• TPMTech
  • February 23 – 24, 2023 | Hilton Long Beach

Jim McCullen

Century Supply Chain Solutions

Chief Information Officer

With over 30 years of industry experience, Jim McCullen is Chief Information Officer at Century Supply Chain Solutions, a tech-focused global logistics service provider. As a supply chain visionary, Jim developed the first iteration of Century’s proprietary supply chain management platform early on in his career. Under Jim’s leadership, his global team of IT professionals with sound industry knowledge have turned his initial vision into Century’s award-winning Supply Chain Management platform, VMS®. Jim and his teams deliver solutions for some of North America’s top importers including Amazon, Canadian Tire Corporation, the Qurate Retail Group, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Specialized Bikes, among others, which combined with Century’s network and people around the world, help them stay a step ahead of the competition. Jim is a member of the Virginia Supply Chain and Intermodal Trade Executive Committee and holds positions on several local community boards.

Sessions With Jim McCullen

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.