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MEGA Meeting March 14, 2018 - Winter Into Spring

March 14, 2018
4:45 PM EDT - 8:45 PM EDT

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William Penn Inn
Rte 202 & Sumneytown Pike
Gwynedd, PA 19436
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  •  ISM-PhiladelphiaInstitute for Supply Management – Philadelphia
  • CSCMP-Philadelphia Roundtable, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Philadelphia Roundtable
  • PAN-APICS - Philadelphia Area Network Chapter of APICS  
  • TCP - The Traffic Club of Philadelphia
  • WERC - Warehousing Education and Research Council


 Wednesday March 14, 2018

Registration Dateline: March 10, 2018

Topic: “Winter into Spring: A Time of Endings & New Beginnings for Supply Chains”

 The days are lengthening moment by moment. Some are balmy in the 50s, others overcast, with highs of 19?. On any given day you may see a couple of inches of snow blanket the ground and next crocuses poke their heads up as the sun melts the snow  - Harbingers of spring and change…!

Supply Chain is a harbinger of change providing endings and new beginnings throughout the globe.

An “ism” in lower case is a distinctive practice, system, or philosophy.

ISM in upper case represents both a harbinger of change as well as a distinctive way of thinking. It’s best known as the inventor and publisher of the PMI® index as part of its monthly Report On Business®. The manufacturing PMI® and the NMI® for the services sector are closely followed by governments and in capital markets as a “Leading Indicator of Global Economic Conditions.”

Tom Derry will explain the influence of ISM’s data, why it’s generally regarded as the most important U.S. leading economic indicator. Plus he will cover the importance of certification, why it matters, what it says about the current state of our profession (and how the profession is evolving).

Key Takeaways

  1. Learn why over the next decade the Logistics Industry will enter a new era where the fundamental rules of the game will change.
  2. Learn what the current reports are saying about trends not only in the economy but specifically about changes in lead times, commodity prices, shortages, etc.
  3. How will technology and operational constraints contribute to this change.
  4. How can we ensure that our discipline is a “destination career” for young professionals?         

Keynote Speaker

 Tom Derry CEO, ISM Thomas Derry, Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Supply Chain Management (ISM)

Thomas W. Derry has been Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) in Tempe, Arizona since 2012. ISM is a not-for-profit organization with more than 45,000 members worldwide. ISM delivers market intelligence, certification, training, and professional development to the global market of procurement and supply chain management professionals. Representing ISM, Derry is frequently interviewed on macroeconomic and business conditions by the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, U.S. television network CNBC, and various other business media outlets, as well as frequently invited as a speaker at a variety of business conferences.

Prior to joining ISM, Derry spent nine years with the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP), a US$23 million professional association serving 17,000 corporate treasury and finance professionals.  Prior to AFP, Tom was general manager of the LexisNexis business intelligence group headquartered in New Providence, NJ.

He holds a BS degree in foreign relations from Georgetown University. Derry is chairman and president of ISM Services, the for-profit consulting arm of ISM, a member of the Dean's Council for the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, and is a member of the board of directors of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

  Registration Dateline: March 10, 2018


4:45 PM Registration
5:00 PM Networking Reception with Games & Cash Bar
6:15 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Speaker
8:15 PM Q & A
8:30 PM Closing Comments
8:45 PM Adjourn


Bring your business cards for the networking session.This event is an excellent opportunity to network with a diverse group of professionals that are involved with the many different components of the supply chain. Don't miss it! Table top displays will be set-up and staffed by each of the professional organizations present. Learn more about upcoming events and what these groups are all about.


$50.00 PAN Chapter Members
$55.00 after 07:00 pm March 10
$45.00 Earlybird rate before March 2

$50.00 All Other APICS Members with ID
$55.00 after 07:00 pm March 10
$45.00 Earlybird rate before March 2

$55.00 Non-Member & Guest
$60.00 after 07:00 pm March 10
$50.00 Earlybird rate before March 2

$30.00 Students or Young Professionals with APICS ID #
$35.00 after 07:00 pm March 10
$25.00 Earlybird rate before March 2


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