Supply Chain Conferences

Supply chain leaders, prepare your organization for future disruptions

Business models change rapidly, requiring flexible and responsive supply chains. Many supply chain organizations can’t see the disruptions coming because information is fractured and disconnected. As a supply chain leader, how do you cope with the pressure to foster innovation while delivering profitable business results?

At the Gartner supply chain conferences, supply chain professionals will find objective insights, strategic advice and practical tools to help them make better, faster decisions and manage their most critical priorities:

  • Optimize end-to-end operations to deliver competitive advantage 
  • Build resilience in the face of global disruption
  • Design and implement a digital supply chain strategy
  • Develop the talent and culture to support innovation

Join us to hear from independent experts on what matters most now and how to prepare for the new normal:

Gartner Supply Chain Symposium/Xpo™
13 – 15 Sep 2021 | London, U.K.
October 25 – 27, 2021 | Orlando, FL

Gartner Supply Chain Symposium/Xpo 2021

Join a community of trailblazers, thought leaders and industry experts pushing the boundaries of supply chain. Access research-backed sessions, get expert advice on your specific challenges and problem-solve with peers through networking opportunities.
What was covered in 2020

Attendees attended sessions within the following tracks

  • Track A: Chief Supply Chain Officers: Strategy and Trends 
  • Track B: Chief Supply Chain Officers: Leadership and Governance 
  • Track C: Supply Chain Planning 
  • Track D: Sourcing and Procurement 
  • Track E: Manufacturing Operations and Quality
  • Track F: Logistics and Customer Fulfillment 
  • Track G: Supply Chain Technology
  • Track H: Sustainability 
  • Track I: Customer Experience 
  • Track J: Culture of Quality
  • Track K: Diversity and Inclusion 
  • Industry Track A: Healthcare Exchange
  • Industry Track B: High-Tech Manufacturing 
  • Industry Track C: Industrial Manufacturing 
  • Industry Track D: Consumer Retail Exchange 
Who attended 

Explore who attended the 2020 conferences 

Chief Supply Chain Officer
Foster innovation while delivering profitable business results.

Supply Chain Planning Professionals
Establish a more responsive, agile and cost-efficient supply chain by linking demand planning to supply planning and inventory management processes

Supply Chain Procurement & Sourcing Professionals
Meet the challenge of continuous pressure to optimize costs while supporting increasing customer demands and agility.

Supply Chain Logistics Professionals
Navigate and prepare for a changing landscape which will be crucial for organizations that want to navigate in the turns

Supply Chain Manufacturing Professionals
Expert advice on how to measure and monitor to maximize your performance

The Supply Chain Executive Conference has been the secret sauce for me in distilling supply chain technology, applications, practices and procedures necessary for a new Air Force initiative.

2019 Attendee

Chief Product Support Manager, United States Air Force

Balance resilience and efficiency to deliver success

As digital business reshapes the supply chain function, modernization and transformation become operating imperatives. Whether you’re trying to innovate your supply chain operations, enable a deep transformation or expand on your current digital initiatives, Gartner helps supply chain leaders determine how and where to concentrate your efforts, from technology to leadership, and deliver sustainable commercial success.

We are focused on bringing you the highest-quality, most relevant supply chain conferences. As we prepare to deliver a new virtual conference experience in 2021, we are compiling our most relevant resources in one place to help you answer your top questions today. Explore research, articles, webinars, and much more below to help you maximize productivity, minimize risk and enable supply chain innovation.

Explore the latest supply chain insights most relevant to your role

Drive growth, agility and strategic advantage

Whether you’re trying to innovate your supply chain operations, enable transformation or accelerate digital initiatives, Gartner helps industry leaders like yourself determine where to focus – from technology to leadership – to deliver commercial success.

Take a look inside Gartner Supply Chain Symposium/Xpo

Experience what the global supply chain conferences have to offer by viewing a panel where Conference Chair and VP Analyst Bart De Muynck sat down with a panel of 3 Gartner Supply Chain eperts to discuss the current challenges CSCOs and supply chain leaders are facing. To view the full conference offerings, explore the conference sites for Gartner Supply Chain Symposium/Xpo in Americas and Europe

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Trends from Top Supply Chains in 2020

Adaptability and resiliency in the supply chain are requirements in times of disruption. Chief supply chain officers (CSCOs) and other supply chain leaders can learn from the strategy and leadership of top global supply chains and model their behavior to focus on building stronger supply chains for the future. According to Gartner research, three key trends stand out this year for leading supply chains that are accelerating their capabilities and separating from the rest of the pack.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the supply chain community rallied around a purpose and demonstrated this aspiration by keeping our society fed, supplied and healthy. Clothing companies were manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE), adult beverage companies were making hand sanitizer and airlines converted their warehouses into food bank processing centers. These shifts occurred quickly — taking only weeks for what normally would require months or quarters to plan and execute.

Even before the pandemic occurred, supply chain teams at leading companies used the language of purpose when defining their work. They recognize that solving the world’s largest problems only works through partnership with others, as well as through their own transparency. They are pursuing this greater purpose while running efficient and effective supply chains. The concept of circular economy (CE) models has also gained traction as part of a larger trend toward running ethical and sustainable supply chains.

Clearly define and communicate your supply chain’s broader purpose in the world to inspire customers, employees and partners to act ethically and sustainably in support of the global community.

Corporate supply chains are being impacted by a dynamic competitive landscape driven by a combination of expanded customer expectations, new market entrants from existing industry ecosystems and the emergence of nontraditional competitors. Post-pandemic, supply chain organizations must be able to develop new, agile business models by possessing solid operational models and transformational capabilities.

In addition, the ability to deeply understand the voice of the customer and deliver personalized offerings to elevate the customer experience is a driving factor for these transformative organizations.

Position your organization to be a disruptor by infusing agility into existing capabilities or acquiring startups offering the expertise and DNA necessary to compete in new or reinvented markets.

The first instinct of business is to pull back spending in the current environment, including funding for transformational programs. But advanced supply chains are pushing ahead with their investments, and some are even accelerating spending on real-time visibility, planning and agile supply chain executions, which are well-suited for supporting uncertain demand mixes and volumes. These companies are often early adopters of digital technologies that are enabling business capabilities and outcomes that will enable them to thrive even in the worst economic conditions.

Create a digital orchestration culture in your organization by investing in rapid and open innovation that is sourced from both internal talent and external partners with specialized skills and technologies.

Leading supply chains recognize that to benefit from technology investments, a digital-ready workforce is needed, with an emphasis on finding talent with the skills to support businesses of the future. Develop these skills in-house or through partnerships with educational institutions to create a curriculum to support the future of work. A focus on developing a healthy ecosystem of labor will enable innovation to continue and will drive better customer experience.

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