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The ISCEA Supply Chain Technology Conference & Expo is an annual gathering of supply chain, operations, engineering and financial professionals coming together to share cutting edge technologies and best practices focusing on efficiency and profitability.

A study conducted by ISCEA over the last three years concluded that ISCEA members were looking for a holistic event that covers both supply chain and technology, thus the genesis of SCTECH. ISCEA is uniquely qualified to organize an event like SCTECH given ISCEA’s thought leadership position in supply chain and technology. SCTECH will also include events to recognize supply chain excellence via the Ptak Prize, educational workshops, a career fair and many competitions. Additionally, SCTECH will host a venture capital session for supply chain technology startups to showcase their solutions to investors.


Sales and operations planning (S&OP) has been around for some 30 years now, during which time it has risen and fallen in terms of importance. The economic challenges and technological advances of recent years have seen it enjoy something of a resurgence, with it being more vital than ever for companies to balance supply and demand, maintain inventory levels, and hit projected revenue and profits.

S&OP is one of the key drivers of an effective growth strategy. A company that has mature S&OP processes will be more successful in executing growth programs of new product launch, market penetration, and price/promotions. It helps develop better understanding, communication, and collaboration between functions - improving agility, while at the same time making organizations more dynamic and less reactive. However, this is when they get it right. Many are still getting it wrong.

The S&OP Innovation Summit is the largest S&OP focused summit in America, and is returning to Boston for the seventh consecutive year on Sept. 21-22.

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Within a growing number of companies, procurement is being asked to work with HR to assist in creating a long-term strategy for optimizing contingent workforce management. Like many areas of indirect spend that have been traditionally controlled exclusively by other departments - such as IT, travel and meetings, or energy procurement - contingent staffing is being reexamined by procurement at the behest of management eager to bring unnecessary costs and process components to heel.

However, as the category is based on the management of people, an added level of complexity is present in the contingent staffing category that demands special attention. Procurement will need to remove silos and facilitate strong communication with HR in order to successfully streamline the category. In some cases, the level of oversight the category demands is giving rise to distinct category manager roles that can apply their full attention to controlling supplier relations and serving a consultative role with HR.

As the contingent workforce grows, ProcureCon’s event portfolio has also grown on pace with changes in the field, following suit with the addition of a dedicated conference. The latest addition, running July 11-13 in Atlanta, is a new conference: Contingent Staffing 2016. While contingent workforce management has been explored in the agendas of other ProcureCon conferences, this will be the first time a full event has been dedicated to the specific nuances of the category.

WomenInSC41216The supply chain industry is always in flux, with many moving parts to keep track of – both literally and figuratively. Add regulations and compliance into the mix, and one of the biggest challenges is keeping your supply chain organized. Leadership strategies are vital to making sure that companies maintain compliance with existing regulations, as well as those that lie ahead, such as the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). Read on for leadership tips and tricks in the face of preparing customers for ACE.

Inventory41316There are good reasons to carry more inventory than you need. You might want to stockpile parts or materials expected to get more expensive, or keep rare parts on hand to improve customer service. Generally speaking, however, inventory is a physical representation of the battle for your share in the value chain. The less you can carry, the better your own position.

eighteen wheeler 614201 640In an increasingly connected world, 3PLs are under significant pressure to respond to emerging trends. As their clients demand more real-time communication, greater visibility, and reduced costs, 3PLs have been driven to adopt various forms of technology to increase efficiency and maintain a competitive edge. Recent trends include IoT transportation ecosystems, LTL dimensioning pricing technology and the continued shift towards ecommerce. Let’s take a look at those three trends in more detail.

In 2016 the industry face off will continue between providing on-shelf product availability in the most economic and cost effective way while at the same time meeting the increasingly prominent corporate social responsibilities (CSR) of running a modern supply chain business sustainably. In addition, there is an ever-growing backdrop of regulatory demands around traceability and food safety, which cannot be ignored.

The truth is that forward thinking companies are realizing that an efficient, successful, cost effective business can be facilitated by implementing supply chain management processes that positively promote good practice in the environmentally sensitive areas. These include waste reduction, CO2 emissions, carbon footprint, packaging reduction, inventory reduction, transportation, etc.


The role of procurement in sourcing IT solutions has been rapidly growing within most businesses.With IT spending having developed into one of, if not the largest areas of indirect spend, procurement practitioners are being called upon to control costs, limit risk, and add value simultaneously. In addition to these internal pressures, conditions surrounding the available technology are also causing businesses to consider the benefits of a more active role for procurement in IT sourcing. Increased complexity around contract negotiations due to saturation of SaaS products, as well as a seller’s market controlled by a core group of major ERP providers sets the scene for an IT landscape well suited to benefit from the skills procurement can bring to bear.


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