SCMI Virtual Coffee and Breakfast Networking

Why wait until the last minute to log on to the SCMI Virtual Fall Forum? Grab a cup of coffee and a morning snack, and then join our SCMI Virtual Networking event. Before the start of a very busy day, you will get to meet and chat with business colleagues, faculty and students in a comfortable and relaxing setting. This event will not be moderated, so feel free to show your face, introduce yourself and strike up a conversation. 

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Session Recording

Lauren Lukens, executive director, "Knauss School of Business at the University of San Diego", Ahlers Center for International Business

Dean's Welcome

Tim Keane, dean, "Knauss School of Business at the University of San Diego"

Opening Panel

Transforming Your Supply Chain for Competitive Advantage
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Supply chain transformation through cost optimization, digital transformation and scenario planning has enabled organizations to transform their supply chains to gain competitive advantage. This panel of supply chain leaders will share how they are navigating uncertainties and increasing the effectiveness of their transformation efforts.

Key outcomes of this workshop include:

  • How to kick off a transformation program
  • Understanding what areas of supply chain are impacted
  • How to prepare your organization for complex change
  • Real-life examples of how supply chain leaders are addressing challenges
  • How to deliver consistent year-over-year revenue, margin improvement and long-term growth to gain competitive advantage

Rodney Bonds, vice president of supply chain, The Parent Company
Rex Roedger, senior director, supply chain and procurement, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
Ramesh Tharuvai, vice president, supply chain and manufacturing, Neurocrine Biosciences

Moderator: Luke Abbott, chief executive officer, VDriven Consulting


Changing Supply Chain Risks and Vulnerabilities Into Competitive Advantage
Session Recording

During the pandemic, vulnerabilities in manufacturing and supply chains were exposed and risks to manufacturers were magnified. More than one year later, many companies are still seeing supply chain issues including limits on order sizes, significant increases in raw materials costs for chemicals, resins, metals and wood, and delays in delivery, with longer lead times and escalating costs. This is also exacerbated by extreme workforce shortages.

Organizations can create a competitive advantage by being prepared and responding to the next disaster. Learn about the best practices of 50 companies and government agencies interviewed by the Reshoring Institute. Understand what you must do to prepare now and leap ahead of your competition.

Rosemary Coates, executive director, Reshoring Institute 


Last Mile Delivery: Challenges, Opportunities, and Competitive Advantage
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As online retailers continue to search for a competitive advantage, perfecting last mile delivery is quickly becoming a critical differentiator. Taking control of the last mile means that you need to make your delivery fast, flawless, and transparent. So, what exactly is last mile delivery and why is it so important? What challenges do online retailers face in the final mile and how are these challenges successfully addressed?
Panelists will discuss last mile delivery challenges and solutions, and share insights into how organizations can improve logistics execution, enhance customer experience and gain competitive advantage.

Eric Cohen, director of project management, Envoy Solutions
Stanley Lim, PhD, assistant professor of supply chain management, Michigan State University - Eli Broad College of Business
Dean Maciuba, managing partner, North America, Last Mile Experts
Paul Yewman, chief executive officer, PostTag

Moderator: Daniel Lin, PhD, department chair of operations, supply chain management, and information technology management, "Knauss School of Business at the University of San Diego"

Closing Keynote

Transforming the Supply Chain into a Competitive Weapon
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Callaway Golf is a premium golf equipment and active lifestyle company with a portfolio of global brands. This presentation will discuss how Callaway effectively aligns and integrates their product, commercial and supply chain platforms to drive revenue and profitability growth.

Mark Leposky, executive vice president, global operations, Callaway Golf


Interactive Workshops

These workshops will focus on specific topics. Each session will start with a brief presentation to set the stage, then move to an interactive discussion where attendees will have opportunities to ask questions and share their experiences. Come prepared to actively participate and learn from the subject matter experts!

Be Braver Sooner: The Importance of Failing Forward on Adaptation

You learn more from failure than you do from success.  The growing acceptance of failure is changing the way companies approach innovation and adaptation.  The need to be perfect and the fear of failure costs supply chains time and money.   Companies that have learned to tolerate risk and accept imperfection have the advantage in driving change sooner.  Adaptation is accelerated by a continuous feedback loop; do it, embrace the imperfections, learn, and improve.  This holds true for process and product.   This workshop will focus on adaptation of supply chain processes through “failing forward”.

Key outcomes from the workshop include:

  • A leader’s role in encouraging risk
  • Understanding the value of risk
  • Redefining failure and success
  • The impact of failure on adaptation
  • Strategies, techniques, and best practices for “failing forward”

Facilitator: Laura Peterson, vice president of planning, Beachbody

Industry 4.0 and an AI Learning Framework for Future Supply Chains

Recent advances in Internet of Things (IoT) technologies have enabled Industry 4.0 in many supply chains. This workshop will provide an overview of state-of-the-art IoT applications in various industries and discuss how they help supply chains gain a competitive advantage. In addition, artificial intelligence (AI) is believed to have great potential in supply chain management. As an illustration, we will introduce an emerging approach called digital twin-based learning framework that integrates IoT and AI to proactively learn and take successful actions.

Key outcomes from the workshop include:

  • Current trend, impact and applications of digitalization and Industry 4.0
  • Digital twin techniques and best practices for designing supply chains
  • Digital twin-based learning for achieving operational efficiency

Facilitator: Edward Huang, PhD, associate professor, George Mason University, Volgenau School of Engineering 

Post-Pandemic Supply Chains: Back to Normal or Back to the Future?

For several decades, supply chain professionals have been obsessed with cost, resulting in lean supply chains and a constant drive to low-cost sourcing (invariably through low-cost country sourcing). Forecasting, always something of a statistically informed guess, caused issues, but as SCM pros, firefighting was a part of the job.

However, fundamental variability is now evident in global supply chains – especially labor shortages, capacity loss, and business collapse – similar in many respects to previous post-recession cycles. The endemic nature of COVID will stretch this cycle of variability and cause a fundamental rethink of supply chain capacity strategy.

In this workshop, participants will explore the post-pandemic supply chain world, especially focusing on strategic decision making

Key outcomes from the workshop include:

  • What is the COVID fallout for supply chains?
  • What is capacity strategy and why is it the primary strategic decision?
  • How do we build a new supply chain strategy?
  • What are the main impediments to a brave new world-class supply chain strategy?
  • What can you do tomorrow?
Facilitator: Simon Croom, PhD, professor of supply chain management, "Knauss School of Business at the University of San Diego"

Supply Chain Talent: Today, Tomorrow, and in the Not-Too-Distant Future
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The impact of digitalization, the increasing opportunities to work virtually, and the lack of understanding and appreciation for the supply chain profession, are creating a global talent shortage crisis. Contributing factors include: changing skill requirements; an aging workforce; companies not taking steps to create or feed their future talent pipeline; a perception that supply chain jobs lack excitement; and more. Current statistics show there is currently one highly qualified supply chain candidate for every six job openings. The demand for talent with these highly sought-after skills is high and growing fast. More technology than ever before is available for managing supply chains, including autonomous vehicles, warehouse robots, 3D printing, and handheld smart devices.

Key takeaways from this session include:

  • Current and future skills and attributes desired by industry
  • The impact of digital transformation on supply chain career paths
  • Strategies to make organizations more attractive to the best talent
  • Techniques and best practices for organizations to retain and grow talent
  • What’s in store for the future

Facilitator: Joel Sutherland, professor of practice, "Knauss School of Business at the University of San Diego"