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Building a Smarter Supply Chain: Get Started at CSCMP

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The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) is celebrating 56 years of hosting its annual conference, EDGE, in Nashville. The much-anticipated event in Music City is packed with more than 100 forward-thinking sessions covering real-world strategies to transform supply chains. Attendees will hear from some of today’s brightest supply chain academics and practitioners, including some of our very own IBMers.

We’ve put together the below guide with key activities you won’t want to miss – and how to be a part of the action. While onsite you can collect some giveaways and enter for chance to win a copy of The LIVING Supply Chain: The Evolving Imperative of Operating in Real Time by Dr. Robert Handfield, distinguished professor at North Carolina State University (NCSU).*

Enter to win Dr. Handfield’s book:

  1. Join The IBM Watson Supply Chain Network on LinkedIn.
  2. Attend one of the sessions or panels listed below.
  3. Share an insight or question from the session or panel within the LinkedIn Group.
  4. Show us the post at the Innovation Zone by IBM.
  5. Collect your giveaway and enter to win a copy of The LIVING Supply Chain.


Must-Attend activities at EDGE:

Monday, October 1

8:30 – 10:00 AM

Keynote: Consumer Attraction: How Iconic Brands Are Building the Future Supply Chain

Speakers: Joanne Wright, Vice President, Enterprise Operations and Services, IBM; David Bozeman, Vice President, Amazon Transportation Services,; Mike Brewer, Vice President, Global Sourcing and Manufacturing, Nike

Delta Ballroom A


1:10 – 1:30 PM

Artificial Intelligence & The LIVING Supply Chain

Speaker: Dr. Robert Handfield, NCSU

Innovation Zone by IBM


2:00 – 3:15 PM

Women in Supply Chain: Claim Your Seat on the Rocket Ship!

Panelist: Jeanette Barlow, VP Strategy & Offering Management, IBM Watson Supply Chain; and other high-profile female leaders who are propelling the industry forward

Canal E


5:20 – 5:40 PM

Intelligent Automation in Supply Chain

Karen Butner, Institute for Business Value, IBM

Innovation Zone by IBM


6:00 – 6:20 PM

Get the Planets Aligned: You, Your Company & AI

Speaker: Tania Seary, Procurious

Innovation Zone by IBM


Tuesday, October 2 

10:30 – 11:45 AM

Change Makers: How Supply Chain Can Reinvent the Customer Experience

Speaker: Jeanette Barlow, VP Strategy & Offering Management, IBM Watson Supply Chain with Dr Ted Stank, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Bayou C


10:30 – 11:45 AM

The LIVING Supply Chain: The Evolving Imperative of Operating in Real Time

Speaker: Dr. Robert Handfield, NCSU including Alex Zhong, IBM Watson Supply Chain

Canal E


1:10 – 1:30 PM

Managing the Talent Supply Chain 

Speaker: Daniel Stanton, SecureMarking

Innovation Zone by IBM


2:00 – 3:15 PM

Blockchain Enables a New Era of Trust and Transparency in the Global Food System

Speaker: Brigid McDermott, Vice President, IBM Food Trust

Canal B


3:15 – 3:45 PM

TradeLens Overtime: An Extended Q&A

Speakers: Mike White, TradeLens; Zach Tomlinson, TradeLens

Innovation Zone by IBM


3:45 – 5:00 PM

Overcoming Supply Chain Pitfalls with Blockchain

Speaker: Jason Kelley, General Manager, IBM Blockchain Services
Bayou A


5:20 – 5:40 PM

A SAVVY Model for Supply Chain 

Speaker: Dr. Ted Stank, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Innovation Zone by IBM


6:00 – 6:20 PM

Machine Learning in Supply Chain 

Speaker: Alex Zhong, IBM Watson Supply Chain
Innovation Zone by IBM



*Must be 18 years or older to participate. Must be present to win and/ or receive giveaway. No purchase necessary to enter to win. No cash or cash equivalent can be awarded. Excludes Government Owned Entities (GOEs). Winner is responsible for all applicable taxes. Void where prohibited. IBM disclaims any warranties. Participants will receive a giveaway onsite while supplies last. Participation in onsite IBM activities are recommended but not required to receive a giveaway. Participants can enter a raffle for a chance to win one (1) of two (2) copies of “The LIVING Supply Chain: The Evolving Imperative of Operating in Real Time,” a $58.82 value. Winner announced on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 during the evening event reception. Winner will also be announced within the Watson Supply Chain Network LinkedIn group. Winner must pick up prize by 12:00 PM EST on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. Participating in an IBM onsite activity (e.g. sessions, Innovation Zone, joining the LinkedIn group) does not increase your chances to win.


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