Come early on Sunday evening, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, to network with conference attendees and speakers, at Best Western’s indoor courtyard (cash bar). Please indicate you plan to attend when you register for the conference.


Monday, October 1, 2018

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  • 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

Richard G. Weissman, Assistant Professor and Director of Corporate Education & The Center for Leadership, Endicott College, will moderate the 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 ...


Andrew Bartolini
Andrew Bartolini | Bio
Managing Partner & Chief Research Officer, Ardent Partners
Mickey North Rizza
Mickey North Rizza | Bio
Vice President for Enterprise Applications and Digital Commerce, IDC
Nada Sanders
Nada Sanders | Bio
Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management, D’Amore -McKim School of Business, Northeastern University
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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10:30 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 Partners

10:30 am - 11:45 am

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10:30am

Logistics (1B): Robots in the Warehouse – A Purveyor and a Practitioner

Hear how a robotics developer determines what will be useful and the economics of whether to pursue the opportunity. This discussion will be offset by the views of a user who must pay for the equipment and install it. Is it possible that they actually innovate in parallel and with each other? Learn how and when you can be a ...


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

A Senior SAP Ariba Executive will present a view of Generation Z’s Supply Chain Management processes.


Monday | Bio

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

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1:45 pm

Procurement (2A): The Integrated Supply Chain in the AI Assisted World

Big Data analytics has become an imperative for business leaders across every industry sector. Analytics applications are now available along the entire supply chain decision spectrum—from targeted location-based marketing to optimizing inventories to managing supplier risk. However, many companies have yet to leverage big data to transform their supply chain operations. This talk shares key strategies for how leading companies ...


Nada Sanders
Nada Sanders | Bio
Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management, D’Amore -McKim School of Business, Northeastern University

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

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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): TBD

Program details coming soon.


Speaker profile
Speaker TBD | Bio

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): How to Establish Risk Assessment Methodologies

Risk management and compliance can support business objectives and provide major competitive advantage. But must we apply the same level of oversight and control to every risk possibility? Not necessarily – if you adopt a risk-based approach to managing the supply chain. The 5 W’s are the questions we need to ask: Who will be affected by the possible risk? ...


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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