2016 Supply Chain Management Symposium

Supply Chain Management in the Digital Age

Friday, November 4 (optional activities the day prior)
University Club
123 University Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Presented by the Center for Supply Chain Management

Registration for this event is closed.

In the past few years, supply chains have been transformed by a confluence of developments that have altered supply chain efficiency, responsiveness, agility, relationships, and balance of power. These developments include faster, cheaper, and more reliable transportation and information technology technologies, the real-time collection, analysis, and dissemination of micro-level customer and product data, and the integration of traditionally distinct sourcing and delivery channels. Moreover, we are just on the cusp of the changes that are possible.

As these developments are further honed, and as their reach increases from a few top supply chain performers in specialized sectors to smaller companies across the broader spectrum of industries, the "new normal" will be a state that was perhaps not even imaginable just a few years ago. Changing customer expectations will demand that organizations understand and adapt to the changes that are occurring.

The Symposium

The 2016 Supply Chain Management Symposium will provide insights into managing contemporary and evolving supply chains. Our Invited Speakers will present and lead discussions that explore key technology trends, the capabilities of big data analytics, and the challenges of omni-channel fulfillment — all key drivers of Supply Chain Management in the Digital Age.

The Symposium is a full-day event and is hosted at the University Club on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to the Speaker Sessions, there is a Student Poster competition and optional tours and activities on Thursday afternoon and the evening prior to the event.

Participant Benefits

Offered through the Center for Supply Chain Management at the University of Pittsburgh, the 2016 Supply Chain Management Symposium will feature leading experts in supply chain operations and analytics from the technology, retail operations, and media space. The speakers have over 100 years of combined experience.

Ample time and opportunities are included during the Symposium for networking with other industry professionals. Attendees will also get a chance to interact with students and see their work at the Student Poster Competition.

Symposium participants will learn best practices in:

  • Leading technology trends
  • Impact of big data and analytics
  • Omni-channel and e-commerce fulfillment practices
  • Leadership and change management in supply chains

Symposium Agenda

The symposium's main program begins on Friday morning (November 4) and runs through the day, concluding with Friday afternoon cocktails.  There are optional activities on Thursday (November 3) afternoon and evening for touring and networking activities. 

The Symposium format includes presentations and discussions. We believe that questions and insights from attendees will increase learning at the event. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with other supply chain management professionals at the Meet and Greet Thursday evening, the Breakfast and Lunch during the event, and Friday Cocktails at the evening's conclusion.

Thursday, November 3, 2016* (Optional)
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  • Site visit to PITT OHIO LEED-Certified Terminal (3 - 4 p.m.; transportation available to/from the University of Pittsburgh campus, departing at 2:15 p.m.)
  • Evening Meet and Greet reception at Bridges Restaurant inside the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center Hotel (5:30 pm - 6:30 pm)

Friday, November 4, 2016
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  • Symposium Agenda* (7:30 am – 5:00 pm)
    • Registration and Breakfast (7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.)
    • Keynote address and Morning Sessions (8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
    • Lunch and Student Poster Session (11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)
    • Afternoon Sessions (1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
    • Cocktails (4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.) 

* Subject to slight change

Invited Speakers

View Presentations from the Speakers

Brian baskin
Brian Baskin

Editor, Wall Street Journal Logistics Report
The Wall Street Journal
Read more about Brian


Bill Best
Bill Best

Divisional Vice President,
Supply Chain Operations
Read more about Bill

Andrew Downard

Andrew Downard
Research Director
Gartner, Inc.
Read more about Andrew


Markus Ettl
Dr. Markus Ettl

Distinguished Researcher
Senior Manager, Commerce Advanced Analytics
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Read more about Markus


Dan Gagnon
Dan Gagnon

Vice President of Marketing
UPS Global Logistics and Distribution
Read more about Daniel


Sanjeev Khanna

Sanjeev Khanna

Senior Director
Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure and Operations
Read more about Sanjeev


Steve Szilagyi
Steve Szilagyi

Former Chief Supply Chain Officer
Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Szilagyi Leadership
Read more about Steve


Pricing and Registration

Registration is now open for the conference via a secure online platform that accepts payment through credit cards or invoices. Please contact Program Manager Janice Trygar with any questions


Type Cost
Industry with Special Offer* $249
Alumni & Faculty $59
Staff $25
Students $25

*Special Offer*: Bring a Colleague! With the Industry rate, you can bring a colleague at no extra charge.  Our intention is to make this one of the biggest and best SCM event in the region and we look forward to meeting you at the Symposium!

Please note: Registration fees are not refundable; however, they may be transferred to another person of your choice.

Hotel Accommodations

We are holding a block of hotel rooms at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Hotel, located on the University of Pittsburgh's campus. The rooms are available from November 3-5 for a discounted rate of $145 per night. You can reserve the rooms by phone or online. If calling, call 412-682-6200 and ask for the University of Pittsburgh SCM Group Rate. If booking online, please use the group code 11036841SC. You must book before October 13, 2016 to receive the discounted rate. 

Visit Pittsburgh offers information on other area hotels via an interactive map tool.