Operational & Purchasing Excellence CONNECT

Operational & Purchasing Excellence CONNECT

As the industry continues to be challenged by competitors such as Amazon, we must evolve and tap into the transformative potential of technology to employ driving smarter efficiencies into our industry and businesses. The goal of Operational & Purchasing Excellence CONNECT is to help improve operational and purchasing excellence by bringing thought leaders and progressive industry professionals to explore the future of distributional operations, innovative practices and aligning solutions into a more efficient and profitable operation.

Registration for the 2019 event is closed. Learn about the 2019 program below and check back later for updates.

Session Thought Leaders

Analytics & Metrics for Supply Chain Operations

Randy MacLean
As we close in on 2020, excellence in supply chain and operations takes on a new importance in the success and even the survival of a distribution organization. Winning the competition battle is accomplished in the core competencies of distributors moving product. In this session, we’ll explore the newest thinking and analytics that give operations managers a real edge in driving their companies cash flow and profits.

Developing a Supply Chain Technology Strategy

Jim Thompkins
Markets continue to embrace globalization. At the same time, there is widespread adoption of mobile connectivity and an increasing expectation by customers to have immediate access to information on product availability, order status and delivery schedules. This is driving companies like yours to the obvious realization that their supply chain technology infrastructure needs upgrading. However, an overall supply chain technology strategy is essential before making this leap. Consider the rapid changes in available technology solutions such as cloud-based systems, greater integration, and a proliferation of “open” systems. This means that your company needs to define high level migration strategies of existing applications and platforms first, as well as prioritize systems based on achieving a competitive edge. Tompkins will work with your vision to assess, develop, and formulate the best supply chain technology system strategies for your business, as well as build a solid roadmap to achieve timely execution. By combining our strategy development, system selection and implementation and change management services capabilities, you are assured of a comprehensive solution and an experienced team to support your efforts.

Delivering Profitable Warehouse Ops


Jason Bader
This session is geared toward those responsible for success and profit of running a smooth and efficient warehouse operations. Based on the highly successful ASAU program “Essentials of Profitable Warehouse Operations” Jason will guide attendees through how to improve your operational efficiencies of stocking, order fulfillment, stocking picking, loading and shipping, risk management team dynamic and other factors that impact profitable warehouse operations.



5:30pm – 7:00pm Registration

6:00pm – 7:00pm Welcome Reception


7:00am – Noon Registration

7:30am – 8:15am Opening Breakfast & ASA Update

8:30am – 10:00am The Future of Warehousing: What Role Will Technology Play?

10:15am – 11:45am Developing a Supply Chain Technology Strategy

Noon – 1:00pm Networking Lunch

1:15pm – 2:45pm Best Practices Round Table Discussions

3:00pm – 5:00pm

5:30pm – 6:30pm Networking Reception


7:00am – 7:45am Networking Breakfast

8:00am – 11:00am Delivering Profitable Warehouse Ops

11:00am – 11:30am Session Wrap-up & Takeaways

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