Call For Abstracts

NextGen Supply Chain Conference 2020 – Open until Friday, December 6, 2019, 5 PM EST.

NextGen Supply Chain Conference invites you to be part of the only industry conference for senior level supply chain executives focused on the technologies that will shape and power tomorrow’s supply chains. The event is designed to provide a concentrated learning environment over two days, along with networking opportunities with peers, presenters and exhibitors. It will be held April 27 – 29, 2020 at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel in Chicago, Illinois.

Abstract Submission

  • All abstracts need to be submitted by Friday, December 6, 2019, 5 PM
  • Please review topic options below
  • Complete the form at the bottom of the page
  • You will receive an automatic e-mail upon submission confirming the receipt of your abstract
  • Any questions can be directed to Bob Trebilcock, editorial director, Supply Chain Management Review, btrebilcock@peerlessmedia.com
  • Presenters will be selected by the conference Advisory Board and not by Supply Chain Management Review or its editorial staff

Abstract Guidelines

As noted above, the NextGen Supply Chain Conference will focus on the emerging supply chain technologies that will shape and power tomorrow’s supply chains. The emphasis this year will be how those technologies are being applied to supply chain processes today or might be applied in the future. In that regard, preference will be given to presentations that present examples of these technologies in action, where they can delivery the most value, the benefits being realized and finally, the challenges or pitfalls associated with implementation and how to avoid them. We recognize that consultants and academics may not be at liberty to identify clients/end users by name. 

Topic categories may include

  • Artificial intelligence, Machine learning, Internet of Things and Robotic Process Automation
  • Robotics, including mobile collaborative robotics, piece picking robots and drones
  • Warehouse and factory automation, including Manufacturing 4.0
  • Big Data and the Use of Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics
  • Blockchain
  • The Digital Transformation of the Supply Chain
  • Robotic process automation (RPA)
  • Virtual and augmented reality, especially for training purposes
  • The impact of technological innovation on talent management and the workforce at all levels of the supply chain organization
  • The automation of transportation and logistics, especially last mile delivery and autonomous vehicles
  • Case study examples of how a company is utilizing these technologies in a supply chain process
  • We are looking for start-up companies in the areas of AI, robotics, robotic process automation (RPA), blockchain, 3D printing, IoT or other relevant supply chain technologies to participate in a start-up panel discussion

Attendees are responsible for the design and management of the end-to-end supply chain. For that reason, the Advisory Board will consider abstracts touching on the application of these technologies to core supply chain processes, including:

  • Talent and workforce management
  • Transportation, logistics, last mile and last yard delivery
  • Warehousing fulfillment and manufacturing processes
  • Supply chain planning, including S&OP
  • Cold chain
  • Control towers – especially tied into digital transformation or transportation and logistics
  • Smart manufacturing
  • How small-to-mid-size enterprises, including manufacturers, can identify the technologies that can deliver value given their limited budgets and resources
  • Closing the gap between technical team members, like data scientists, and supply chain team managers
  • Creating a digital center of excellence

Abstracts should focus on the emerging technologies that are shaping the future of supply chain management and their impact on supply chain processes and the people working in supply chain.

  • Conference will offer several presentation formats, including 60-minute presentations including Q&A; 60-minute panel discussions; 60-minute case study presentations from practitioners; 30 minute presentations with no Q&A; and 3 to 4 15-minute presentations on specific subject in a concentrated block. Please indicate for which format or formats you wish to be considered.
  • NextGen Supply Chain Conference welcomes and encourages case study presentations by supply chain executives. Please get all necessary approvals from your organization prior to submitting an abstract. If outstanding approval issues remain at the time of submission, please note those for review.
  • Presentations can cover how emerging technologies might impact the breadth of responsibilities of today’s supply chain manager, including planning, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, distribution and order fulfillment and talent management.
  • Abstract topics should be relevant to senior level supply chain managers responsible for setting the direction of their supply chains and executing supply chain processes. They can address corporate-level activities (planning, S&OP); digital transformation of components of the supply chain or end-to-end supply chain transformation; and operational activities (manufacturing, order fulfillment, and transportation, logistics and last mile delivery). Our advisory board has especially expressed interest in technology and the workforce of the future.
  • Commercial abstracts will not be considered – while solution providers may submit a proposal, abstracts should focus on the application of emerging technologies to the supply chain and not on a solution provider’s offerings.
  • If your presentation is not selected by the Advisory Board, please indicate whether you are interested in participating on a panel discussion.
  • To enable the Advisory Board to judge each abstract adequately, please provide a brief description of the proposed presentation, relevant application of information to supply chain managers and high-level conclusions and observations.

Notification of Acceptance

You will be notified of your acceptance into the technical program in late December 2019 to early January 2020.

You will have seven (7) days from when the acceptance e-mail is sent to confirm your participation.

If we do not receive your confirmation after a follow-up e-mail, we will assume you are no longer interested in participating in the program.

Technical Program Format

  • Content will be run in one track open to all attendees
  • Presentation formats will include
  • 45-60-minute presentations, including a Q&A;
  • 60-minute panel discussions on a topic;
  • 60-minute case study presentations from practitioners;
  • three to four 15-minute presentations on a specific topic within a 60-90-minute time block with Q&A;
  • 30-minute presentation with no Q&A.
  • Time for Q&A is included in your time slot, not additional time. The blocks with 15 min presentations will have one Q&A at the end if time permits.
  • Proceedings (Adobe PDF Files) are gathered about one month prior to the event and distributed at the event.
  • No technical paper is required
  • Rough drafts of presentations are required and vetted by session chair people to ascertain guidelines have been adhered to.

Cancellation Policy

While we understand circumstances arise that may prohibit you from presenting after confirmation, please let us know as soon as possible.

Again, we would like to thank you for your interest in being part of our high-value technical programs. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at btrebilcock@peerlessmedia.com.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago, April 27 – 29, 2020!