We would like to once again update our readers on upcoming appearances.

I will be a featured speaker at an upcoming webinar: Reduce Operational Risks and Costs with Agile Supply Chain Solutions, to be held on October 7, 2010, and being jointly co-sponsored by Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Aspen Technology. In this webcast, I’ll be sharing and commenting upon key industry business challenges facing the Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences industry, an industry that is undergoing tremendous amounts of business change.  I’ll speak to the unique challenges facing pharmaceutical and life sciences supply chains in the coming years, along with the state of industry best practices and important considerations in deploying industry manufacturing and supply chain capabilities.  Additionally, I’ll be providing a case study example that summarizes last year’s high visibility day-to-day efforts by the industry to accommodate the needs for H1N1 vaccine, which we covered extensively in Supply Chain Matters. Joining me in this webinar will be James Hintlian, Vice President, Pharmaceutical Industry at Aspen, who will speak on how Lozna, a pharmaceutical contract manufacturer was able to make dramatic improvements in throughput and batch cycle time, while improving customer responsiveness. Both James and I will also be taking questions from webcast participants.

If you reside or provide products and services to this industry, you won’t want to miss this webcast.  Please take the time to sign-up and register at the following registration link.

I will also be in attendance during the Supply Chain Council (SCC) Executive Summit meeting being held in Houston on October 13-15, providing live blog coverage and updates during this event.

The event offers senior supply chain executives a well recognized forum for discussing key emerging challenges in business and supply chain strategy.  The theme of this upcoming summit is “Boom & Bust: The New Realities for Supply Chain Excellence”.  This event offers an opportunity for executives to network with other industry peers through panel discussions, roundtables and other networking events Topics on the agenda include supply chain management in the new global economy, the status of emerging markets, managing supply in volatile times and the growing need for sustainable supply chains. Executives from Cisco Systems, Coca Cola, Kraft Foods, Sonoco Products, Qualcomm, among others are scheduled speakers and discussion leaders. Summit attendance is limited to 100 executives, and I discovered that the host hotel has already sold-out the designated block of rooms.

You can view further information and registration details at the SCC Executive Summit web site.

Finally, I also participated in a video and article related to the UPS launch of its  new Power of Logistics campaign, and we will be sharing more details of that interview soon.

Bob Ferrari, Executive Editor