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Publication Date: 08/1/2008
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Supply Chain Management in Denver
Denver, CO — The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Global Conference 2008 will be held October 5-8 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Supply chain expenditures account for over 10 percent of U.S. GDP annually. Topics include Outsourcing, China, India, Leveraging Technology and other timely issues.
Frances Fragos Townsend, who chaired the Homeland Security Council from May 2004 until January 2008 will deliver a keynote address on Monday, Oct. 6: "Global Risk, Crisis Preparation, and Leadership". These issues can and do affect every business regardless of size, location, or markets served. Mitigating risk in today's world has become a top agenda item in conference rooms across the globe. This year's keynote message will expand the listener's view of risk while offering a new way to mitigate it.
On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the major session topic will be "Curved Thinking in a Flat World: How to Capitalize on Future Uncertainty." As prices for commodities surge globally, governments are taking measures to conserve supplies and avoid social unrest. China is losing ground as a low-cost manufacturing center to countries such as Thailand and Vietnam. Historically high energy costs, environmental concerns, and swings in currency exchange rates are bringing new life to U.S. manufacturing. This is not a futurist's vision of what the world might look like in a few years, but some of the changes that are reshaping the business landscape today.
Principal speaker will be Dr. Mahender Singh, head of the ground-breaking Supply Chain 2020 research project at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT-CTL), and he will map this new world of fast-evolving markets. Using the latest research on scenario planning and visioning from the SC2020 program, Singh will show how companies — and supply chain professionals in particular — can learn to think the unthinkable and sense transformational change before being overtaken by events.
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