There is no shortage of supply chain and logistics conferences. If you can attend just one, the most important one is CSCMP.
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Annual Global Conference; September 21 – 24 in San Antonio, Texas
I’m involved in a local chapter, and I find that to also be well worth the effort, particularly the tours of local warehouses, ports, intermodal facilities, etc.
Beyond CSCMP, which I think every professional should attend, the conferences you choose to attend should reflect your company initiatives, what you personally want to learn, a show that can help you grow either through networking or by being associated with a certification program, and – let’s be honest – a location you would like to visit.
In some cases, a vendor or industry organization has more than one offering. In those instances, I’ve selected the show that has the deeper supply chain coverage even if it is the smaller show.
What follows is by no means a complete list.
3PL Summit which is held simultaneously with the Chief Supply Chain Officer Forum (put on by eyefortransport); June 11-13 2014, Chicago
Annual Shippers Conference & Transportation Expo (nasstrac); April 13-16, Orlando
APICS 2014; October 19–21, New Orleans
ARC Industry Forum Orlando 2014; February 10-13, Orlando
MODEX 2014 (MHI); March 17-24, Atlanta
Retail’s BIG Show (NRF); Jan 12 – 15, New York City
Retail Supply Chain Conference (RILA); February 23-26, San Diego
Sales & Operations Planning Innovation (Innovation Enterprise); January 23-24, Las Vegas
Warehouse Education Resource Council 2014 (WERC); April 27-30, Chicago
SCM Software Vendor Conferences
HighJump Innovation; April 13-16, Las Vegas
Infor Inforum; Sept. 15-18, New Orleans
JDA Focus 2014; April 27-30, Las Vegas
Llamasoft SummerCon Supply Chain Design; June 25-27, Ann Arbor Michigan
Manhattan Associates Momentum 2014; May 5-8, Hollywood Florida
MercuryGate User Conference; September 8-10, New Orleans
Oracle Value Chain Summit 2014; February 3-5, San Jose California
Ortec OPTIMUS 2014; September 15-17, Atlanta
SAPInsider Logistics and SCM 2014; April 1-4, Las Vegas
TMC Client Forum: June in Chicago
TMW Systems Transforum 2014; September 21-24, Nashville
Transplace – Shipper Symposium 2014; May 12-14, Dallas
The software companies listed are ARC clients and I will be at attendance at many of their shows. I will also be at CSCMP, the 3PL Summit, ARC’s Industry Forum, and Retail’s BIG Show. If you are going to be at any of these events and would like to meet, drop me a note (email@example.com).