Canada Logistics Conference 2017  -  Learning Sessions  -  Digital Disruption and Tech Innovation

Digital Disruption and Tech Innovation: The Future of Supply Chain

It is predicted that by 2025 traditional supply chain models will be obsolete. Understand the data and technological trends that will reshape the supply chain and and how to find opportunities in an environment of fast-paced innovation.

Thursday, October 26 • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Technology and data are transforming the supply chain at an incredible pace.  Some businesses no longer need assets or employees. Amazon and others are building alternative shipping/delivery systems. This is the world we live in – and most of us are gasping to keep up with consumer demands and competitive pressure.  For supply chain professionals, understanding and adopting these technologies can improve outcomes and drive business goals – while those slow to adapt will find their businesses and skill sets obsolete.

In this session, leaders from two companies on the bleeding edge of digital adoption will discuss strategy, specifics, and concrete benefits of investing in data and technology.

CH Robinson has made a priority of optimizing supply chains by controlling costs and minimizing risk by seizing upon technology trends to differentiate themselves and their clients from competition. Delegates will learn from their experiences and best practices regarding:

  • eCommerce and changes in technology affecting consumer and shipper demand
  • Harnessing the power of predictive supply chain analytics
  • Equipping customers to navigate the complexity of global supply chains

UPS has an annual technology budget of over $1 billion. They are at the forefront of implementing drones, and ORION, a route optimization algorithm that is revolutionary in its efficiency. The second speaker will explore UPS’s continuous improvement of its operations, and how they have built one of the world’s smartest, most integrated logistics networks. Delegates will learn how UPS uses technology and real-time data to minimize bottlenecks and make networks more agile and capable of handling more volume.


Mark Hong
Vice President - North American Surface Transportation, CH Robinson

Mark joined C.H. Robinson in 2003 as director of Business Development responsible for all M&A activities. During his first year, he worked on acquiring their China agent, obtained our Chinese NVOCC license (the first issued to a Wholly Owned Foreign Enterprise in China), and opened C.H. Robinson China in 2004, at which time he became the managing director of the Asia region. In 2016 Mark was promoted to Vice President and is responsible for the North America Surface Transportation business in Canada as well as leading our emerging services: Domestic Air, Reverse Logistics and Special Handling. 

Penny Moulton, CCLP
Director of Trade Direct and Road Freight , UPS® Canada

Penny Moulton was appointed to trade direct and road freight director for UPS Canada in 2009. She is responsible for the SCS road product which includes consolidated shipments from U.S. to Canada and Canada to U.S. Penny also manages customer relationships and oversees the growth of new product technology. Penny received her professional customs brokerage license from Canada Border Services Agency and is a member of various organizations including, Canadian Society of Customs Brokers, IE Canada, CITT, and the Loyalist College Advisory Board. 


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