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2019 BlUEPRINT

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April 28-30, 2019 ATLANTA, GA

BLUEPRINT will feature 20+ hours of hands-on educational training

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Agenda:

SUNDAY
APRIL 28

Welcome Reception

MONDAY & TUESDAY
APRIL 29 & 30

Conference Sessions

    General Sessions
  • Executive
    Track
  • Champions
    Track
  • Buyers
    Track
    General Sessions
  • Executive
    Track
  • Champions
    Track
  • Buyers
    Track

Agenda:

SUNDAY
APRIL 28

MONDAY
APRIL 29

TUESDAY
APRIL 30

BLUEPRINT 2019

Welcome Reception

Conference Sessions

    General Sessions
  • Champion
    Track
  • Buyer
    Track
    General Sessions
  • Champion
    Track
  • Buyer
    Track

blueprint 2019 will feature:

Training

Hands-on training sessions with the Blue Ridge Supply Chain Planning Solution

Customer Stories

Innovative case-studies on market-changing supply chain projects

Networking

Networking opportunities with supply chain professionals and other industry leaders

Topics

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  • Change Management

    The only constant is change. The only constant is change. We will offer steps to preparing and supporting your team through implementation and continued adoption of new software or processes. We will break up into teams and brainstorm on change management approaches while applying industry best-practices. In this session, you’ll focus on implementing a successful program for getting team buy-in and participation.

  • Making A Champion

    Making A Champion - Let’s develop a franchise quarterback. This session includes highlights from the Blue Ridge sponsored 3-day Champion’s Program, now held quarterly. We will introduce the entire Champion’s development curriculum, the online resource tool, and cover several critical pieces including: Champion’s Profile, Crafting a Strong Period End Meeting; Driving a Financially Focused Team. In this session, you will understand the significance of positioning a strong and influential Champion and all of the key aspects of the Champion role.

  • Item Lifecycle

    Item Lifecycle – New buyers/users are often not aware of that the SOQ is calculated differently for new items, or items with ‘0’ On Hand and ‘0’ On Order. We will review the Item lifecycle in this session discussing new items, item modeling, linking and discontinuing items.

  • Hiring & Developing

    Hiring & Developing Today’s Inventory Investment Analysts - Your next hire is the most important decision you will make and our profession is known for panic-hiring. Let’s change that…

    1. Position and title the role as a career destination
    2. Create an appealing ad that attracts top talent
    3. Filter candidates through an assessment that is custom-created for an Inventory Analyst
    4. Starting from Day 1, develop a long-term plan that shows a distinct career path.

    In this session, you will learn how to recruit & develop great talent that truly fits the need.

  • Cost of Service Analysis
    Taking the Emotion Out of Service Levels

    Using data-driven, live examples we will explore how the SCP system evaluates items based on the type of analysis (units, profit, etc.) and Service Levels assigned. This is a mathematical approach to Service Level Assignment and takes the guess work out of the process. In this session, you’ll understand how SCP allocates Service Levels based your criteria.

  • Presenting Your Business
    Presenting Your Business to Your Peers & Leaders

    You are the investors of your organization and you know it…now it’s time to show the rest of the world. We will provide the template for knowing the financial picture of your item mix and turning it into a presentation that includes the bright spots, the brutal facts, and your plan to improve the portfolio at the inventory sector and detailed item level. In this session, you’ll transform from a buyer/planner into a savvy inventory investor!

  • Exception Optimization
    Help, There Are Too Many Exceptions!

    Are you inundated with exceptions and on items where you are not going to act? We will show you how to use Exception Rules in SCP to minimize the number of exceptions that require your attention. In this session, you’ll learn how to reduce the number of exceptions based on what is important to your business.

  • Inventory Reduction Goals
    You Need to Reduce Inventory 10%. Now Go!

    You have heard this challenge before and you will hear it again. So, let’s put together a smart strategy now. We will guide you to resist the temptation to push the wrong buttons that will get you in trouble long term. We will also break down the components and processes that should be addressed and deliver a sensible and satisfying victory. In this session, we’ll empower you with a proven, smart approach when faced with an immediate inventory reduction goal.

  • APIs
    Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today! –

    At a high level, explore how the new APIs work with the SCP system and how getting data faster and in real time can benefit your business. In this session, you will understand what our APIs can do to speed up your daily processes.

  • World Class Inventory Team

    10 Steps to a World Class Inventory Team

    Our BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal): Move the Inventory Team from the hidden corner to the center of the organization! After watching many, many Inventory Teams grow to become the most respected department in the company, a framework of success has been established. In this session, you’ll learn how to position your team as the most admired team in the company.

  • MEIO

    Multi Echelon Inventory Optimization – How does it work?
    The Blue Ridge team will give you an in-depth overview of how MEIO works. Why are orders aggregated not forecasts or demand, etc. In this session, you’ll see data showing how MEIO can reduce your inventory investment.

  • Leading Inventory Team

    LEADING an Inspired & Focused Inventory Team - Success comes from the right blend of people & numbers, but it all starts with people. This leadership session is the result of experiencing hundreds of inventory implementations and focuses on how you express your Trust, Care & Commitment to Excellence. In this session, you will learn leadership lessons for managing a high performing team!

  • Reporting What Matters

    Reports You Should be Looking At! Review key reports provided in the Supply Chain Analytics system along with new reports that the LifeLine team has generated over the past year that provide value and critical insights. In this session, you’ll learn what reports you should be looking at, how often and what reports you may want to create with LifeLine assistance.

  • 8 Moves to Unrivaled Org.

    8 Moves to an Unrivaled Wholesale OrganizationWe’ve heard it several times: “I’m taking over the lead position of our wholesale organization. Your team has experienced hundreds of wholesale environments. What are the components that make up a great wholesale company? We want to be great.” Okay, strap yourself in, because we aren’t going to hold back. If you perfect these 8 areas, you will be unrivaled in your industry. In this session, we’ll cover bold, transformational moves for bold leaders.

  • Public Holiday Calendar
    Ensure Inventory is Available When Your Supplier Is Not

    Do you have suppliers that go on extended breaks in production? If so, take some time with us to see how order your inventory ahead of time and ensure you have what you need, when you need it. In this session, you’ll understand how to set up a Holiday Calendar and how it facilitates ordering to get your inventory on time.

BLUEPRINT is a great mixture of discussion and collaborations with people who sit beside you at the table … and then frankly some of the outside speakers are just really thought-provoking.

I love BLUEPRINT because its a great opportunity to network with others in the industry, or outside of your industry that are strong in the inventory optimization fields. I love the venues that they choose and the events that they put on are always incredible.

If there's some of you that are watching today that are considering whether you should come to Blue Ridge BLUEPRINT function? I strongly urge you to do so. It's a great opportunity to network with other companies that are in your industry. And look at what they've gone through and the results that they've had afterwards and let real customers speak for themselves.