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ISCEA SCTECH Preview: Learning to Lead

The ISCEA Supply Chain Technology Conference & Expo is an annual gathering of supply chain, operations, engineering and financial professionals coming together to share cutting edge technologies and best practices focusing on efficiency and profitability.

A study conducted by ISCEA over the last three years concluded that ISCEA members were looking for a holistic event that covers both supply chain and technology, thus the genesis of SCTECH. ISCEA is uniquely qualified to organize an event like SCTECH given ISCEA’s thought leadership position in supply chain and technology. SCTECH will also include events to recognize supply chain excellence via the Ptak Prize, educational workshops, a career fair and many competitions. Additionally, SCTECH will host a venture capital session for supply chain technology startups to showcase their solutions to investors.

SCTECH EXPO will feature leading companies showcasing cutting edge technologies. For example, NeoGrid - a provider of B2B supply chain management solutions to major organizations such as Kellogg’s, Redbull, Whirlpool, Danone, Pepsico, Best Buy, 3M, Bayer, General Mills, Heinz, Heineken, Syngenta and others - will be exhibiting at 2016 SCTECH. Most of the NeoGrid customers are also ISCEA customers.

Keynote sessions by leading researchers and trendsetters in the field, including both academics and practitioners. Featured keynote speakers are Dick Ling, the creator of S&OP; Carol Ptak, the global authority on demand driven supply chain planning; and Miguel Abuhab, the founder of NeoGrid.

2016 SCTECH Conference is chaired by Dr. Erick Jones, Ph.D., Professor, Graduate Advisor for MS Logistics Department of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington.

SCTECH is affordable. The EXPO only ticket is free, and it includes many other free sessions. The 2016 SCTECH Conference is priced affordably at $349 with much volume discount options. Workshop fees range from $99 to $3,300.

2016 SCTECH Conference and EXPO features companies showcasing cutting edge technologies that support areas such as:

  • Supply Chain Planning and Execution

  • Sales, Inventory, and Operations Management

  • Demand Management

  • Production Planning and Scheduling

  • Purchasing

  • Materials and Inventory Management

  • Procure to Pay

  • Production Operations Management

  • Responsive Manufacturing

  • Transportation Management

  • Warehouse Management and Operations Design

  • Material Handling and Storage

  • Track and Trace Technologies

  • Profitability Optimization


There will be many workshops geared towards various SCM practices. These include the Supply Chain Strategy workshop by Dr. David Simchi-Levi of MIT, Certified Demand Driven workshop by Carol Ptak of DDI, and Supply Chain Metrics workshop by Lora Cecere of Supply Chain Insights.

Career Fair

This will be an excellent opportunity for young supply chain professionals to meet with ISCEA recruiting partners, who are in search of the best talent for their organizations. Recruiting industry expert, Jeff Naugle, will conduct a workshop to get those interested in career advancement to fine-tune their pitch.


2016 SCTECH will host many competitions, including an investor pitch to venture capital investors, a supply chain simulation competition, and a supply chain global case competition.


There will be many group and one-on-one Networking Opportunities at 2016 SCTECH. Mary McFarlin of Linked N Chicago with 100,000-plus members will manage all networking events at 2016 SCTECH. Attendees will be invited to private networking sessions based on their input at the time of the registration. Getting face to face with others who are looking to learn, advance in their professional life, meet other professionals in the industry, and evaluate solutions is an invaluable tool for success.

Co-located Events

ISCEA is working to make SCTECH the venue of choice for organizations to hold their annual conference. The 2016 SCTECH will co-locate three such conferences and events:

  • Ptak Prize Awards

  • Demand Driven World

  • Exepron Annual User Conference

Over the next five years, ISCEA plans to have about 10 co-located conferences and events at SCTECH. Given the budget and time constraints, ISCEA believes that co-located events bring much ROI for attendees. Co-located event organizers also benefit by having the full access to ISCEA global sales, marketing and operational resources.

Ptak Prize Awards

The 10th Annual Ptak Prize Award Reception will be held on July 18 from 6:00PM-10:00PM at the Navy Pier. This is an invitation only event with a limited number of tickets available for purchase. Winners of the Ptak Prize for Supply Chain Excellence from around the world will be attending this reception. Some of the past winners include organizations such as Honeywell, GENCO, Indian Oil and the Tamer Group.

Demand Driven World

The Demand Driven World Conference is co-located at 2016 ISCEA SCTECH in Chicago July 19-21, 2016. Demand Driven World provides an opportunity for people from all around the world to come together and share DDMRP experiences and case studies.

Exepron User Conference

Exepron is holding its annual User Group Conference July 18–19, plus the foundational IC3PM Certification Workshop on July 20-21 at the 2016 SCTECH Expo. Exepron will discuss how leading companies transformed their supply chain.

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ISCEA's mission is to provide total supply chain knowledge to manufacturing and service industry professionals through Education, Certification and Recognition. ISCEA is the developer of internationally recognized certification programs of Certified Supply Chain Manager (CSCM), Certified Supply Chain Analyst (CSCA), Certified HealthCare Supply Chain Analyst (CHSCA), Certified Demand Driven Planner (CDDP), Certified Lean Master (CLM), Certified Supply Chain Technology Professional (CSCTP), and others. ISCEA is the governing body for the Ptak Prize. ISCEA members hold mid to upper supply chain management positions in Global 2000 companies. The International Supply Chain Education Alliance (ISCEA) was the first organization certifying supply chain professionals around the globe, and it remains the worldwide authoritative resource for supply chain career development with thousands of certificate holders commanding top-tier salaries.

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