Early next week, supply chain professional skills development and certification organization APICS will be conducting its Annual APICS 2018 Conference, in Chicago with more than 2000 currently pre-registered to attend.  This event is noted as the flagship event from the association for supply chain management.  APICS

We want to alert our Supply Chain Matters readers that Founder and Executive Editor Bob Ferrari has been asked to lead a technology-focused panel session at this year’s conference.



An ageless tenet of responsive supply chain management is in efforts to overcome frequent imbalances in either fulfilling customer demand or supply network response.

New business imperatives for more-timely online fulfillment, overcoming constrained resource limitations, physical barriers and increased data and information flows increasingly require more leveraged use of advanced technology to bring the supply chain response network into balance on a more-timely basis. Such business imperatives impact large and small enterprises.

In logistics, distribution, network-wide inventory management and customer fulfillment areas, long-held paradigms of business processes are shifting like quick sand, and new advanced technology-enabled capabilities, are being introduced to provide various businesses augmented tools and capabilities to overcome limitations.


Panel Discussion

APICS 2018 will feature the panel discussion: Disruptive Innovation in Distribution and Logistics.

Although disruptive technology and innovation can seem frightening, there is no doubt that it is going to change the face of business. By creating entirely new systems, long-held distribution and logistics paradigms are shifting like quick sand.

How do you succeed and thrive in this fast-paced environment while creating differentiation and executing long-term growth strategy?

Join this interactive panel discussion and learn what disruptive innovation in distribution and logistics means for your supply chain.

Invited Panelists:

Ernie Hernandez, CPSM , Executive Director, Purchasing and Logistics | Westgate Resorts and Engineer and Logistics Officer (Colonel) | US Army

Jennifer Homme, Head of Global Logistics | Wonder Workshop | Former background at global retailer Walmart.

Amit Sharma , Founder and Chief Executive Officer | Narvar | Prior technology roles at Apple and Walmart.

Matt Yearling , Chief Executive Officer | PINC Solutions | Former leader and background in technology start-ups.

Panel Moderator: Bob Ferrari, Managing Director | The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group | Founder and Executive Editor | Supply Chain Matters | Noted supply chain management industry analyst and prior speaker and moderator at APICS events.


APICS has recruited an outstanding panel that can speak to people skills-process and technology implications of today’s logistics and distribution business process landscape.  We encourage our readers and others planning to attend next week’s conference to place this panel on your session must-see listings.


Other Activity

In addition to moderating the above noted panel, Bob Ferrari will be conducting one-on-one organizational executive leadership interviews with Abe Eshkenazi, Chief Executive Officer of APICS, and with Peter A. Bolstorff, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development. We have also been alerted to a significant announcement being made at this year’s conference.

Keep your browser pointed to the Supply Chain Matters blog for additional highlights of APICS 2018.



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