Past Events:

October 12, 2017 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m.

Keeping Score – How to Implement Supply Chain Performance Measures

Performance measurements done well can generate the information required by logistics managers to make intelligent, informed operating decisions quickly in the face of changing business conditions. Done poorly, the manager can be buried in useless data, starved for critical information, or both. Following the methodology outlined in CSCMP’s book, Keeping Score, this session will focus on the implementation of a balanced set of measures aligned with business strategy, including:

• A practical, easy to implement, step by step approach for the alignment of measurement to strategy for key logistics processes in the supply chain
• Tools for the practitioner for simplifying and improving logistics performance measurement within the firm and across the supply chain
• Lessons learned during an implementation


Guest Speaker:

Mike Ledyard

Recognized as one of the Top 20 Logistics and Supply Chain Executives of 2001-02, Mike is an author and frequent speaker on relationship-based acquisition and management of services, as well as on process assessment, measurement and improvement. Mike is a co-author of Vested Outsourcing: Five Rules That Will Transform Outsourcing. He was the program manager for the UT research project for the US Air Force on strategic sourcing and performance-based acquisition of services, and helped to create the courseware and teach on these topics for the Air Force. He has authored several articles, and spoken frequently on implementing vested relationships, the effects of measurement on process performance and optimization, and on the design and implementation of process improvements. During his 25 years in industry, he held senior management positions with consumer products and paper companies. Mike also served as the project manager for a joint CSC/University of Tennessee team that conducted a study on supply chain measurement for the Council of Logistics Management (now CSCMP). He is a co-author of the book resulting from that study, entitled Keeping Score: Measuring the Business Value of Logistics in the Supply Chain.

September 26, 2017 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Cargo Summit – A Panel Discussion

Local manufacturers and transportation providers will share how they’ve leveraged our regions full range of transportation options to expand productivity, enhance profitability, and improve customer satisfaction.

Our region’s location – a day’s drive or a 90 minute flight from half of the US population – is a major driver for companies deciding to locate a new manufacturing or distribution facility in the Cincinnati Tri-State. But are small and medium sized manufacturers taking full advantage of the air, rail, road, and waterborne transportation options available to expand productivity, enhance profitability, and improve customer satisfaction?

Following a keynote address by Brandy Christian, President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans, on the intricate relationship between manufacturing and logistics, a panel of local manufacturers and representatives of transportation providers will explore novel solutions to perennial cargo shipping challenges.

Keynote Speaker:

Brandy Christian

President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans

Panel Discussion Moderator:

Brian Jaynes

Chair of the Supply Chain Management Program, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College


DHL Express, Festo, Genesee & Wyoming, Ingram Marine Group, Meyer Tool, Perfetti Van Melle, Peter Cremer North America, and Verst Group Logistics

May 25, 2017 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tour of The Cincinnati Barge & Rail Terminal

Join the Cincinnati Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Professionals (CSCMP) for a special tour of the Cincinnati Barge & Rail Terminal. Cincinnati Barge & Rail Terminal provides transloading for rail, truck and waterborne shippers and receivers, as well as warehouse and bulk storage and delivery services. 

Cincinnati Barge & Rail Terminal offers a strategic geographic location at Ohio River mile 468.5, halfway between Cairo, IL and Pittsburgh, PA. The port of Cincinnati is among the largest inland ports in the nation offering access to the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and beyond. Did you know that one 15-barge tow and tow boat can move the equivalent of 1,050 large semi-truckloads or 6 locomotives pulling 216 rail cars? Approximately 222 million tons of cargo are transported annually on the Ohio River system—more than The Panama Canal!

Tour Guide:

Jeff Stewart

President, Cincinnati Barge & Rail Terminal

Jeff has over 25 years of leadership experience in marine transportation and logistics, and has been involved in entrepreneurial and private investment activities for over 30 years. As President, Jeff has helped build the Cincinnati Barge & Rail Terminal business and overseen upgrades and additions to facilities including warehouses, paved surfaces, shore mounted crane, onsite railroad and a high capacity conveyor system.

March 16, 2017 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

How to Achieve Advanced Supply Chain Performance to Discover Hidden Profit

Robert Martichenko, founder and CEO of LeanCor Supply Chain Group discusses the next frontier for business improvement in our new world of continuous industry disruption and increased complexity. Robert details a thoughtful and actionable methodology to extract hidden profit by removing organizational masks and connecting people and business processes in order to maximize customer value at the lowest possible total cost.

Timely and thought- provoking, this presentation provides the road map for the implementation of operating principles and management methods to connect the core processes of business strategy, product life-cycle management, sales and marketing, and supply chain operations.

Discovering Hidden Profit is the blueprint and operational framework to reach the next level of business improvement required in todays world of constant change and challenge.

Key Takeaways:

  • See lean principles being used in supply chain management and office operations.
  • See firsthand how leadership uses visual management, solves problems and uses lean tools to drive the lean culture of continuous improvement.


How Supply Chain Professionals can Bridge the Cross
Functional Gap to Deliver Business Growth

In a global business world that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, driving nimble execution and seamless integration across functions and geographies is more important than ever for Supply Chain professionals at every level of an organization.  

James Biro, VP of Supply Chain for Perfetti Van Melle North America provides a unique perspective of how the Supply Chain function benefits the entire organization by stepping into a role of coordinator and catalyst in multifunctional organizations. Supply Chain has the ideal balance of executional, technical, and financial expertise, breadth of connection with the business, and multi-functional leaders to be ideally fit for this crucial coordination role. Mr. Biro will discuss a, provide, and relate the framework to real life experiences based on projects and teams he has led during his 20+ years in Supply Chain with 4 different transnationals. 

Perfetti Van Melle is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of confectionery and chewing gum. Their imaginative products and brands are enjoyed in over 150 countries. In the US Market, Perfetti is the growth leader in the Non-Chocolate Confectionery segment, accounting for 57% of the dollar growth in the category in 2016. 

Key Takeaways:

  • How to create a base framework for cross-functional coordination and initiative management
  • Actionable tools and resources to build vision and alignment across functions
  • Real life examples of driving growth with cross functional leadership

Tour of Radial Distribution Center

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Radial Fulfillment
40 Logistics Boulevard
Richwood, KY 41094

Radial provides clients with proprietary fulfillment and freight solutions that ensure faster delivery to consumers, extends order cut-offs during holidays, and improves efficiency and cost savings.  The Radial fulfillment operation provides retailers and brands with market-leading direct to consumer ecommerce fulfillment, warehouse management systems, inbound and outbound processing, value added services, continuity and food grade fulfillment.

Radial was formed from the combination of Ebay Enterprise and Innotrac in April 2016.  Radial clients include Kate Spade, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Shoe Carnival, DSW, Toys R Us and Petsmart.  Radial has over 13 million sq. ft. of distribution space and fulfilled 288 million units worth over $1.7 billion in sales for their clients in 2015.

Tour of Wilmington Air Park

Join the Cincinnati and Columbus Roundtables of the Council of Supply Chain Professionals (CSCMP) for a special tour of the Wilmington Air Park.  The Air Park is a 2,000 acre fully functioning airport and is owned by the Clinton County Port Authority.  The Air Park hosts a major direct-to-consumer fulfillment operation among a diverse group of supply chain operations with 2,500,000 sq. ft of sortation, warehouse and manufacturing facilities.  The Air Park facilities are designated Foreign Trade Zone and feature advanced material handling systems.

The tour will highlight 3 areas of focus at the Air Park:

  • The air cargo operation that handles air-to-air, air-to-ground and ground-to-air freight operations
  • Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul operations that support multiple cargo and passenger airline customers
  • The future of the Air park

Tour Guide:

Dan Evers, Executive Director of the Clinton County Port Authority


WHEN: Thursday, October 13th, 2016 at 4:30 am – 6:30 PM                     –    Includes Hors D’Oeuvres before and after tour     WHERE:  Wilmington Air Park
1113 Airport Rd. Wilmington, OH

Meet at Admin Building (Large Glass Front)

P&G: How the CPG giant executes a world class supply chain in the fast paced e-Commerce world

Headquartered in Cincinnati, OH., Procter & Gamble has been a market leader in the consumer products industry for years. Over the years, P&G has grown rapidly thru acquisitions and divestitures. Their growth, along with changes in technology, has forced Supply Chain teams to become even more efficient and agile.

Key Takeaways:

  • Structuring Supply Operations for success (and change)
  • E-Commerce – how to stay ahead of the game
  • Challenges to expect working with Retailers
  • Creating joint value programs
  • Future of Supply Chain in e-Commerce Guest Speaker: Tiffany

Lilze Tiffany serves as the Senior Retail Supply Leader for Procter & Gamble’s eCommerce business and is based at the world headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tiffany has over 20 years of consumer goods supply chain and manufacturing expertise. Tiffany leads a team of large team of retail supply professionals that deliver multi-million dollar joint value programs with fast growing eCommerce retailers, such as Amazon. Tiffany is actively involved in several US and Global Supply Chain Industry Associations. Tiffany has a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and has her Professional Engineer License. Parking for this event is complimentary!


Tour of Beckman Coulter Distribution Center

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Beckman Coulter
2295 Progress Drive
Hebron, KY 41048

Beckman Coulter, a wholly owned Danaher subsidiary, develops, manufactures and markets products that simplify, automate and innovate complex biomedical testing.  Beckman Coulter diagnostic systems are found in hospitals and other critical care settings around the world.  Beckman Coulter products help physicians to diagnose disease, make treatment decisions and monitor patients.  More than 275,000 Beckman Coulter systems operate in laboratories on six continents.  For more than 75 years, Beckman Coulter products have been making a difference in peoples’ lives by improving the productivity of medical professionals and supplying critical information for improving patient health and reducing the cost of care.

The Beckman Coulter site in Hebron KY is a 400,000+ Sq Ft. distribution center and was built 10 years ago to consolidate shipments and invoices to customers across the globe. The tour will highlight receipt and put-away processes, picking processes, service parts orders and cold chain product handling. Attendees will learn: about

  • How Beckman Coulter diagnostic products support global health care delivery and the implications for distribution
  • International order and shipment handling
  • Fulfilling multiple order types and service requirements

Facilitator:   Michael Pierce



CSCMP Member – $35
CSCMP Guest -$45

Big Data in the Retail Supply Chain – How Kroger and its Supply Chain Partners Use Big Data to Drive Efficiency – a Panel Discussion

Big Data in the Retail Supply Chain Event Flyer

Thursday, April 26th, 2016

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Northern Kentucky University
One Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099

At this event you will hear Data Analytics, Supply Chain and Category Management leaders from 84.51, Skinny Pop, Verst Logistics and The Kroger Co. speak on the topic of Big Data in Retail. Data is all around us, in many shapes and forms so it’s important we use it in our everyday decision making processes. Attendees will learn:

  • About the different types of data that exist in the Retail and Supply Chain world
  • How to capture and organize it to better serve external and internal customers.



CSCMP Member – $35
CSCMP Guest -$45

Tour of Martin Brower Distribution Center

Martin Brower Event Flyer

Do you enjoy the new all-day breakfast service at McDonalds? Want to learn more about the logistics of how they make that happen? Martin-Brower is the largest distributor to the largest restaurant chain in the world. Martin Brower is a global operation with over 60 distribution centers in 18 countries, including 19 U.S. distribution centers. They are dedicated to being the leading logistics service provider for restaurant chains around the world, creating an outstanding work environment for employees and delivering unmatched value for customers while protecting customers’ brands. Martin Brower’s Fairfield, Ohio facility has been in service for 5 years and is the 2nd largest McDonalds distribution facility in the world, servicing 775 McDonalds restaurants.

This tour will highlight the high velocity operation with high turns across 3 temperature zones. Attendees will learn about the impact of building layout, government regulation and warehouse staffing on the operation.

Facilitator: Trevor Choate

Trevor is the Warehouse Manager for Martin Brower’s Fairfield Distribution Center. Trevor has managed operations in California and Ohio during his 7 years with Martin Brower.   Trevor received a B.S. in Operations Management from Sacramento State.

Freelance Couriers – Reshaping E-Fulfillment’s Race for the Last Mile

Freelance Couriers Event Flyer

Amid the excitement of drones, autonomous vehicles, and reusable suborbital rockets, the e-commerce industry is in the crosshairs of a “last mile” delivery problem. It’s driven by the shopping behaviors of Generation X, Y and the new Millennials. As e-commerce companies take aim at the solution, Freelance Couriers are coming into sight.

This session will examine the factors driving the “Last Mile” and how it drives freelance based delivery solutions, the challenges facing the fulfillment center, ways to address them, and future Supply Chain considerations influenced by Omni-Channels and Freelance Couriers.

Attendees will learn:

  • What is the “Last Mile” and how is it driving freelance based delivery solutions?
  • Current freelance / lifestyle couriers and how they are being deployed.
  • The challenges facing fulfillment centers due to freelance delivery systems and how to address them.
  • How the supply chain of the future will be shaped by omni-channel fulfillment and freelance couriers.

Sustainability as a Strategy:  Caught in the Luxury Trap

Sustainability as a Strategy Event Flyer

Once lauded as the right thing to do, many sustainability efforts have languished post-recession. Today, sustainability’s high costs represent a luxury tax that many consumers choose not to afford as they refuse to pay a premium for sustainable products and services. The result – most companies have balked at making sustainability a top strategic priority. The logic is that if consumers won’t pay, companies won’t play.

Key Takeaways:

  • How a fundamental change in the way we think about sustainability can help drive it back into the mainstream
  • How viewing sustainability initiatives as part of a holistic portfolio can help justify investing in initiatives that enhance image even if they don’t generate immediate profits
  • How forward-thinking supply chain leaders can play a role in driving sustainability.

When Disaster Strikes – Supply Chain Disaster Simulation

Supply Chain Disaster Simulation Event Flyer

This live action role-playing event assigns you the part of a business, non-profit, or government organization working to deliver food, water, and medicine to a community immediately following a disaster. Players race against time to achieve personal and group objectives, while confronting supply chain challenges common to disaster relief. A web browser on your smart phone or tablet serves as the interface to the game’s marketplace. Data visualizations provide performance metrics and the post-game conversation provides you strategies for addressing the real world problems you’ll experience during the game.

“Oh Boy!” World Class Supplier Collaboration Redefined

World Class Supplier Collaboration Redefined Event Flyer

Come on, admit it! You’ve wondered, “How will I know when my business-to-business relationships truly become strategic?” Maybe you desire to become that supply chain professional who creates a value proposition for your company that earns you that platinum star. Or, maybe you’re someone who wants to be part of something much bigger than most could have imagined a supply chain could ever deliver! No matter what your journey looks like so far, it’s not too late to be a part of something BIG. Let me share with you a story that changed everything. It’s the story that shows all of us how we can truly be inspired to plan, design, supply and deliver the next “OH Boy”!

Key Takeaways:
• You will see a way to look past the traditional buy low / sell high thinking…
• And become much more attuned to the strategic means for creating value in the supply chain…
• While witnessing novel concepts to create synergy…
• That has unlocked never seen before potential…
• To change the world!

 Tour of iHerb Distribution Center

Tour of iHerb Distribution Center Event Flyer

Join us on Thursday, October 15th for a tour of the distribution center in Hebron, KY.  The tour will highlight iHerb’s order flow process to/from the Perfect Pick system. iHerb is a leading online retailer of nutritional supplement and wellness products. The Hebron facility supports both U.S. and International orders, delivering 35,000 products from over 1,500 brands direct to consumer in more than 150 countries. Kurt Cheek, Director of Operations and his team opened this new facility with Perfect Pick; first in the country to implement this state of the art, fully automated goods to person picking system.

Best Practices and Evolution of Supply Chain Design

Best Practices and Evolution of Supply Chain Design Event Flyer

Volatility and change is the new normal for supply chain management professionals, so adapting the supply chain faster and more effectively has become a new competitive weapon.  As a result, Supply Chain Design has moved alongside Planning and Execution to become the third discipline of supply chain management.

In this session, LLamasoft co-founder Toby Brzoznowski will examine and discuss how Supply Chain Design technology and business processes have changed over the last decade, and include numerous real-life case examples of how global companies are leveraging Supply Chain Design to reduce cost, improve service, and mitigate risk.

Attendees will gain an understanding of all the different types of analytical techniques currently being used by supply chain professionals, and learn how leading companies are organizing to best incorporate Supply Chain Design as a business process.