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Three keys can bring your supply chain efficiency, prepare you for innovation and mark you as an industry leader.

By Vishy Visweswaran

With the shifting seasons, many consumers are renewing their commitment to the fresh, whole and sustainable foods that are trending within the food industry today. To best serve their needs, it is critical to take this season to “spring clean” your own supply chain protocols. Ensure this year’s supply chain practices help inspire innovation, promote transparency and manage unpredictability, as well as profitability.

From quick service and casual dining restaurants to institutional food service, a strong supply chain and well-developed risk management strategy can put you in the position to lead your category this season. These top three agenda items should be on your spring cleaning list for a quick and fruitful reboot this year:

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The Bimodal Supply Chain

Supply chains in the 21st century are faced with a wide range of complex issues. There has been an increase in risk levels, with data from supply chain intelligence provider Resilinc showing an 118 percent increase in disruptive supply chain events from 2014 to 2015. Meanwhile, companies are also having to meet the needs of ever more demanding consumers, with 24-hour delivery now expected.

In order to meet these challenges, supply chains must be faster and more responsive if they are to retain a competitive edge. However, many organizations’ supply chain technologies and processes are simply not capable of supporting the necessary level of risk and response management to operate in this world, and the gap between what the supply chain provides and the requirements of the enterprise is only widening. Even companies traditionally held up as shining examples of best practice like Dell and McDonald’s are having to radically update their supply chain processes to remain viable. It is no longer enough to be efficient, they need to innovate too, integrating disruptive technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence to avoid being left behind.


Richmond Events’ supply chain forums enable suppliers to easily develop relationships with senior-level industry practitioners.

For 27 years, Richmond Events has been leading the B2B conference world in most every vertical imaginable. It’s no different for the upcoming Logistics & Supply Chain Forums.

Apart from the fact that The Logistics & Supply Chain Forum is held at a luxury resort, one of the reasons it is so different from other industry events is Richmatch. This is the proprietary piece of software at the heart of the appointment system. It is the most sophisticated system of its kind in the industry.

All participants – whether they are delegates, speakers or suppliers– follow an agenda that they themselves have chosen in advance. All attendees decide with whom they wish to meet, and which conference sessions they wish to attend. This happens several weeks before the event. This information is then processed and personalized itineraries are formulated.

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A decade ago, the first ProcureCon Indirect Conference convened with the goal of bringing together industry leaders on the leading edge of shaping the role of the procurement department.  

The role has developed on a long arc, bending towards greater strategic influence within the ranks of business leadership and influenced along the way by breakthrough technology. This year, rather than looking back, ProcureCon is pushing forward. Featuring a future-facing agenda set by Executive Director Frank Musero, the 2017 event will highlight the progress that procurement has already made, while focusing on new opportunities as well as the strategic level planning procurement can put in place to move the envelope in terms of influence and delivered value.  

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Providing Value

Now in its fourth year, ProcureCon Canada will take place at the Hyatt Regency Toronto from April 10-12. The event provides the procurement community with a platform to discuss cross-industry developments in the function and role at many of Canada’s top companies. As a whole, the procurement role has transformed. Instead of just being seen as a place to save money, it’s now a way for companies to increase cost savings. In other words, procurement teams are working to figure out how to best provide and prove value, company-wide.

But how do you do it? It’s generally understood that there is a need for a centralized procurement function. How do you take over more of your company’s spend while accurately showing the amount of money saved without the necessary processes in place to do so? For some, finding these answers can be tricky. In fact, developing a procurement function that properly answers this question is a relatively new concern for some companies – especially in organizations where change is met with a level of resistance. Of course, companies change at different rates, but the conversation remains the same: procurement is one of the best opportunities left for business success.

LogiMed Spring 2017

The LogiMed Conference Heads to Austin in the Midst of an Unpredictable New Year

As 2017 begins, a global environment of unpredictability combined with a need for savings on the part of medical device manufacturers places an even higher premium on the unique learning opportunities present at LogiMed, taking place March 7 – 9 at the gorgeous Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, Austin, Texas.

The supply chain is often regarded as a prime area for reducing overhead when businesses are under pressure to become leaner. For medical device manufacturers, a host of technologies and strategies are being rolled out in order to uphold the goal of patient satisfaction while protecting margins. The challenges of balancing these two critical priorities aren’t easily overcome; in order to build the lean efficiencies that top healthcare businesses need, executives need to cast a wide net for information and stay on top of developing solutions.

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ACT: Aspire, Challenge and Transform in a Disruptive World

Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference 2017 is the world’s most important gathering of supply chain leaders. Disruptions large and small confront today’s supply chains on a daily basis.  Organizational survival depends on the ability to anticipate, adapt and transform supply chains to deliver reliability and performance.

As an attendee at this year’s Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference 2017, May 23 – 25 in Phoenix, Ariz., chief supply chain officers and their leadership teams will learn to recognize the impacts of disruptions and create transformational strategies that empower the organization to exceed performance expectations.

For three intensive days of analyst-led sessions, workshops, case studies and peer-to-peer exchange, supply chain leaders will learn breakthrough strategies to accelerate efficiency, capacity and bottom-line results in a highly disruptive world.


Designed for business leaders responsible for end-to-end supply chain solutions and supply chain professionals who have a focused supply chain expertise, Oracle’s fifth annual Modern Supply Chain Experience 2017 (Feb. 13-15, 2017 in San Jose, Calif.) will bring together more than 2,800 attendees to hear from the industry’s best about innovation, best practices, and strategies on how to modernize the supply chain for a strategic advantage.


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