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Getting Global

USC Marshall sponsors 6th annual Global Supply Chain Excellence Summit

July 10, 2018
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The sixth annual Global Supply Chain Excellence Summit—a gathering of policymakers, supply chain industry leaders and academic scholars—will be held Thursday, Aug. 2 and Friday, Aug. 3, 2018 on the University Park Campus of the University of Southern California.

Sponsored by the USC Marshall School of Business Center for Global Supply Chain Management, the event offers varied perspectives on critical issues throughout the supply chain eco-system: the ports, blockchain, global trade, sustainability, digital transformation, supply chain finance and humanitarian supply chain.

"The gathering is a great way to make important contacts, recruit top supply chain management talent and learn from industry experience and applied research.” --Nick Vyas, director, Center for Global Supply Chain Management

“All these things are changing the way we live and adjust to the future,” said Nick Vyas, event founder and executive director of CGSCM who is also an assistant professor of clinical data sciences and operations at USC Marshall. As a longtime industry consultant, Vyas has helped optimize supply chain operations for organizations ranging from the Port of L.A. to the Minister of India.

Vyas said the need for an optimized supply chain can be illustrated by looking at growth in the past 40 years. “Forty years ago, there were 26 mega-cities worldwide. Now there are 70. How does a company deliver to them? The answer is with a highly sophisticated global supply chain driven by people and technology.”

The goal of the summit is to provide tools that business leaders can use within their respective organizations, fields and individual careers. Speakers this year include Joshua Dolan, Amazon Global Supply Chain and Logistics Leadership Executive; Noel Hacegaba, CEO, Port of Long Beach; and James Sullivan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services for the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration. The theme for 2018 is “Visibility, Transparency & Cooperation.”

In addition to keynote speeches, plenary sessions and award ceremonies, the summit offers a rich networking opportunity. “The people who attend our event are thought leaders from across the spectrum of the supply chain community,” said Vyas. “The gathering is a great way to make important contacts, recruit top supply chain management talent and learn from industry experience and applied research.”

For more information or to register, visit the summit website.