The 3PL Summit and Chief Supply Chain Officer forum brought together supply chain executives and industry experts to discuss the latest trends in the industry. The event happened in Chicago between June 20th and June 22nd.
There were multiple interesting sessions and panels to discuss innumerous topics including disruption, digital supply chain, predictive analytics, talent gap, 3PL relationships and many other hot subjects.
On the last day of the event, Kalyan Sakthi, Vice-president of IT for DHL, participated on a very exciting panel along with Ken Piro, PINC's VP of channel sales and marketing and others to discuss disruptive technology in the supply chain. The room was full, Mr. Sakthi raised a very interesting question during the panel. He asked the attendees in the room what was the cost to the organizations to not invest in technology and innovation? He was saying that investment in technology is no longer an option for companies that want to thrive in this fast changing world. Almost everyone in the room agreed with him. There’s no longer a separation between operations and technology. It all have merged.
Steve Banker, Service Director, Supply Chain Management at ARC Advisory Group, a leading industry analyst and technology consulting company, just wrote an article called "Drones and Robots in the Warehouse" about his key learnings during the 3PL Summit and Chief Supply Chain Officer forum this month. In his article, mr. Banker presents some of the key points Ken Piro brought to the audience during the Panel.