21 Must-Attend Supply Chain Events For 2016

Warren Miller

Tectonic shifts in the Internet of Things and personalization are driving unprecedented change in supply chain management. Succeeding in this new dynamic environment will likely require a radical digital transformation.

Fortunately, throughout 2016 there are a number of opportunities for you to learn how your supply chain can flourish in today’s rapidly evolving landscape.

Take a look at the 22 must-attend 2016 supply chain events below, and discover how you can become a modern, digitized supply chain that can easily adapt to – or anticipate – changes in demand, consumer behavior, and more.

SAP-Centric EAM | March 7–10 | Denver, Colorado

The SAP-Centric EAM conference is devoted to providing forward-thinking strategies, best practices, and critical industry solution insight to enterprise asset management (EAM) and maintenance executives. The interactive experience will allow you to gain hands-on experience with the latest technologies from SAP experts and share ideas with fellow attendees. 

Best Practices for Chemicals | March 14–16 | Woodlands, Texas

Best Practices for Chemicals offers you a more in-depth look at the latest solutions and strategies currently transforming your industry. Unite with business, functional, and technology professionals and learn how to embrace innovative solutions, hear fresh ideas, and uncover best-in-class strategies to improve your overall business performance. 

R&D Management Innovation Summit | March 16–17 | Chicago, Illinois

With technology evolving at a more rapid pace than ever, R&D teams are becoming increasingly crucial to a company’s or product’s success. The R&D Management Innovation Summit will feature dozens of expert speakers and panel discussions, providing you with the information you need to continue innovating.

SAPinsider Logistics and SCM2016 | March 21–23 | Las Vegas, Nevada

SAPinsider Logistics and SCM2016 is the definitive conference for organizations using SAP solutions to drive operational excellence across the extended supply chain. Moreover, it’s co-located with PLM 2016, Manufacturing 2016, CRM 2016, and IoT 2016, so you can gain insight on a number of critical topics for one low cost.

MODEX | April 4–7 | Atlanta, Georgia

If you work in the supply chain, you belong at MODEX. Each year, the conference showcases the solutions you need to overcome today’s most challenging manufacturing and supply chain issues. With numerous keynotes and more than 100 hands-on education sessions, you’re guaranteed to gain the insight you need to exceed customer demands and gain a competitive edge.

North American Manufacturing Excellence Summit 2016 | April 5–6 | Chicago, Illinois

The manufacturing landscape is changing, and companies must continue to evolve to stay competitive. At the North American Manufacturing Excellence Summit, you’ll be exposed to the cutting-edge technology, best practices, and sage wisdom necessary to becoming, or remaining, an industry leader. 

High-Tech Supply & Demand Summit | April 20–21 | San Francisco, California

Get a peek at the operational future of the high-tech industry at the High-Tech Supply & Demand Summit. Connect with more than 100 senior-level peers, watch 20-plus expert presentations, and learn from over two-dozen customer case studies. By the end of the conference, you’ll be better prepared than ever to tackle your greatest supply chain management challenges. 

IMPACT Manufacturing Summit | April 24–25 | Dallas, Texas

Over 200 of the manufacturing industry’s most influential executives will convene for two days of educational sessions, solution research, and peer networking at the IMPACT Manufacturing Summit. Don’t miss this chance to discover how you can innovate, improve, and sustain your organization. If you can’t make it to the spring event, register for IMPACT Fall 2016.

SCOPE Supply Chain Conference | May 1–3 | Schaumburg, Illinois

The SCOPE Supply Chain Conference is a peer-driven event focused on the operational issues most relevant to you. The event includes strategic presentations and panels from a host of industry thought leaders, real-world customer case studies, targeted research meetings with leading solution providers, and unparalleled networking opportunities with high-profile industry peers.

ISM2016 Annual Conference | May 15–18 | Indianapolis, Indiana

With more than 2,500 global supply chain and procurement experts expected to be in attendance, the annual international conference of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) is a fantastic opportunity to benefit from three days of learning, sharing, and networking with the best and brightest minds in the industry.

SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG Annual Conference | May 17–19 | Orlando, Florida

SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG Annual Conference promises three days of networking and two jam-packed events, all in one location. In addition to learning how your supply chain can thrive in today’s digital economy at our informative breakout sessions, you’ll benefit from hearing from a number of renowned technology experts, including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. 

Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference | May 17–19 | Phoenix, Arizona

At the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference, industry leaders will discuss two-part, bimodal supply chains – a marriage of two distinct approaches that simultaneously delivers reliability and innovation. Learn how to create and manage a bimodal value chain strategy to achieve your performance goals while enabling iteration and experimentation.

Logistics and Supply Chain Forum | June 5–7 | Miami, Florida

The agenda for the Logistics and Supply Chain Forum was created for professionals like you by professionals like you – those who are dealing with critical logistics and supply chain concerns on a daily basis. The event will feature first-class speakers, who will share insight on managing large logistics and supply chain departments, as well as intimate sessions devoted to sharing best practices, case studies, and more. If you can’t make it to the June event, don’t fret. There’s a second Logistics and Supply Chain Forum scheduled for November 13–15 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

SAP Manufacturing Industries Forum | June 14–15 | Chicago, Illinois

SAP and its partners are helping companies to become more intelligently connected, at every step of the supply chain. Attend the SAP Manufacturing Industries Forum for your chance to benefit from nearly 70 informative sessions featuring thought leadership, customer success stories, and third-party manufacturer presentations.

Canada SCMA National Conference 2016 | June 15–17 | Niagara Falls, Canada

Canada’s Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) National Conference 2016 is dedicated to developments and best practices in procurement and supply chain management. Sign up for this event to learn best-in-class strategies for improving existing supply chain practices; hear a variety of value supply chain case studies; find out how to implement category management and global sourcing strategies; and discover how to develop your negotiation and contract drafting skills.

Omnichannel Fulfillment & Logistics 2016 | June 20–22 | Atlanta, Georgia

Omnichannel commerce is transforming the retail industry, and retailers are on the lookout for new ways to respond to the constantly evolving requirements created by this revolution. At Omnichannel Fulfillment & Logistics 2016, you will discover how the supply chain must respond in today’s bold new world of omnichannel commerce.

3PL Summit & Chief Supply Chain Officer Forum | June 20–22 | Chicago, Illinois

More than 60 expert speakers and nearly 700 of your peers will be in attendance at the 3PL Summit & Chief Supply Chain Officer Forum. Join them for your chance to explore the future of supply chain and logistics, and plot your position in the industry for the next 12 months. 

ISCEA Supply Chain Technology Conference & Expo | July 19–21 | Chicago, Illinois

The ISCEA Supply Chain Technology Conference & Expo is an annual gathering of supply chain, operations, engineering, and financial professionals sharing cutting-edge technologies and industry best practices. Brought to you by the International Supply Chain Education Alliance, the event is focused on helping you improve supply chain efficiency and profitability.

Supply Chain Insights Global Summit | September 6–9 | Scottsdale, Arizona

At the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit, industry leaders will examine several current supply chains worthy of your admiration and show you a sneak peek of what the future supply chain will look like. Mark your calendars to participate in the event’s expert roundtable discussions, digital showcases, and thought leader presentations.

CSCMP Annual Conference | September 25–28 | Kissimmee, Florida

The objective of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) is to connect and educate supply chain experts around the globe, and at the CSCMP Annual Conference that’s exactly what you can expect. Benefit from the numerous thought leaders in attendance, and accelerate your supply chain success.

APICS 2016 | September 25–27 | Washington, D.C.

Don’t be where the supply chain is. Be where it’s going. APICS 2016 can help. Attend this event to learn best practices for creating more sustainable, resilient, strategic, and value-driven supply chains, and discover how to elevate your company’s performance with actionable insights gained from thousands of your peers and industry thought leaders.

No matter your location or availability, there are plenty of chances for you to further your supply chain expertise in the year ahead. So mark your calendars for one of the great events above, and ensure your organization’s supply chain is more agile, more flexible, and stronger than ever.

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About Warren Miller

Warren Miller is a senior writer with more than 10 years of experience. He has written extensively on the topics of marketing, customer engagement, commerce, sales, HR, and supply chain.