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Zenon Environmental Inc.

Best Practices in Supply-Chain Analytics 2018

Your Guide to Practices, Concepts, Processes and Procedures for Competitive Advantage

May 1 - 2, 2018  ·  Mississauga, Ontario
Day Two Program Agenda: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
8:00 - 9:00        Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15
Opening Remarks from the Chair
Michael Shelton, Manager, Global Supply Chain, Innovative Steam Technologies Inc.
9:15 - 10:00
The Business Case for Investing in Supply-Chain Analytics: ROI for Descriptive, Predictive, and Prescriptive Supply-Chain Analytics
Mitchell Osak, Managing Director, Strategic Advisory Services, Grant Thornton LLP
  • Business benefits of investing in supply-chain analytics including business growth and better decision-making
  • How "digging deeper" results in savings and efficiencies
  • Value of being able to "see the problem coming" before it arrives
10:00 - 11:00
Building Capability in the Analytics Team at Pepsico
James Angold, Senior Director, Go To Market and Productivity, PepsiCo Canada - Foods Division
  • Obtaining quick-fire agile dashboards
  • Taking analytics from the IT group to your user group
  • New in-house tools
  • Database manipulation and the cloud
  • Building capability in individuals with no analytics background
  • Growing people into the middle ground
  • Maintaining control rather than outsourcing
11:00 - 11:15        Networking Break
11:15 - 12:00
Recruiting Top-Tier Performers: Core Competencies for Success in Supply-Chain Analytics
Tom Pauls, Managing Director, SCL Search Consultants Ltd.
  • Six key competencies required for a successful career in supply-chain analytics
  • Where to find top talent in supply-chain analytics: recruitment insights from a 15-year headhunter
  • Attracting, identifying, and retaining top analytic talent
  • How to assess analytical and presentation skills
  • How MARS effectively incorporates a case study in the interview process
12:00 - 1:00        Luncheon Break
1:00 - 2:00
Achieving Supply-Chain Agility through Data Analytics
Carol McIntosh, Consultant, Zinata Inc.
  • Importance of supply-change agility in today's business environment: What exactly is supply-chain agility?
  • Best practices for developing supply-chain agility
  • Using data analytics to quickly adjust tactics and operations within supply chains
  • Putting in place change action plans for unexpected occurrences
2:00 - 2:45
Data Analytics for Developing a Customer-Centric Supply Chain
Zeshan Alam, Former Senior Manager, Supply Chain, Walmart
  • Developing a customer-centric strategy by prioritizing the business partnership and customised services
  • Linking the supply chain vision to the business strategy
  • Using supply chain process redesign methodologies and tighter collaboration to deliver extra value adding services to your customers
  • How data analytics offers significant new opportunities to enhance customer responsiveness, reduce inventory, lower costs and improve agility
  • How customer segmentation can be utilized to optimize service delivery
2:45 - 3:00        Networking Break
3:00 - 4:00
Picture the Possibilities: A Journey of Discovery Leveraging New and Emerging Technologies for Supply-Chain Transformation
Hans Casteels, Practice Head, Digital Supply Chain/Procurement, IBM
  • Overview of emerging technologies relevant for supply-chain operations
  • Re-imagining supply-chain capabilities, processes, and information systems for digital age
  • Enabling digital collaboration to overcome functional silos
  • Utilizing the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, and blockchain technologies and robotic process automation to create competitive advantage and business value
4:00        End of Day Two



In today's environment of heightened global competition, commodity volatility, changing demand and supplier challenges, sticking to supply-chain strategies of yesteryear will leave you in the dust. To remain competitive, you need to know how to harness and deploy vast quantities of information from multiple sources and transform this data into real-time, predictive insights that provide a solid, evidence-based foundation for decision-making. If you have not done so already, it's time to immerse yourself in the concepts, practices, processes and procedures of supply-chain analytics so you can take action sooner than later. Failure to take decisive action now, may leave you too far behind to catch up.

It is, however, no longer enough to base decision making on past demand, supply and business cycles. You need to harness and deploy the vast quantities of information you have from multiple sources and transform this data into real-time, predictive insights that are a more perfect basis for decision-making. Many organizations have jumped on board, realizing the benefits of forward looking analytics. If you and your organization have not taken the plunge, you will be left behind.

INFONEX's Supply Chain Analytics 2018 will provide in-depth practical insights on the tools, technologies and processes you need to get your supply chain functioning better, faster and cheaper for measureable bottom-line results. Our faculty of industry experts, who have been down the road you are embarking upon, will provide you with the information you require to use data analytics for competitive advantage - drawing upon and sharing the important lessons they have learned so that you can forge ahead more quickly than you would otherwise.

Attend this two-day program and you will learn how to improve accuracy and efficiency in demand forecasting, sourcing and procurement; identify new demand patterns; anticipate changes, vulnerabilities and opportunities; develop your supply-chain plan with more certainty; realize big efficiencies in warehouse and distribution operations, facilitate knowledge-sharing, transparency and information flow. The information you acquire will launch you on your way. The people you meet will become part of your resource network. Given the power of analytics to create competitive advantages, this is an investment that will pay dividends.

This is a great opportunity for you to equip yourself with the latest strategies, network with peers and share your experiences. Register today!

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