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ASCM CONNECT Annual Conference 2021 Call for Presentations

The call for presentations for ASCM CONNECT 2021 in San Antonio, TX is now open!

We invite you to share your best practices, project solutions, implementations, and case studies by presenting at this year’s ASCM CONNECT Annual Conference. Your expertise and contributions make ASCM events a valuable source of education for supply chain management professionals worldwide.

Please read below for submission instructions, requirements, the abstract evaluation process, session categories, and timeline. Submissions will be open from October 5, 2020 – December 7, 2020.


Reasons to Present at ASCM CONNECT 2021

  • Contribute to the industry by sharing your supply chain expertise, key learnings, and best practices
  • Gain recognition, enhance your professional credibility, and build the future of the industry
  • Network with fellow supply chain professionals and build lasting connections
  • Receive a complimentary registration to ASCM CONNECT 2021 in San Antonio, TX

Abstract Submission Steps

Step 1: Enter abstract information into the form, including session name, audience level, learning objectives, primary keywords, and abstract text (fewer than 300 words).

Step 2: Enter presenter(s) details, including contact information, a brief biography, prior speaking experience, and social media links (optional).

Step 3: Review and approve the previous steps, read and sign the presenter terms and conditions, and submit your abstract.

Abstract Submission Limit

  • Maximum of 2 abstracts per presenter.
  • Each submission can have a maximum of 2 presenters.

Presentation Selection Criteria

Each submission is reviewed and evaluated by the ASCM Conference Content Taskforce. Taskforce members seek presentations that address critical issues, innovative methods, emerging industry trends, and practical solutions.

ASCM CONNECT 2021 Learning Pillars

Please familiarize yourself with the ASCM CONNECT 2021 learning pillars and potential topics of interest. All abstracts must align with one of the following eight learning pillars.

Dynamic Fulfillment

The Dynamic Fulfillment learning pillar imparts the knowledge and skills required to streamline and optimize logistics, transportation and distribution. Sessions will present new insights into warehousing and finished inventory strategies; robotics; optimal scheduling, pick, pack, shipment and invoicing; and global logistics considerations, among others. Session attendees will come away with a deeper understanding of the concepts and processes that improve the movement of goods and materials across the supply chain. 

Emerging Trends

Stay on top of trend-setting developments and learn what’s driving innovation and change in supply chain and logistics. Presentations in this learning pillar will explore new game-changing trends in the industry and shed light on how they can shape the future supply chains. Attendees will gain illumination and inspiration through education sessions that reveal what’s coming next. 

Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 delivers an up-close look at the digital technologies that are transforming supply chain. From Artificial Intelligence and machine learning to Internet of Things, robotics and smart manufacturing, what was revolutionary just a few years ago is now standard operating procedure. Presenters in this learning pillar will inform, educate and engage as they share their stories and first-hand experience in leveraging the building blocks of Industry 4.0. 

Intelligent Supply

The intelligent supply chain uses technology to progress from a conventional supply chain to one that is fully digital. By using IoT-based systems to capture and store data, and infusing it with AI and machine learning, the intelligent supply chain generates data that drives decision-making. This learning pillar  focuses on building a global, digital, collaborative supply chain that streamlines sourcing and procurement decisions to advance your business, your suppliers, and your customers. 

Operational Excellence

Supply chain excellence remains a top priority and key differentiator for many businesses, but the complex global landscape is making our jobs increasingly difficult. The Operational Excellence learning pillar presents case studies and updated best practices all designed to help attendees stay ahead of the competition. 


Supply chain practices can be one of the greatest obstacles to improving an organization’s sustainability performance, and the size and complexity of global supply chains can make effecting change daunting. The Sustainability learning pillar advances new strategies and perspectives to help an organization and its leaders rethink and retool its products and processes to create more responsible business practices. Sessions in this learning pillar will explore a variety of approaches to track, measure and analyze information about an organization’s impact on the environment and society. 

Synchronized Planning

In this challenging global marketplace, integrated sales and operations planning across all business units is essential. A successful S&OP process goes further, achieving synchronized planning that integrates, among others, financial, marketing and operational processes and workflows to create an over-arching strategic plan. This learning pillar offers forward-looking presentations that will enable attendees to collaboratively participate in taking process to the highest level. 

Talent, Leadership and Culture

Exceptional supply chains require an exceptional workplace with an ecosystem that balances talent, leadership and culture. Education sessions in this pillar are designed to help develop the next generation of informed, agile supply chain leaders who possess the hard and soft skills it takes to excel.

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