WORKSHOP: Supply Chain Management: Opportunities and Challenges

Trends, Opportunities and Challenges

Presented by

  • The Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center at Purdue University
  • The Center of Forest Products Business at Virginia Tech
  • The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University

Workshop Description:

Supply Chain Management (SCM) has been critical to ensure that manufacturing companies deliver their products at the right time and location. A supply chain of operations can be divided into three sections: suppliers, internal operations, and distribution section. The first section of the supply chain oversees all activities related to the procurement of the raw materials with special emphasis on supplier development, supplier relationships, and supplier reliability. The middle part of the supply chain focuses on the transformation of raw materials into added-value products. Internal operations such as inventory stocking and material handling are carefully designed and planned in this section. The last section of the supply chain concentrates on the distribution of those goods to the firm’s customers. The goal of the last section is to make sure the firm’s goods are delivered on time, at the right price and without any mechanical damage. As expected, managing the whole supply chain of operations of any company is a critical task that consumes a great portion of the firm’s resources, therefore only by understanding the internal and external elements that affects the supply chain can a company compete in today’s market place.

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This workshop will focus on the basic concepts of SCM as described earlier. We will begin with a review of SCM definitions and what the new trends and challenges are for today’s firms in regards of the supply chain. After this, attendants will have the opportunity to learn about third party logistic partners, SCM technologies, and global transportation issues related to the supply chain. Also, the participants will know what best practices can be used in order to better manage their supply chain through lean thinking. We have arranged a selection of presenters that combine academic and industry expertise with emphasis on practical applications.

Workshop outline

  • Supply Chain Management (SCM): Trends and Challenges. Henry Quesada, Virginia Tech
  • Third Party Logistics. Don Dugan, General Electric.
  • Lean Supply Chain: Best Practices. Earl Kline, Virginia Tech.
  • Supply Chain Management Technology. Henry Quesada, Virginia Tech
  • SCM and the Cabinet Industry: A Case of Study. Omar Espinoza, Virginia Tech.
  • SCM Technology Application: Indiana Forest Products Web Community-Search Capabilities and Meeting Services.  Eva Haviarova, Purdue University
  • SCM Business Model: Application in the Wood Pallet Industry. Henry Quesada, Virginia Tech.
  • Final comments and discussion


  • Workshop Objectives:
  • Understand the basic concepts of Supply Chain Management, trends and challenges
  • Learn about how third party logistic partners can help my company
  • Discover how to apply Lean thinking tools to improve the supply chain
  • Learn and understand how information technologies can help your firm to improve the performance of your supply chain
  • Understand basic aspects to develop your suppliers

Who should attend:

  • Process Engineers, Procurement Managers, Supplier Chain Managers, Purchasing Managers, Plant Engineers, Small and Medium Enterprise Managers.
  • Anyone interested in learning the basics in Supply Chain Management.

Unique value of the workshop

  • Workshop will give the trends and challenges to consider when developing high performance supply chains
  • Best practices in how to combine lean thinking tools with supply chain management will be addressed
  • Participants will be given examples and practical applications to better understand supply chain management concepts

Location, date and registration:

  • Date: May 17, 2011
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Vincennes University. Jasper, IN.
  • Investment: Please contact David Sobotka at or (812) 482-4751. Registration includes coffee breaks and workshop materials.

Further information:

Please contact Dr. Henry Quesada  (email, phone (540) 231-0978) or Dr. Eva Haviarova (email , phone (765) 494 3619)  if you have any questions.