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. April 27 – 29.

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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
  • April 27
    Day 1
  • April 28
    Day 2
  • April 29
    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

Michael Manzione, CEO, Rakuten Super Logistics

12:15pm - 1:00pm Presentation

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

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

Taking Supply Chain Excellence 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 DirectorDCG Supply Chain Strategy and Innovation
Lenovo

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

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

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

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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