The Bimodal Supply Chain

Fast and slow. Traditional and revolutionary. That’s “bimodal.” This year’s conference theme will explore how today’s global supply chain must operate on a two-part bimodal supply chain strategy — delivering efficiency and innovation at the same time. As an attendee at this year’s Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference 2016, May 17-19 at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Ariz., you’ll have access to the latest research, trends and technologies that support the new bimodal approach — and you’ll leave with a list of actionable next steps to help make it a reality.

For three intensive days of analyst-led sessions, workshops, case studies and peer-to-peer exchange, supply chain leaders will learn how to create and manage a bimodal value chain strategy that achieves essential performance goals while simultaneously allowing for iteration and experimentation.

Key Topics
    •Strategy and transformation
    •Performance measurement
    •Supply chain planning
    •Cost to serve
Conference Highlights

Hear from visionary guest keynote speakers, including:

    •Michael T. Duke, Retired President and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
    •Joby Ogwyn, Mountain Climber, BASE Jumper and Wingsuit Flyer
    •Chris Tyas, Head of Supply Chain, Nestlé

Choose from five role-based tracks with 55+ sessions

A.Strategy and Leadership

The strategy and leadership track has been developed for those of you who lead the supply chain. It offers sessions on strategy and leadership approaches to support new business models, new organizational designs and new roles.

B.Supply Chain Innovation

The supply chain innovation track was developed for the supply chain leader who is looking for the next area of supply chain to master or is entering the next phase of supply chain improvement and is in need of the tools and techniques to get there.

C.Supply Chain Planning

We are all part of a much larger ecosystem including, but not limited to, the overall business strategy, sales, finance and marketing. This track is for those of you looking to connect these seemingly disparate functions into a single planning organism.


With the technology advancements and the impact of regulatory changes, along with geographic and demographic shifts, it’s not difficult to make the argument that this will be the area of supply chain that will experience the greatest evolution in the coming years.

E.Supply Management and Manufacturing

Profitability hinges on the ability of the chief procurement officer (CPO) and head of manufacturing to sense shifts in the market not just before they happen but before their competitors sense the changing trends. This track explores the impact of business model shifts, risks and product innovations on these roles.

Insights and Advice

Get Gartner insights and advice from 46 supply chain analysts. Gartner analysts talk to thousands of supply chain executives year-round. Drawing on these discussions, our analysts provide you with targeted advice and expertise that is essential to driving your enterprise forward. View this year’s supply chain analyst team at


Take advantage of Gartner analyst one-on-one meetings on-site. Schedule up to two complimentary, private 30-minute meetings with the analysts of your choice. One-on-ones fill up quickly — reserve yours in advance using Gartner Events Navigator online.

“Gartner has provided invaluable insights to me and my leadership team on global supply chain strategy. Their insights into demand management and planning, globalization and collaboration have been key during our organizational evolution from core manufacturing to customer value chain management,” says one SVP customer value chain management with a global high-tech manufacturer.


Preview Gartner supply chain benchmarking. Many organizations pursue isolated benchmark data to understand functional effectiveness. To realize benchmarking’s full potential, approach it as a strategic initiative to improve end-to-end supply chain performance. Get a preview of Gartner’s annual benchmarking program to assess your supply chain health, identify areas of improvement and navigate trade-offs. Learn how to create a case for change by combining benchmarking with Gartner’s maturity models and toolkits.

New Guest Panel

Participate in a brand-new 2016 Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 reveal. We will introduce a new, interactive guest panel during this year’s annual Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 dinner. The panel will consist of three executives from the Supply Chain Top 25 leading organizations around the world. Hear finalists share their organizations’ stories on driving innovation, key strategies behind their success, and how they plan to lead in the future. (All attendees may participate.)

Value Chain Exchange Series

Attend the Industry Value Chain Exchange Series. Experience three pre-event industry programs on Monday, May 16, including:

    •Healthcare Value Chain Exchange
    •Consumer-Retail Value Chain Exchange
    •NEW! High-Tech Manufacturing

These pre-event, Monday afternoon sessions are included in the conference fee, so make your travel arrangements accordingly.

Who Should Attend
    •Chief supply chain officers (CSCOs)
    •Vice presidents of supply chain
    •Supply chain strategy and innovation executives
    •Demand and supply planning executives
    •Sourcing and procurement executives
    •Manufacturing executives
    •Distribution and logistics executives
    •Field service and reverse logistics executives
    •Supply chain IT executives
    •Centers of excellence (COE) supply chain executives
Included with Registration
    •Conference attendance from May 16 at 12:00 p.m. through to May 19 at 12:00 p.m. (Includes three pre-event Industry Programs on Monday. Official event starts Tuesday morning.)
    •Tailored content for chief supply chain officers and their leadership teams
    •Five tracks of the latest analyst research
    •Two Gartner analyst one-on-ones*
    •Analyst roundtables and workshops*
    •Networking breakfasts, lunches and receptions
    •Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 dinner
    •Tuesday night’s special event
    •Solution Showcase

*Online preregistration is required for one-on-ones, workshops and roundtables. Reserve your place early, as space is limited.