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Sessions Overview

Track 2 - Next Gen Supply Chain

Machine learning, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain…there’s no end to the number of next-generation technologies being placed in front of supply chain and logistics managers right now. But how can you sift through the options to find the technologies that will truly help you accelerate change for growth in today's competitive business environment? Find out in this forward-thinking track, where you’ll hear how the industry’s up-and-coming technologies will help you develop an agile, adaptive global supply chain that can go the distance.

Track 2 Sessions

  • Session 1
    Humans + Machines: Not Science Fiction Anymore
    Monday: 9:00AM - 10:00AM
    Location: Kokopelli 1

    When Arthur C. Clarke wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968, the idea of humans working side-by-side with robots was pretty unbelievable. That picture is now in clear focus as the technology behind the machines advances, and we start to worry less about robots overtaking us and more about how to effectively collaborate with our machines. In this session, you’ll learn how harnessing the real power of automation requires a “humans-plus-machines” mindset right out of the pages of a science fiction novel.

  • Session 2
    How Modern Robotics are Delivering Flexible Automation
    Monday: 10:15AM - 11:15AM
    Location: Kokopelli 1

    As today’s supply chains work to improve flexibility, productivity, and efficiency, emerging technologies are helping them reach new heights. Evolved to a point where they are now accessible to companies of all sizes, robotics no longer need to be segregated in “human-free” zones. In fact, the new generation of robots is already delivering impressive productivity gains alongside employees without a massive investment. This session will cover market trends and market forecasts; outline several use cases; and highlight current data on the impact of commercial service robotics.

  • Session 3
    Using Artificial Intelligence in the Real World

    George Babu

    Kindred AI

    Monday: 11:30AM - 12:30PM
    Location: White Pines

    Technological change is happening at a rapid pace and it’s taking all of us along for the wild ride. Through machine learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI) gives inanimate systems the ability to automatically learn and improve from experience — a very “humanlike” trait — without being programmed or instructed to do so. It’s already helping companies like Uber determine ETAs for rides, estimate meal delivery times, and compute optimal pickup locations. Come hear how AI is making an impact on real-world supply chains and what all of this means for your company's future.

  • Session 4
    What Will the Warehouse of Tomorrow Look Like?

    Thomas Elswick

    Siemens Industry Inc.

    Monday: 2:15PM - 3:15PM
    Location: Kokopelli 1 & 2

    With strategic assets in a fierce battle to exceed customer expectations and capitalize on competitive differentiators, warehouses are no longer viewed as places to just “store a bunch of stuff.” Organizations that ignore this reality risk falling behind and losing the competitive edge, particularly if they don’t explore the solutions available today that can prepare them for the future. Come hear how Automatic Guided Vehicles and lift trucks, real-time location services, Artificial Intelligence, and other innovations will come together to create the winning warehouse of tomorrow.

  • Session 5
    Bridging the Gap Between Current Processes and Next Gen Requirements

    Clint Reiser

    ARC Advisory Group/Logistics Viewpoints

    Monday: 3:30PM - 4:30PM
    Location: Kokopelli 3

    Warehouse managers who run their facilities with a clipboard, spreadsheets, and phone calls probably can't even envision robots on the dock, automated pickers in the distribution center, or the Internet of Things as the network that helps these innovations collaborate. But even warehouses that invested in warehouse software and automation in the last decade are realizing that it no longer meets today’s fulfillment requirements. In this session, you will obtain useful insights into the changing demands placed on fulfillment operations and learn about how practitioners are responding by adjusting processes, investing in technology, and reconfiguring distribution center layouts.

  • Session 6
    Blockchain Beyond the Hype

    Kenneth Cottrill

    MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, Chain Business Insights LLC

    Tuesday: 10:15AM - 11:15AM
    Location: Kokopelli 2

    An incorruptible, distributed ledger, blockchain allows businesses to track assets along the supply chain, increase transparency and save money. Many companies such as Maersk and Walmart are developing blockchain applications. In this session, you’ll learn the blockchain basics, and hear about potential applications and benefits in supply chain management. You will also learn about the issues that must be resolved before blockchain can become widely adopted in supply chains.

  • Session 7
    The Supply Chain Risk Game Has Changed. Are You Ready for the New Playbook?
    Tuesday: 11:30AM - 12:30PM
    Location: Kokopelli 1

    Ten years ago, supply chain risk mainly focused on identifying and managing supplier failures, raw material shortages, and commodity price volatility. But organizations are no longer just managing risk with deeper supply chain relationships and analysis; they’re preparing for outright disaster. Where they once stressed over localized mistakes or upstream oversights, they now have to worry about cataclysm, potentially at the hands of actors bent on destruction. Come to this session to explore the key risks that firms are facing and to learn how to run a continuous, reliable supply chain in a volatile world.

  • Session 8
    How to Cover the Last Mile Faster Than Your Competitors

    Adrian Kumar

    DHL Supply Chain

    Tuesday: 2:15PM - 3:15PM
    Location: Kokopelli 1

    Your customers want a “seamless” omni-channel shopping experience. That means being able to buy online and pick up at the store, try on a piece of clothing in the store and have it delivered at home, or place a mobile order and have the items delivered at home (and then return them to the store). These omni-channel fulfillment trends trickle right down to the last mile, where companies have to accommodate a wide range of delivery and return options — including same-day delivery, next-day delivery, and ship-from-store — in order to win the sale. In this presentation, learn how to bridge the last mile gap in a way that puts your organization a full lap ahead of its nearest competitor.

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