CES Showcases Supply Chain Academy
In addition the new technology, executive keynotes and the Industry Insiders series at the International Consumer Electronics Show, this year a special conference is being held in conjunction with CES. The Supply Chain Academy is a two-day conference being held January 10 and 11 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. It will consist of a series of keynotes, panels and discussions on supply chain topics by leaders in consumer electronics retail including Best Buy, Circuit City, HP, Monster Cable, Samsung, Trade Card and others. The event will address topics such as consumer-centricity, collaborative forecasting and rapid replenishment, RFID, retail event promotion, freight and transportation optimization, recycling, global logistics, working capital management and B2B. Developed by Pepperdine University Professor of Decision Sciences, Devendra Mishra, the program provides a platform for collaboration so that the competitive edge provided by supply chain superiority can be discussed and learned by executives committed to implementing change for sales and profitability growth.
The first day will kick off with a keynote by IBM Global Services general manager George Bailey on demand-driven supply chain. He’ll be followed by Circuit City senior vice president for supply chain operation Ronald Cuthbertson on supply chain issues including stock outs, returns, replenishment and shrinkage. A lunch keynote will be delivered by Best Buy International’s president and CEO Bob Willett.
Day two will include a presentation by Jim Bottoms of Understanding and Solutions on the supply chain issues that arise from the merging of CE products with other consumer product categories. Kurt Cavano of TradeCard will discuss issues of inventory automation and cash flow. Dell’s Alex Gruzen will deliver the lunch keynote and offer insights learned from the company’s massive defective battery recall.