- January 22, 2021: SCM Big Six for 2021
The Six Biggest Challenges and Opportunities in 2021
Dr. Glenn Richey, Chair of Auburn University’s Department of Supply Chain Management, will join us to discuss what he calls his SCM Big Six for 2021. Drawing from his deep understanding of unplanned disruptions, network complexity, growth of technology, and importance of international partnerships; Dr. Richey will speak openly about the six biggest challenges/opportunities he believes should be on every managers’ mind in 2021 and beyond. Following a quick rundown of the Big Six, Dr. Richey will open the floor for questions about the future in this interactive lunch and learn.
Robert "Glenn" Richey, Jr., Ph.D.
Glenn Richey is Harbert Eminent Scholar in supply chain management, chair of the department of Supply Chain Management, and research director in the Center for Supply Chain Innovation at Auburn University. His role is to help advance supply chain management research and outreach in the Harbert College of Business at Auburn University and beyond. Richey engages in industry-based research and enjoys building research and student relationships between academia and practice. In addition to his formal education, Richey has an executive certificate in international business from the University of South Carolina. Prior to entering academia, Richey worked for 10 years in managerial positions across several functional areas including procurement, sales, retail consulting, finishing/manufacturing, warehousing, and logistics/supply chain operations for two companies: Scott Paper Co. and Genuine Parts Company’s S.P. Richards Division.
- February 12, 2021: Where We Are and Where We Are Going
Where We Are and Where We Are Going
David Caines, CEO of Kenco Logistics, will be joining UTC to discuss key influence in the supply chain. In our conversation with David, he’ll provide an industry update utilizing data points from the Logistics Management Index. He will also share his insights on the following:
Freight: Capacity limitations and driver shortages Warehousing: The impact that e-commerce is having on capacity and pricing Transportation: Volatility in the market Labor: Where are the opportunities, challenges, and cost E-commerce: Affecting every sector and evolving every day
David Caines, CSCP
COO & President of Kenco Group
David Caines is COO of Kenco Group, a leading provider of distribution, transportation and supply chain intelligence solutions. He is responsible for the strategic direction of the company as well as its operating and financial performance.
Caines joined Kenco in 2002 with responsibility for the Cummins account in Memphis, TN. Since then he has held positions of increasing responsibility within the organization. He is currently responsible for all of Kenco’s operating contracts, which encompass over 100 facilities, 4,500 employees, and 30 million square feet of warehouse space. Caines is a Six Sigma Black Belt and has been trained in Lean engineering. His key initiatives include the development of new solutions, direct ongoing strategic planning initiatives, assist with the installation of Kenco’s operating system, and oversee the stewardship of the company’s culture.
His education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting from Covenant College; and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Duke University in Durham, NC. David is a member of CSCMP, WERC and the UT Executive Supply Chain Forum. He also serves on the boards of various educational and nonprofit institutions, including the University of Tennessee’s Global Supply Chain Institute; Covenant College; See Rock City, Inc.; and Chattanooga Preparatory School.
- March 12, 2021: Autonomous Trucks and AI: What's Driving the Future of the Trucking Industry?
Matt McClelland, Innovation Strategist for Covenant Logistics, will be joining Chris Barnes and UTC to discuss Autonomous Trucking and how this technology is revolutionizing the transportation industry. In our conversation with Matt, he’ll provide us with insights on how this new technology is currently being deployed and where the industry is heading. A few topics you won’t want to miss:
Why is Over-The-Road (OTR) trucking conducive to AI and what are the limitations? What impact is the evolving technology having on supply chains? Who are some of the key industry players in this space? What jobs are being created by this new technology and are there any challenges filling them? Where would someone begin if they wanted to get more connected to this exciting new field?
Innovation Strategist, Covenant Logistics
Matt McLelland currently serves as an innovation strategist at Covenant Logistics. Prior to his role at Covenant, McLelland pioneered innovations in logistics and transportation services at Kenco Group. Previously, McLelland worked as director of technology for the Maclellan Foundation and Generous Giving, and four years with PeopleSoft, a leading software provider of Enterprise Resource Planning.
McLelland received his Bachelors of Business Administration in Management Information Systems from the University of Georgia.
- April 9, 2021: Supply Chain Leadership: The Do's and Don'ts of Effectively Managing Change
The adage, “the only thing constant is change” has been on full display, lately. If there is one thing that we’ve all learned in the last year, change is a constant consideration for an organization. But how is it managed? Better, yet, how is it managed successfully? Join us for our April Supply Chain Lunch and Learn, when we will hear from two leaders, who have the responsibility for influencing change in their manufacturing operations and supply chain processes. Facilitated by Chris Barnes, Gene Pledger (Supply Chain Director, DEF Equipment Sales) and Enrique Vizoso (COO, Brown Industries) will share successful change management strategies that have positive outcomes and big impacts on organizational performance. They will also share some words of wisdom on how to avoid costly change management mishaps.
Gene Pledger, CSCP
Director, DEF Equipment Sales
COO, Brown Industries, Inc.
- May 14, 2021: TDOT Discussion of Freight Planning in Tennessee
Chattanooga has been a transportation hub since the mid-19th Century. Back then, it was railroads. Today, we are accustomed to seeing 18-wheelers moving through our city by the hundreds each day. The trucking industry is undergoing even more changes that will make freight mobility different in the future. With advances in autonomous trucking, alternative fuels, and infrastructure needs, the Tennessee Department of Transportation is looking at ways to address the new needs of the transportation industry.
Tennessee Department of Transportation
Amy Kosanovic is a Freight Planning Supervisor in TDOT’s Freight & Logistics Division. Amy manages all facets of freight planning for the division, including updates to the Multimodal Freight Plan, the State Rail Plan, and prioritization of freight projects. Amy’s unit also oversees the Short Line Rail Rehabilitation Grant program and Rail Connectivity Grant program.
- June 11, 2021: Value Stream Mapping and Other Lean Tools for the Supply Chain Enterprise
When conducting a value stream mapping exercise, the process can be an eye-opening and painful experience. Why? Because you will likely learn that your metrics from department to department do not mesh. Production has different metrics than sales. Marketing analyzes data differently from shipping. When you go through a Value Stream Mapping exercise, you will find that most have not heard the directives from leadership: shorten the time between order and customer delivery, reduce cost, and maximize return.
In this session, we will discuss the journey of Lean thinking from a leading expert, Mark Baker, former Executive Director of the Shingo Institute at Utah State University. He will share a bit of his history and some of this favorite Lean Tools.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Mark Baker is a lean transformation and quality expert with over 35 years of experience. He has guided organizations around the world through their Lean journey. Industries Baker has served include steel, glass automotive, medical device, hospitals and healthcare, and financial services. Baker's transformative engagements range from the CEO and the Board Room down to the operational floor. His past roles include Executive Director of the Shingo Institute, Global Vice President of Quality and Enterprise Excellence at Saint-Bobain, and a mechanical engineer at Honda Motor Company.