Supply Chain Summit Spotlights Top Experts, State’s Logistics Resources

LANSING — A state agency and a nonprofit are sponsoring a major supply chain management summit late this summer in Dearborn.

The MIchigan Economic Development Corp. and the Lansing community and economic development organization Prima Civitas will host the “Michigan Supply Chain Innovation Summit” Aug. 30-31 at the Ford Conference and Event Center.

Officials with the two organizations say logistics and supply chain management has become the backbone of many businesses. Effectively managing warehousing, distribution, inventory and production are at the core of profitability and the driving force behind the state’s newly created logistics and supply chain strategic plan.

“There’s a new emphasis in economic development strategy on the
significance and priority on the state’s supply chain network,” said Steve Arwood, MEDC CEO. “At the MEDC, our role is to serve as a catalyst and facilitator, bringing together the private sector, distinguished academic minds, public sector resources and a strategic approach to meld knowledge with economic opportunity. The summit is a major step in making the state’s logistics and supply chain strategy a reality.”

Located at the heart of the NAFTA corridor, Michigan’s supply chain and logistics network combines global know-how and on-going innovation, according to Arwood. The state’s strategy focuses on providing key logistical support to a range of small-to-midsize manufacturing and agricultural businesses.

Presenters at the event will offer insight into successful integrated and tailored supply chain solutions, talent development and leadership along with managing revenue, risk and complexity. By 2020, trade with Canada is expected to further increase with the creation of a new international trade crossing between Detroit and Windsor.

Summit sessions include a critical examination of current supply chain practices, innovations on the horizon, and advice on how to take advantage of Michigan’s tactical logistical assets and “knowledge resources.”

For details and online registration for the “Michigan Supply Chain Innovation Summit,” visit There’s a discount for registrations before July 1.

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