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8:00 am - 9:00 am

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Gaining New Perspectives: Innovation for Companies of all Sizes

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am,
  • By MHI Solutions Community

Digital technologies and innovations are driving massive changes in our industry. But is all of this new technology appropriate for all material handling and supply chain operations? In this session, you'll hear the differing perspectives on adopting NextGen innovations from three companies of various sizes and levels of automation. Each will share their stories on making these NextGen technologies viable, both financially and operationally.

Moderator:
Kevin Reader, Director Business Development & Marketing, KNAPP Inc.

Panelists:

  • Craig Tawney, Regional Sourcing Manager-Production Equipment, DHL Global Business Services
  • Brian Dubak, Senior Director, Warehouse Optimization, Snyder-Lance, Inc.
  • Kimberly Absil, Supply Chain Planning Analyst, Misumi
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Closing the Skills Gap for Today & Tomorrow

  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am

NextGen supply chain innovation requires a digital workforce like we've never imagined before. Material handling and supply chain leaders will be faced with two critical human resource challenges: upskilling incumbent workers and filling the talent pipeline with skilled employees. Our panel of industry leaders will share what they see as required skills for 21st century work, like “mechatronics,” underpinned by core capabilities in teamwork, critical thinking, and problem-solving. You’ll hear how they are building skills in existing workers, and how they are building relationships to stock their talent pool.

Moderator:
David Porter, Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Oregon State University

Panelists:

  • Dave Lippert, President, Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co.
  • Bart Jennings, Professor of Supply Chain Management, Western Illinois University
  • Annette Danek-Akey, SVP, Penguin Random House
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9:30 am - 10:30 am

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The Digital Future: The Convergence of NextGen Technologies

  • 9:30 am - 10:30 am

With the convergence of artificial intelligence, the Internet-of-Things, predictive analytics and robotics, a pathway to NextGen supply chains and their digital future is being built. These technologies can work together to not only create operational efficiencies, but to harness digital supply chain data that can lead to dramatic improvements in visibility, agility, and responsiveness to customer demands. In this panel session, hear from a panel of industry leaders on their implementation of these technologies and how they are creating a sustainable, competitive advantage.

Moderator:
Bill Ferrell, Fluor Professor of Industrial Engineering, Clemson University

Panelists:

  • Luca Bertuccelli, Chief Technology Officer - Smart Cold Chain, Sensitech Inc.
  • Amy Augustine, Senior Manager, Reverse Logistics, US Cellular
  • Bryan Jensen, Chairman & Executive Vice President, St. Onge Company
  • Kieran Ryan, Director of Maintenance, Logistics Services, Dollar Tree | Family Dollar
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Return On Audience: Rebooting Content Marketing and Getting to Real Business Value

  • 9:30 am - 10:30 am,
  • By Robert Rose, Chief Strategy Advisor, The Content Advisory

Let’s reboot the whole idea of content marketing and understand what it is we're actually trying to accomplish. In this session, you’ll walk through the right way to make the business case for content marketing. Learn the most important pieces of developing a content marketing plan and gain an understanding of how to set strategic goals that can lead to dramatic business results. Robert Rose will also walk you step-by-step, how to develop the business purpose and plan your marketing initiatives.

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Plenary Keynote - Point A: Driving Tomorrow’s Logistics Breakthroughs

  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm,
  • By Kevin Heath, Senior Vice President, Chief Procurement Officer, Georgia-Pacific
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You've heard the saying “two heads are better than one.” But what about 100? Georgia‐Pacific’s supply chain leadership recognize that organizations can’t tackle supply chain transformation alone. Hear how Georgia Pacific and other supply chain professionals are coming together to pursue solutions that could power the world’s most efficient supply chain within five years.

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12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch & Keynote: Seeing Around the Corner – What's Happening in the Automated Warehouse

  • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm,
  • By John Ellis, Founder & Managing Director, Ellis & Associates

The incredible speed of adoption of automation technology in all industries is having a profound impact on businesses around the world. What is hype and what is real? And what’s already underway in the warehouse? This talk will explore the fundamental automation technology evolution in progress, the influence of other industries such as transportation and health, and the key technologies that are right around the corner. You’ll hear case studies and lessons learned to take back to your business as you implement automation technologies.

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2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

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Smart Cities & The Last 50 Feet

  • 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Efficiently getting orders from their last point of distribution to their final destination has always been difficult. And as the volume of e-commerce shipments grows exponentially, this problem is now even more critical. In this panel session, a panel of industry leaders will share how they are tackling not only the “last mile” but the “last 50 feet” in delivery and discuss the NextGen technologies that are giving them competitive advantage.

Moderator:
Scott Sopher, Principal, Deloitte

Panelists:

  • Kevin Condon, Director, Engineering & Network Strategy, Kroger
  • Alan Amling, Vice President, Corporate Strategy, UPS
  • John Ellis, Founder & Managing Director, Ellis & Associates
  • Bill Denbigh, Director, Business Development & Marketing, TECSYS
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The Science of Selling

  • 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm,
  • By David Hoffeld, Author & Chief Training Officer, Hoffeld Group

In this fast paced, interactive session, best-selling author David Hoffeld will reveal how to improve your sales by aligning how you sell with how your potential customers buy. You'll learn how to obtain the vital commitments that represent the mental steps our brain goes through when forming buying decisions. You’ll also discover how to apply numerous science-backed strategies to generate more positive responses from potential customers. If you want to learn sales strategies that are backed by real science and proven to work, then this session is for you.

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