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    2018 Agenda Announced

    Create a responsive, digital supply chain to transform your business.

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    5 essential steps toward revolutionizing your supply chain

    Identify high-impact opportunities and turn them into the innovation you need to drive your business. 

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    Guest keynote speakers announced

    Learn from industry experts and inspirational keynotes who will energize the way you think

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    Network with leaders in your industry!

    Join us for a full day of industry content on Monday, May 14. Dedicated tracks for: healthcare, consumer-retail and high-tech manufacturing.

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Join us at the World's Most Important Gathering of Supply Chain Leaders and Their Teams

What does it take to survive and thrive in an ever-volatile business environment? Supply chains like yours need to embrace the transformative power of agility and responsiveness so that they can quickly anticipate and respond to unexpected events, and turn disruption to advantage.  Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference 2018Move to Mastery: Innovate, Disrupt and Scale the Digital Supply Chain - is designed to help supply chain leaders like you and your team on this critical journey.

Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference was designed for individuals in the following roles:
Discover how to:
  • Develop and communicate a vision for
    your supply chain to drive improved
    business performance 
  • Align supply chain priorities to
    business objectives
  • Ensure the reliability and performance
    of your supply chain
Chief Supply Chain Officers (CSCOs), Heads of Supply Chain
Discover how to:
  • Develop an accurate operational plan
    that balances forecast accuracy,
    supply variability and inventory
  • Execute on a plan that drives an accurate
    financial plan in short, mid- and long-term
  • Create a plan that mitigates risk, but
    maximizes the ability to respond to
Supply Chain Planning Executives
Discover how to:
  • Create new business cases for
    advanced technology investments
    to empower better decisions and
    develop new approaches 
  • Ensure products are produced on
    schedule and within the quality
    standards and cost objectives
    defined by the business.  
  •  Work with the supply chain and
    factories to optimize production
    rates, quality, flexibility and cost
Procurement & Manufacturing Executives
Discover how to:
  • Determine the right mix of
    internal logistics capabilities and
    external partners as well as develop
    strategies for managing diverse
    global requirements.   
  • Consistently manage cost and
    service trade-offs for inbound
    and outbound logistics 
  • Deliver continuous improvement
    and innovation
  • Enhance customer experience
  • Create value through customer
Logistics, Distribution & Customer Service Executives

What You Will Learn

Gain all the supply chain insight you need. All in one place.

  • Take cost optimization to the next level
  • Avoid mistakes organizations may make integrating into an end-to-end supply chain
  • Get better at prioritizing spending for analytics technologies
  • See why it’s critical to shift to a talent-based organizational strategy to inject new skills into supply chain
  • Discover how leading organizations approach performance management and assess excellence

Features & Benefits

Gain access to advice from Gartner analyst and guest speakers:

  • Gartner analyst sessions: Gartner analysts presenting select research, targeted to your priorities
  • Gartner analyst one-on-one meetings: Sit privately for two 30 minute sessions with a Gartner analyst specializing in a topic you'd like to discuss
  • Analyst roundtables: Hear how your colleagues from various industries tackle problems similar to yours
  • Case study presentations: We invite a number of guest speakers to personally present leading-edge case studies and answer questions
  • Workshops: Intimate workshops provide an opportunity to drill down on specific "how to" topics in a small group environment

Enjoy numerous networking opportunities including: 
  • Industry Value Chain Exchange Series: Healthcare, Consumer-Retail, High-Tech Manufacturing 
  • Network with peers: Over 1,500 supply chain leaders will convene to interact and share their knowledge and objectives during networking sessions, meals and receptions  
  • Exhibitor access: Exclusive access to select exhibitors to make informed decisions
  • Solution provider sessions: Sponsor-led sessions feature some of the market's most fascinating solutions
  • Face-to-face sponsor meetings: Discuss your technology requirements with qualified solution providers

What's Included

  • Two, 30-minute Gartner analyst one-on-one meetings
  • Keynotes
  • Track sessions
  • The reveal of the 2017 Supply Chain Top 25. View details from last year's Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 Gala and Interactive Dinner Panel.
  • Analyst roundtables
  • Solution Showcase
  • Networking breakfasts, lunches and receptions
  • Agenda planning through Gartner Events Navigator
  • Industry Value Chain Exchange Series: Healthcare Exchange, Consumer-Retail Exchange and High-Tech Manufacturing Exchange!  These pre-event, afternoon sessions are included in the conference fee, so make your travel arrangements accordingly.

Learn more about pricing and registration

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to your questions here.



Our 2018 conference agenda lays out what leaders and their teams need most to meet the challenge of today while planning for tomorrow. Identify the people, technologies and strategies for the next leg of your digital supply chain journey.


2018 Conference Tracks

Track A: Strategy and Leadership
Track B: Supply Chain Planning 
Track C: Sourcing and Procurement
Track D: Manufacturing 
Track E: ​Logistics 
Track F: Customer Fulfillment and Collaboration

Spotlight Tracks: 
  • Technology
  • Innovation

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Industry Day - Monday, May 14

Join us for deep-dive sessions in the following industries: ​
  • Healthcare
  • Consumer-Retail
  • High-Tech Manufacturing 

Learn more about our Industry programs here and be sure to join us on May 14.

*These sessions are included in your registration fee.

Hot Topics to be Covered

  • Strategy and transformation
  • Talent and leadership
  • Change management and governance
  • Organization and future trends
  • Data analytics and cost-to-serve
  • Internet of Things (IoT) and 3D printing
  • Bimodal manufacturing
  • Hierarchy of metrics
  • Lifecycle value
  • Advanced S&OP / IBP
  • Demand forecasting
  • Inventory strategies
  • Digital planning
  • New generation 3PL landscape
  • The future customer landscape: Generation Z, customer service and collaboration
  • Reimagining supplier risk
  • Individualized products
  • The next wave of contract manufacturing
  • Localization and manufacturing network redesign
First time attending and first words are "wow!" I wasn't sure what to expect, but I have walked away with a few nuggets of powerful information that I plan on taking back to my organization and begin transformation.

- John Lozano, Logistics Supervisor Clif Bar

Optimize Your Attendance

You'll be able to add these Gartner exclusives to your agenda:

  • Admission to all keynote sessions
  • Analyst led sessions
  • Two, 30-minute Gartner analyst one-on-one sessions
  • Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 reveal dinner
  • Analyst roundtables
  • Workshops
  • Case studies
  • Solution provider sessions
  • Two receptions
  • Evening entertainment
  • Breakfast, lunch, snacks


Listen to inspirational guest keynote speakers; hear from Gartner-invited case study speakers – real practitioners with real-world knowledge; and learn from over 40 Gartner supply chain analysts – the foremost experts in their areas of focus. 

Featured Speakers

  • Johannes Giloth
    Johannes Giloth

    Senior Vice President Operations

    Nokia Networks

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  • Maria Nieradka
    Maria Nieradka

    Senior Vice President, Supply Chain


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  • Fareed Zakaria
    Fareed Zakaria

    Global Thinker, Columnist, CNN Host


    Read profile

  • Anthony Bourke
    Anthony Bourke

    F-16 Fighter Pilot,Founder & CEO, Mach 2 Consulting

    Read profile


End User Case Study

Gartner Analysts & Speakers


Meet the Solution Providers at the Forefront of Supply Chain

Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference will help you develop a "short list" of technology and service providers who can meet your particular needs. You'll receive exclusive access to some of the world's leading technology and service providers in a variety of settings.

  • For Solution Providers: Learn more about the exhibitor experience.
  • Contact us to learn more about opportunities to exhibit.




Become an Exhibitor

Take Your Place Among Technology's Key Players
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Exhibitor Interactions

Read more about how you can interact with our exhibitors

Venue & Travel

Phoenix, AZ


JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
5350 E. Marriott Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85054
Phone: 480-293-5000

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa
5350 East Marriott Drive
Phoenix, AZ, United States - 85052


Special Gartner Hotel Room Rate
Gartner has reserved a limited block of hotel rooms for attendees of the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa at the price of $264 plus applicable taxes and resort fees per night.  Additional rooms are being held at the Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountain at $264 plus applicable taxes per night, Springhill Suites at $199 plus applicable taxes, Courtyard Marriott at $199 plus applicable taxes, Embassy Suites at $167 plus taxes and the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa at $289 plus applicable taxes. Complimentary shuttles to/from the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa will be provided for all attendees staying at these properties.

The deadline to book at these discounted rates is April 19, 2018 at 5:00p.m. EDT.
To book your reservation, please log back into your registration profile in your gartner.com account and select “Book My Hotel Reservation.”  Please note, you must be a registered attendee in order to book a hotel reservation. 

Reservation & Cancellation Policies:
Please be advised, there is a mandatory 2 night minimum stay at the all of the above hotels.

To change or cancel your hotel reservation without penalty you may do so before 5:00p.m. EDT on April 19, 2018 by logging into your registration profile and selecting “Edit” in the Hotels section or by contacting the Gartner Global Events Team via phone: 866.405.2511 or +1 650.226.0825, or Email: GartnerGlobalEvents@gartner.com  

Cancellations are allowed up to 5:00p.m. EDT on April 19, 2018 without penalty. If a reservation is cancelled after this time the hotel will charge a non-refundable deposit of the minimum night stay.
Government Rates:
We have secured a number of rooms that are available at the current GSA per diem rate at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountain, Springhill Suites, Courtyard Marriott and the Embassy Suites. Government rate rooms are only for U.S. government officials and military travelers that require the federal per diem lodging rate. A valid government or military ID will be required at check-in for the hotel to reconfirm your eligibility to receive the per diem rate. Government rate rooms will not be charged until you check in and are subject to the same cancellation policies outlined above.

For more information please reference our FAQ document.

Accommodations & Privacy Advisory

Gartner has been made aware that service providers, such as Exhibition Housing Management, have contacted a number of individuals who are attending our conference to offer hotel reservation services and/or sell copies of the confidential attendee list. 
Please note that Gartner has NOT authorized them, or anyone else, to contact attendees on our behalf, nor does Gartner share/sell attendee contact information to anyone. 
Learn more on how to protect yourself from scamming attempts.