LogiMed Spring 2017

The LogiMed Conference Heads to Austin in the Midst of an Unpredictable New Year

As 2017 begins, a global environment of unpredictability combined with a need for savings on the part of medical device manufacturers places an even higher premium on the unique learning opportunities present at LogiMed, taking place March 7 – 9 at the gorgeous Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, Austin, Texas.

The supply chain is often regarded as a prime area for reducing overhead when businesses are under pressure to become leaner. For medical device manufacturers, a host of technologies and strategies are being rolled out in order to uphold the goal of patient satisfaction while protecting margins. The challenges of balancing these two critical priorities aren’t easily overcome; in order to build the lean efficiencies that top healthcare businesses need, executives need to cast a wide net for information and stay on top of developing solutions.

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ACT: Aspire, Challenge and Transform in a Disruptive World

Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference 2017 is the world’s most important gathering of supply chain leaders. Disruptions large and small confront today’s supply chains on a daily basis.  Organizational survival depends on the ability to anticipate, adapt and transform supply chains to deliver reliability and performance.

As an attendee at this year’s Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference 2017, May 23 – 25 in Phoenix, Ariz., chief supply chain officers and their leadership teams will learn to recognize the impacts of disruptions and create transformational strategies that empower the organization to exceed performance expectations.

For three intensive days of analyst-led sessions, workshops, case studies and peer-to-peer exchange, supply chain leaders will learn breakthrough strategies to accelerate efficiency, capacity and bottom-line results in a highly disruptive world.


Designed for business leaders responsible for end-to-end supply chain solutions and supply chain professionals who have a focused supply chain expertise, Oracle’s fifth annual Modern Supply Chain Experience 2017 (Feb. 13-15, 2017 in San Jose, Calif.) will bring together more than 2,800 attendees to hear from the industry’s best about innovation, best practices, and strategies on how to modernize the supply chain for a strategic advantage.


Since 2010, leading American supplier of carbon and alloy steel bar, rod and wire products, Charter Steel, has undergone significant business process re-engineering within demand planning, procurement, supply planning and logistics teams. It is now an industry leader in both on-time delivery and low inventory. Vice President of Supply Chain Robert Dietz has proven himself a visionary leader focused on improving integration, automation and optimization across the entire supply chain, overseeing significant procurement and logistics cost reductions over the past three years. We sat down with him ahead of his presentation at the S&OP Innovation Summit, taking place in Las Vegas on Jan. 25-26, 2017.


Organizations’ drive for efficiency in the supply chain has seen them adopt a wide variety of technologies, from the ingenious to the bizarre. We are now entering a period of unprecedented change for supply chains managers, with a number of new innovations entering the market en masse that have the potential to irrevocably alter operational processes, streamlining them as never before.
    I recently attended the S&OP Innovation Summit in Boston, where a number of speakers discussed what these technologies would be, with three in particular standing out.


The goal of supply chain management can be stated simply: Deliver perfect orders of profitable products. That’s a tall order, and it’s made even more difficult if you’re depending on old-school supply chain technology in this data-driven world.
    “Supply chain has probably changed more in the last 30 years than almost any other aspect of business,” says Jon Chorley, chief sustainability officer and group vice president, supply chain product strategy and PLM at Oracle. “How do you have a responsive supply chain when it takes you two to four weeks to ship the goods to a customer? It requires enormously sophisticated planning and modern, cloud-based tools  to meet this demand.”


The next S&OP Innovation Summit will take place this September 22-23 at the Westin Copley Place in Boston.

A company with a mature S&OP processes will be more successful in executing growth programs, new product launches, market penetration, and pricing. It also helps improve understanding, communication, and collaboration between functions, creating a more agile, dynamic and less reactive supply chain.
    There are numerous theories around what constitutes best S&OP practices, and it is constantly having to adapt to new technologies and techniques, but it is now on its way to becoming a standard practice. For those companies that have implemented S&OP to a high level of maturity, S&OP is now evolving into Integrated Business Planning (IBP).


According to data from ProcureCon Indirect East’s 2016 Benchmark report, 52 percent of procurement groups are now centralized. By contrast, only 12 percent were still decentralized, indicating that the level of maturity around procurement’s role in the organization is continuing to grow. This year from September 19th to the 21st, the ProcureCon Indirect West conference will be meeting at the JW Marriot in Scottsdale, Arizona. Addressing the significant growth of the procurement role and where it is headed, the conference brings some of the brightest minds in procurement together every year.


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