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

Everstream Analytics

CEO

Sessions With Julie Gerdeman

Thursday, 23 February

  • 10:15am - 11:00am (PST) / 23/feb/2023 06:15 pm - 23/feb/2023 07:00 pm

    Managing a New Era of Supply Chain Risk

    If the pandemic taught shippers anything, it was that historic trade patterns, sourcing relationships and budget assumptions can’t always be relied upon. Sometimes, things get so crazy that it requires deep examination of existing supply chains. Much of the talk coming into 2022 centered around reshaping supply chains to focus on “just in case” over “just in time,” but that was always a false choice. Shippers don’t have the luxury of throwing excess inventory at a problem, especially as interest rates rose over the past year. The other big source of discussion centered around concepts such as near-shoring, friend-shoring, or even reshoring. While discussion of those strategies has been common in earnings calls, the data doesn’t indicate a massive retrenchment from globally oriented supply chains. Rather, shippers have realigned their global supply chains, to reduce exposure to risk. Behind all these initiatives is technology. Taking stock of current footprints, mapping out what-if scenarios, understanding supplier and logistics risk, adding continuous supply chain design capability – these are the core competencies shippers needed to build during the pandemic, and software is an essential part of those processes. In this opening keynote address at TPMTech, Julie Gerdeman, CEO of Everstream Analytics, will explain how the pandemic highlighted the importance of supply chain risk management, how her clients are addressing volatile economic environments, and how partnerships with other software vendors are building a critical mass for her business.