April 8, 2015

The movement of goods in the 21st Century is an intensely complex operation that involves businesses of all kinds. Items that ultimately end up in the consumer’s hands are constantly in motion, going to multiple locations, with each item using any one of a number of transportation arteries.

Those complexities now take a lot more than a road map and a radio tuned to traffic reports to navigate. But some of those issues, along with some solutions, will be brought to light at a special presentation by Wolfgang Hall, Global Industry Manager for Supply Chain and Logistics at Esri, the market leader in GIS technology. Hall will be a guest speaker at the Southern California Logistics and Supply Chain Summit on April 23 at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center in Pomona.

Hall will discuss how the supply chain is inherently driven by multiple locations, as goods move from a source to a supplier to a manufacturer and on to distributors, retailers and consumers. Each of these locations calls for executives to make an informed decision and to understand the supply chain, and people need the proper tools to help them grasp where sites and inventory should be located and what the inherent risks might be. The economy of the entire nation depends on a well-run system of goods movement in Southern California.

Redlands-based Esri, the world’s largest supplier of GIS software, regularly works with businesses to collect, analyze and share logistics data, allowing the industry to visualize its real-time operations. Hall, who is Esri’s leading expert on logistics, will present ideas on how operations can be tracked and how risk can be managed.

Other speakers include the keynote address from Randy Lewis, the former vice president in charge of all supply chain operations for drug retailer Walgreens, who will speak on his national effort to give handicapped Americans a chance to work at distribution centers, and Dr. John Husing, chief economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, who will discuss new information that addresses the effects of diesel exhaust. Other presentations will cover subjects that include supply chain chokepoints, developing a modern workforce, the effects of technology on the industry and roles of the public and private sectors and how they interact.

Also, Noel Massie, President of UPS’ Southern California District, will receive the Peter Drucker Award for Excellence in Logistics Management from the new Drucker School Center for Supply Chain & Logistics at Claremont Graduate University.

The day-long event will bring together experts and professionals in the field from six Southern California counties to discuss the issues that face one of the region’s signature industries. It is the first time this event has been planned as a regional forum, and is co-hosted by the Inland Empire Economic Partnership and the new Drucker School Center for Supply Chain & Logistics at Claremont Graduate University.

More information, including RSVP registration and sponsorship information, is available on the summit website, http://supplychainsummit2015.com.