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LQ's Pre-Holiday Symposium Agenda

The LQ North American Symposium is one of the leading meetings of its kind in Canada and the United States. Designed for peer-to-peer learning, discussion and inquiry, and created in consultation with senior supply chain and logistics leaders from many industries and regions. LQ's Symposium provide a bridge between leading academics and practitioners in our field, offering participants a mix of expert case studies, indepth master classes/workshops and discussions.

LQ's Symposiums are an extension of its 20-year tradition of offering ideas for leadership in logistics and transportation - for Canadians and Americans alike. LQ's Executive Exchanges build on its tradition of introducing and demonstrating new leading ideas by senior-level practitioners. They also mirror LQ Magazine's distinctive place in the market, with a unique mix of Canadian and American readers and an editorial environment reflects the fact that we are each other's great trading partners - and the largest trading partners in the world. LQ's Executive Exchange on December 11th and 12th are designed to examine supply chain strategies and offer tangible insights into cultivating and managing business innovation.

2014 Theme: Creating Customer-Centric Supply Chains and Organizations

Date: December 11th, 2014 | Venue: The Country Club

DECEMBER 11, 2014

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: Future Trends in Technology - Applying Big Data from Transportation Management to Create Efficiencies in the Supply Chain
: Significant freight savings can be achieved with an effectively implemented TMS platform, by exploiting its maximum potential to add value to your freight network. (For more information, please see the Session Notes below.)

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

9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Refreshments and Break

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
CASE STUDY & PANEL DISCUSSION: Supply Chain Integration through Mergers and Acquisitions
Completing a merger between two organizations requires the marriage of two corporate cultures to create new efficiencies, rationalize distribution networks, and integrate or create new IT systems. In this context, the panel will also examine organic versus inorganic growth and value creation for logisticians and shareholders alike. (For more information, please see the Session Notes below.)

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Executive Exchange (Q&A)

12:00 a.m. -12:45 p.m.
Lunch

12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Keynote Luncheon Presentation: Insights on Trends in Freight and Transportation; How to deal with carrier sourcing and capacity challenges, collaboration and contractual carrier matters as well as other trends converging on the industry.

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
PANEL DISCUSSION: Market Conditions and the Future of the Logistics/Transportation Industry in North America (For more information, please see the Session Notes below.) Leading logistics companies share insights on how they’re preparing to respond to changing economic indicators and what they’re doing to take advantage of growing global demand. An insightful interpretation of the economic outlook from leaders in logistics to help you adjust your business model to adapt to evolving conditions.

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Executive Exchange (Q&A)

3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Break and Refreshments

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
PANEL DISCUSSION: Leading Performers in Supply Chain Sustainability: How Well are You Using Best Practices in your Supply Chain and Maintenance Operations? Learn how firms are finding new ways to enable other corporate functions and disciplines to work more effectively with their supply chain professionals. Insights from an international mining firm’s Corporate Supply Chain Executive and LQ’s Executive Editors on how to apply the Capability Maturity Matrix Model approach, which was developed at Carnegie Mellon, to assess supply chain practices. This discussion on sustainability will examine how to assess supply chains in order to create efficiencies to contribute to a firm’s top and bottom lines – Demonstrated by a compelling case study presentation from Wal-Mart Canada, an established global leader in Best Practices in Supply Chain sustainability.

4:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Executive Exchange (Q&A)

4:45 p.m. - 5:10 p.m.
Closing Remarks: Insights on LQ's 3PL Performers in Sustainability Awards (David Closs, PhD, and Thomas Goldsby, PhD.

 

Session Notes on LQ's December 11th, 2014, Pre-Holiday 2014 Symposium

(i) CASE STUDY & PANEL DISCUSSION: Future Trends in Technology - Applying Big Data from Transportation Management to Create Efficiencies in the Supply Chain Significant freight savings can be achieved with an effectively implemented TMS platform, by exploiting its maximum potential to add value to your freight network. This panel discussion will examine strategies to garner data for an organization's supply chain in order to:

- Apply TMS to uncover strategic opportunities in supply chain management
- Uncover and identify significant savings in Less-than-Truckload (LTL) freight
- Improve Outsourcing practices and performance management (Vested Outsourcing)
- Leverage the full value proposition, not only tactical benefits, of TMS to create innovative best practices in your supply chain – no matter if you’re a 3PL or logistician
- Evaluating sourcing needs across an organization's transportation network
- Assessing transportation execution performance

(ii) Supply Chain Integration through Mergers and Acquisitions: Completing a merger between two organizations requires the marriage of two corporate cultures to create new efficiencies, rationalize distribution networks, and integrate or create new IT systems. It often involves defining differences in performance metrics and reconciling these baselines. In this session executives will share their insights on how mergers/acquisitions and strategies on how they've helped to make supply chain integration a success.

(iii) Market Conditions and the Future of the Logistics/Transportation Industry in North America: Hear from the heads of leading logistics companies on how they’re setting themselves up to respond to changing economic indicators and what they’re doing to take advantage of growing global demand in the coming months. Get the logistics interpretation of the economic outlook and find out how you need to adjust your business model to adapt to the evolving conditions.

 

PLUS PRE-ARRANGED ONE-TO-ONE BUSINESS MEETINGS AND REFRESHMENTS WILL BE AVAILABLE

Meetings. They often hold promise for moving your business forward, but too often they aren't organized effectively. LQ ensures that there is clarity on purpose, a carefully craft an agenda, and senior-level participants, as well as pre-meeting work performed to ensure quality. Meeting preparation helps to make LQ's benchmarking meetings for logisticians and providers an investment with a solid value proposition designed for both parties.

LQ's one-on-one meetings are intended to examine challenges, which may be converging on a business, or involve aspirational objectives as far as two years down the road. LQ's team helps its participants to prepare for these meetings with a pre-defined agenda. LQ's team has also chosen a closed-door context at the Country Club for these meetings for executives to share their ideas.

A COMPLIMENTARY EDITION OF LQ's SEVENTH ANNUAL WOMEN IN SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT EDITION WILL BE PROVIDED TO DELEGATES

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2014 Conference Theme: Creating Customer-Centric Supply Chains and Organizations

In the 1970s many firms espoused cliches such as 'the customer is always right'. These companies believed they had a customer-oriented approach to business. In the 1980s the preference for many higher-quality Japanese products coupled with the views articulated by the authors of In Search of Excellence showed how excellent companies got to the top. By the end of the 1990s many companies were certain that they were customer-driven. However, studies show today a lot of these same companies are not customer-centric organizations today, and the greatest impediment for many continues to be the ill-founded belief that they are customer-centric,according to author Jay R. Galbraith, in his book Designing the Customer-Centric Organization. Perhaps not surprisingly, of the most important factors underlying profitable and sustainable companies today lies with developing customer relationships. In fact, in most industries, customers are preferring fewer suppliers in order to establish closer, longer-term relationships, according to author Jay Galbraith.

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