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LQ's Program, Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Driving Innovation in the Supply Chain

LQ forecasts participation at its Spring Symposium will include an estimated 120 C-level logisticians, academics and 3PL executives.

Agenda

Agenda
7:00 a.m. – 7:50 a.m.
Breakfast & Networking

7:50 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Welcome & Opening Address

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
CASE STUDY & PANEL DISCUSSION: Preparing for Tomorrow: Perspectives from Leading Logisticians on How Their Organization’s Supply Chain Performance Scorecards are Evolving

9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Executive Exchange (Q&A)

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Refreshments & Break

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
CASE STUDY & PANEL DISCUSSION: Risk Mitigation: Being Prepared and Ready for Crisis and Change (For more information please see the Session Notes below)

11:30 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Executive Exchange (Q&A)

11:55 a.m. -12:45 p.m.
Lunch

12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Keynote Luncheon Presentation

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
PANEL DISCUSSION: Fostering Innovation in Customer-3PL Relationships in an Expanding Economy; LQ’s Sustainability Study and Award Program (First session featuring two of four 3PL Finalist Presentations) (Economic, Social and Environmental factors in sustainability practices) For more information please see the Session Notes below.

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Executive Exchange (Q&A)

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Break & Refreshments

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
PANEL DISCUSSION: Fostering Innovation in Customer-3PL Relationships in an Expanding Economy; LQ’s Sustainability Study and Award Program (First session featuring two 3PL Finalist Presentations) (Economic, Social and Environmental factors in sustainability practices) For more information please see the Session Notes below.

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Executive Exchange (Q&A)

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Cocktail & Networking Reception

4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
3PL Award Presentations & Closing Remarks: Best 3PL Performer in Sustainability Winner, representing the best of four Best 3PL Performers in Sustainability Awards

Session Notes on LQ's July 17th Symposium

Perspectives from Leading Logisticians and 3PLs - How can 3PLs Meet Organizations' Performance Scorecards Today and Prepare for Tomorrow

U.S. and Canadian automobile manufacturers, retailers, and other organizations are placing supply chain sustainability as one of the key criteria for their 3PL scorecard list of performance requirements, alongside flawless execution and operational efficiencies.


Their sustainability metrics include social, environmental, talent, as well as economic considerations. Measuring and documenting a provider's carbon footprint quarterly, SmartWay Partnership measurements, and compliance with the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) updated Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) initiative - represent a few of the items under the auspices of sustainability compliance in today's automotive sector. In regard to social responsibilities, scorecards of leading automotive manufacturers are even designed to measure investments made by the provider to promote carrier diversity sourcing initiatives ensuring they are providing growth and development opportunities to U.S. certified minority businesses.

\In this session, delegates will learn how logisticians and providers are collaborating to create innovative approaches to business for today and in the future.

Risk Mitigation: Being Prepared and Ready for Crisis and Change

A panel discussion and case study approach describing collaborative and cross-border supply chain solutions to mitigate risk, create efficiencies and enhanced asset utilization.

The recent crisis in Japan clearly demonstrates supply chain management needs to extend its understanding and its role in managing the firm's global risk portfolio. This crisis and an uncertain global economy have heightened the importance of collaboration, efficiency and risk mitigation in the supply chain.

Redesigning inbound networks to reduce fuel consumption, share backloads for vehicle distribution in the automotive sector, as well as other sectors, are only a few of the positive outcomes that the supply chain executives have learned to apply to mitigate risk and create efficiency. In this context, efficient cross-border supply chains, shorter leadtimes, enhanced visibility, and less risk have made U.S. and Canadian supply bases more competitive with Asia and Europe.

Not surprisingly, the value of visibility continues to be critical for many manufacturers and 3PLs in risk mitigation, alongside the importance of developing a comprehensive understanding of the supply chain of outsourced suppliers, and logistics providers alike in a global environment. Everything from the changing price of oil, congestion in our cities, political and natural disasters and many other variables continue to call on supply chain executives to build more resilient supply chains to mitigate risk in an international marketplace.

However, significant challenges remain in the supply chain. For example, finished vehicle logistics still remains a challenge today with some automotive supply chain networks operating at up to 50 percent empty – evidencing the opportunity for more collaboration.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Fostering Innovation in Customer-3PL Relationships in an Expanding Economy; LQ's Sustainability Study and Award Finalists (Economic, Social and Environmental factors in sustainability practices)

LQ's Sustainability Study and Awards Finalists: (Economic factors in sustainability practices) Three finalists participating in LQ's Sustainability Study and Awards Program will present their innovative business cases and share their firm's strategic vision on sustainable supply chain practices, including long-term environmental, social and economic value for all stakeholders. These finalists in LQ's Sustainability Study and Awards Program will show us how sustainability practices can contribute to brand desirability, deliver operational benefits, raise profitability, contribute to succession planning and other business continuity programs, plus mitigate risks. After LQ's independent evaluation process is completed at LQ's Symposium, LQ will honor leading 3PLs and their partner client — who have enhanced their sustainability — by celebrating their achievements in LQ Magazine and through LQ's Sustainability Symposium.

In summary, LQ's annual Sustainability Study and Awards Program (2012) is designed to:

• Encourage and recognize sustainability excellence;
• Support innovation in sustainability;
• Generate case studies highlighting sustainability effectiveness;
• Enhance industry research regarding 3PL sustainability practices; and
• Celebrate business supply chain excellence.


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