SOURCE: Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

February 13, 2007 13:56 ET

81% of Companies Creating Supply Chain Innovation Are Looking to Adopt Best Practices

Aberdeen Summit to Showcase Supply Chain Practices From Industry Leaders Including IBM, Wrigley, and Williams-Sonoma

BOSTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 13, 2007 -- Aberdeen and Global Logistics & Supply Chain Strategies Magazine have partnered to host the Supply Chain Management Summit, April 4-5, 2007 at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, in Boston, MA.

This preeminent best practices and networking event will enable executives to accelerate their supply chain management transformations. Aberdeen research finds that 81% of companies are currently focused on creating new supply chain innovations or looking to adopt best practices. Founded in fact-based research, the exclusive summit will feature best practices in supply chain strategy and execution for supply chain vice presidents, CFOs and treasurers, CIOs, COOs, and directors of logistics, manufacturing, and purchasing.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

--  Tim Carroll, Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, IBM
--  Logan McDougal, Managing Director, Supply Chain and Operations Group,
--  Bob Cantow, Vice President of Supply Chain, Boston Scientific
--  Ed Sands, Managing Director of International Transportation, Williams-
--  Jane Solomon, Global Trade Compliance, Anritsu
--  David Scott, Global Supply & Logistics, Raytheon
The Supply Chain Management Summit is part of the acclaimed Aberdeen Summit Series that recently featured renowned CEO John Sculley and best-selling business author Michael Treacy. The Summits bring corporate executives together to share transformation strategies, pitfalls, and successes. Summit participation is limited to 200 executive level participants seeking to hear from and network with industry thought leaders.

Summit participants will witness first hand how companies are transforming their physical and financial supply chains with discussion on topics such as: reinventing distribution and supply channels; improving supply chain visibility; new inventory management approaches; breakthroughs in supply chain finance; and supply chain compliance and risk management strategies -- from customs compliance to Sarbanes-Oxley and beyond.

"There is a tremendous opportunity to improve cycle times and lower end-to-end costs in today's global supply chains," said Beth Enslow, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Research at Aberdeen. "We are looking forward to bringing together the leading supply chain, financial and other key executives to share experiences of successful supply chain transformation."

Summit sponsors include: HSBC, TradeBeam, PowerTrack, Archstone Consulting, GT Nexus and Red Prairie. For additional information on the summit, visit:

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