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International Supply Chain Professionals Assemble For APICS 2016


WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 21, 2016 – APICS 2016, the premier event for supply chain and operations management professionals, will take place September 25 – 27 in Washington, D.C. Professionals from all sides of the value chain will come together to gain relevant knowledge, foster relationships, explore trends, share best practices, and heighten efficiency in order to solve critical supply chain challenges. Approximately 2,000 attendees from 55 countries will participate in quality educational content and networking with professionals who are shaping the future of supply chain, logistics, and operations management in order to accelerate their careers and elevate supply chain innovation.

Keynote Presenters
Bill McDermott, Chief Executive Officer, SAP As the world’s leading provider of business software, SAP’s more than 66,000 employees and vast ecosystem enable 252,000 customers of all sizes in more than 25 industries and 180 countries worldwide. Bill McDermott has been instrumental in re-architecting the company’s go-to-market strategy, closely aligning the field organizations with the product development teams. He has earned numerous honors for his business leadership, is an active board member for multiple organizations, and is a community leader and advocate for corporate social responsibility.

Mel Robbins, Commentator and Legal Analyst, CNN
Mel Robbins is a powerful speaker whose messages inspire change, challenge thinking, and accelerate personal and business growth. She has been one of CNN’s most popular on-air commentators, writers, and legal analysts, and her articles on human behavior drive tens of millions of page views for Mel has an extensive television résumé as an expert on human behavior and motivation for Good Morning America, Oprah, The Today Show, and Fox News. She was named America's Outstanding News Talk Show Host at the 2014 Gracie Awards.

APICS 2016 World Café — Envisioning the Future of Supply Chain
Although we will never be able to predict the future, we can try to imagine it. Attendees of the 2016 World Café will be challenged to envision the future of supply chain and explore critical questions with fellow industry professionals. This inspiring, interactive dialogue will be a unique opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from around the world and help the APICS and APICS Supply Chain Council boards of directors to visualize a dynamic future, prepare for it, and ultimately build it. The World Café is taking place on Sunday, September 25, from 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Sessions of Interest
The Internet of Things and the New Way of Management
September 25, 8:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Albrecht Rciken, PhD | Senior Director | SAP SE
Peter Vanderminden | Senior Industry Analyst | Flatiron Strategies

From Military into Industry—Transitions and Translations
September 25, 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. 
David Rega | Maintenance Officer, Retired | United States Air Force
Brian O’Connor, CSCP | Colonel, Retired | United States Air Force

Coca-Cola’s S&OP Journey
September 26, 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Sara Park | Vice President, Planning & Logistics Capabilities | Coca-Cola

Visibility and Responsibility in Fast-Fashion Supply Chains
September 26, 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.
Sarah Labowitz | Co-Director and Research Scholar | NYU Stern Center on Business and Human Rights

Digital Transformation in Supply Chain Management
September 27, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Christopher Letelier | Senior Manager Business Development | DHL International Supply Chain, Asia Pacific
Overcoming the Supply Chain Skills and Gender Gaps
September 27, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Jennifer Proctor | Director of Industry Content and the Editor in Chief of APICS Magazine | APICS
Jennifer McNelly | Executive Director | Manufacturing Institute

More information on APICS 2016 can be found at

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APICS is the premier professional association for supply chain management and the leading provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation, and Distribution (CLTD), and APICS Supply Chain Operations Reference Professional (SCOR-P) designations set the industry standard. With over 45,000members and more than 300 channel partners, APICS is transforming the way people do business, drive growth and reach global customers. For more information, visit

Media contact: 
Blair Poloskey
INK Public Relations



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