Recession-related pressures on supply chain management will be the topic of the first industry conference sponsored by the Boeing Center for Technology, Information and Management (BCTIM) at the Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis, Wednesday, June 3, 2009.
"Supply chain challenges and strategies in the midst of economic turbulence" will be the theme for the one-day meeting featuring presentations and panel discussions with seven major corporations involved in global supply chain management. Executives from Boeing, Emerson, Emeraldwise, Express Scripts, Monsanto, Solutia and APL Logistics will participate.
"The economic crisis has forced all companies to look at ways to better control their costs and renew their capabilities across their global supply chains," says Panos Kouvelis, BCTIM director and professor of operations and manufacturing management at Olin. "These days there is competition among supply chains, not just firms, and the better chains will win."
When a company manufactures parts in India and South America with materials from China, assembles them in U.S. and sells the finished product world wide, coordination is key. And the risks are many. Kouvelis says strategies to managing supply chain risk will be a major focus of the conference, "Continuing crises from supplier bankruptcies, political risks, fluctuating commodity prices, exchange rates, Somali pirates and the recent Swine flu outbreak remind all companies of their supply chain vulnerabilities."
Reporters are welcome to attend individual sessions or the entire conference to be held at the Charles F. Knight Executive Education Center on the Danforth Campus, Washington University in St. Louis. Participants will be available for interview between sessions.
For information on attending the conference, please contact: Gina Kisner, firstname.lastname@example.org, 314-935-5577
Conference schedule for June 3, 2009, Knight Center, Washington University in St. Louis
Session 1 - 8:15 am to 9:30 am:World Class Best Practices in Supply Chain
Boeing's approach for driving lean throughout its supply chainVince Tappel — The Boeing Company
Proactive use of supply chain strategies to navigate through turbulent timesTonya Mattix — Solutia
What happens when the economy recovers?Ray Keefe — Emerson
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