Welcome to LQ’s November 12 2008 Symposium

The Supply Chain as an Engine for Top Line Performance in an Unpredictable Business Environment

Introduction

In today’s unpredictable global economy more firms searching for a competitive edge have focused on supply chain efficiency. Retailers and their vendors, for example, have faced huge commodity increases and rising energy costs, as well as challenges such as traffic congestion, driver shortages, capacity issues and increasing freight cost.  Working capital is also at a premium and competition between firmss has never been higher.

This is placing more pressure on the successful supply chain operations.

In the past, the supply chain was viewed as a means to improve a firm’s bottom-line performance. Today, more firms are seeing the supply chain as an engine for top-line performance. It is reducing retailers’ “out-of-stocks” for example, which in turn reduces lost sales.

Some firms have been using live store data not to forecast demand but to schedule replenishment deliveries on a store-by-store basis, and shipping tailored orders from the factory to the store, with less time in storage.

These initiatives to increase inventory turnover are creating joint supply chain value added capabilities in the context of brand initiatives for product promotion.

LQ’s Symposium proposes to examine the ways firms can enhance their return on investments in transportation and the supply chain. What are some of the key questions CFO’s should ask their logisticians and transportation executives on regarding spend management in the field? How can firms mitigate the impact of rising fuel prices in North America, and globally?

We have an impressive group of top academic and business thought leaders who will help us to address these questions, guide our discussion and inspire your thinking.

Background on LQ's Symposiums

LQ’s Symposiums are unique. They offer:

Thought leadership from across North America
Short, insightful presentations by keynote speakers
Discussion-based sessions - LQ's "Executive Exchange" of ideas
Limited seating to ensure a friendly and personalize exchange of ideas

Good partnerships are essential in a global economy. In fact, according to the late Robert V. Delaney in his 11th Annual State of Logistics Report, "relationships will carry the logistics industry into the future?" Developing and improving relationships with 3PL providers in a global economy, however, is often not easy for logistics users and providers.

LQ's Executive Exchange is an international forum to exchange ideas between leaders from Canada and the United States. In today's global economy, Canada and the United States remains a partnership that is, in many ways, unique. Trade last year between the United States and Canada almost matched that of the United States and the combined 25 member states of the European Union.

LQ's Executive Exchange builds on a tradition of introducing and demonstrating new leading ideas by senior-level practitioners in North America for supply chain management executives.

This Executive Exchange's keynote speakers will cover topics designed to help improve your company's global performance. Join us, and participate in a program that provides collective thinking and passion to find solutions in a world with emerging economies, unprecedented technologies and new business models.

LQ's Executive Exchange will break new ground in supply chain knowledge sharing – up to half of the session time will be dedicated to a workshop format to discuss the practical applications and implications with the world class speakers and other logistics leaders that attend