Making Industry 4.0 Meaningful: Overcoming Reactivity, Supercharging Proactivity

On 16-18 March 2020, the US edition of our NG Supply Chain Summit will bring together senior decision-makers and business leaders from across North America at the fantastic Scottsdale, McCormick Ranch, Arizona, to share their views on how to tackle the biggest challenges in supply chain management today.

Industry 4.0, the move to “place sensors in everything, create networks everywhere, automate anything, and analyze everything to significantly improve performance and customer satisfaction”, has become disconnected from the realities of real supply chain organisations. With no silver bullet to business transformation, there is a need for a common mission statement across departments to break free of silo-thinking and continuously improve. At the Next Generation Supply Chain Leadership Summit, learn to balance agility, alignment and adeptness in tackling the key challenges of the day. Including: automating last mile costs, piloting ERP solutions with rapidity, and leveraging artificial intelligence to optimize intermodal networking.

From case studies that lift the lid on operations inside best-in-class organisations, to workshops and collaborative sessions that focus on real challenges and future technology innovations, to one-to-one meetings with industry peers offering practical advice tailored to your specific needs, the summit will provide you with everything you need to implement your key projects more effectively.

Our Approach

Every GDS Summit has one stated aim: to help attending executives implement their key projects more effectively. We do this by developing an in-depth understanding of those executives' project needs, the business outcomes they want to achieve, and the challenges they face in terms of hitting those goals.

Who Attends

Our summits are designed for executives looking to take their business to the next level – from market-leading brands to disruptive new entrants. As such, we’ve worked with some of the world’s best-loved and most forward-thinking businesses.
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Attendees Include

The upcoming summit will welcome executives from some of the world's biggest and most recognisable firms - as well as the most forward-thinking - as they look to address their project challenges.
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Joseph Hurley
SVP Supply Chain
Sprouts Farmers Market
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Trip Wood
Senior Vice President Operations
FabFitFun
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Marv Cunningham
Senior Vice President - Logistics
Hudson's Bay Company
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Christian Hammer
Head of International Supply Chain Engineering
Wayfair
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Collette Tauscher
Director of Strategy - Supply Chain, Global Technology
Nike
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Fern Hernandez
Sr. Director, Mfg. Supply Chain & Operations, Contracts
Boeing
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Randall Pappal
VP Supply Chain
Shape Corp.
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Derek Jemeysom
Sr Director Logistics - DC Operations
Sam's Club
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Eric Anderson
Director Global Supply Chain Planning
HP
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Arturo Murakami
Global Fem Care Manufacturing and Supply Chain Transformation/Digitization Director
Procter & Gamble
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Christine Anderson Vietri
Director, System Supply Chain Operations & Logistics
Northwell Health
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Sara Custer
VP of Operations
Imperfect Foods

5 Challenges in Supply Chain

Our summit is focused on solving your strategic challenges
  • Leveraging supply chains as competitive advantages​
  • Attuning to new and critical demand-driven signals​
  • Reconnecting and synergizing with consumer experience​
  • Displacing and replacing the talent pool​
  • Failing fast on the last mile​
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Summit Schedule

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Monday March 16, 2020
Registration
1:00pm - 6:00pm

Join us at 1.00 pm when registration opens to collect your badge, check-in, meet the on-site team, and start your 2.5 day Summit experience.

Solution Provider Briefing
2:00pm - 2:30pm

Our VP of Sales will brief you on the next 2 ½ days at the summit, giving you all the information you’ll need for your 1-2-1 meetings, the networking sessions and what to expect to maximise your summit experience.

Welcome Remarks and Delegate Briefing
2:30pm - 2:45pm

Our Master of Ceremonies will kick off the Summit with a welcome brief and orientation session, giving you all the information you need to maximize your Summit experience.

Panel Discussion
2:45pm - 3:30pm
The perspectives of 4-5 industry experts into one of the key challenges we're all facing today. This will be moderated to create a session of different perspectives, opinions and tangible takeaways of how our panelists are tackling them.
2020 Vision: Leveraging Supply Chains as a Competitive Advantage
  • Industry 4.0 often looms as a backdrop to many supply chain executives of the Fortune 500. Yet, other than being an abstract vision to hang conversation off of, does 4.0 really signal a significant change in supply chain capability or maturity?
  • 97% of respondents with autonomous supply chains report their customer satisfaction somewhat or significantly increased in the past year, compared to only 8% with linear supply chains.” – EY
  • The panel discusses the benefits and drawbacks of onboarding 4.0 innovation, such as AI, RPA and IoT, over leveraging existing investments within an organization to foster agility and proactivity within traditional operations. 
Interview
3:30pm - 3:50pm
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
The Countdown Clock on Delivery Times

Price is no longer the main competitive differentiator. How long it takes to receive an item is becoming just as important.

  • How are you transforming your fulfilment centre to keep up with the shorter delivery cycles?
  • How can you manage your inventory to maintain these short delivery deadlines?
  • How important is predictive analytics in being able to keep up with these reduced deadlines?
Roundtable Track 1
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:30pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
Leveraging Supply Chains as Competitive Advantages​

Supply chains are not spreadsheets. They are a critical source of advantage and differentiation for your product offering. Recentre the importance of this distinction.

  • A demand-driven supply chain. Sounds good, is it practical?
  • If your supply chain can’t somersault it’s not agile enough
  • From chain to ecosystem: charting the next decade of logistics
Roundtable Track 2
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:30pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
Attuning To New and Critical Demand-Driven Signals​

There are now many profound interdependencies and complex variables influencing consumer demand. Prospect the best intelligent solutions to refine your predictive accuracy and precision at scale.

  • 2020 vision: the next decade of consumer foresight.
  • Introducing the gold standard analytical engine for predictive demand.
  • DRIP problems… and how to overcome them.
Roundtable Track 3
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:30pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
Reconnecting and Synergizing With Consumer Experience​

Torn between adding value to customers and driving down operating costs? Don’t compromise on either. Leverage novel resources to magnify your fulfilment capacity.

  • To me, to you. Embedding inventory closer to the point of sale.
  • On time, in full and when I want it: the next generation of consumption modelling.
  • Return, plan, source, make, deliver… and return: transforming reverse logistics into sales.
  • Your silos are now salesforces
Roundtable Track 4
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:30pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
Displacing and Replacing the Talent Pool​

Supply chain needs rebranding. For too many it has become an obscure and unattractive career choice. Face this difficult truth and address the talent shortage head on.

  • Dealing with the warehouse and trucker shortage.
  • The importance of labor diversity.
  • Three dimensions of opportunity: additive manufacturing and the talent gap
Roundtable Track 5
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:30pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
Failing Fast on the Last Mile​

Analog supply chains are no longer tenable. Scale, legacy and linearity only make organizations slow. Is the future of the last mile autonomous?

  • A spoonful of reality helps Industry 4.0 go down.
  • Projecting the innovation curve
Networking Drinks
5:30pm - 7:00pm

A casual setting to network and meet the rest of the attendees and discuss relevant topics at your leisure.

Gala Dinner
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Join us for our Gala Dinner & Keynote Speaker. An opportunity to network with your peers in a social environment with a three course dinner and wine whilst listening to an industry leader discuss a key topic.

Keynote
8:00pm - 8:30pm
Our Keynote speaker will be addressing the entirety of Summit attendees during our Gala Dinner. They will be going beyond the 'brand story' and sharing their experience and the real truths of tackling a challenge that is shaping the industry.
Supply Chain: Delivering The Brand
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Joseph Hurley
SVP Supply Chain - Sprouts Farmers Market

Supply chain has moved on from being the operational arm of the business to the mechanism for a business to deliver it’s brand promise.

Tuesday March 17, 2020
Breakfast
7:00am - 7:50am

Please come down and join us for breakfast and prepare for a day of workshops, keynotes, debates and panels.

Welcome Remarks
7:50am - 8:00am

Our Master of Ceremonies will brief you into the day 2 program to make sure you are in the right place at the right time.

Panel Discussion
8:00am - 8:30am
The perspectives of 4-5 industry experts into one of the key challenges we're all facing today. This will be moderated to create a session of different perspectives, opinions and tangible takeaways of how our panelists are tackling them.
Inventory Optimization in the Digital Age

With customers being more demanding and more vocal about their experiences, the need to provide an exceptional service at top speed is becoming the norm. We are also in an era when customer demand is harder to predict that ever, even with all the new technologies available. How do you manage demand planning in an ever changing marketplace?

Keynote
8:30am - 9:00am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Operational Excellence, Organisational Culture and Agility: The Missing Link?

In an increasingly dynamic environment where change seems to be the only constant feature, operational excellence programmes are often used to achieve improved performance results. Operational excellence should not be seen as an approach to promote change, but rather to provide tools and framing for people in the organisation to deal with it. However, there aren’t many casestudies to learn from or any “results” you can measure against. How do you know what operational excellence looks like for your business and then successfully implement this?

Panel Discussion
9:00am - 9:30am
A one on one interview diving into the details of how to prepare yourself for the realities of one of the industry's top challengers.
Supply Chain Peak Season Planning: Is it Too Reactionary?

The peak season has been stretched from 5 to 14 weeks.” To keep peak season under control, supply chain leaders need to rethink why supply chain peak season planning has become a reactionary process, how optimization can help, and a few strategies to improve proactive planning.

Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
9:30am - 10:00am
One Topic. Two experts. Two opinions. You'll get the chance to vote on where you stand before the session starts. We'll then hear from our two experts, to see if they can sway your opinion when you participate in the closing vote.
Supply Chain Needs to be The Whistle Blowers on Unethical Brand Behavior
Coffee & Networking Break
10:00am - 10:15am

Take a break and refuel whilst networking and socializing with your peers.

Case Study
10:15am - 10:55am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Uberization

Uber-like freight applications enable shippers to “shop” for transportation via their smart phones or tablets, and then track the movement of that freight via a mobile device. The TMS world is evolving and it is great to see new technology and options enter the landscape.

  • But does this work for all supply chain or just “easy” frieght?
  • How does uberization impact your planning and tracking?
  • Does this style of shipping allow for the same visibility and reliability?
Workshop
11:00am - 11:40am
An industry expert will lead an interactive workshop tackling common challenges and scenarios, engaging the audience to confront the issues and discuss ideas. What will your proposed solutions be?
Where Does a Reverse Logistics Strategy Fit into Your Supply Chain

Returns and a reverse logistics strategy is the piece in the supply chain wheel and just as important to make sure you get right.

  • How do you use data, analytics and machine-learning algorithms to route returned and excess inventory to optimal locations within an enterprise’s network.
  • How do you minimise waste and create efficiencies within reverse logistics?
Panel Discussion
11:45am - 12:25am
The perspectives of 4-5 industry experts into one of the key challenges we're all facing today. This will be moderated to create a session of different perspectives, opinions and tangible takeaways of how our panelists are tackling them.
The Battle for Supply Chain Talent

The supply chain is already well into its journey to automate. Many warehouses are full of robots, large companies are looking to autonomous trucks for transporting goods and the industry is increasingly reliant on analytics for its day-to-day operations. But further adoption will rely on people that know how to implement these kinds of technologies.

  • Supply chain is not alone, a lot of industries are facing the digital skills gap, so what can you do?
  • How can the industry make these jobs more attractive?
  • Can you wait to hire the right people, or do you need to train?
  • Can in house training ever supplement the skill gap?
Keynote
12:30pm - 1:00pm
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Using a TMS to Solve the Visibility Challenge

Visibility means different things to the customer and to the business. Customers talk about orders and PO’s, carries send data in shipments and loads and finance needs invoices and vouchers.

  • Everyone wants something different in terms of visibility, so which one do you prioritise?
  • What is the primary function or your TMS and is this best for the business?
  • Can you ever deliver 360 visibility at the same level for everyone?
Networking Lunch
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Join us for a sit-down lunch, and a chance to catch up on emails and get ready for the afternoon.

Roundtable
Session 2 - Discovery
2:00pm - 2:40pm
Learning and sharing with your group. What are the solutions? Are they readily available? What path are you going to take?
Drill-Down Roundtables

Summit to break down into roundtables to discuss overarching themes of summit, drawing on salient case studies, facts, figures and experiences:

  • Shifting leadership mindsets from reactivity to proactivity
  • Powering operational excellence through integrated planning & execution
  • Continuously improving business process re-engineering
  • Digitizing the kinetic world: upscaling your technology stack
  • Making industry 4.0 meaningful through balancing agility, adeptness and alignment
Workshop
2:45pm - 3:25pm
An industry expert will lead an interactive workshop tackling common challenges and scenarios, engaging the audience to confront the issues and discuss ideas. What will your proposed solutions be?
The Impact Of eCommerce and D2G Growth

The growth of the ecommerce and direct-to-consumer industry has already caused the supply chain to transform and this is predicted to continue in the new decade. Many manufacturers and wholesalers have already started dropshipping and have disintermediated their retail partners. This trend will accelerate because it allows the seller to improve profit margins and create direct customer relationships, by building up their direct-to-consumer channels.

  • What does the rise of dropshipping mean for the traditional warehouse?
  • How will businesses have to adapt their supply chain?
Case Study
3:30pm - 4:10pm
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
The Impacts of AI in Logistics & Supply Chain

The adoption of artificial intelligence technologies in supply chain operations is on the rise and has the ability to offer an array of efficiencies including; boosting productivity, demand forecasting, analytics, customer experience, scheduling and planning to name a few. ​

  • How do you successfully select and embed AI software? ​
  • How do you collate all of the data you need to leverage the benefits of AI? ​
  • How do you build trust in the output?
Panel Discussion
4:15pm - 4:55pm
The perspectives of 4-5 industry experts into one of the key challenges we're all facing today. This will be moderated to create a session of different perspectives, opinions and tangible takeaways of how our panelists are tackling them.
The Dark Side of Your Supply Chain

The cyber security threat to an organization’s supply chain is an increasing reality. A Global Incidence Threat Report found that 50% of cyber-attacks focus on supply chains and at least 70% attempt some sort of lateral movement. How important is it to assess the security threat within your supply chain?

  • How are supply chains vulnerable to cyber-attack?
  • What lessons can be learnt from supply chain breaches such as Target’s breach in 2013?
  • How can you assess the security strength of your supply chain?
  • What steps can be taken to secure your supply chain?
Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
5:00pm - 5:40pm
One Topic. Two experts. Two opinions. You'll get the chance to vote on where you stand before the session starts. We'll then hear from our two experts, to see if they can sway your opinion when you participate in the closing vote.
The Consideration of Ethical Transportation is Paramount to Your Supply Chain Operations
Attendee Downtime
5:40pm - 7:00pm

A needed break after a content filled day. Please use this time as you wish prior to joining us for our night 2 seated dinner.

Networking Drinks
7:00pm - 7:30pm

A casual setting to network and meet the rest of the attendees and discuss relevant topics at your leisure.

Dinner & Entertainment
7:30pm - 10:00pm

Join us for our night two Gala Dinner, which will be in a casual and inviting setting.

Wednesday March 18, 2020
Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:20 am

Please come down and join us for breakfast and prepare for a day of workshops, keynotes, debates and panels.

Welcome Remarks
8:20 am - 8:30 am

Our Master of Ceremonies will brief you into the day 3 program to make sure you are in the right place at the right time.

Keynote
8:30 am - 9:00 am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Building Sustainability into Supply Chain

CDP’s research shows a connection between high-performing suppliers and carbon-conscious suppliers. Suppliers displaying environmental leadership are more competitive in other performance areas than those not doing so. The customer is also expecting brands to be more environmentally conscious. So how do you build sustainability into your strategy in a way that can also improve performance?

Roundtable
Session 3 - Outcomes
9:30 am - 10:10 am
What does it all mean. Tracing back through two days of work, where are we? What you are bringing back to the office with you.
Drill-Down Rountables

Summit to break down into roundtables to discuss overarching themes of summit, drawing on salient case studies, facts, figures and experiences:

  • Shifting leadership mindsets from reactivity to proactivity
  • Powering operational excellence through integrated planning & execution
  • Continuously improving business process re-engineering
  • Digitizing the kinetic world: upscaling your technology stack
  • Making industry 4.0 meaningful through balancing agility, adeptness and alignment
Coffee & Networking Break
10:10 am - 10:35 am

Take a break and refuel whilst networking and socializing with your peers.

Case Study
10:35 am - 11:05 am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Embracing Cyber-Security as a Business Problem

Whilst cybersecurity used to be centered around regulatory compliance and data confidentiality, since the watershed moment of 2017,  the challenges of cyber threats are forcing companies into survival mode.

It is now worth more than the illegal drug trade.​ With the move to digitization now unstoppable, the threat of catastrophic availability events, such as ransomware attacks, becomes ever more acute. Can blockchain alone neutralize all these threats?​

Harmonizing first, second and third-tier players is a critical challenge in of itself. How can we develop people, processes and technology to wake up to the pressing urgency of cyber security as a business problem?

Workshop
11:10 pm - 11:40 pm
An industry expert will lead an interactive workshop tackling common challenges and scenarios, engaging the audience to confront the issues and discuss ideas. What will your proposed solutions be?
Procurement Perception and Productivity

Firms with more strategically integrated procurement functions see two to three times greater supply chain return on investment than average firms.

Panel Discussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pm
The perspectives of 4-5 industry experts into one of the key challenges we're all facing today. This will be moderated to create a session of different perspectives, opinions and tangible takeaways of how our panelists are tackling them.
Looking to the Future of Supply Chain

In an ideal supply chain relationship, both customers and suppliers get connected in ways that allow them to easily exchange information, demand data, and the visibility of status”. How can executives gauge accurately where they are strategically with partners, with each of varying size and technological maturity?

The closing panel discusses the mission-critical statement that ties together the overarching challenges for the summit: aligning operational excellence, innovation and customer-centricity to embrace political-economic uncertainty as opportunity.

Keynote
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
A one on one interview diving into the details of how to prepare yourself for the realities of one of the industry's top challengers.
Using ‘Green Logistics’ to Cut Costs and Win Customers

Studies suggest that 90% of companies’ impacts on the environment come from supply chains. In light of this, sustainability is an increasing focus for customers and businesses alike. How should businesses utilize ‘green logistics’ to cut their costs and win customers through showing their social and environmental responsibility?​

Buffet Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Before you head home, make sure you grab something from our buffet-style lunch for your journey ahead.

Summit Location

The Scottsdale, McCormick Ranch, Arizona

Our events take place at some of the most prestigious venues in the world. Five-star accommodation, dining and amenities make attending one of our summits both business and pleasure. Being productive has never been so much fun.

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