Post-Pandemic Response to Supply Chain Disruptions and Future Vision for the Logistics Industry

Virtual Workshop

September 22 & 23, 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (both days)

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Workshop Overview

The pandemic brought prominent disruptions to global logistics and supply chain operations over the last year, yet also provided opportunities for increased supply chain and logistics efficiencies, responsiveness, and resiliency. This workshop aims to provide leaders across a variety of industries with perspectives, actionable ideas, and strategies towards their supply chain reconfiguration post-pandemic. Prominent academic leaders from MIT, Rutgers Business School, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and the University of Illinois will be joined by seasoned industry leaders from General Electric Appliances, a Haier company, Inc., and UPS to deliver a dynamic series of presentations and panel discussions. The two half-day virtual format is designed to offer maximal flexibility and participation.

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Keynote Speakers


Sept. 22 Agenda
11:00 – 11:05 a.m.Opening Remarks
11:05 – 11:10 a.m.Welcome by Kevin Gardner, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Research and Innovation, University of Louisville
11:10 – 11:55 a.m.Keynote 1: Logistics Industry Response to COVID-19 Disruptions
Arash Azadegan, Ph.D., Director – Supply Chain Disruption Research Laboratory, Rutgers University
11:55 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Break
12:00 – 12:55 p.m.Panel: Challenges, Best Practices and Opportunities in Retail Operations in E-Commerce Arena
Xin Chen, Ph.D., University of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana
Andy Eastes, CEO & Co-Founder, SkuVault
Di Wu, Ph.D., Principal Scientist –, Inc.
Lihui Bai, Ph.D., LoDI Co-Director, Moderator
12:55 – 1:00 p.m.Break
1:00 – 2:25 p.m.Executive Lecture: Managing Supply Chain Disruptions
David Simchi-Levi, Ph.D., Professor of Engineering, MIT
2:25 – 2:30 p.m.Concluding remarks
Sept. 23 Agenda
11:00 – 11:05 a.m.Opening Remarks by Emmanuel Collins, Ph.D., Dean, J.B. Speed School of Engineering
11:05 – 11:10 a.m.Welcome by Derek Bland, Chair, Advanced Manufacturing & Logistics Network, Greater Louisville Inc.
11:10 – 11:55 a.m.Keynote 2: Supply Chain Efficiency and Resiliency: a Global Distribution Perspective
Marcia Brey, V.P. – Distribution, GE Appliances, a Haier Company
11:55 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Break
12:00 – 12:55 p.m.Panel: Warehouse Automation and Robotics
Matt Hardenberg, Sr. Director, Logistics, Ariat International
Chip Steffey, Director, Logistics & Distrib, NA, UPS Supply Chain Solutions
Mike Brown, retired, Fetch Robotics & Plus One Robotics advisory board
Jordan Frank, Sr. Director, Systems Sales, AHS, LLC
Zac Boehm, Sr. Director, Innovative Sales, AHS, LLC
Drew Eubank, Sr. Director Engineering, AHS, LLC, Moderator
1:00 – 1:55 p.m.Panel: Build a resilient 3PL network
Nikki Gaudio, Director, Healthcare Logistics, UPS Healthcare
Denise Edsell, Manager – Logistics, Sazerac
Jason Dailey, Materials Manager, Yanfeng
Arash Azadegan, Ph.D., Director, Supply Chain Disruption Laboratory, Rutgers University
Andrew Manikas, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Louisville College of Business, Moderator
2:00 – 2:45 p.m.Keynote 3: Blockchain and Digitalization in Supply Chain
Jim Shi, Ph.D., New Jersey Institute of Technology
2:45 – 2:55 p.m.Online survey & Concluding remarks

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