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  • February 23 – 24, 2023 | Hilton Long Beach
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Holly Pearce

C+D Technologies and Trojan Battery Company

Director-Materials and Logistics

Holly Pearce is Director of Logistics for C+D Technologies and Trojan Battery Company, one of the world’s oldest manufacturers of energy storage solutions. She leads the global logistics function for the organization: from raw materials and components to finished goods delivery to returns and junk battery recycling. Holly supports operations at five North American manufacturing facilities (producing lead-acid, AGM, lithium batteries), global subsidiaries, and customers in 110+ countries. She negotiates and oversees all modes of transportation: ocean import and export, FTL, LTL, air freight. Holly acts as a transformation champion and seeks to improve supply chain processes and customer experience through continuous improvement, vertical integration, and shared visibility. She serves as chairwoman of the Cargo Owners’ Committee of the Virginia Maritime Association and is a member of the University of Richmond’s CX Advisory Committee. Previously, Holly was president of the Virginia International Business Council and an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. She traded in the teaching title for “student” and is currently pursuing her Master of Supply Chain Management at VCU. Go Rams!

Sessions With Holly Pearce

Friday, 24 February

  • 11:45am - 12:30pm (PST) / 24/feb/2023 07:45 pm - 24/feb/2023 08:30 pm

    What’s Old is New Again: The Re-Emergence of PO Management

    If the wild ebbs and flows of global container demand the past three years showed anything, it’s that upheaval in transportation networks are a symptom, not the disease, of upstream planning inefficiency and downstream congestion. Looking upstream is especially instructive, and the pandemic seemed to instigate a renewed focus on an area of global supply chains that’s not exactly new: purchase order management. What changed in this cycle? Over the last two decades, containerized supply chains became so reliable that PO management receded into the background. But transit times and freight costs got so out of whack during the pandemic, that the ordering and planning phases merited more attention than they had been getting. And thus, there’s a renewed focus on the first mile of global logistics. In this session, a shipper, a software provider, and a 3PL that focus intensely on how POs connect to downstream supply chains will discuss how and why PO management has re-emerged as a focus area, and where things go from here.