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October 1, 2018


About NESCON 2018

NESCON is a one-day, local conference for the supply chain industry, and features educational forums encompassing innovation, risk and mastery of topics across the supply chain spectrum.  This year’s conference will be held on October 1, 2018.

  • Fully leverage your training dollars: twelve workshops in four tracks from which to choose
  • Mix-and-match selections from any of the 3-part professional development tracks to meet YOUR needs!
  • Learn about the latest cutting-edge topics, trends and technology within multiple areas of the supply chain management (SCM) field!
  • Help your organization evolve its supply chain into a true value chain
  • Translate innovative ideas into immediately workable and practical solutions for you and your organization
  • Enjoy an immediate return on the investment of your time and organization’s money
  • Be transformed by our captivating keynote speakers!
  • Interact with service and product suppliers in our Exhibition Hall
  • Network with your peers and those supporting other areas of the supply chain!
  • Earn 6.25 Continuing Education Hours (CEH’s) towards your certification/recertification

2018 Conference Brochure


Program Tracks

  • Procurement
  • Operations
  • Logistics
  • SCM 101

Supply Chain Training & Development in Your Own Backyard!

A One-Day Local Conference

Programs

NESCON 2018 programs all take place on October 1, 2018

Click on each time below for more information.

  • 7:30 - 9:00am
  • 9:00 - 10:15am
  • 10:30 - 11:45am
  • 12:00 - 1:15pm
  • 1:45 - 3:00pm
  • 3:20 - 4:35pm
  • 4:40 - 5:00pm
7:30 am

Registration and Breakfast

As Chair, I want to welcome you to NESCON 2018, on behalf of all the volunteers and partner organizations that make this highly collaborative, high value, low cost conference possible. Registration will be open from 7:30 am – 3:00 pm. A breakfast buffet will be available from 7:30 – 9:00 am. During this time, you may choose to network with your ...


Diane J. Cotter
Diane J. Cotter | Bio
NESCON Chair

7:30 am - 9:00 am

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8:00 am

CPO Breakfast Panel: Thoughts on the Future of SCM

Eliot Madow , Vice President of Professional Services for Opus, will moderate a panel discussion on “Thoughts on the Future of SCM”. Each panelist will give a few remarks and then interact with the audience in a spirited dialog with the audience. This is a great opportunity to get the headline views of our SCM thought leaders and gives them ...


Andrew Bartolini
Andrew Bartolini | Bio
Managing Partner & Chief Research Officer, Ardent
David S. Jacoby
David S. Jacoby | Bio
President of Boston Strategies International
Mickey North Rizza
Mickey North Rizza | Bio
Vice President for Enterprise Applications and Digital Commerce, IDC
Bruce Welty
Bruce Welty | Bio
Founder/Chairman, Locus Robotics

8:00 am - 8:45 am

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8:00 am

Emerging Professionals Breakfast: Specialist or Generalist

30 Under 30 ISM/Thomasnet winner Daniel Sanchez will lead a discussion for those early in their career, or even thinking about SCM as a career, on whether one should take a “Generalist or a Specialist Approach”. Should you be a specialist with deep industry knowledge within a specific set of categories or should you be a generalist capable of learning ...


Daniel Sanchez
Daniel Sanchez | Bio
Category Manager for Operations and Marketing, Aquanima US

8:00 am - 8:45 am

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9:00 am

Welcome and Business Outlook Keynote: Global Economic Disruption: Choices for American Businesses

America does not have the weight in the world economy it once had (fallen to about 15% of global GDP). The entire G-7 now is smaller than the E-7 (the top seven emerging economies). The rest of the world realizes that the best strategy is to build new multilateral trade deals that exclude the United States, and then to work ...


Fred Carstensen
Fred Carstensen | Bio
Professor of Finance and Economics and Director of the Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis, University of Connecticut

9:00 am - 10:15 am

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10:00am

Career Counseling Appointments

Gerry will be taking appointments (sign up when you get to the conference – it can’t be done online). Appointments are available in 30 minute blocks between 10 AM and 2 PM. He will have a PowerPoint on “Jobformation”, and will have Career Counseling skills and resume reviewing, as well as taking questions, and will be offering advice as needed.


Gerry Fernandez
Gerry Fernandez | Bio
Recruiting Director, Gabriele & Company

10:00am - 2:00pm

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10:30 am

Procurement (1A): Procurement Technologies 2024

In today’s age of innovation and intelligence, procurement leaders that consistently leverage new technology innovations will enjoy a significant competitive advantage and truly challenge the conventional wisdom of what is possible for procurement. Technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, blockchain, advanced analytics for big data and robotic process automation (RPA) are emerging solutions that will fundamentally change the procurement ...


Andrew Bartolini
Andrew Bartolini | Bio
Managing Partner & Chief Research Officer, Ardent

10:30 am - 11:45 am

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10:30am

Logistics (1B): Autonomous Robots in the Warehouse: Concept, Development, and Real Life Application

With the reduction in financial barriers and overall improvement in capabilities, robotics implementations in the warehouse are becoming a reality to more and more distribution centers, especially 3rd Party fulfillment (3PF) providers who have been seeking a solution that can handle the requirements of all their customers.  Given that at typical 3PF signs shorter term contracts (average is 3.7 years), ...


Lewis Frazer
Lewis Frazer | Bio
Senior Vice President of Operations, Barrett Distribution Centers
Bruce Welty
Bruce Welty | Bio
Founder/Chairman, Locus Robotics

10:30am - 11:45am

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10:30 am

Operations (1C): Surviving and Thriving in the Digital Economy

For the last several years the world has been hearing about digital transformation(DX). The digital economy has finally arrived filled with new sources of innovation and creativity that is enhancing our business experiences and improving financial performance. Decision making has moved to an evidence based culture that is now doubling our workplace productivity. And all of it revolves around the ...


Mickey North Rizza
Mickey North Rizza | Bio
Vice President for Enterprise Applications and Digital Commerce, IDC

10:30 am - 11:45 am

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10:30 am

SCM 101 (1D): Pivot Tables for Intermediate Users

A Pivot Table report can help you see the “big picture”, by summarizing and analyzing your data. Your worksheet has lots of data, but do you know what the numbers mean? Does your data answer all your business questions? PivotTable reports can help to analyze numerical data, and answer questions about it. In seconds you can see who sold the ...


Mary Ellis
Mary Ellis | Bio
Sr. Trainer, New Horizons Computer Learning Centers

10:30 am - 11:45 am

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12:00 pm

Luncheon Keynote: Making Sense of it All – Blockchain, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence

Next generation technologies can offer organizations hurry-up and wait forms of value. In the late 1990’s, the world was abuzz with e-Business hype, then the 2000’s saw widespread adoption of e-Business principles, which is now commonplace today. Some companies were early adopters and thrived; some organizations kept up and survived. Today’s next generation technologies include Blockchain, Internet of Things and ...


Sudy Bharadwaj
Sudy Bharadwaj | Bio
Executive, SAP Ariba Supply Chain

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

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1:45pm

Procurement (2A): Tariffs, Trade Wars, and Your Global Supply Chain

Global trade is heading toward chaos. Globalization has in part been a zero-sum game over the last 20 years, as China’s middle and upper classes have grown sharply, while Western economies have stagnated. Wealthy countries, most notably the United States and the United Kingdom, are now on the brink of abandoning free trade, as it includes both the principles and ...


David S. Jacoby
David S. Jacoby | Bio
President of Boston Strategies International

1:45pm - 3:00pm

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1:45 pm

Logistics (2B): Transportation Solutions in a Full Employment Economy

This presentation has been created for a decision maker/buyer of transportation services. The content is focused on a review of why transportation matters, coverage of all modes and services of transportation, pricing structures and what and when which carrier type and which carrier should be utilized. Included will be the trade-offs that should be considered among your choices of Truckload, ...


Giles Taylor
Giles Taylor | Bio
Owner and President, Trans-solutions, Inc.

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

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1:45pm

Operations (2C): Purpleocity — Creating Sustainable Supply Chain Advantage

“No two species can coexist that make their living in the identical way,” observed Professor G.F. Gause. It may be analogous to dinosaurs becoming extinct because they didn’t adapt. We sometimes forget to apply this important concept to our professional and personal lives. Purpleocity, which is loosely based on Seth Godin’s Purple Cow theories, takes a light hearted and interactive look ...


Michael D. Ford
Michael D. Ford | Bio
Principal, TQM Works Consulting

1:45pm - 3:00 pm

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1:45 pm

SCM 101 (2D): Operations Management for Service Oriented Firms

This talk describes the central role of services in an economy. We identify and differentiate the five stages of economic activity. We explain the essential features of the service-dominant logic. This presentation identifies and critiques the six distinctive characteristics of a service operation and explains the implications for managers. We describe a service using the service package dimensions. Finally, we ...


Foad Mahdavi Pajouh
Foad Mahdavi Pajouh | Bio
Assistant Professor, UMass Boston

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

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3:20 pm

Procurement (3A): Negotiation Strategies in a World of Distrust

Globalization has taken a turn. Just when seamless supply chains reached a level of sophistication and systems embraced opportunities for geometric increases in effectiveness, we have been thrown into a global populist movement that eradicates continuity and predictability both internally and externally. Is distrust too strong a word to use for our current condition? Maybe, maybe not, but we need ...


Jonathan Hughes
Jonathan Hughes | Bio
Partner, Strategic Sourcing & Supply Chain Management Practice Leader, Vantage Partners

3:20 pm - 4:35 pm

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3:20 pm

Logistics (3B): Our Role in SCM Sustainability

The myriad implications when we use the word “sustainability” in supply chain management are infrequently addressed strategically and in a comprehensive orderly manner. Usually we think of sustainability as a one-off instance when we need a “conflict” material or someone decides that we should use paper rather than plastic straws. That is not good enough. SCM managers, as senior drivers ...


Kevin Lyons
Kevin Lyons | Bio
Associate Professor, Professional Practice, Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University

3:20 pm - 4:35 pm

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3:20pm

Operations (3C): What’s New in Microsoft 2019

Windows 10 (with the new Fall 2018 Update), and the soon to come Office 2019, brings together everything you do – from new mobile apps for your business, to Office productivity work, to searching and browsing, to accessing all your data from anywhere. Your Windows/Office experience works across all your devices – from the best business tablet, smartphone, to a ...


Mary Ellis
Mary Ellis | Bio
Sr. Trainer, New Horizons Computer Learning Centers

3:20pm - 4:35 pm

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3:20 pm

SCM 101 (3D): Multiple Dimensions of Supply Chain Risk: Is The Problem Too Big To Solve?

Companies that are part of global supply chains find risks lurking around every corner, from tsunamis, to factory fires, to labor actions. Some of these risks are man-made, while others come from the natural world. When you begin to list out all the ways that the supply of goods and services can be interrupted — from the point of origin ...


Eliot Madow
Eliot Madow | Bio
Vice President of Professional Services, Opus

3:20 pm - 4:35 pm

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4:40 pm

Raffle

Your raffle card is in your attendee packet. Have exhibitors you visit stamp the card. Turn it in by 4:35 pm for your chance to win great prizes!


Monday | Bio

4:40 pm - 5:00 pm

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Meet the Keynote Speakers

Sudy Bharadwaj
Sudy Bharadwaj
Executive, SAP Ariba Supply Chain

Sudy Bharadwaj has responsibility for SAP Ariba’s supply chain solutions, including innovation growth strategy and ...

Fred Carstensen
Fred Carstensen
Professor of Finance and Economics and Director of the Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis, University of Connecticut

Prof. Carstensen graduated with Honors from the University of Wisconsin in 1966 and completed his ...

Supporting Partner Associations

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