Welcome & Introduction
Joel Sutherland (USD Supply Chain Management Institute)

Session 1: Offshoring - No Longer the Obvious Choice
Harry C. Moser (Reshoring Initiative)
The increasing advantages of producing in America for the North American market are driving companies to reshore.  The most visible examples have been electronically intense: Motorola, Apple, Flextronics, Lenovo and GE. The Reshoring Initiative documents the reshoring trend and provides tools for comparing the economics of offshoring to reshoring. Companies that reshore typically mention that, “We probably would not have offshored had we understood all of the related costs and risks.”  Since January 2010, approximately 80,000 manufacturing jobs have been reshored by about 250 OEMs and thousands of their suppliers. 

In this session, you will learn how and why to use the free Reshoring Initiative tools which include a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) estimator for sourcing decisions; selling vs. offshore competitors; and for convincing customers to produce or source here.  

Session 2: Building IT Agility Through Outsourcing as a Management Best Practice
Amanda Sweeney (PETCO Animal Supplies)

In this session you will learn how Petco leveraged outsourcing to enable a more agile IT support model for the enterprise. Petco outsourced all IT functions to a multi-vendor environment simultaneous to transforming the merchandising and marketing organizations with new technologies.

The IT organization has moved from being the solution to managing solutions for the enterprise. This was accomplished by improving its interface with the business, architecting its technologies and providing skilled support for major organizational projects led by the business. However, it all starts with their people. Petco will discuss changes to organizational structure, compensation planning, training and development frameworks which have made them successful in delivering a more agile response to fast changing customer demands and business requirements.

Petco will also share how they have moved beyond outsourcing of IT functions to utilizing outsourcing as a management best practice and service delivery option across the business. They have subsequently expanded their use of third party services to multiple locations around the world (Philippines, India, Brazil, Portugal & United States) based on skills need & availability.

Session 3: Managing a Blooming Global Supply Chain
Jeff Border (Provide
When your source of supply is around the world, your products have a shelf-life measured in days, most of your demand is measured in a fraction of the year, and your customers expect perfection in product freshness and quality, what do you do?

In this session, you will learn what one company does to manage a global supply chain with changing sources of supply, multiple risks factors, mandates on sustainability, and dramatic peaks in demand.

Session 4: Best Practices in Global Sourcing
In this session, you will learn what leading companies are doing to manage their global supply chains. What are their sources of supply? How did they make these decisions? How are they the same? How are they different? What do they consider best practices? What are some key lessons-learned?


  • Alex Albertini (Charlotte Russe)
  • James Hill (Targus Group International)
  • Kevin Limbach (TaylorMade Golf Company)
  • Kevin Nohelty (WD-40 Company)

Moderator: Maria Thompson (Agile Sourcing Partners)

Session 5: Breakout Sessions
Share your experiences, express your opinions, ask questions, and learn from your colleagues when you participate in one of these interactive breakout sessions. Facilitated by subject matter experts, each session will have a limited number of participants who will have the opportunity to actively contribute their insights and experiences on topics of wide interest.

  • Best Practices in Relationship Management
    Amanda Sweeney, Director, IT Global Service Delivery, PETCO Animal Supplies
  • How to Decide if You Should Reshore
    Harry Moser, Founder/President, Reshoring Initiative
  • Determining the Total Cost of Ownership
    John Hanson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of San Diego
  • Global Supply Risks: Scanning Your Global Supply Exposure
    Simon Croom, Ph.D., Professor, University of San Diego

Session 6: Cowabunga! Innovation, Automation & Localization in Bringing Manufacturing Back
Rosemary Coates (Blue Silk Consulting)
Cowabunga! This is a term invented by the writer of The Howdy Doody Show, a children's TV show that ran in the USA from 1947 until 1956. It expresses a spirit of wonder and enthusiasm… just what is needed to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. Beyond the cost comparisons of the rush to reshore, companies need to consider product innovation to take advantage of evolving markets, automation to make products cost-effective, and localization to make these products attractive to the U.S. consumer.

In this session, you will learn how to get your company excited and engaged in reshoring; how to ramp up enthusiasm for innovation, and rekindle the Yankee spirit of competition.

Session 7: The Combination of Off-Shoring and In-shoring Production - A Fish Tale
Jan Tharp (Bumble Bee Foods)

Albacore tuna, representing about 5% of the total global tuna catch, is caught in three primary oceans around the world. Bumble Bee Foods is the largest canned albacore tuna producer for the North American market, with a 44% market share position. With global demand increasing and international sustainability efforts limiting supply, Bumble Bee must develop strategies to secure the fish resource and manufacture a competitive product.

This session explores the challenges of procuring and processing part of the finished good products in off-shore locations and finishing the product closer to the end user in U.S. production facilities. It will also review how social responsibility and compliance issues have influenced our overseas sourcing strategy.