Supply chain managers examine recession’s impact on global business

Strategies for turbulent times to be focus of conference

Recession-related pressures on supply chain management will be the topic of the first industry conference sponsored by the Boeing Center for Technology, Information and Management (BCTIM) at the Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis, Wednesday, June 3, 2009.

“Supply chain challenges and strategies in the midst of economic turbulence” will be the theme for the one-day meeting featuring presentations and panel discussions with seven major corporations involved in global supply chain management. Executives from Boeing, Emerson, Emeraldwise, Express Scripts, Monsanto, Solutia and APL Logistics will participate.

“The economic crisis has forced all companies to look at ways to better control their costs and renew their capabilities across their global supply chains,” says Panos Kouvelis, BCTIM director and professor of operations and manufacturing management at Olin. “These days there is competition among supply chains, not just firms, and the better chains will win.”

When a company manufactures parts in India and South America with materials from China, assembles them in U.S. and sells the finished product world wide, coordination is key. And the risks are many. Kouvelis says strategies to managing supply chain risk will be a major focus of the conference, “Continuing crises from supplier bankruptcies, political risks, fluctuating commodity prices, exchange rates, Somali pirates and the recent Swine flu outbreak remind all companies of their supply chain vulnerabilities.”

Reporters are welcome to attend individual sessions or the entire conference to be held at the Charles F. Knight Executive Education Center on the Danforth Campus, Washington University in St. Louis. Participants will be available for interview between sessions. For more information, please contact Melody Walker,, 314-935-5202.

For information on attending the conference, please contact: Gina Kisner,, 314-935-5577

Conference schedule for June 3, 2009, Knight Center at Washington University in St. Louis

Session 1 – 8:15 am to 9:30 am World Class Best Practices in Supply Chain

Boeing’s approach for driving lean throughout its supply chain

Vince Tappel — The Boeing Company

Director Lean Operations & Supplier Management – Integrated Defense Systems

Automated product tracking using RFID

Bill Lenger — Monsanto

Global Distribution/Warehouse Optimization Lead

Session 2 – 9:45 am to 11:00 am Supply Chain Strategies In A Turbulent Global World Economy

Proactive use of supply chain strategies to navigate through turbulent times

Tonya Mattix — Solutia

Global Business Operations Planner

The growing complexity crises in the supply chain and strategies necessary to eliminate, mitigate and manage

Craig Doiron — Emerson

Emerson Corporate Vice President Product Development

Session 3 – 11:15 am to 12:00 pm Risk Management

Managing supply chain risks and the current environment

Panos Kouvelis — Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis

Director of the Boeing Center for Technology, Information and Manufacturing

Emerson Distinguished Professor of Operations and Manufacturing Management

Session 4 – 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm Global Operations And Logistics Challenges

Supply Chain Best Practices For Turbulent Times: A 3pl Perspective

Bill Villalon — APL Logistics

Vice President of Land Transportation and Product Development

Rx drugs:opportunity and peril. Managing a highly regulated supply chain in a global world

Everett Neville — Express Scripts, Inc.

Vice President, Pharma Strategy & Contracting

Session 5 – 2:30 pm to 3:45 pm Preparing Your Supply Chain For The Economic Recovery

What happens when the economy recovers?

Ray Keefe — Emerson

Vice President of Manufacturing

Assessing supply chain performance

Brad Morgan, Monsanto

Director of Global Supply Chain

Session 6 – 4:00 pm to 4:55 pm Outsourcing and logistics strategies

Managing the challenges of global innovation outsourcing

Jason Amaral — Emeraldwise

Managing director of Emeraldwise

Adjunct professor of operations at the Olin Business School, and a lecturer at the Wharton School

Supply chain strategies for the Asian economic recovery

David Meyer — Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis

Senior lecturer in Management