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The 40th Semi-annual SCRC Conference

December 5, 2019 | 8:30 am - 6:00 pm



“Tariffs and Trade Wars: The New Normal for Supply Chains”


The SCRC will be hosting its Semi-annual Conference (formerly Semi-annual Partners Meeting) on December 5th, 2019 at the Duke Energy Hall in the James B. Hunt Library on NC State’s Centennial Campus.

Join supply chain professionals from over 20 different companies for this day-long event as we discuss tariffs, trade wars, and navigating global trade. Please see below for a complete overview of the day’s events, including a list of guest speakers and presentation topics. The event will conclude with our semi-annual Gallery Walk showcasing our student projects completed with our corporate partners over the course of the fall 2019 semester.


Keynote Address:

“Tariffs and Trade Wars: Looking Ahead to the New Era of Localization”

Dr. Robert Handfield, Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management and SCRC Executive Director

Dr. Handfield will provide an overview of the current state of global trade regulations, and review organizational responses to the uncertainty in global supply chains.  He will also review key strategic directions that we may witness in the future, and the importance of developing analytical insight to rapidly respond to shifting trade barriers as they arise.

Guest Presentations:

“Supply Chain Disruption Intelligence in the First Half of 2019: What Does the Data Tell Us?”

Jon Bovit, Head of Marketing and Business Development at Resilinc

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“The Trade Dispute & the Cotton Supply Chain”

Jon Devine, Senior Economist, Cotton Incorporated

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“Managing Changes and Shifts in the Global Trade Environment”

Patrick Fox, Senior Director, Customs and Trade Strategy, VF Corporation

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“Global Trade Wars: Threat or Opportunity”

Tom Linton, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Flex

Experts Panel Discussion:

“How Can Organizations Deal with Tariffs and Trade?”

[moderator] Rob Handfield, SCRC Executive Director

Andrew Partis, Director, Logistics Procurement & Strategy Pharma Services, Thermo Fisher Scientific

William Heckenkamp, Manager, Materials Management, Cheniere Energy, Inc

Lisa Mcauley, CEO, Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA)

Paul Branch, COO, The International Association for Contract & Commercial Management (IACCM)

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Duke Energy Hall
1070 Partners Way
Raleigh, NC 27606 United States
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