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Leveraging Supplier Collaboration to Drive Supply Chain Excellence

Protecting the Ability to Deliver While Driving out Costs and Promoting Stronger, Collaborative Relationships with Suppliers

Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Time: 11:30 EST, 10:30 CST, 9:30 MST, and 8:30 PST

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Many industries face the dilemma of how to increase supply chain flexibility and resiliency while simultaneously addressing increasing costs and downward pressure on prices. For Mission Critical supply chains this is an even greater challenge as the ability to deliver must be protected at all cost, including a willingness to hold significant excess inventory, pay for premium for expediting and tolerate manual processes.

Smiths Medical, a Medical Device Manufacturer faced this conflicting scenario and was determined to find a solution to this problem. Smiths Medical turned to CDC TradeBeam to enable a solution to trade outdated strategies for better information, more transparency and increase collaboration with their suppliers.

This webinar will take you through the key issues that Smiths Medical faced, and the solution that brought them:

Stronger, More Collaborative Relationship with their Supplier Network
Improved Order Fill Rates
Improved Customer Service Levels
Reduced Inventory Levels and Costs
Reduced Manual Processes

Featuring Rich Flynn, Regional Materials Manager, Smiths Medical North America, Bill Buckley, Director of Solution Development, CDC TradeBeam and SCDigest editor, Dan Gilmore.


Who Should Attend:

Plant Managers, Director/VP Supply Chain, VP Finance/CFO, Material Handlers, Inventory Controllers. Medical Device Industry manufacturers, or any other manufacturer of discrete items including Automotive and other Industrial Manufacturers, as well as suppliers to these manufacturers.

What if I can't attend on this date?

Archived version will be available soon after broadcast.

Register now even if you can't attend live date to receive email with on-demand link.



Dan Gilmore

Editor, Supply Chain Digest


Rich Flynn

Regional Materials Manager
Smiths Medical North America

Rich is currently responsible for the planning and purchasing functions for the northeastern United States along with global responsibility for inventory metrics.

He has more than 20 years of experience in plant operations and supply chain in the food, pharmaceutical and medical device industries.


Bill Buckley

Director of Solution Development
CDC TradeBeam

Mr. Buckley is a seasoned business systems and supply chain professional whose strength is leading teams in the planning, development and implementation of business process, technology solutions, and operations providing tangible benefit to the enterprise and its customers. 

He has successfully managed the implementation of complex supply chain systems and operations with condensed lead times for large multi-national corporations over the past 16 years. 

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