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Heating, Air-Conditioning Refrigeration Distributors International

 Heating, Air-Conditioning Refrigeration Distributors International

The new Supply Chain Excellence Focus Conference combines the two former focus events, Operations and Logistics and Purchasing Optimization. In an attempt to make available top-notch content while asking less time from members, HARDI has decided to combine the two. This event will focus on the way your business procures and moves products, at the right place, at the right time, with the right quantity for the right price.

Andrew Duguay is a Senior Economist for Prevedere, a predictive analytics company that helps provides business leaders a real-time view of their company’s future performance. Prior to his role at Prevedere, Andrew was a Senior Economist at ITR Economics. Andrew’s commentary and expertise have been featured in Forbes, MarketWatch and other publications. Andrew has an MBA and a degree in Economics. He has received a Certificate in Professional Forecasting from the Institute for Business Forecasting and Certificates in Economic Measurement, Applied Econometrics, and Time-Series Analysis and Forecasting from the National Association for Business Economics.

The annual enterprise planning cycle is riddled with baseline forecasts and assumptions that end up simply not being true 6, 12, 18 months away as the consumer shifts, and the economy changes. Together we will talk about how systematically identifying key leading external indicators are helping businesses not only better explain past “misses” but see changing trends out into the future. Topics include:

As Principal of MCA Associates, Howard W. Coleman has worked with over 145 clients in distribution management and manufacturing consulting engagements. Howard has extensive hands-on experience in evaluating, streamlining and implementing value-added and continuous improvement solutions. He is recognized by his clients for having the necessary sensitivity and skills to develop organizations and people to new levels of effectiveness. Howard has over 35 years of business management experience, including over 23 years as a management consultant. He has held corporate management positions in distribution operations management, materials and inventory management, as well as customer service, and has authored many articles on distribution and manufacturing improvement topics in industry trade publications.

Kevin Gue is a professor of industrial engineering and Director of the Logistics and Distribution Institute at the University of Louisville. His research interests are in logistics, warehousing, and material handling. He has published in leading journals of his field, and is a past president of the College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education. He is co-inventor of the Flying-V, Fishbone, and Chevron warehouse aisle designs—work for which he was awarded the Technical Innovation in Industrial Engineering Award in 2009. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the 2014 U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling and Logistics.

Long ago, in a land far, far away, material handling automation meant roller conveyors, AGVs, and monolithic storage systems. Today, autonomous machines, agile robots, and ubiquitous sensors promise a future of highly flexible, infinitely scalable systems that adapt to changing requirements in throughput and storage capacity. We present some recent and ongoing developments in the world of material handling automation, with a focus on systems that use decentralized control as a method for dealing with system complexity. Some of these systems could be part of your future.