First Greening the Supply Chain Conference Comes to California

March 1, 2008
CHICAGOThe Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA) and Warehousing Education and

CHICAGO—The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP),
International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA) and Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC), with support from Cascade Sierra Solutions, will hold the first-ever Greening the Supply Chain Conference, June 9-10 in Sacramento, Calif.

The conference brings together innovators, practitioners and regulators to disseminate information about technologies, regulations and best practices that apply to sustainable resources in the supply chain, according to the organizations. The goal is to transfer knowledge among all facets of the supply chain “to optimize performance, maximize ROI, facilitate compliance with current and future regulations and move towards a cleaner planet.”

Material Handling Management’s Chief Editor Clyde Witt will moderate the material handling equipment panel, which will offer a look at five green solutions—lift trucks, lighting, batteries, pallet pooling and motor-driven roller technology—that material handling managers can implement right away.

In addition, conference attendees will have access to educational sessions and exhibits featuring green transportation as well as warehouse and distribution solutions to minimize the carbon footprint. The conference will also include a technology showcase, which will feature innovative products and services that help improve profitability through the use of environmentally sustainable resources.

“As supply chain professionals, we have long been aware of environmental concerns and the impact that our businesses have on the planet,” said Rick Blasgen, president and CEO of CSCMP. “Today, the global nature of our profession requires that we collaborate with our partners throughout the vast supply chain to ensure that the entire process is managed with a focus on efficient conservation of resources. Greening the Supply Chain will provide an opportunity to hear from those who have already contributed to this goal, while educating those who are working towards it.”

“Not only is it pertinent that these three groups collaborate on this effort, it is necessary,” added Joel Anderson, president and CEO of IWLA. “The combined resources of these three associations will make this an unprecedented, awe-inspiring event in our industry. Many other industries have strongly embraced the green initiative over the last several years, and it is time that the supply chain does the same. Having the event in California, where many ‘green-based’ initiatives have their roots, is an added bonus in attracting respectable and knowledgeable ‘green’ speakers and representatives of government to the conference.”

“Consistent performance and financial justification are critical to successful logistics management,” noted Robert L. Shaunnessey, executive director of WERC. “We’re seeing strong proof that using environmentally sustainable methods and materials can drive positive results in both areas.”

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