As we bid farewell to 2017 and usher in a new year, what can we expect to see in 2018? As per usual, folks will flock to the gym in record numbers to burn off those extra holiday pounds and then, all too soon, workouts will become a distant memory (These are “January people” according to an article in the Huffington Post). I know this to be fact because I am a January people. This year will also see athletes from around the globe gather in Pyeongchang, South Korea to go for gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics. “Royals” fans will be glued to their TVs and personal devices to watch Prince Harry wed actress Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel in England. In November, space travel enthusiasts will follow the launch of NASA's InSight as it embarks on a journey to the “Red Planet” – Mars. But wait, there’s more. When it comes to big events in 2018, let’s not forget about the world of supply chain planning. There are some cool events in 2018 you might want to check out. Here are just a few at a glance. SCM World Live Americas: Feb. 4 - 8, 2018 (Miami, FL) Catch SCM World’s Live Americas 2018 in Miami, Florida – an exclusive forum for SVPs and VPs of supply chain looking to drive the roadmap to digitize their supply chains. The event will see the world’s most influential supply chain practitioners gather to hear from cross-industry leaders and explore how digitization is revolutionizing the capabilities of supply chain, and the practical steps to building a digital roadmap to transform the entire business. 3rd BME Global Pharma Supply Chain Congress: Feb. 26 - Mar. 1, 2018 (Frankfurt, Germany) BME Global Pharma Supply Chain Congress is Europe’s only true peer-for-peer event for Supply Chain Leaders in pharma, medtech and global healthcare. Over the course of three days, attendees can find inspiration from plenary keynote speakers, gain valuable insights from case study presentations, expand their knowledge through in-depth workshops, and more. LogiMed US 2018: 6 - 8, 2018 (Atlanta, GA) LogiMed is a focused conference for supply chain VPs and directors from medical device and diagnostics manufacturers. Through case study examples, small group discussions, and structured networking activities, attendees will learn about best practices to improve end-to-end supply chain processes and minimize cost in today’s dynamic healthcare environment. Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference: May 14 - 17, 2018 (Phoenix, AZ) One of two Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conferences held during the year, the North American event features analysts specializing in all supply chain disciplines. The conference offers an unrivaled resource for chief supply chain officers and their supply chain leadership teams when it comes to advice and expertise, and it provides a platform for the informed and provocative debate that is essential to raising the bar on supply chain performance. Kinexions ’18 User Conference & Training: Oct. 15 - 18 (National Harbor, MD) Kinexions is the premier annual event for the Kinaxis® RapidResponse® user community, including customers and partners. The conference offers two full days of networking, inspiring keynotes, informative general sessions and a variety of breakouts delivered by customers, product experts and partners. Last year’s mainstage presentations included market-leading companies such as Honeywell, Schneider Electric, Merck, Lippert Components and DJO. You can get a taste of Kinexions by visiting the 2017 site. Not a Kinaxis customer or partner yet? You might be eligible to join us and see what the hype is all about. Contact us to learn more. Do you have any suggestions for places to be in 2018? Let us know and we’ll add them to the list!
2018: The Winter Olympics, a royal wedding, space exploration and, of course, big supply chain planning events
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