NextGen Supply Chain Conference Brought Together Industry Leaders to Discuss the Impact of Emerging Technology  

(Framingham, MA)  – On October 17-19th, the NextGen Supply Chain Conference, presented by Supply Chain Management Review, brought together an impressive lineup of more than 150 industry leaders for two days of high-level presentations and case studies that covered the emerging supply chain technologies that are powering tomorrow’s supply chains, and enabling the digital transformation of supply chain processes.

“Our first live event since COVID, NextGen 2022 exceeded our expectations,” said Bob Trebilcock, editorial director of Supply Chain Management Review and host of the NextGen event. “We showcased senior leaders at some of the country’s best-known brands. They covered the breadth of supply chain management, from talent development to logistics and transportation, and the impact of emerging technology as diverse as robotics, AI and the metaverse on their supply chains.”  

Trebilcock added that one of the highlights for him was the high level of audience engagement and networking among presenters, attendees and exhibitors. 

The Annual NextGen Supply Chain Awards were presented on the first day. Leading solution providers and end users utilizing nextgen technologies in Robotics, Analytics, AI and Digital Transformation received rewards. Additionally, Supply Chain Management Review presented the Annual Visionary Award to Ignacio Arranz, Senior Vice President, North America Product Supply Innovation and Global Physical Distribution, Procter & Gamble. And the Startup Award went to Ally Lynch, CMO of Covariant.

For more information on the NextGen Supply Chain Conference and the complete list of NextGen Award winners, please visit 2022 Award Winners.

About the Annual NextGen Supply Chain Conference

The NextGen Supply Chain Conference is the premier educational conference that answers the question: “What’s next in supply chain management” for senior-level SCM professionals. Only NGSC is exclusively dedicated to preparing executives for the coming technologies and processes that will have the most transformative effects on their supply chains. This year’s focus was on the technologies and processes that will have the most transformative effects on supply chains. Visit www.nextgensupplychainconference.com.

About Peerless Media

Founded in 2010, Peerless Media is the leading provider of independent business content and information serving the supply chain, logistics, materials handling and design engineering industries. Through our flagship brands (Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, Supply Chain Management Review, Material Handling Product News, SupplyChain247.com, MaterialHandling247.com, Digital Engineering, DigitalEngineering247.com and Robotics247.com), we offer unparalleled B2B coverage via publications, Websites, newsletters, conferences, and research. Visit www.peerlessmedia.com.

First Robotics Applications Conference Shares Expert Insights With Commercial Robot Ecosystem

Robotics Applications Conference a success

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.—Industry experts on robotics standards, multiple use cases, and integration spoke at yesterday’s first annual Robotics Applications Conference. Close to 400 registrants viewed the live keynote and four sessions, which are now available for viewing on demand.

“We appreciate that so many robotics users from Fortune 1,000 companies and technology suppliers, as well as investors and researchers, tuned in to our event during a busy time of year,” said Eugene Demaitre, editorial director of Robotics 24/7 and moderator of a few sessions.

“It validates our approach of representing the end-user point of view and applications at RAC ’22,” he added. “Other events focus on vertical markets or specific technologies, but our audience responded strongly to the discussions about how businesses can benefit from automating certain tasks and processes today.”

Robotics 24/7 and Peerless Media LLC presented the one-day, virtual event.

Keynote tackles today’s hot robotics trends

Aaron Prather, former senior technical advisor at FedEx Express and current director of the Robotics & Autonomous Systems Program at ASTM International, delivered the keynote address. He explained how warehouse and logistics companies are increasingly turning to automation to deal with labor shortages, supply chain challenges, and heightened competition.

Aaron Prather, ASTM International

ASTM International’s Aaron Prather

Prather also described the types of systems that are available, pitfalls for adopting robots and software, and promising systems that are coming soon. In addition, he described how standards developed by ASTM and numerous experts can benefit everyone across the industry.

“We need your voice—those of you that are out there working in this industry are in the field, seeing how the technology is working or not working,” he said. “A standard is only as good as its use. … We’re moving so fast, and we have new technologies coming on so quickly, our challenge on the standards side of the robotics industry is how do we keep up with that speed? We are doing a lot more acceleration work.”

Prather also answered live questions from the audience.

Other speakers discuss a range of robot uses

The “Goods-to-Person Systems Keep Workers in the Loop” session discussed criteria for evaluating robots and goods-to-robot systems, as well as how to determine when automation should not be added.

That panel included John Santagate, vice president of robotics at Körber Supply Chain Software; Bill Twickler, vice president of solutions at GXO Logistics; Kyle VanGoethem, head of network planning at Stord; and Andrew Lockhart, director of strategic engagement and warehouse solutions for North America at Vanderlande.

The session on “Truck Unloading and the Next Frontiers for Robots” featured Tyler Wilson, an internal logistics engineer and engineering manager at Toyota North America.

“The discussion served as an opportunity to learn how the automaker takes advantage of mobile robots in its operations,” noted Cesareo Contreras, associate editor at Robotics 24/7 and moderator of that session.

Sandeep Sakharkar, CIO of GXO Logistics, and Jake Heldenberg, senior manager for North American warehouse sales consulting at Vanderlande, spoke in the RAC ’22 session on “Piece Picking Gets Faster With Robotic Perception.” They explained how simulation can help with planning and training robots and chatted about the importance of data analytics to getting value out of robotic picking.

The panel on “Machine Tending and Welding With Cobots” examined the potential of collaborative robotics and the robotics-as-a-service (RaaS) model in manufacturing. Speakers included Josh Pawley, vice president of business development at Vectis Automation; Brian Havey, director of sales at VersaBuilt Robotics; and Al Youngwerth, CEO of VersaBuilt Robotics.

Watch the Robotics Applications Conference

The Robotics Applications Conference is still available on demand, and registration is free for all sessions. Robotics 24/7 will continue covering the topics discussed at the event throughout the year.

Peerless Media is already planning next year’s conference, and companies can learn more about sponsorship opportunities by contacting Publisher Tom Cooney at tcooney@peeerlessmedia.com.

Robotics Applications Conference has free registration for sessions on demand.

About Peerless Media

Founded in 2010, Peerless Media is the leading provider of independent business content and information serving the supply chain, logistics, materials handling, and design engineering industries.

Its brands include Robotics 24/7Digital EngineeringDigital Engineering 24/7Logistics ManagementModern Materials HandlingSupply Chain Management ReviewSupply Chain 24/7, and Material Handling 24/7. They offer business-to-business coverage through Peerless’ websites, newsletters, and conferences.

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