable first steps that can serve as ambassadors in the drive to large-scale CSR initiatives
  • What are realistic metrics for success? How can that information be collected and the benefits translated?

Dan Hernandez
Director, Innovation
Hormel Foods

Rachmani Domersant
VP, International Operations
Food for the Poor

stream 2
performance management

 Managing and Maintaining an Interplanetary Supply Chain - It Actually IS Rocket Science

• Utilizing ‘War Game’ modelling to assess risk across an extended global and galactic network
• Determining supplier viability through economic risk analysis and score-carding
• Black Holes – Creating end-to-end visibility across even the most opaque supply chain

Michael Galluzzi
Lead Business Strategist, Additive Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

stream 4
business transformation and leadership

A Roadmap to Successful Integration: Achieving a Seamless Merger or Acquisition while Supporting Your Team Along the Way

  • Driving cost synergy and risk reduction through supply chain network integration
  • Creating harmony between disparate systems and processes without losing sight of day-to-day operations
  • Evaluating and consolidating existing vendor agreements
  • Providing stability for your team in an environment of constant flux as their roles and relationships are redefined

Tim Shiple
VP, Supply Chain
Motorola a Google Company

stream 4
business transformation and leadership

Examining how SABIC is Advancing Human Capital to Drive Innovation and Developing Skill Sets for an Increasingly Complex Supply Chain

  • Strengthening the talent pipeline through proactive early career development
  • Developing supply chain professionals throughout their careers using the ‘Competency and Career’ framework
  • Applied Learning Model – Building capabilities to collaborate horizontally across the value chain to drive business innovation

Bill Gilbert
Global Center of Excellence Leader, The Americas
Sabic Inc.

David Demers
Distinguished Faculty Associate in Supply Chain Penn State Executive Programs
Smeal School of Business, The Pennsylvania State University

stream 4
business transformation and leadership

Pioneering Change: Building a World Class Organization from the Ground Up

  • Identifying and initiating the right processes and technologies to radically transform your business
  • Getting the right people in the right positions and communicating your decisions up and down the chain of command
  • A how-to guide for implementing employee engagement and lean practices to drive efficiency and productivity
  • Shifting gears – Taking your organization from ‘laggard’ to ‘world class’ in no time flat

Robert Bassett
VP, Transportation

supply chain optimization

Collaborative Logistics: Coordinating with your Business Partners to Exceed Customer Expectations

  • Developing open end-to-end supply chain collaboration with vendors and customers
  • Increasing visibility so that assets can be tracked in real-time and located instantaneously
  • Fulfilling your client’s standard operating procedures and requirements while identifying opportunities to improve and optimize performance

Sponsored by: Fortigo

supply chain optimization

'So there I was...' Nightmares and Glory Days of a Supply Chain Troubleshooter Part II

Back by popular demand! Mark Pierson, Corporate Sourcing Executive, Logistics with NBC Universal will join us with more exciting tales that will strike a chord with every supply chain and logistics executive. This final session of the day will revisit some of his most recent adventures in reverse logistics from around the globe.

  • Reviewing decisions made during recent emergencies: How can an agile supply chain react?
  • Post-gaming actions taken in the heat of the moment:
  • Identifying the missing factors that would have simplified the process?
  • What happened when the contingency plan made contact with changing political realities?
  • Anticipating the unforeseeable - What to do when there is no plan B, C or D!
  • Lessons learned – How can we improve our everyday performance and reliability to mitigate risk going forward?

Mark Pierson
Corporate Sourcing Executive, Logistics


Enjoy a networking drinks reception in the exhibiton hall with the speakers, sponsors and summit delegates. During the drinks reception the 'Supply Chain Innovator of the Year' award will be presented.


To celebrate 12 years of the American Supply Chain and Logistics Summit, we are launching a special industry award designed to recognise an individual who has demonstrated pioneering leadership in driving excellence, performance and competitiveness within the American Supply Chain industry. The winner will be presented with the award and will share some thoughts on the future of the American Supply Chain and Logistics Sector.

More details will follow.

Submit your nomination here: http://www.supplychain.us.com/2014-supply-chain-innovator-of-the-year/


business transformation and leadership

Overcoming Institutional Inertia to Promote Professional Growth and Inspire your Supply Chain Team


  • Evaluating and aligning your leadership style with the shifting needs of up-and-coming demographics within Supply Chain and Logistics
  • 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 and Logistics
  • Best strategies for feeling fulfilled in your profession and getting the most out of your team by helping them to do the same

Tammy Bliss
(Former) VP, Supply Chain and GM

keynote address
business transformation and leadership

Case Study: Taking the ‘Path to Positive Impact’ – Meeting Your Company and Community’s Needs through Supply Chain Diversity

  • How Office Depot is fulfilling its rising employment needs through co-operative pre-training programs
  • Inspiring growth and empowerment within the organization by providing jobs and generating economic development in the places where we live, work and play
  • Harnessing the internal importance of Corporate Social Responsibility – Establishing a business that our employees are proud to represent
  • Delivering an ROI with an ROA (Return on Aspiration) –Demonstrating the benefits of supply chain diversity for both people and profit
  • Next steps in the journey – Lessons learned during the project and how we hope to grow it in the future

Larry Hartley
SVP, Supply Chain and Logistics
Office Depot

stream 1
supply chain optimization

New Thinking at Nike: Tracing our Innovative Supply Chain Journey from Start to Finish


  • Redefining the role of the supply chain at Nike
  • Establishing a quantitative view of Supply Chain management
  • The highs and lows of our transformative supply chain journey – Examining our biggest successes and failures
  • Demonstrating how continuous innovation across the supply chain function has played a vital role in Nike's overall business success

Joan Carles Peiro
Operations Director, Center for Excellence

stream 2
performance management

What's the Big Deal with Big Data? Evaluating its Value as a Driver of Business Success

  • What does a successfully working Big Data system look like and how can you maintain it?
  • Information overload! How much data is too much data – Identifying the right level of detail for what you’re trying to understand
  • Expanding on existing performance management programs to collect enough of the right information for a Big Data approach
  • Increasing your savings potential - Maximize your negotiating power by arming yourself with all of the facts and figures
  • Looking to the future – What potential do Big Data programs possess for increasing productivity and performance across the organization 

Marianne McDonald
VP, Transportation

stream 3
distribution and logistics

Optimizing the Distribution Network from Tip to Toe –A Top to Bottom look at Transforming your Supply Chain

  • Evaluating strategic partnerships to decrease freight cost and reduce risk through minimized inventory
  • Getting lean – Maximizing your supply footprint to enable greater than 98% on-time delivery
  • Aligning internal and external teams to reduce cost through optimized labor, transportation and overall efficiency

Doug Jackson
Director, Supply Chain Management

supply chain optimization

Achieving Optimal Performance and Productivity by Applying Lean Technologies in your Supply Chain Operations

  • Analyzing technologies that will enable your lean program
  • Using performance measurement metrics to identify opportunities to improve efficiency
  • Overcoming impediments to implementing lean within your operation
  • Showcasing supply chain optimization in action using real-world client case-studies

performance management

Forget Big Data: Exploring New ‘Smart Data’ Systems that are Taking the Guesswork Out of Analytics

  • Utilizing predictive analytics to interpret machine captured information to drive your bottom line
  • Stop adding more figures – Getting the most from the information you already have
  • Jail break – Releasing stuck data that you didn’t know existed
  • How recognizing patterns through built-in semantic capability can help you to:
  • Prevent fraud
  • Make customer recommendations
  • Customize products for each of your consumers

distribution and logistics

New Methods for Increasing Supply Chain Efficiency using Geographic Information Services (GIS)

  • Gaining location-based insights to help you locate business opportunities
  • Connecting everyone in your organization so you can share the latest maps, data, and ideas on a single platform
  • Learning new methods to increase efficiency in site selection and network design

stream 1
supply chain optimization

Driving Continuous Improvement Through Metrics Methodology

  • Examining ways to drive performance improvements in your processes through a more informed metrics methodology
  • Gain understanding as to why measuring arithmetic averages can lull you into a false sense of success
  • Exploring the use of percentiles and how to leverage them in service level agreements and performance targets
  • Achieving new levels of insight through the implementation of data indexing

Joshua Brewington
Senior Multi-Disciplined Engineer, With Honors

stream 2
performance management

Session Forthcoming

ADVA Optical Networking was awarded a 2014 Supply Chain Management Award by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Logistik Heute, in partnership with the Institute for Supply Chain Management and the House of Logistics and Mobility

Philipp Lutzny
Global Senior Director, Logistics and Fulfillment Operations
ADVA Optical Networking

stream 3
distribution and logistics

Analyzing the Federal Government’s Ongoing Efforts to Enhance the Global Supply Chain Safety in a Digital World

  • Examining international cases of cyber security breaches that put the integrity of global supply chains at risk
  • Discussing the changing regulatory scheme and the various actions taken in response to recent supply chain security threats
  • Becoming proactive – What you can do to ensure end-to-end protection once the goods have left your hands

Stephen Caldwell
Director, Maritime Security and Coast Guard Issues, Homeland Security and Justice Team
U.S. Government Accountability Office


Benefit from additional learning by joining a moderated roundtable discussion on pressing issues in the industry. Seating is limited, so please sign up early. Sessions will start at 12:35pm and run for one hour. Additional seating will be provided if you would prefer to discuss other topics.

Women in SCL - Sharing Stories of Success and Failure Accross Diverse Experiences in Supply Chain Management
   Developing and Implementing a Continuous Career Development Program to Drive Innovation and Manage SCM Complexity

Alexandra Lanza
(Former) VP, World Wide Supply Chain
Weight Watchers International

Bill Gilbert
Global Center of Excellence Leader, The Americas
Sabic Inc.

David Demers
Distinguished Faculty Associate in Supply Chain Penn State Executive Programs
Smeal School of Business, The Pennsylvania State University

distribution and logistics

Case Study: No Bed of Roses - The Cold-Chain Journey of a Valentine’s Day Bloom from the Field to your Front Door

  • Coordinating procurement with organized and informal international suppliers
  • Navigating a delicate perishable logistics network to maintain maximum visual appeal and shelf-life
  • Minimizing touch-points and planning for multiple state-mandated inspections to prevent undue mechanical damages and product loss
  • Coming up roses - Delivering time- and temperature-sensitive goods on schedule and on budget

Gary King
VP, Quality and Operational Improvement

panel discussion
business transformation and leadership

Panel Discussion: Women in Supply Chain – Eliminating Gender Bias in SCM to Optimize your Organization’s Performance



Moderated By:
  • In what ways have the core competencies of supply chain executives changed in the last 10-15 years?
  • How can the supply chain industry overcome its reputation as a male-centric discipline? What can women offer that men can’t?
  • Summarizing the barriers to the success of women in SCL leadership roles
  • Examining how organizations are championing female leaders and eliminating gender biases
  • Examples of how top companies are initiating skills and talent development programs for women

Georgia Majors
DVP, Integrated Supply Chain and E-Commerce
Sears Holdings

Kathy Fulton
Director, Operations and Interim President
American Logistics Aid Network

Michelle Braun
Global Director, Indirect Procurement
General Motors

Regine Honore Villain
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Medical University of South Carolina

Rob Dugas
VP, Supply Chain and Distribution

Tonya Jackson
VP Global Supply Chain Operations

keynote address
supply chain optimization

Looking to the Future in a ‘Glocal’ Environment: Building a Globally Connected Local Supply Chain

  • Creating a flexible, scalable global supply chain with customer service at the core
  • Delivering the value and variety of the world market to consumers on a local scale
  • Maintaining oversight and visibility in an ever-expanding organization to ensure quality, safety and social responsibility
  • Managing the complexity of transnational supply chains – Developing talent and aligning your workforce with people, partners, projects and profit
  • Where global and local meet - How e-commerce will continue to change the game in SCM

Timothy E. Carroll honoured as DC Velocity 'Rainmaker of the Year, 2013'

Timothy Carroll
VP, Enterprise Business Group, Suppy Chain Operations