CSCMP Plans 'Lab of the Future'

With its current annual conference under way, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals is looking ahead to next year with plans for a live lab where attendees can test the latest technologies.

CSCMP and the Distribution Business Management Association unveiled plans in Chicago today for a 100,000 square foot educational lab at CSCMP’s conference in San Diego next year. The lab, called "Supply Chain of the Future," will “take attendees into a world of automated innovation,” CSCMP said.

The lab will give attendees an opportunity to "kick the tires" of new technologies, an opportunity they may not have, otherwise.

"The exhibit will give attendees a first-hand look at the technologies, processes and solutions provided by high-performing supply chains and a revealing look into future enhancements," said Rick Blasgen, CSCMP president and CEO.

Amy Thorn, executive director of DBMA, said the lab will offer a unique educational setting and opportunity to learn about best practices and future trends involved in the lifecycle of a product from creation to consumption.

The lab promises to kick CSCMP's educational mission into higher gear. Companies and technologies that will be featured in the lab are being selected. "We are looking for innovative and cutting edge technologies, products and services to be part of the lab," said Don Ralph, senior vice president of supply chain and logistics for Staples and a member of the selection committee.

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