Own & Operate

Leadership & Thought

Anyone charged with operating and owning automation equipment knows full well the responsibility that comes with the job. You’ll come away from this track with a better understanding of why continuous improvement matters and how operational excellence impacts the entire supply chain. From repurposing existing technology to acquiring brand new systems, these sessions will help you manage assets for maximum efficiency over time (and the best possible ROI).

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Competitive Insights, LLC

Track 4: Session 1

Monday: 9:00–10:00am

White Pine 2

Protecting Profits Through Supply Chain Risk Mitigation

From the port explosion in China to the Hanjin bankruptcy to Indian factory collapses, we've all seen the devastating impact that supply chain disruption can inflict on organizations. While firms traditionally centered their supply chain risk mitigation priorities on areas of high risk probability, this approach doesn't minimize the financial losses associated with supply chain disruptions. The good news is that you can have end-to-end supply chain visibility that focuses on the profit contribution impact of every supply chain asset. In this presentation, you'll learn about financial performance visibility and how to prioritize supply chain risk mitigation activities based on potential financial impact.

Michigan State University
FedEx Supply Chain

Track 4: Session 2

Monday: 10:15–11:15am

Kokopelli 3

Outsourcing in a Global E-Commerce Age: A 3PL Executive Spotlight

As third-party logistics providers (3PLs) evolve into collaborative partners that offer an expanding scope of services, how are shippers navigating the potential for increased 3PL embeddedness within their global end-to-end supply chains? And, do the current practices of implementing increasingly shorter contractual terms constrain 3PLs’ innovative efforts? This executive panel session will explore these and other key issues influencing market growth within the 3PL market space. The panel will also explore how to develop transformational partnerships within the “new” procurement models that define outsourcing in an e-commerce age.

C&S Wholesale Grocers

Track 4: Session 3

Monday: 11:30am–12:30pm

White Pine 2

Pickers Find Value: Repurposing Pre-owned Automation

When an abandoned automated DC became available in a certain target area, this wholesale grocery supply company jumped on the opportunity! The DC contained a convey & sort material handling system that had not been operational for a couple of years. Although the bones of the system were still strong, some component obsolescence issues needed to be addressed. Making the system work optimally for the new operations also required some configuration changes and a robust software package. This session tells the story of how the grocery supplier aligned with Dematic to transform a previously-idle system into a solution that truly meets the needs of the company and its customers.

Track 4: Session 4

Monday: 2:15–3:15pm

White Pine 1

Manage Disruptive Initiatives Like You Mean It

Disruption isn’t a bad thing. In fact, being tossed out of your comfort zone every once in a while is actually a good thing. Being best-in-class doesn’t mean reaching a pinnacle of performance and walking away with the trophy. It means you’ve mastered the process of continually improving. This tutorial will show you how to generate, test and implement ideas, and start viewing disruption, change, and innovation in a positive light. You’ll come away from this experience understanding how to break down age-old assumptions, create alignment and avoid unproductive inertia in your quest for best-in-class.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Track 4: Session 5

Monday: 3:30–4:30pm

Bridging the Last Mile Gap in Transportation

The race to shorten the last mile is on. An ever-growing volume of e-commerce sales, consumers, retailers and parcel service providers have all come to realize the glaring inefficiencies in the so-called last mile. A perpetual concern for companies that ship goods to end users, the last mile has become an especially sore point as the volume of e-commerce and D2C shipments has grown. In this session you'll learn the latest and greatest strategies for closing this gap and creating a straighter and more streamlined path from your warehouse or DC to the final destination.

TSquared Logistics

Track 4: Session 6

Tuesday: 10:15–11:15am

White Pine 2

Using Bespoke Benchmarking to Achieve Operational Greatness

Everyone is talking about metrics and analytics right now, but very few companies are effectively applying data in their own operational and strategic planning programs. With its annual DC Measures survey, WERC gets to the bottom of the problem and helps you understand exactly WHAT you need to measure, WHY you need to measure it, and HOW it will help your company achieve its continuous improvement goals. Armed with this information, you’ll be ready to calibrate your own metrics and set up a successful benchmarking program for success.

Track 4: Session 7

Tuesday: 11:30am–12:30pm

White Pine 2

Intense Complexity Demands Intense Safety - Here's How

Advanced technology and automation have reduced many of the workplace hazards associated with manual labor, but they’ve also introduced different risks that require management focus. The changing demographics of the workforce necessitate new approaches to safety management in order to minimize worker injuries, illnesses, business losses, and supply chain interruptions. Worker safety has also become an issue of organizational sustainability and is of significant interest to a variety of stakeholders. In this session, our expert will help you assess your current risk levels, apply new standards and technologies, and recommend transitioning safety measurement systems to leading indicators (proactive actions) from lagging indicators (ouch!).

Kooima Laser Co.

Track 4: Session 8

Tuesday: 2:15–3:15pm

White Pine 2

Is Your Technology Scaling up with Your Business?

Like spandex-infused jeans, your automated system has to be able to adjust and expand as your company grows and changes over time. In this session, you’ll hear from a Midwestern farm implement manufacturer that started small back in 2006 by investing in handful of Dematic AGVs. From just a few AGVs 11 years ago, the company’s wide range of automated equipment now includes 10 AGVs and a four aisle ASRS which was installed in two phases. Now, when the company wants to expand or scale up its operations that technology is in place and ready to step up and tackle the new challenges that are put in front of it.


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