It has been an exciting week for me at PeakLogix. We just wrapped up the very successful Supply Chain Summit that we coordinated and hosted with F. Curtis Barry & Company on May 17-18, 2011.
A solid group of attendees and vendors from all over the country participated in the Supply Chain Summit, resulting in a very synergistic event.
The first day of the summit was filled with interesting panel discussions regarding ERP vs. WMS and How to Benchmark and Improve Operations. Additionally, there were presentations highlighting specific case studies regarding cost justification for automating operations and for implementing voice technology applications, respectively. After lunch, everyone boarded the busses to travel to the STIHL Manufacturing and Distribution Center to tour and audit their facilities.
The second and final day of the Supply Chain Summit featured in-depth roundtable discussions with attendees and vendors. It is within these discussions that I was truly impressed with the synergistic abilities of each group. It was so refreshing to see such open and honest conversations being conducted between high level people from various different aspects within the industry. The synergy was easily picked up and easy to recognize as each group functioned together to produce ideas and results that would not have been conceived alone.
Being new to the industry it was a breath of fresh air to see this kind of sharing of experiences and best practices within the industry. I have written before that one of the very first things I picked up on within the material handling industry is just how close everyone generally holds their cards. The Supply Chain Summit was a great experience for me to see some of those walls come down. Each group participated in some good old fashioned sharing and story telling. I am guessing that it would not be a stretch to guess that there were some new friendships formed among the attendees of the Supply Chain Summit.
I look forward to doing everything in my power to continue to make the Supply Chain Summit such a high value, low cost event for industry participants. I met so many great people and look forward to doing it again next spring!