This conference was held in October 2021.
We invite you to watch the presentations via the links below!

Keynote Address: Evolving the Transformation in Merchandise Sourcing

Presenter: Rajiv Malik, Senior Vice President of Global Product Services, Kohl‘s Corp.

This presentation opens a window into the exciting and complex world of merchandise sourcing and supply chain. Rajiv explores the evolving, multi-faceted transformation and challenges in this area. He describes how an agile and strategic approach in this volatile supply chain can provide opportunities to differentiate and make the sourcing supply chain a competitive advantage.  

Streamlining Your Supply Chain:
Fostering Collaboration: Engaging Physicians in Product Selection

Chuck Jensen

Presenter: Chuck Jensen, Director of Sourcing and Contracting, Froedtert Health

This presentation describes the real-life process of engaging clinical providers (surgeons) to address the issues faced with product desires, contracts, and decision-making. This new pilot process has already been very successful and will be rolled out to the entire organization in early 2022.

Digitizing Your Supply Chain:
Best Practices for Warehouse Automation Readiness

Peter Zalinski

Presenter: Peter Zalinski, Director of Partner Solutions, Barcoding, Inc.

Are you preparing to implement barcoding and automate mobile workflows for the first time, or getting ready to modernize or migrate to a new system? This presentation unravels some of the best practices involved with warehouse automation roll-outs for a successful digital transformation.

Digitizing Your Supply Chain:
Cyber Risk in the Supply Chain: Manufacturing, Suppliers, and Partners

Presenter: Charlene Deaver-Vazquez, President,

The presentation focuses on trends and statistics, provide essential best practices, and wrap up with a discussion of methods for quantifying the risk.

Streamlining Your Supply Chain:
Supply Unchained: How We Got into This Mess and How We Will Get Out of It

Presenter: Thomas Derry, CEO, Institute for Supply Management

This presentation focuses on geopolitics, the pandemic, and longer-term changes we can expect from changing conditions and assumptions for supply chains. Leveraging the ISM Report On Business® as well as original ISM research, Tom Derry provides perspective on supply chain operations for the future in the evolving economic climate.

Digitizing Your Supply Chain:
Impacting Operational Metrics through a Digital Supply Chain

Victor Baez

Presenter: Victor Baez, Director of Strategic Operations, Rexnord

This presentation focuses on how digitized operations productivity is impacted by that system’s ability to integrate with a larger global digital supply chain.

Virtual Tour of UWM’s Connected Systems Institute Manufacturing Test Lab

Led by Joe Zaccaria, Manager of Global Academics, Rockwell Automation. Video not available.

Keynote Address: Using Agile Methods to Accelerate Digital Supply Chain Transformation

Presenter: Bill Stewart, Vice President of Supply Chain, Kohler Kitchen and Bath

Kohler Kitchen and Bath has embraced the Agile methodology not only for software application development but also for transforming its supply chain. From standing up omni-channel capabilities to solving complex order management challenges, this presentation described how Kohler Kitchen and Bath has found Agile to be a crucial enabler for speed.

Video of this presentation is not available.

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Recent Past Events

On-Boarding New Supply Chain Talent

Tremendous effort is spent identifying, attracting, and hiring the right people. The next step is to provide a great onboarding experience for your new hires. Successful onboarding leads to higher employee retention, engagement, and productivity. Panelists from Direct Supply, Molson Coors, and UWM will discuss best practices for on-boarding new supply chain talent into 1) their role, 2) the department, and 3) the organization. The panel will also discuss best practices for onboarding both on-site and remote employees. To access the recorded content, please contact Mark Kosfeld.

Sustainable Supply Chain Improvements

Today’s supply chains need these fundamental capabilities: 1) Visibility, 2) Agility, and 3) Adaptability. Supply chain leaders need to be able to SEE what is happening in their supply lines, REACT QUICKLY to those perceived events, and be willing to CHANGE AND EVOLVE to meet these rapidly-changing conditions.

SCMI Director Jeff Turmel and Assistant Director Mark Kosfeld recently addressed how these three capabilities build on one another and presented case studies from companies that have improved their visibility, agility and adaptability. Each capability included an assessment tool that can be used to evaluate your company’s visibility, agility and adaptability. View the PowerPoint!

Hot Topic: Is the Future of Supply Chain Integrations Imminent?

Supply chain literature and discussion about the future suggests even greater company considerations for expanded supply chain impacts through partnerships and “integrations”. Certainly, partnering with third-party partners with other, complementary expertise can reduce company costs while also improving customer service. For some time now, many companies have partnered with Third-Party Logistics providers (3PL’s and 4PL’s) to improve their Transportation & Logistics performance and costs, and to provide even greater customer service and value.

Now, some companies are broadening their considerations to integrations and partners across other supply chain areas.  Our discussion will investigate which supply chain areas might be ripe for these kinds of expanded partnership integrations.  We welcome your insights, experiences, and opinions on this important supply chain future trend.

Hot Topic: Should There Be a Standard Supply Chain Certification?

SCMI was pleased to hear from 4 panelists from APICS, CSCMP and ISM about the certifications available to supply chain professionals. Joe Carr represented APICS, Alison Hiller and Scott Ramey represented CSCMP, and Nora Neibergall represented ISM. The presentations were packed with useful information on the certifications each organization offers. Slide deck available for download.

Supply Chain Management Institute
Lubar Hall S490

Corporate Training

Customized training on a wide range of supply chain management topics is also available through the expertise of the Supply Chain Management Institute and its affiliated faculty. These programs can be delivered at either the UWM campus or on-site at the company.