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MODEX 2012: Where Supply Chain Solutions Are Moving

When Modex 2012 opens on February 6 in Atlanta it will include over 500 exhibits on the 150,000 net square foot Modex 2012 Show floor and an educational conference that features keynotes Educational Conference that features keynotes by Rick Blasgen, Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals; Alberto Alemán Zubieta, Chief Executive Officer of the Panama Canal Authority; and Donald Ratliff, Executive Director of The Supply Chain & Logistics Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Each keynote address will begin at 8:45 a.m. and is scheduled for one hour.

Blasgen currently serves as president and chief executive officer of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) in Lombard, Ill. CSCMP was formerly known as the Council of Logistics Management (CLM).

During his keynote, Blasgen will discuss the importance of supply chain management as a critical business success factor, the trends CSCMP is seeing around the world, and how global supply chains drive change. Rick Blasgen will also discuss talent within the supply chain field and what to do given the economic madness we are all confronted with.

Blasgen began his career with Nabisco, working in a regional customer service center in Chicago, Illinois. While at Nabisco, he held various logistics positions of increasing responsibility in inventory management, order processing, and transportation and distribution center operations management. He became vice president, supply chain, at Nabisco in 1998, then vice president supply chain for Kraft in 2002. From 2003 until 2005, he served as senior vice president integrated logistics at ConAgra Foods.

Scheduled for completion in 2014, the expansion of the Panama Canal is certain to change global freight movement and open up new opportunities, but precisely how is yet to be determined. By allowing much bigger container ships and other cargo vessels to easily reach the Eastern U.S., it will alter patterns of trade and is already providing incentives to East and Gulf Coast ports to deepen harbors and expand cargo-handling facilities. The end result should be faster and cheaper shipping of some goods between the United States and Asia.

During his Feb. 7 keynote, “The Expansion of the Panama Canal and its Impact on Supply Chains and Global Trade,” Alemán Zubieta will detail how these infrastructure improvements will benefit importers and exporters and explain how you can prepare for the impact of this supply chain game changer on your operations.

Alemán Zubieta is the CEO of the Panama Canal Authority, the autonomous agency that manages the Panama Canal, the leading interoceanic waterway that serves world maritime commerce.

Alemán Zubieta began his professional career in the construction field. For many years, he served as CEO of one of the largest construction companies in the Republic of Panama. From 1996 to 1999, he served as Administrator of the former Panama Canal Commission, the United States Government federal agency which was responsible, until December 31, 1999, for the administration and operation of the Panama Canal.

Dr. H. Donald Ratliff will present the final keynote address,How Supply Chain & Logistics Performance Impacts Trade,” on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

Ratliff will detail how your supply chain and logistics performance impacts trade is critical for companies that want to increase exports. This keynote will provide insight into what elements of supply chain and logistics performance need improvement and how to make these improvements to boost exports.

Ratliff is a supply chain and logistics expert with more than 30 years of experience as an educator, researcher, consultant, and technology business executive. As Executive Director of the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute, he provides leadership for the largest research program in the world devoted to the study of supply chains and logistics. This includes research and innovation centers in Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico and Singapore. As founder and President of the software company CAPS Logistics, Dr. Ratliff helped to pioneer the development of interactive software tools to design supply chain networks and optimize logistics processes. He is also co-founder of Scientific Logistics, Inc. a pioneer in the development of cloud-based optimization methodology to plan delivery routes for delivery trucks. He has worked with a wide range of companies and government organizations to recognize and evaluate opportunities for supply chain synchronization and logistics optimization, to develop strategies for exploiting these opportunities, and to develop the processes and technologies necessary to execute on these strategies. Dr. Ratliff’s research into new logistics concepts and optimization algorithms has resulted in the publication of more than one hundred refereed journal articles and articles in popular trade magazines. He has given more than two hundred invited presentations at national and international meetings. His current research focus is on logistics performance and international trade. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the World Food Logistics Organization, the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs and the Dutch Institute for Advanced Logistics.

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