Monday, November 11th, 2019: Prep Your Supply Chain for Digital Transformation

7:30 am - 8:20 am Registration & Breakfast

8:20 am - 8:30 am Opening Remarks

Matt Greenbaum, Senior Program Director at Supply Chain Next

Matt Greenbaum

Senior Program Director
Supply Chain Next

8:30 am - 8:40 am Chairperson's Opening Remarks


Alex Wakefield


8:40 am - 9:00 am PRESENTATION: Supply Chain Digitization 101: Demystifying the Technologies You Keep Hearing About But Don’t Understand

• Easy-to-digest explanations on the emerging technologies that can optimize your supply chain 
• Breakdowns on blockchain, AI, automation, cognitive computing, tracing/tracking devices, tank container finders, sensors, geo devices, API, clouds, etc. 
• How these technologies can be directly applied to your business 
• Potential challenges that come with viewing and sharing customer data 

Shrabani Jain

Digital Transformation Leader, Supply Chain

It isn’t enough for a pilot program to merely be successful; it must also be operationally transitioned with a demonstrated proof of value and a working cost model, able to fit into the overall operation.  All stakeholders must share common ground expectations, with data 
integrated across every level.

• Take advantage of budgets for innovation – and advocate for their growth
• Build the business case necessary to secure dedicated budgets that fund your kick-off
• Get approval from ops resources while maintaining visibility of product

Doug Cantriel, Head, Supply Chain Digital Services at FORD

Doug Cantriel

Head, Supply Chain Digital Services

James Osborn, Manager, Logistics and Process Improvement at HANOVER FOODS

James Osborn

Manager, Logistics and Process Improvement

Akshay Hattangdi, Director, Inventory Strategy at POTTERY BARN

Akshay Hattangdi

Director, Inventory Strategy

Sean Barbour, Senior Director, Supply Chain at WALGREENS

Sean Barbour

Senior Director, Supply Chain

9:40 am - 10:20 am USE CASE: Overcoming Challenges In Building A Supply Chain Use Case, POC or POV

Successfully trialing blockchain in enterprise is about much more than just technology. Product owners must also develop a use case, test its viability, build a business case that delivers clear value, identify third party partners and find willing suppliers who will be involved in the initial test case. Insights shared will be based on actual working of a use case using blockchain.

• Identify the use case and determining if blockchain is the best fit. 
• Build the business case
• Sell internally to get buy-in from different functions and identifying a champion
• Determine scope and enroll IT and/or third-party solution provider and get a cost proposal, project timeline and deliverables
• Sell externally and enrolling peers and/or vendors or building a consortium
• Establish a contract
• Build the solution, running a pilot and evaluate benefits
• Document learnings and identify next steps and implementation plan

Balaji Ramakrishnan, Director, Procurement and Supply Chain at BP

Balaji Ramakrishnan

Director, Procurement and Supply Chain

10:20 am - 11:00 am Networking Break

11:00 am - 11:20 am PRESENTATION: Navigating Data with Disruptive Technologies to Analyze, Cleanse, and Manage Your Data

Fast scalable databases are a better way to deal with the immense amounts of information generated by your supply chain software and new technologies, like IOT.  But are you equipped to make sense of so much data from multiple sources?  Breaking down and reassembling data into different values can help you get the clearest, most important signals for your business.

• Interact with data in a more pragmatic manner
• Integrate your new data services into process optimization
• Guarantee that all your supply chain data can be reviewed and analyzed in real-time


Alex Wakefield


Richard Lack, Senior Director, Integrated Business Partner at PACTIV

Richard Lack

Senior Director, Integrated Business Partner

11:20 am - 11:40 am FIRESIDE CHAT: Using Next-Gen Technology for Supply Chain Automation

What have been the most important real applications so far of artificial intelligence and machine learning in supply chains?  Where is Kraft Heinz, one of the biggest food suppliers in the world, going with this technology next?  Listen and learn from Amit Maini, their GBS Digital Services Lead, to find new insights on how you can update your process automation.  

• Discuss the databases and tools necessary for large-scale AI use
• Compare the benefits of more automated supply chains
• Forecast the next steps of bigger rollouts

Amit Maini, Global Supply Chain Group Lead, IT Operations at KRAFT HEINZ

Amit Maini

Global Supply Chain Group Lead, IT Operations


Alex Wakefield


11:40 am - 12:20 pm PANEL: Preparing For Supply Chain Transformation: Getting Your Data And Technology Houses In Order

Before aiming toward an advanced planning scenario analysis tool, you must set the stage with a centralized repository for master data and inventory.  Just as artificial intelligence suffered a “lost decade” when practitioners abandoned it over misguided expectations, so too could blockchain gain an undeserved bad reputation if manufacturers don’t have the underlying support network in place needed for its success.  

• Analyze your data architecture requirements
• Balance data management with the need to maintain patient privacy
• Prepare for the technology gaps between pharma and other sectors

Alan Freedlund, Vice President, Global IT, Manufacturing & Supply Chain at BAXTER

Alan Freedlund

Vice President, Global IT, Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Martin Rowan, Managing Partner at REVEAL

Martin Rowan

Managing Partner

Venkat Krishnan, Logistics Transformation Lead at GENERAL MOTORS

Venkat Krishnan

Logistics Transformation Lead

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm Lunch

1:20 pm - 2:00 pm PANEL: Ensuring Traceability Of Component Parts Through Data Partnerships

Certifying the provenance of certain car parts, such as airbags, can create additional value – even if it isn’t definitively required by industry regulators.  The use cases that have already succeeded can show value particularly in areas that make the most sense for blockchain traceability.

• Discuss blockchain applications for origin-critical parts such as airbags, ABS controllers, and batteries for EVs
• Acknowledge the particularly high risks inherent to automotive supply chains
• Deploy digital signatures on car parts to maintain customer relationships and uphold quality control

Doug Cantriel, Head, Supply Chain Digital Services at FORD

Doug Cantriel

Head, Supply Chain Digital Services

Shrabani Jain

Digital Transformation Leader, Supply Chain

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm USE CASE: Making the Business Case for Long-Term Digital Improvement

Legacy systems may have met your manufacturing and distribution needs in the past, but you know it’s time for a transformation.  How do get your full team and management to know that too? Walking through the quadrants of digital maturity can highlight the most important arguments for long-term improvement.

• Modernize your manufacturing, warehousing, and execution systems
• Minimize outages as an early clear benefit from digitalized technology
• Recapture the journey and next steps for broader IT initiatives within supply chains

Vincent Shorter, Global IT Director, Supply Chain at ABBOTT DIAGNOSTICS

Vincent Shorter

Global IT Director, Supply Chain

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm Networking Break

Assigning digital identities allow larger distributors and processors in the food supply chain to improve quality assurance and inventory management.  Additionally, turning items that are traditionally on the food commodity market into digital assets can lead to the creation of a digital marketplace, with a futures market and forward contracts.  

• Reduce value leakage
• Take realistic steps for forward-contracting based on digital verification
• Explore opportunities for clearing, settlements, payments, and procurement

Rob Jennings, CEO at BEEFCHAIN

Rob Jennings


Bob Ayres, Regional Vice President North Central, Printer Solutions Division at Avery Dennison

Bob Ayres

Regional Vice President North Central, Printer Solutions Division
Avery Dennison

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm ROUNDTABLES

• Finding and Addressing Dark Spots in Supply Chains
                   -hosted by CLOUDLEAF
• Enterprise BI: Is There a One-Size-Fits-All Solutions - And Should You Be Trying To Find One?
* Make the Internal Business Case for Adapting New Technology
• Select Optimal Tools and Talent for Change Management 
• Seek Out Vendors Most Committed to Your Success
• Bridge the Gaps Between Cloud and ERP Systems

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Cocktail Networking Reception

6:00 pm - 6:00 pm Day One Concludes