2014-2015 Supply Chain Lessons Learned

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11/20/14 6:00 am EST
GVSU Eberhard Center, 2nd Floor Conference Room
301 W. Fulton St
Grand Rapids, MI
United States
As its final instructional event for the year, the West Michigan World Trade Assoc. (WMWTA) is pleased to announce a round table devoted to overcoming impending logistical challenges. “Distortions to the supply chain this past winter are still fresh in the memory of everyone exporting, sourcing from abroad, or working in the transportation sector,” notes WMWTA President Andy Wahl. “Capacity and equipment shortages, labor unrest and the looming threat of a strike on the US West Coast have created a perfect storm for importers and exporters. With port negotiations still ongoing, colder weather setting in and bottlenecks tightening daily, local businesses want to know what they can do to react.” Jeanne Heilman, from the Port of Virginia, Susan Nathan, representing the Port of Halifax, and David Radle, from Steelcase, will lead the discussion of likely risks and appropriate mitigations. Participants will hear insider perspectives on: • Supply chain impacts • port operations and contingency routing • real-world examples of how delays can be minimized • who is responsible for what • the labor climate for 2014-2015 • advance planning - who should be involved and what type of data should be reviewed • customer care and communication The discussion will be particularly relevant for business executives, sales directors and forecasters, logistics professionals, customs brokers, sourcing and supply chain experts, financial risk managers, general counsels, and in-house lawyers. Members of the press are welcome. The round table discussion will take place 6:00-8:00 pm, Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the GVSU Eberhard Center (2nd Floor Conference Room, 301 W Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504). Attendees are invited to attend a reception from 6:00-6:30 pm. The discussion and a question-and-answer session will follow. Space is limited. To reserve your place, please contact Rebecca Climie at manager@wmwta.org or (616) 301-0032. The fee is $15.00 for WMWTA members and $20.00 for the general public. A limited number of spaces are available at no cost to college students with a valid ID.