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8:00 am - 9:00 am


Understanding the Megashifts: The Next Seven Years in Technology and the Impact on Business, Supply Chains and Society

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am,
  • By Gerd Leonhard, Author, Futurist & CEO, The Futures Agency

The leading global technology brands and digital platforms are growing faster than ever before. That, coupled with increasing consumer demands, is forcing many enterprises to 'pivot' and dramatically reinvent themselves or face sudden disruption and irrelevance. In this riveting and interactive session, Gerd Leonhard details how firms can evolve into future-ready organizations based on understanding the "Megashifts". These 10 Megashifts include digitization, automation, datafication, virtualization and robotization. Understanding them is the ticket to future success as these Megashifts are fueling a multitude of rapid innovations that are having a major disruptive impact on supply chains including The Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, deep learning and robotics, human-machine interfaces (such as voice-control and intelligent bots). Learn the key trends, the likely minefields, and the key opportunities for your business, and take away a rubric to evaluate the "megashift readiness" of your business.

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Blockchain: Breaking Into the Next Economic Period

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am,
  • By Richie Etwaru, Blockchain Expert & Professor, Syracuse University

In this session, Richie Etwaru will give you an overview of blockchain, including the fundamentals and how these innovations compare and contrast to past technology. He will discuss the end of an era where experience and engagement offer a competitive advantage. We are entering into a new economic period, triggered by blockchain, where trust and transparency are the major differentiators to staying in front. You'll learn how to leverage blockchain to differentiate beyond experience and ultimately gain trust for your company.

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9:30 am - 10:30 am


The Hacker’s Blacklist: 7 Critical Cybersecurity Threats & Solutions

  • 9:30 am - 10:30 am,
  • By John Sileo, Cybersecurity Expert & CEO, The Sileo Group

The heart of good Cybersecurity starts with the human beings that help it flourish (or fail!) To avoid becoming the next disastrous data-breach headline, you must foster a healthy balance between computer security and human behavior. Cybersecurity isn't just about overspending on shinier technology – it’s about building a mindset and culture that evolves as the threats continually change.

This crash-course forges a tactical-level, non-technical path through the confusing web of cybersecurity, human decision making, network protection, the Internet of Things and other critical components of your information strategy. Through his first-hand experience of losing his business to cybercrime, John will build a foundation for protecting your organization.

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Blockchain: What's in It for You?

  • 9:30 am - 10:30 am,
  • By Rickie Etwaru, Blockchain Expert & Professor, Syracuse University

In this session, learn the top ten considerations for deciding whether to implement an enterprise blockchain project or not. Participants will discuss the strategic rationales of implementing blockchain, timing for this project and formation of use cases. Richie will answer your direct questions relevant to blockchain and material handling and supply chain operations. All participants will take away a tool that enables you to systematically evaluate whether “to blockchain or not to blockchain.”

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Plenary Keynote: Economic and Material Handling Outlook

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm,
  • By Jason Schenker, President, Prestige Economics
Jason Schenker

What challenges and opportunities does the U.S. and global economic outlook pose for your company? Join top-ranked economist Jason Schenker, who will share his short-term and long-term economic forecasts. This presentation will cover the growth outlook, as well as the outlook for interest rates, foreign exchange rates, energy prices, and industrial metals prices.

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12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch & Keynote: On Fire at Work: Creating a Culture for Innovation

  • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm,
  • By Eric Chester, Founder, The Center for Work Ethic Development
Eric Chester

With the new wave of supply chain innovation, leadership is taking on a brand new meaning. Today's digital revolution requires an unprecedented style of company culture. To stay competitive, companies will need a workplace that fosters highly engaged, “on fire” employees and promotes real-time collaboration and learning. In this session you’ll take away strategies and best practices to consistently attract and retain skilled workers, improve their productivity and inculcate their desire to out-perform yesterday’s best. Eric will leave you with actionable ideas for building a world-class workplace culture to lead you into this new era.

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2:30 pm - 3:30 pm


Leadership for the Digital Revolution: Hear from Our Industry

  • 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Leadership practices that worked yesterday may not necessarily work today or tomorrow, and companies must change their way of approaching real-time learning, collaboration, and execution. To lead this change, you'll need a new mindset and set of skills (emotional intelligence, inclusion, and letting go). Join a panel of industry and thought leaders on best practices for "21st century leadership” and hear examples of how material handling and supply chain organizations have evolved their "people practices" to foster disruption and innovation.

Eric Chester, Founder, The Center for Work Ethic Development


  • Scott McKay, Chairman, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)
  • Molly Wood, Engineering Manager, Ace Industries, Inc.
  • Andrea Curreri, President, Bluff Manufacturing
Learn more about the panelists.

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Analytics for Non-Analysts: The Value of Predictive Analytics for Digital Supply Chains

  • 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm,
  • By Randy Bradley, Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management, University of Tennessee

Learn the role of predictive analytics in NextGen supply chains and how to appropriately leverage its value. Not a numbers person? Don't worry - this isn't a technical lesson! This session will help attendees recognize the critical success factors for analytics initiatives and become more aware of potential pitfalls. Randy Bradley will help distinguish between multiple forms of analytics, discuss common ways organizations can leverage analytics, and offer a non-intuitive perspective on how to best think about predictive analytics in digital material handling and suppl chain operations. Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of the power of analytics and the knowledge of how their supply chain and overall business can benefit from this critical NextGen tool.

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