Best Supply Chain Conferences to Attend in 2015

Happy New Year! There are many supply chain conferences scheduled in 2015. If you are like me, you only have so much time to spend at conferences and must choose the ones that best suit your needs. I believe that the best conferences are large enough to support networking and diverse topics, but personal enough to facilitate the common interests of the attendees. Also, I personally find conferences with a solid educational and/or workshop agenda to be the most valuable. Here is a list of what I consider to be the premier supply chain industry conferences.

First and foremost, I agree with my colleague Steve Banker that the CSCMP Annual Global Conference is a “must attend” event. This past September was my first time attending this conference, and I found the sessions informative and the networking and overall atmosphere to be very collegial.  Plus, this year’s conference is in San Diego. As a note, Steve Banker is the chair for the Planning, Forecasting and Inventory Management track. If any manufacturers have an interesting story to tell, contact Steve at sbanker@arcweb.com.

Industry Associations (in chronological order)

Retail’s Big Show (NRF); January 11-13; New York City

LogiMAT 2015; February 10-12; Stuttgart

Retail Supply Chain Conference (RILA); February 22-25; Orlando

Promat 2015 (MHI); March 23-26; Chicago

SITL Paris; March 31-April 2; Paris

2015 WERC Conference; May 3-6; Orlando

Omni-Channel Fulfillment 2015; June 9-11; Atlanta

3PL Summit (eyefortransport); June 16-18; Chicago

CSCMP Annual Conference; September 27-30; San Diego

APICS 2015; October 5-7; Las Vegas

Supply Chain Software Conferences (Alphabetical)

Descartes Evolution; May 19 -21; Miami, FL

IBS Connect; May 12-14; Chandler, AZ

JDA Focus; April 26-29; Orlando, FL

LLamasoft SummerCon 2015; June 24-26; Park City, UT

Manhattan Momentum; May 17-20; Phoenix, AZ

MercuryGate User Conference; September 13-16; Las Vegas, NV

Oracle Value Chain Summit; January 26–28; San Jose, CA

ORTEC Optimus 2015; March 23-25; Atlanta, GA

SAP Insider Logistics and SCM; March 30-April 1; Las Vegas, NV

Transplace Shipper Symposium; May 4-6; Dallas, TX

TMW Transforum; September 13-16; Orlando, FL

(Source: http://logisticsviewpoints.com/2015/01/07/best-supply-chain-conferences-to-attend-in-2015/)