Supply Chain Management Review Announces The Winners of the First Annual NextGen Supply Chain Awards

(FRAMINGHAM, MA) March 4, 2019 – Supply Chain Management Review’s NextGenSupply Chain Awards will celebrate five companies taking the lead on supply chain innovation using NextGen supply chain technologies—those technologies that will shape tomorrow’s supply chains.

The 2019 awards, sponsored by IDC, will be presented on April 16th during the NextGenSupply Chain Conference.

2019 Award Winners

Robotics Winner: Geodis

Blockchain Winner: IBM

Analytics Winner: Johnson Controls

AI Winner: DHL

Digital Transformation Winner: CISCO

“As the editor of SCMR, I’m proud to recognize these industry leaders for the strides they have made in the adoption of NextGen technologies,” said Bob Trebilcock, editorial director. “This year’s awards also set the stage for what will be an annual competition.”

Trebilcock added that John Santagate, IDC’s research director for service robots, played an integral role in the selection of this year’s winners.

In addition to receiving the awards, representative from each of the companies will take part in an End User Award Panel on April 16th moderated by Bob Trebilcock and John Santagate.

Award Panelists:

  • Eric Douglas, EVP Technology and Engineering, Geodis
  • Tom Ward, A.I. Project Leader, IBM
  • Vineet Sinha, Director and Product General Manager, Connected Equipment and Service, Johnson Controls
  • Justin Ha, Director, Solutions Design, DHL
  • Daren Mallard, Sr. Manager, Marketing Strategy & Business, Cisco Systems Inc.

About NextGen Supply Chain Conference

The two-day conference will take place at the iconic Chicago Athletic Association, now a top-rated hotel, on April 16-17 and feature educational sessions and a small booth exhibit. More than 200 senior-level supply chain, operations, procurement and corporate executives will attend the inaugural event on downtown Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

Both days of the conference will offer high-level sessions on AI, robotics and Big Data tailored for CEOs, chief supply chain officers, vice presidents and directors of operations as well as procurement sourcing executives. In short, anyone with a leadership stake in the future of the supply chain.

Don’t expect to hear theory or basic explanations of these key technologies, explains Trebilcock. “All 19 members of our advisory board members are living NextGentechnologies each day. They range from practitioners and suppliers to industry experts, academics and consultants. And the conference lineup reflects what they see as important day-to-day in the emerging supply chain of the future.”

Sponsors for the event include: Honeywell Intelligrated (Diamond sponsor and exhibitor); Association for Supply Chain Management (Platinum sponsor); IDC (Silver sponsor); and Contextant, Dematic, QAD and WISE Systems (Associate sponsors and exhibitors); 6 Rivers Systems and HULFT (exhibitors)….more to be announced soon.

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Call for Speakers and Award Winning Supply Chains

If you’re interested in speaking about emerging technologies, or being recognized for your work, read on! 

Are you researching or writing about the emerging technologies that are going to power tomorrow’s supply chains? Or, are you a supply chain manager whose organization is doing great things with AI, robotic process automation, the Internet of Things, robotics, sensors, block chain or 3D printing? If you answered yes on either counts, Supply Chain Management Review wants to hear from you.

April 16 & 17, 2019, Supply Chain Management Review is hosting our first NextGen Supply Chain conference. We’ll be highlighting the emerging technologies that will shape tomorrow’s supply chains across processes – from sourcing to final delivery. Those would include robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, IoT, 3D printing, machine learning and digital transformation to name a few. The goal is to make this a smaller conference for senior level executives – 150 to 200 attendees – with an emphasis on education and networking opportunities.  Here’s the link to the conference, which will be at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel on Michigan Avenue. 

We recently sent out our call for speakers blast. In the event that you are in academia, consulting and analytics, are a supply chain practitioner, or a solution provider who is interested in speaking on one of the emerging technologies, here is the link to the speakers page which will explain what we’re looking for and have the application info. Caveat: The advisory board chooses the speakers. And – to solution providers – they have to be non-commercial. 

As part of the conference, Supply Chain Management Review is launching its first supply chain awards for end users/practitioners that have done notable things related to emerging technologies. If your organization is interested in applying for one of the awards, we’d welcome the submission. Like the speakers, winners are chosen by the advisory board. 

Last, and perhaps most importantly, this is not a pay to play event. Speakers are chosen on the merits of their presentation idea.

We hope to hear from you soon, and, see you in Chicago.

Call for Speakers