Our Mission

NextGen Supply Chain is the premier educational conference that answers the question “What’s next in supply chain management” for senior-level SCM professionals. Only NGSC is exclusively dedicated to preparing executives for the coming technologies and processes that will have the most transformative effects on their supply chains. This year’s focus is on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Digital Transformation. November 2-4.

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Keynotes

Smart Distribution to Serve Today’s Empowered Omni-Channel Consumer

GE’s Mark Shirkness talks about how their distribution journey has evolved over the last 100+ years – moving from Accessible Distribution to Predictable Distribution to Fast Distribution to Frictionless Distribution. Now, GE Appliances is pioneering the next evolution for a new era: Smart Distribution.

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Taking Supply Chain Excellence to the Next Level with Blockchain: How Lenovo is using Blockchain in their Supply Chain

Lenovo’s Bobby Bernard will discuss how this tech leader is utilizing blockchain as a key component in its transformation from a functioning supply network to a demand-driven value ecosystem utilizing NextGen technologies.

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2020 Presenting Companies
  • November 2
    Day 1
  • November 3
    Day 2
  • November 4
    Day 3
  • Exhibit Set-up, Registration and Reception
Advisory Council
4:30pm - 5:30pm Advisory Board Meeting

Reception
5:30pm - 7:00pm Ice Breaker Reception in Exhibit Hall

  • Conference Day 1
Chicago Athletic Association Hall
8:00am - 8:00pm Exhibit Hall Open

8:00am - 9:00am Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

9:00am - 9:15am Welcome, Overview and Thank You

Brian Ceraolo, President, Peerless Media and Bob Trebilcock, Editorial Director, Supply Chain Management Review

9:15am - 10:15am Keynote

Keynote: Smart Distribution to Serve Today's Empowered Omni-Channel Consumer

Our distribution journey has evolved over the last 100+ years – moving from Accessible Distribution to Predictable Distribution to Fast Distribution to Frictionless Distribution. Now, GE Appliances is pioneering the next evolution for a new era: Smart Distribution. By going Smart, with everything from smart warehouses to smart basiloids, we can deliver on omni-channel distribution to meet the needs of today’s empowered omni-channel customer. They want to shop and purchase goods and services in whatever way makes the most sense for their personal situation. With the multitude of choices available to them, Smart Distribution is a strategy that allows GE Appliances to exceed the growing expectations of customers and build loyalty through superior execution.

Presented by
Mark Shirkness
Vice President, Distribution
GE Appliances

10:15am - 10:45am Presentation

Presentation: Pushing the Efficient Inventory Frontier at The Kraft Heinz Company

Every supply chain team must balance inventory investment with service level performance. Without balance, excess inventory accumulates throughout the supply chain and traps vital working capital. Inventory Optimization, a form of prescriptive analytics, determines where and how much stock to hold to meet a designated service level while complying with specific inventory policies. IO can have a huge financial impact by minimizing inventory and freeing up working capital while guaranteeing the right stock is on hand, when and where it is needed.

The Kraft Heinz Company, co-headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA and Chicago, IL is the third-largest food and beverage company in the US, and fifth largest in the world. The company has a market penetration of more than 95% in US households. Flagship brands include Oscar Mayer, Ore-Ida, Classico, Kool-Aid, Capri Sun, Lunchables, Jell-O and Planters. The company has 43 internal plants in the United States, more than 110 warehouses and more than 10,000 SKUs active at any given time. Additionally, a significant amount of the company's production is planned for exports to Canada and Europe. The company is continually managing more than 40,000 different combinations of its stock and inventory policies The Kraft Heinz Company is one of the very few companies that have implemented a multi-echelon inventory optimization (MEIO) solution to intelligently manage this complexity resulting in a reliable overall inventory reduction of 10%, freeing up working capital and enhancing customer service.

The Machine Learning enabled MEIO solution used by Kraft learns and adapts to optimize safety stock locations and levels. The platform automatically changes inventory parameters and settings and provides that information to supply chain execution systems (inventory management, replenishment, etc.) These machine learning capabilities within its MEIO solution are a cornerstone for its very successful digital supply chain transformation.

Key Learnings:
  • How to balance inventory investment and customer service levels across a multi-channel distribution network.
  • How to use "what-if" scenario analysis to analyze tradeoffs between costs and service levels to maximize company performance and minimize risk.
  • How to determine Push/Pull network scenarios based upon space constraints.

Presented by
Chris Hooker
Senior Manager of Inventory Management & Analytics
The Kraft Heinz Company

10:45am - 11:30am AM Break in Exhibit Hall

11:30am - 12:15pm Presentation

Presentation: RaaS – The Way to Create a Supply Chain Advantage

Rakuten Super Logistics is the North American order fulfillment engine for Rakuten, the 6th largest e-commerce platform in the world. In this presentation, RSL's CEO, Michael Manzione, will discuss how the e-commerce leader is building out a network of dozens of small footprint distribution centers located near metropolitan population centers to enable next day and same day delivery. Essential to RSL's strategy is growing fleet of mobile collaborative robots that Rakuten Super Logistics accesses via a Robotics-as-a-Service (RaaS) model. Will RaaS work for you?

Presented by
Michael Manzione
CEO, Rakuten Super Logistics

12:15pm - 1:00pm Presentation

Presentation: An Open Platform for Digital Supply Chain: The Next Wave of Efficiency

China's JD.com is not only the third largest e-commerce platform in the world, it is leading the way in supply chain automation, including the world's first lights out warehouse and distribution center. Gordon Lu from JD Logistics will describe how his organization is rolling out an open platform for the digital supply chain, including emerging technologies like AI and 5G, for its own use as well as its network of partners.

Presented by
Gordon Lu
Director of JD International Business
JD Logistics

1:00pm - 2:15pm Lunch in Exhibit Hall

3:45pm - 4:30pm PM Break in Exhibit Hall

4:30pm - 5:15pm Presentation

Presentation: Creating a Digital Center of Excellence

The current global and digital economy presents multiple pressures to companies to improve the co-creation of value offered while at the same time reduce costs and lead-times. As a consequence, companies have started to explore new forms of collaborative relationships with selected partners. The opportunities behind collaborative digital transformation allow companies to quantify the joint benefits of dynamically readjust their operational transactions. New dimensions to strengthen the collaborative value generated are discovered applying analytics technics based on Deep Learning Artificial Intelligence. When companies jointly digitize their SC processes and digitalize their value chain, collaboration can take multiple forms. In this session, Maria Jesus Saenz will explain how leading companies are utilizing these NextGen technologies to collaborate across value chains, including case study examples from the MIT Digital Supply Chain Transformation labs.

Presented by
Maria Jesus Saenz
Director
MIT Digital Supply Chain Transformation

5:15pm - 5:25pm Introducing the NextGen Awards and 2020 Winner Announcement

Awards will be announced on April 28, 2020 during the NextGen Supply Chain Conference.

Solution Provider and End User Awards

Supply Chain Management Review will recognize Solution Provider and
End User projects utilizing NextGen technologies in five categories:
- Artificial Intelligence, Big Data. Machine Learning, Robotic Process Automation and/or Internet of Things
- Robotics in manufacturing, distribution or transportation operations
- Predictive Analytics
- Blockchain
- Digital Transformation of The Supply Chain


All winners will take part in a panel discussion to highlight their projects and share their experiences with attendees.

2020 Award Winners

End User Awards

  • Robotics Winner: NFI, Panelist: Barbara Gress, Director of Innovation and Engineering
  • Blockchain Winner: Lenovo, Panelist: Bobby Bernard, Exec. Director, DCG Supply Chain Strategy & Innovation
  • Analytics Winner: Dell Technologies, Panelist: Thomas Maher, Senior Vice President of Global Service Parts
  • AI Winner: Reyes Holdings, Panelist: Pamela Armella Olazábal, Data Analytics Director
  • Digital Transformation Winner: GE Appliances, Panelist: Mark D. Shirkness, Vice President, Distribution
AI
Winner

Robotics
Winner

Analytics
Winner


Blockchain
Winner

Digital Transformation
Winner




Solution Provider Awards

  • Robotics Winner: Tompkins Robotics, Panelist: Mike Futch, President
  • Blockchain Winner: IBM, Panelist: Tom Ward, A.I. Project Leader
  • Analytics Winner: LeanDNA, Panelist: Richard Lebovitz, President & CEO
  • AI Winner: LevaData, Panelist: Mark Cosway, EVP, Sales & Marketing
  • Digital Transformation Winner: JD.com Panelist: Gordon Lu, Director of JD International Business
AI
Winner

Robotics
Winner

Analytics
Winner


Blockchain
Winner

Digital Transformation
Winner




5:25pm - 5:55pm Solution Provider Awards Panel

This award recognizes projects utilizing NextGen technologies in five categories:
1. Artificial Intelligence, Big Data. Machine Learning, Robotic Process Automation and/or Internet of Things
2. Robotics in manufacturing, distribution or transportation operations
3. Predictive Analytics
4. Blockchain
5. Digital Transformation Of The Supply Chain

AI
Winner

Robotics
Winner

Analytics
Winner


Blockchain
Winner

Digital Transformation
Winner




5:55pm - 6:00pm Announce End User Awards Winners

Supply Chain Management Review will honor five solution providers that have utilized NextGen supply chain technologies in a project implemented for a customer. The awards will be presented at during this session at the NextGen Supply Chain Conference.

6:00pm - 6:30pm End User Awards Panel

Companies are recognized for initiatives utilizing NextGen technologies in five categories:
1. Artificial Intelligence, Big Data. Machine Learning, Robotic Process Automation and/or Internet of Things
2. Robotics in manufacturing, distribution or transportation operations
3. Predictive Analytics
4. Blockchain
5. Digital Transformation Of The Supply Chain

AI
Winner

Robotics
Winner

Analytics
Winner


Blockchain
Winner

Digital Transformation
Winner




6:30pm - 8:00pm Cocktail Reception

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  • Conference Day 2
8:00am - 9:00am Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

9:00am - 10:00am Keynote

Presentation: Taking Supply Chain to the Next Level with Blockchain - How Lenovo is Using Blockchain in Their Supply Chain

Gartner estimates that blockchain will deliver $3 trillion in business value by 2030. Yet questions remain around where supply chain professionals can implement blockchain to begin realizing that value. Bobby Bernard, executive director of Lenovo's DCG Supply Chain Strategy and Innovation, will discuss how this tech leader is utilizing blockchain as a key component in its transformation from a functioning supply network to a demand-driven value ecosystem utilizing NextGen technologies.

Presented by
Bobby Bernard
Executive Director DCG Supply Chain Strategy and Innovation
Lenovo

10:00am - 10:45am Presentation

Presentation: Supply Chain Innovation: Death, NASA & Digital – Are you ready?

Supply chain evolution is about the survival of the innovative – the tectonic shift happening in our industry and the pace of change are driving new priorities in the space.  Innovation is not a buzzword, it is a necessity and execution is key.  How can you avoid getting overwhelmed and prepare for the next generation of supply chain management?  Together we'll discover some new trends, how they impact supply chain, and take away some practical ways to approach innovation and digital transformation that will go beyond the buzzword to success.

Presented by
Kristi Montgomery
Vice President
Innovation, R&D, Kenco Logistics

10:45am - 11:30am AM Break in Exhibit Hall

12:15pm - 1:00pm Presentation

Presentation: The Warehouse of the Future.

The warehousing industry is undergoing a transformation with extreme changes in requirements (smaller pick sizes, higher velocity, denser locations etc.). These requirements are driving rapid innovation in warehousing technology and operations. In this session, Arun Kochar, a partner with the consulting firm Kearney, will share what his customers and their service providers are doing to develop warehouses of the future to drive many-fold improvements in both cost and service enabled by bleeding-edge warehouse management systems, automation equipment and advanced planning and scheduling techniques.

Presented by
Arun Kochar
Partner
Kearney

1:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch in Exhibit Hall

2:00pm - 2:45pm Presentation

Presentation: Technology, People Presentation: Technology, People and Tomorrows Supply Chain Leader

The warehousing industry is undergoing a transformation with extreme changes in requirements (smaller pick sizes, higher velocity, denser locations etc.). These requirements are driving rapid innovation in warehousing technology and operations. In this session, Arun Kuchar, a partner with the consulting firm Kearney, will share what his customers and their service providers are doing to develop warehouses of the future to drive many-fold improvements in both cost and service enabled by bleeding-edge warehouse management systems, automation equipment and advanced planning and scheduling techniques.

Presented by
Peter Bolstorff
Vice Executive President
ASCM

2:45pm - 3:30pm Presentation

Presentation: From Excel to AI: How Reyes Brought Predictive Modeling to Beer Distribution.

The one thing we know about a forecast is that it's probably wrong. Getting it right – or getting it more accurate – can have a significant on inventory levels, customer service and ultimately sales. Reyes Beer Division, the country's largest beer distributor, developed a forecasting tool based on a stochastic supervised machine learning model that is able to build a repository over time and obtain knowledge of future events itself. The result of this development is a program which runs weekly for 28 warehouses and more than 5,250 unique SKU's and forecasts 12 weeks out. The model delivered a dramatic improvement in forecasting accuracy and is designed to learn as it goes for continuous improvement over time. The presenters will explain what it took to develop this tool and how you to can put Machine Learning to work in your organization.

Presented by
Carlos Gutiérrez Ferrete
Operations, SVP - Reyes Beer Division
and
Pamela Armella Olazábal
Data Analytics, Director - Reyes Holdings

3:30pm - 4:15pm PM Break in Exhibit Hall

4:15pm - 5:00pm Presentation

Presentation: How to Manage The Supply Chain of The Future

The supply chain of the future will no longer be driven solely with a focus on delivering the goods at the lowest cost. Rather, successful supply chains will be those that are aligned with their customers' requirements and expectations. Indeed, the digital supply chain is upon us. In this presentation, Michigan State's Steven A. Melnyk will identify the elements that contribute to helping firms best take advantage of the opportunities offered by the digital supply chain. First, there is the requirement for operational excellence. This is followed by the 5 s: Sensing, Scaling, Security, Social and Strategy. This presentation will discuss these issues, illustrating them with examples taken from industry.

Presented by
Steven A. Melnyk
Professor
Michigan State University

Registration, Technical Sessions, and Exhibit/Catering are located on the 8th floor 
Madison Ballroom: Technical Sessions
White City Ballroom: Exhibit Hall & Catering 
White City Ballroom Foyer: Registration 
 
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