April 14, 2016

Several of Southern California’s most respected professionals involved in the movement of goods in the region will engage in a series of informative panel discussions at the 2016 Southern California Logistics and Supply Chain Summit. The event will be held on April 28 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and Convention Center in Pomona.

The event is hosted by the Drucker School of Management’s Center for Supply Chain and Logistics at Claremont Graduate University, the Inland Empire Economic Partnership and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.

The Logistics Summit brings together all of the major players in the public and private sector for a series of discussions on the current state of what has become one of Southern California’s signature industries. The movement of goods, from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to the hundreds of distribution centers in the Inland Empire – and from there to consumers all across North America – now provides a living for an estimated 1.5 million people in California. About one in 10 workers in San Bernardino and Riverside counties are employed in the logistics industry, and the port operations are a major part of the Los Angeles economy as well as that of the San Francisco Bay Area.

The movement of goods by ship, truck and train do have numerous challenges, and new ideas are constantly being developed to meet these issues. Some of the leading voices in the logistics field will discuss subjects that include congestion,
technological enhancements and new efficiencies.

The morning panel discussion, scheduled for 10 a.m., is entitled “From Choke Points to Solutions II,” and is a continuation of a valuable discussion from the 2015 summit that looked a congestion in various aspects of the industry. It will be hosted by Fran Inman of Majestic Realty. Panelists include a cross section of goods movement, with feedback from Noel Hacegaba of the Port of Long Beach, Donna DiCamillo of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad and B.J. Patterson of Pacific Mountain Logistics.

The afternoon will feature three simultaneous breakout sessions from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m.  Dave Lubowe, Vice President of Digital Operations for IBM Global Business Solutions, will lead a discussion on “Digital Transformation of Operations and Supply Chain.”  Paul Brady, Principal and American Strategy Leader for Ernst & Young, will discuss “Blockchains for Supply Chains: How Bitcoin’s Core Technology Enables Synchronization in Productivity.” The third afternoon breakout panel is “E-Commerce, Supply Chain Challenges and Impacts.” Chris Gopal, Executive Director of Peter Drucker School for Supply Chain and Logistics, will moderate this panel, which will include Craig Smith of Red Road Consulting and Steve Harrington of the Distribution Management Association.

Keynote speakers include Mark Wallace, Senior Vice President for Global Engineering and Sustainability for UPS and Juan Garcia III, Global Leader for Career Advancement at Amazon.

To register for the event and for more information, go to the summit website, http://socalsupplychainnsummit.com


The Drucker School of Management’s Center for Supply Chain and Logistics at Claremont Graduate University aims to develop and enhance effective leadership in the Supply Chain Sector. The Center offers a rich mix of programs, forums and courses that focus on the top issues facing supply chains and their constituent entities. The Center’s Responsible Management Approach draws heavily on the principles and values of Peter Drucker, which stress customer and employee focus, social responsibility,  innovation and financial results.


The Inland Empire Economic Partnership is the largest economic development organization in Riverside amd San Bernardino counties, representing more than 50 major employers in the private, public and non-profit sectors. Through the organization’s Business, Logistics, Education and Health Care Councils, the IEEP works to make the Inland Empire a more attractive place for businesses by enhancing the overall quality of life for its 4.3 million residents.


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Juan Lopez
Inland Empire Economic Partnership
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