March 09 - 11, 2016
Hilton Rockwall, Rockwall, Texas

Dr. James (Jim) Rappold

President & CEO
Supply Chain Sciences
Dr. Rappold is President and CEO of Supply Chain Sciences, a management consultancy and developer of advanced decision support software. Prior to founding Supply Chain Sciences, Dr. Rappold spent 12 years as a professor and director of the Supply Chain Management and Transportation and Logistics executive education programs in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business. He taught operations and supply chain management courses in the MBA program for 9 years. Professor Rappold was also an industrial engineering faculty member in the College of Engineering.
Dr. Rappold’s interests are in the design, operation, and management of complex manufacturing and distribution networks. His specialty is production planning, inventory optimization, and information systems design. He has worked on the analysis, improvement, and management of manufacturing, distribution, and information systems for dozens of organizations, including BASF, Briggs & Stratton, Corning Glass Works, Cummins, General Mills, IBM, Merck KGaA (Germany), Philip Morris, Procter & Gamble, Rockwell Automation, Sunoco Oil, The US Air Force, Sango Ceramics in Semarang, Indonesia, and Polioles in Mexico City.
He is a recipient of numerous teaching awards, including School of Business Professor of the Year, and the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest teaching award at the UW-Madison. He has published research articles in Operations Research, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Industrial Engineer, Naval Research Logistics, and Information Systems Frontiers.
Professor Rappold holds a BS in Industrial Management and Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University and an MS and PhD in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University.


15:25 Brainweave: Inventory Optimization and Improved Cash Flow through Analytics and Business Process Alignment

Analytical insights have little value until they are aligned with a business process, organizational capability, and proper ERP system configuration and use. In this session, we explore the critical dependencies between these and discuss what is required to generate value from supply chain analytics.
Discussion Agenda
• Modeling the impact of pivoting demand and/or supply away from Asia in case of an economic slow down
• Quantifying the value of reducing uncertainty through streamlining cross-functional decision making in real-time
• Leveraging the opportunities of changes within in your environment (oil, FOREX, global stability) with analytic cost-to-serve models



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