‘A Plethora of Best Practices’
Big industry events are fantastic sources of information and not-to-be-missed opportunities to catch up with your peers. But they can also be overwhelmingly big. Michael Dunlap, program director for ProcureCon Indirect East 2020, says his event strives to live up to its attendees’ expectations for professional growth while making sure they don’t feel like a number.
We’ll preview ProcureCon Indirect East in Supply Chain Best Practices early in 2020. But for now, here is a little of what we talked about with Dunlap regarding the event in Orlando, Fla., on March 23-25.
Supply Chain Best Practices: What supply chain best practices can people expect to learn or improve on at ProcureCon Indirect East?
Michael Dunlap: With three days of content, there are a plethora of best practices that our attendees will be exposed to. However, given the overall themes of the conference, I would expect attendees to leave the conference with actionable plans to drive innovation and value within their supplier base and enable digital transformation initiatives.
SCBP: The ProcureCon Indirect East agenda is quite extensive. Can you comment on any of the tracks and how they might benefit attendees?
MD: Throughout the course of the three days, you’ll have the chance to meet with almost every practitioner while not constantly being in a room with 500 people, just feeling like a number or a small fish in a big sea.
Our program consists of Practitioner-Only Workshops that provide actionable strategies that our attendees can use immediately upon returning back to the office. Each group is limited to 40 participants to ensure personal interaction and practical takeaways. We additionally will be having general session panels and presentations that provide overall strategic guidance in addressing procurement initiatives relating to digitization and innovation.
And lastly, we have tailored track sessions, boardrooms and roundtables that focus specifically on the “brass tacks” of category management, supplier negotiations, managing small procurement teams and other specialized needs.