This month’s First Fridays briefing we take a bit of a whimsical diversion. On July 9, we will share some research insights not from our MIT team but from a very valued colleague and friend, Kevin O’Marah, Chief Storyteller for Amazon Last Mile DSP.
In this session, Kevin will share some of his insights from his recent work at Amazon. The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a light on supply chain’s heroic role keeping people fed and safe in a time of crisis. Given this historic moment, how can supply chain professionals strike the right chord to communicate what we do and inspire action? This session applies classical storytelling principles and examples from Unilever, Apple, Boeing, General Mills and Amazon to:
- give a big-picture view of how supply chain management affects the wider world;
- deep-dive on supply chain details that unlock topline business competitiveness; and
- use relatable, everyday examples that show how we as consumers dictate what happens to inspire practical, large-scale consumer activism.
Many of you may know Kevin and his work: He led supply chain research during an 18-year Gartner career (specifically with AMR Research and SCM World, both acquired by Gartner). During that time, Kevin published over 1,000 articles, both for Gartner and for external publications including the Financial Times, Business Week, and Harvard Business Review, and created Gartner’s Supply Chain Top 25. Kevin brings a long history of research and engagement with industry, and has worked actively as a research fellow with our colleagues at Stanford’s Global Supply Chain Management Forum and at the University of Tennessee’s Global Supply Chain Institute.
At the 2021 Supply Chain Exchange Partner Kickoff Meeting, we heard from you that we should have a set, standing meeting day and time each month for our Partners to convene and we agree. In response, we are hosting a monthly Supply Chain Exchange session on the First Friday of each month, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern U.S. time.
We also learned that you want to hear research updates and participate in educational programs. We’re setting aside two hours on each "First Friday". The first hour will be for introductions and a research briefing, the second hour may be used for an educational session. We expect that some Fridays we may only have a research briefing, depending upon your interest. However. we thought it would be wise to block the full two hours for everyone to have it in your calendars as education topics may be added.
The specific content and agenda of the Friday meetings will vary from month to month and will be announced in advance. In addition to First Fridays, we will continue to host other gatherings, roundtables, and training throughout the year. These will address a variety of supply chain topics brought forward by you, our Supply Chain Exchange members, and proposed by MIT CTL researchers.
We request registration for each First Friday. As a courtesy, we have included a calendar invitation so you can save the date for the meetings, with a prompt to register. Downloading the calendar invitation does not register you for the series, however. You must register using the form below.
*Please note: This series is open exclusively to Supply Chain Exchange members. If you are from a member company please register below.
Supply Chain Exchange Partners
If you've created a user account on our website, access previous First Friday materials here.
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