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The ISCEA Supply Chain Technology Conference & Expo is an annual gathering of supply chain, operations, engineering and financial professionals coming together to share cutting edge technologies and best practices focusing on efficiency and profitability.

A study conducted by ISCEA over the last three years concluded that ISCEA members were looking for a holistic event that covers both supply chain and technology, thus the genesis of SCTECH. ISCEA is uniquely qualified to organize an event like SCTECH given ISCEA’s thought leadership position in supply chain and technology. SCTECH will also include events to recognize supply chain excellence via the Ptak Prize, educational workshops, a career fair and many competitions. Additionally, SCTECH will host a venture capital session for supply chain technology startups to showcase their solutions to investors.

SCTECH EXPO will feature leading companies showcasing cutting edge technologies. For example, NeoGrid - a provider of B2B supply chain management solutions to major organizations such as Kellogg’s, Redbull, Whirlpool, Danone, Pepsico, Best Buy, 3M, Bayer, General Mills, Heinz, Heineken, Syngenta and others - will be exhibiting at 2016 SCTECH. Most of the NeoGrid customers are also ISCEA customers.

Keynote sessions by leading researchers and trendsetters in the field, including both academics and practitioners. Featured keynote speakers are Dick Ling, the creator of S&OP; Carol Ptak, the global authority on demand driven supply chain planning; and Miguel Abuhab, the founder of NeoGrid.

2016 SCTECH Conference is chaired by Dr. Erick Jones, Ph.D., Professor, Graduate Advisor for MS Logistics Department of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington.

SCTECH is affordable. The EXPO only ticket is free, and it includes many other free sessions. The 2016 SCTECH Conference is priced affordably at $349 with much volume discount options. Workshop fees range from $99 to $3,300.

2016 SCTECH Conference and EXPO features companies showcasing cutting edge technologies that support areas such as:
• Supply Chain Planning and Execution
• Sales, Inventory, and Operations Management
• Demand Management
• Production Planning and Scheduling
• Purchasing
• Materials and Inventory Management
• Procure to Pay
• Production Operations Management
• Responsive Manufacturing
• Transportation Management
• Warehouse Management and Operations Design
• Material Handling and Storage
• Track and Trace Technologies
• Profitability Optimization


There will be many workshops geared towards various SCM practices. These include the Supply Chain Strategy workshop by Dr. David Simchi-Levi of MIT, Certified Demand Driven workshop by Carol Ptak of DDI, and Supply Chain Metrics workshop by Lora Cecere of Supply Chain Insights.

Career Fair

This will be an excellent opportunity for young supply chain professionals to meet with ISCEA recruiting partners, who are in search of the best talent for their organizations. Recruiting industry expert, Jeff Naugle, will conduct a workshop to get those interested in career advancement to fine-tune their pitch.


2016 SCTECH will host many competitions, including an investor pitch to venture capital investors, a supply chain simulation competition, and a supply chain global case competition.


There will be many group and one-on-one Networking Opportunities at 2016 SCTECH. Mary McFarlin of Linked N Chicago with 100,000-plus members will manage all networking events at 2016 SCTECH. Attendees will be invited to private networking sessions based on their input at the time of the registration. Getting face to face with others who are looking to learn, advance in their professional life, meet other professionals in the industry, and evaluate solutions is an invaluable tool for success.

Co-located Events

ISCEA is working to make SCTECH the venue of choice for organizations to hold their annual conference. The 2016 SCTECH will co-locate three such conferences and events:
• Ptak Prize Awards
• Demand Driven World
• Exepron Annual User Conference

Over the next five years, ISCEA plans to have about 10 co-located conferences and events at SCTECH. Given the budget and time constraints, ISCEA believes that co-located events bring much ROI for attendees. Co-located event organizers also benefit by having the full access to ISCEA global sales, marketing and operational resources.

Ptak Prize Awards

The 10th Annual Ptak Prize Award Reception will be held on July 18 from 6:00PM-10:00PM at the Navy Pier. This is an invitation only event with a limited number of tickets available for purchase. Winners of the Ptak Prize for Supply Chain Excellence from around the world will be attending this reception. Some of the past winners include organizations such as Honeywell, GENCO, Indian Oil and the Tamer Group.

Demand Driven World

The Demand Driven World Conference is co-located at 2016 ISCEA SCTECH in Chicago July 19-21, 2016. Demand Driven World provides an opportunity for people from all around the world to come together and share DDMRP experiences and case studies.

Exepron User Conference

Exepron is holding its annual User Group Conference July 18–19, plus the foundational IC3PM Certification Workshop on July 20-21 at the 2016 SCTECH Expo. Exepron will discuss how leading companies transformed their supply chain.

To register or for more details, please visit


Sales and operations planning (S&OP) has been around for some 30 years now, during which time it has risen and fallen in terms of importance. The economic challenges and technological advances of recent years have seen it enjoy something of a resurgence, with it being more vital than ever for companies to balance supply and demand, maintain inventory levels, and hit projected revenue and profits.

S&OP is one of the key drivers of an effective growth strategy. A company that has mature S&OP processes will be more successful in executing growth programs of new product launch, market penetration, and price/promotions. It helps develop better understanding, communication, and collaboration between functions - improving agility, while at the same time making organizations more dynamic and less reactive. However, this is when they get it right. Many are still getting it wrong.

The S&OP Innovation Summit is the largest S&OP focused summit in America, and is returning to Boston for the seventh consecutive year on Sept. 21-22.

Check out the summit overview here:

This year, the summit will feature speakers from the likes of Caterpillar, Blackberry, Kenmark Group, Jones Lang LaSalle, Anheuser-Busch and more. The summit will draw upon a range of topics from advanced S&OP, IBP, technology and many more with the aim of creating true collaboration.

Prior to the summit, thorough speaker information is provided, as well as topic information in order for a true sense of what will be expected at the summit.

Benjamin Lavoie is the senior director of operations for Anheuser-Busch Inbev, the world’s largest beverage company, where he is responsible for throughput, maintenance, engineering and inventory management for the North America zone. In his role, he focuses on optimizing delivery and quality performance through application of Lean Six Sigma tools and processes.

Lavoie is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Project Management Professional and RCM/TPM Facilitator and has worked as corporate lead for implementation of Lean Six Sigma at the enterprise level. Prior to these roles, he was maintenance and engineering manager at the Anheuser-Busch Inbev plant in Merrimack, N.H. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemical and biomedical engineering and a MBA in operations management and finance from Boston University.

Also featured will be Dwight Critchley, who is driven and has succeeded in building high performance teams that surpass expectations at Blackberry. With his passion for people, he focuses on identifying talent, and their growth. His leadership enables achievement of outstanding results while building subject matter experts in the process. He leverages his broad experience managing complex business challenges across functions, disciplines and geographies. He recognizes the value of empowerment, strategy and process to maximize potential. Engaged in direct collaboration, Critchley has a hands-on approach to build valuable solutions for the benefit of customers and organizations alike.

Over the two days, there will be 25-plus presentations to be enjoyed, as well as panel sessions, Q&As, breakfast and lunch and ongoing networking opportunities.

The summit is attended by global organizations and senior executives from across the world and is an opportunity for delegates to hear case studies first hand from their peers and global leaders. These case studies provide a great insight into the success and failures of certain processes, as well as the challenges they face everyday and how to overcome these.

Supply Chain World is a loyal partner of the summit, so members are able to enjoy an exclusive discount on passes. Save $300 off using the code SCW300 and receive a two-day pass.

For more information on the summit, simply contact Elliott at (415-800-4713) and quote the code. Alternatively you can register here:

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Within a growing number of companies, procurement is being asked to work with HR to assist in creating a long-term strategy for optimizing contingent workforce management. Like many areas of indirect spend that have been traditionally controlled exclusively by other departments - such as IT, travel and meetings, or energy procurement - contingent staffing is being reexamined by procurement at the behest of management eager to bring unnecessary costs and process components to heel.

However, as the category is based on the management of people, an added level of complexity is present in the contingent staffing category that demands special attention. Procurement will need to remove silos and facilitate strong communication with HR in order to successfully streamline the category. In some cases, the level of oversight the category demands is giving rise to distinct category manager roles that can apply their full attention to controlling supplier relations and serving a consultative role with HR.

As the contingent workforce grows, ProcureCon’s event portfolio has also grown on pace with changes in the field, following suit with the addition of a dedicated conference. The latest addition, running July 11-13 in Atlanta, is a new conference: Contingent Staffing 2016. While contingent workforce management has been explored in the agendas of other ProcureCon conferences, this will be the first time a full event has been dedicated to the specific nuances of the category.

The need for the event has partly arisen thanks to large-scale changes in the global workforce and the habits and preference of employees. A desire for flexibility has led to many more remote, yet highly skilled workers, creating the need to effectively integrate them into the workforce despite their non-employee status. The conference will also cover the evolving role for procurement that has come to encompass risk reduction and strategic supplier management practices, a much more involved and high-level role than what procurement might have played as little as ten years ago. Though HR will continue to play a part in the management of contingent workers themselves, the working relationship of the department with procurement is set to become much closer in the short term.

In contingent staffing management circles, supplier consolidation is now a trending topic. While it’s important to create a diverse supplier base, in many cases without a strategic system of control, supplier numbers can quickly climb to chaotic heights, with some companies using close to 300 RPOs. Supplier diversity in a multi-national or global business can also create accountability issues, due to language barriers, local silos within procurement or HR, and the inability to share certain suppliers across disparate business units. Bringing the number of suppliers under a comfortable threshold must be balanced with the preservation of quality. Procurement in 2016 is working out how to identify and retain their top performers while purging unnecessary or underperforming relationships.

The issues created by an expanding contingent workforce tie in directly to procurement’s growing role in organizational risk management. Given procurement’s ability to create strategies for controlling spending visibility and consolidating views of supplier performance, quality control and contingent employee performance management are complementary to the work that the department is already doing. In the Internet age, it’s also ever more critical that all of the suppliers a business works with conform to their organizational standards. A single incident of a non-conforming supplier or contingent employee can have repercussions that can rapidly be amplified through social channels, creating lasting damage to a brand in a short amount of time.

Another component of risk management that procurement with a role in contingent staffing must pay attention to is compliance with local and international laws around hiring and part-time employee benefits. The variations that exist must all be accounted for, each one representing a unique component to be tracked and weighted in a performance management strategy. Ambiguity around what aspects of an employee relationship a supplier is responsible for must be ironed out in the contracting phase of a deal, yet without foreknowledge of employer responsibilities on a case-by-case basis, these types of details have the potential to be glossed over.

Once a contingent worker is hired, while HR may manage them, procurement retains a role in monitoring their performance. Consolidating a view of the performance of a group of individuals naturally poses a challenge, and in many cases procurement is still evaluating solutions and strategies to handle the task. Currently, procurement is weighing the pros and cons of developing an in-house management system, or opting to identify the right external solution providers, another one of the unique challenges of procurement for the contingent workforce that will be featured in the agenda of ProcureCon’s new event. If your organization is managing a contingent workforce, don’t miss the latest in cutting edge strategy and tech at the Contingent Staffing conference in Atlanta, July 11-13 at the W Atlanta Midtown hotel. Featuring the industry’s best and brightest, we hope to see you there.

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WomenInSC41216The supply chain industry is always in flux, with many moving parts to keep track of – both literally and figuratively. Add regulations and compliance into the mix, and one of the biggest challenges is keeping your supply chain organized. Leadership strategies are vital to making sure that companies maintain compliance with existing regulations, as well as those that lie ahead, such as the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). Read on for leadership tips and tricks in the face of preparing customers for ACE.

Inventory41316There are good reasons to carry more inventory than you need. You might want to stockpile parts or materials expected to get more expensive, or keep rare parts on hand to improve customer service. Generally speaking, however, inventory is a physical representation of the battle for your share in the value chain. The less you can carry, the better your own position.

eighteen wheeler 614201 640In an increasingly connected world, 3PLs are under significant pressure to respond to emerging trends. As their clients demand more real-time communication, greater visibility, and reduced costs, 3PLs have been driven to adopt various forms of technology to increase efficiency and maintain a competitive edge. Recent trends include IoT transportation ecosystems, LTL dimensioning pricing technology and the continued shift towards ecommerce. Let’s take a look at those three trends in more detail.

In 2016 the industry face off will continue between providing on-shelf product availability in the most economic and cost effective way while at the same time meeting the increasingly prominent corporate social responsibilities (CSR) of running a modern supply chain business sustainably. In addition, there is an ever-growing backdrop of regulatory demands around traceability and food safety, which cannot be ignored.

The truth is that forward thinking companies are realizing that an efficient, successful, cost effective business can be facilitated by implementing supply chain management processes that positively promote good practice in the environmentally sensitive areas. These include waste reduction, CO2 emissions, carbon footprint, packaging reduction, inventory reduction, transportation, etc.

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