April 20, 2015

The 2015 Southern California Logistics and Supply Chain Summit is the premier industry annual event that addresses the entire Southern California network of logistics and supply chain interconnectivity within Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and the Inland Empire.

More than 350 of the region’s top logistics and supply chain leaders will gather on April 23 at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center in Pomona – the epicenter of this vast region – to discuss the Current State of Affairs as well as the Future Trends that will impact Southern California’s ever expanding logistics and supply chain network.

Speakers will include representatives from UPS, Ryder Logistics, Home Depot, National Retail Federation, Amazon Fulfillment, and the National Center for Supply Chain Technology Education. Supporting organizations include the Distribution Management Association and the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals.

“From the ports, to the railways and trucking, to air cargo and warehousing – Southern California is like no other region in the country,” says Larry Crosby, event co-host and Dean of the Drucker School of Management and it’s new Center for Supply Chain & Logistics at Claremont Graduate University.

Major players in the private and public sectors will offer 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. And Inland Empire logistics provides a living for about one in every 10 workers.

Engaging panel discussions and keynote insights will be combined with topical breakout sessions to offer attendees a comprehensive view of the industry and critical information needed to capitalize on this region’s astounding economic growth.

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 its new Drucker School Center for Supply Chain & Logistics.

“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.”

Noel Massie, President of UPS, Southern California District will be named as the inaugural recipient of the Peter Drucker Award for Excellence in Supply Chain & Logistics Management.

“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, is available on the summit website, http://socalsupplychainsummit.com.