January 12, 2015

The Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP), the region’s largest economic development agency, is happy to announce that it will be one of the hosts for the annual Southern California Logistics Summit in 2015. The event will be held on April 23 at the Fairplex in Pomona.

The Logistics Summit will bring together all of the major players in the private and public sectors for a series of discussions on the current state of one of Southern California’s most important economic sectors. The movement of goods, from the ports to the hundreds of distribution centers in the Inland Empire and throughout Southern California, has become one of the area’s defining industries. In the Inland Empire logistics provides a living for about one in every 10 workers.

But it is also an industry with challenges that run from a trained workforce to congested roads to legislative roadblocks, and the April 23 summit will discuss all of these issues.

This will be the first time the IEEP is hosting this annual event, with Claremont Graduate University’s Drucker School of Management and the new Drucker School Center for Supply Chain & Logistics as the co-host. Bringing the 2015 summit over the county line to Los Angeles County acknowledges how important logistics issues are to Southern California’s economy.

“Goods movement is a key economic driver for Southern California,” said Paul Granillo, CEO and President of the IEEP. “This summit will focus on how to capitalize on the competitive advantages in the international economy.”

“We will be presenting the inaugural Peter Drucker Award for Excellence in Supply Chain & Logistics Management to an outstanding honoree who embodies Drucker’s principles and excellence in management within the supply chain industry,” adds Drucker School Dean Larry Crosby.

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