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Make the Most of Your Time at SummerCon 2017

By Manda Schweitzer-Miller  June 2, 2017

Our seventh annual SummerCon conference opens in just over a week in downtown Detroit! We look forward to welcoming hundreds of our valued customers and partners for a week of learning, networking and fun. We’re proud of the community of supply chain professionals we’ve been able to cultivate at LLamasoft and look forward to coming together yet again. But before making your way to the Motor City, we want to ensure you are prepared! Not yet registered for the conference? Don’t wait! Registration closes tonight, Friday, June 2 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Make your way over to www.summercon.com to secure your spot. Here are a just a few of the can’t-miss sessions.

Customer Sessions

Johnson and Johnson

Using Supply Chain Modeling to Optimize E2E Supply Chains

10:00-10:45 a.m., Thursday, June 15; Location: Richard – Level 5; Presenters: Bapat Devavrat, Rami Musa; Track: Enhanced Design and Analytics

With better data and advanced analytics, organizations can now truly optimize end to end supply chain performance, taking into account complex cross functional supply chain trade-offs. This session will focus on J&J’s end to end (E2E) supply chain optimization process as one of the enablers of their supply chain maturity journey. J&J will share examples of the areas where this process has been applied and the benefits derived from looking across areas like capacity planning, postponement, flow paths and transportation mode selection using LLamasoft modeling technology. Attendees will gain insights into the methodologies, organizational capabilities and analytics platform that J&J is using to support this approach.


Omni-Channel Transformation Leveraging the Store Network

2:45-3:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 14; Location: Richard – Level 5; Presenter: Phil Hull; Track: Enhanced Design and Analytics

Argos, a £5.7bn UK retailer operating more than 840 stores, announced in 2013 a £300m five-year transformation plan to become a leading omni-channel retailer. Using LLamasoft modeling technology, Argos transformed its supply chain from rational replenishment to an agile fulfilment model launching a market-leading proposition providing same-day delivery and store pick-up to 95 percent of UK households. Attend this session to learn how Argos designed one of the most innovative omni-channel distribution networks of its kind, taking two wins along with LLamasoft at the 2016 European Supply Chain Excellence Awards in the Supply Chain Strategy and Design and Innovation categories. Argos is also shortlisted for the prestigious CSCMP Supply Chain Innovation Award.

Don’t miss the LLama Run Wednesday morning along the Detroit Riverfront.

Friday Workshops

Planning by Design Workshop: Build a Supply Chain App

9:00-11:45 a.m., Friday, June 16; Location: Ballroom 3

Come play with LLamasoft’s new app-building technology. In this workshop, you will build your own Planning by Design app, discovering how to enable your supply chain experts to make better decisions, faster, and with more collaboration. LLamasoft has developed a way to deliver our advanced optimization and analytics engines into the hands of parties all across your supply chain, in order to enable traditional design-type decisions in a fast-moving planning environment. We will discuss how you can use Planning by Design apps as point solutions to your current design and planning processes, and share how other LLamasoft customers are already using this technology to save time, money, and expedite complex decision-making.

Assess Your Supply Chain Maturity

9:00-11:45 a.m., Friday, June 16; Location; Ballroom 1

What is your level of supply chain design maturity? Do you know how your company’s maturity compares to other LLamasoft customers in your industry? The key to great supply chain design is making sure you have a plan to move from your current maturity to a higher level within a reasonable timeframe. At LLamasoft, we liken this journey toward supply chain design maturity to that of climbing a mountain—beginning at basecamp and progressing to the summit. Are you moving in the right direction? This workshop is an excellent opportunity to understand baseline maturity based on industry vertical, get a tour of LLamasoft’s Maturity Model and work with the LLamasoft Customer Success team to walk through a basic maturity assessment. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with other professionals on the same journey and share challenges and successes. Following the conference, attendees can meet with LLamasoft experts to review assessment results and get additional insight and recommendations to help meet future supply chain goals.


Other Sessions

SCGX-ploration Station

7:30-9:00 a.m.; 1:45-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 14; 7:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Thursday, June 15; Location: Raphael – Level 4

It’s here, so now let’s explore Supply Chain Guru version X! Join us to learn about the newest version of our flagship product and get hands-on experience with the tool, guided by LLamasoft experts. Join us in the X-ploration station during breakfast and lunch hours on Thursday and Friday, grab an open computer and explore X on your own. LLamasoft experts will be on-hand to answer any questions. Looking for a more guided experience? During the track sessions times on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning we’ll be offering 45-minute exercises to highlight new the capabilities in version X. These sessions will guide users through safety stock optimization, transportation optimization and simulation use cases as well as a look at the expanded core modeling capabilities. Participants will take home information to access the LLama Learning Center materials as well as the demo models used in the sessions. Don’t miss this opportunity to test drive the application and get your burning questions answered!

Check out the full agenda on www.summercon.com and we’ll look forward to seeing you in Detroit in just a week and a half!