Welcome to our annual Supply Chain Excellence Symposium. It is great to reconnect with so many of our customers and build relationships with new ones. The theme of the symposium, Moving from Static to Dynamic Network Planning, is in many ways a continuation of the future trends discussions that took place at the 2007 event.
Last year we heard from industry analysts and thought leaders that trends, including outsourcing, offshoring and lean manufacturing that focus on reducing supply chain costs were significantly increasing the level of risk in the supply chain. We also learned through customer case studies that best-in-class companies were beginning to transform their supply chains into robust and resilient supply chains to help mitigate this risk. Finally, we explored strategic and tactical strategies to help our customers manage risk while creating value and improving supply chain performance.
This year, customers from Dow, Malt-O-Meal, MillerCoors, Transystems, Shell Lubricants and others will show how they are creating truly global operations; how their organizations are identifying new supply chain cost drivers; and how they effectively manage risks and optimize their supply chains from end to end, rather than by one product at a time. Through best practices, we will begin to see that companies truly are shifting from static to dynamic supply-chain strategies and have acknowledged that ongoing network planning is not only a trend, but a necessity.