The recent recession and current economic recovery pose several challenges for planners. Data integrity has been a difficult issue for John Galt’s clients in the past year, as historical data from the peak of the recession is unlikely to predict the performance of clients’ business in the recovery. Omrod has driven a redesign of John Galt’s software to help deal with this—with the most recent release of John Galt’s Atlas Planning tool which offers supply chain teams new options to forecast products where the data may not be reliable. She helps supply chain executives improve their forecasts, lower inventories and better balance supply and demand via solutions provided by her company.
James V. Kelly, C.P.M., CEO JVKellyGroup
Over his 30-year career as a sourcing and procurement professional, Kelly has used metrics to increase purchasing performance; process re-engineering; change management; contract negotiation and supplier management.
Diego Pantoja-Navajas, Founder, President and CEO, LogFire LLC
Logfire founder Pantoja-Navajas views the supply chain as an opportunity to gain an edge in an increasingly competitive economy. By bringing a Software as a Service (SaaS) model to the warehouse management space, companies no longer have to fork out a large upfront investment for their supply chain technology. A forward-looking industry leader, he leveraged his deep supply chain expertise to provide a suite of SaaS products for the supply chain industry based on a cloud or on-site hosting model.
Michael Edenfield, President and CEO, Logility
Today, companies face two key challenges: forecast accuracy; and balancing cost and service levels. With an eye towards innovation, Edenfield realizes companies want a
powerful, scalable system that will take them through good and bad markets. They want a system that is intuitive to use, implemented quickly and delivers a fast ROI. His grounded business practices and conviction to focus
on the customer has helped Logility become one of the leading supply chain solutions providers.
Matt Akin, Regional Manager, Metafile Information Systems, Inc.
Akin recognizes that the most significant challenges facing supply chains in the year to come are factors that threaten productivity in the accounts payable (AP) and accounts receivable (AR) departments, including a surplus of paper, a lack of visibility and process-based breakdowns. He helps customers work with their vendors to eliminate paper before it is ever created. One example of this is the implementation of MetaViewer’s email capture capabilities, that automatically process incoming invoices and inputs the data into the system.
Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, President & Chief Procurement Officer, Next Level Purchasing Inc.
Over the last year Dominick developed the Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA)—a free, online purchasing association, created three new Express courses on the topics of services contracting and business ethics, co-authored a procurement book, and is currently working on a full-length course on inventory management to be released in 2012. Dominick plans to continue offering new courses that cover rising trends in the purchasing field and developing course delivery techniques and student services which enhance the students’ experience and the value achieved by their employers.
Robert A. Novack, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at Penn State, Smeal College of Business, The Pennsylvania State University
The challenges of acquiring, developing and retaining supply chain talent, paired with the exodus of seasoned supply chain leaders as they retire, must be addressed. Novack is involved in all levels of supply chain education at Smeal and has advanced the ‘upstream supply’ of potential supply chain professionals by working with the State College Area High School, State College of Pennsylvania to develop a supply chain college prep course for grades nine through 12.
Erin Moore, VP of Product Strategy, ProcureStaff Technologies
For more than eight years within the ProcureStaff Technologies organization, Moore has played a vital and pivotal customer-centric role in analyzing customer needs and designing and implementing customized Consol Vendor Management System (VMS) solutions that meet demanding customer objectives.
Craig Zawada, Senior Vice President, Pricing Excellence, PROS
Between fluctuations in raw materials and rising input costs, manufacturers are having a difficult time managing profitability and mitigating risk. Zawada works with companies to help them gain visibility into the financial supply chain and understand the impact of pricing decisions so that they could react in real-time. To meet those needs, he developed innovative new pricing concepts and ideas in the areas of market strategy, post-merger pricing, Internet pricing, pricing in distribution, price implementation and pricing infrastructure.