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The Pitt Business Center for Supply Chain Management's Breakfast Speaker Series is an opportunity for professionals in the supply chain management field to learn from industry experts on contemporary issues in supply chain management. The format permits time to network over breakfast, followed by a panel discussion or talk on a supply chain management issue, and ending with a Q&A session.

Benefits of Attending the Breakfast

The Center for Supply Chain Management's Breakfast Speaker Series will enable participants to:

  • Learn more about best practices and potential pitfalls in contemporary issues in supply chain management. This knowledge can be immediately applied to their own jobs

  • Take advantage of effective management strategies for creating profitable growth through cutting-edge supply chain management technologies

  • Evaluate the pros and cons of global and local opportunities vs. new networking relationships vs. customer responsiveness

  • Create new business relationships with colleagues in the supply chain management field in the Tri-state area in a casual setting

Upcoming Events

Friday, February 23, 2018
"The Evolving Role of 3PLs in Today's Changing Retail Market"
7:00 - 9:15 a.m.
Alumni Hall
University of Pittsburgh, Fifth Avenue

Ryan P. Kelly
Senior Vice President, Sales, Strategy and Communications
FedEx Supply Chain
About the speaker >>



A look at three consumer trends impacting the retail supply chain

The role of third-party logistics (3PL) companies are evolving from partners focused on tactical operations to trusted consultants with a dedicated seat at the customer’s table. As major retail brands redefine how they go-to-market and the narrative that tells their brand story, they look to 3PLs to analyze, consult on and implement strategies that achieve their desired transformation.

The evolution and adaptation taking place today is not only a reflection of changing spending behaviors but a direct reflection of consumer expectations regarding how people want to shop, how much they want to spend and where they want to do it all. Overall, more than half of shoppers desire affordable shipping and expect their products to be on doorsteps within one to two days of the purchase. Pair these expectations with an increasingly present preference centered on returning items in store or at a physical location, and you’ll find that retailers are under extreme pressure. Today, national retail brands make strides to implement an optimized network - built on an omnichannel strategy - that offers faster speed-to-market times and supports a cost-effective business model.

As a result, more brands turn to 3PLs to reconfigure their networks, outsource their previously in-house operations or develop innovative e-commerce solutions and products. At FedEx Supply Chain, the third-party logistics provider of the FedEx enterprise, we listened closely to our customers and the market at-large to design and develop a turnkey e-commerce solution for small and medium-sized online business owners.

FedEx® Fulfillment is the latest offering from FedEx Supply Chain that provides an all-in-one e-commerce solution giving online companies an intuitive IT platform, warehousing, direct-to-consumer shipping, inventory management, transportation and reverse logistics.

This service launch from FedEx is further proof that 3PLs continue to increase their investment in time, finances and resources in areas like product development, predictive analytics and automation. The overall investment demonstrates the evolving role for the 3PL, from one once solely focused on tactical movement, to one now serving as a strategic consultant for improved product networks.

Friday, April 6, 2018
"Managing a Global Supply Chain During a Chapter 11 Transformation"
Jan G. Dudiak
Chief Procurement Officer and Vice President
Westinghouse Electric

3:30 - 4:00 p.m. - Check-In
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Supply Chain Event
5:00 - Onward - Happy Hour
(*Please note, the time for this event is different from our usual Speaker's Series events*)



Westinghouse Electric Company has a very diverse nuclear product and service portfolio that includes operating plant maintenance and services, and also new plant development. The mission of the Westinghouse Global Supply Chain Solutions organization is to attain a high-performing supply chain that creates a competitive advantage on global, regional and local levels while protecting and elevating the Westinghouse Electric Company brand name. Westinghouse is a global player with a large supply chain reach – 39 countries supporting more than 4,000 suppliers and local economies. As the new Westinghouse emerges from Chapter 11, learn how its Global Supply Chain Solutions organization took critical steps to address the significant financial and operational challenges while protecting the value of our core businesses and to rebuild trust and relationships negatively impacted by Chapter 11.

Past Event Details

Friday, April 7, 2017 - Omni-Opportunities in Retail Supply Chain Management.

February 24, 2017 - Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) Opportunities.

April 8, 2016 - A CEO's Perspective on Supply Chain Management. Read recap. 

February 26, 2016 - Sustainability in the Supply Chain in the Digital Age. Read recap. 

December 4, 2015 - 3-D Printing and Its Impact on the Supply Chain. Read recap.

September 18, 2015 - Reverse Logistics: Implementation and Impact at Dell, Inc. Read recap. 

May 8, 2015 - Predictive Analytics in the Supply Chain. Read recap.

February 13, 2015 - Technology Trends in Transportation. Read recap.

About the Center for Supply Chain Management

The Pitt Business Center for Supply Chain Management promotes the pursuit of excellence in supply chain management by conducting research projects, educational programs, and outreach activities in close collaboration with corporate partners, professional organizations, and other schools within the University of Pittsburgh.

At a broad level, the Center creates and disseminates its knowledge of best practices in supply chain management in many ways, such as:

  • Collaborating with industry professionals to identify and resolve critical supply chain management issues and promote cutting-edge faculty research

  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate students to develop a talent pool of future supply chain management leaders

  • Developing outreach programs

Planning Committee

Meredith Williams
Director of Solution Design, DHL Supply Chain
Committee Co-Chair

Sandra Turko
North American Strategic Sourcing Category Manager, ABB Inc.
Committee Co-Chair

Gregory DeLuca
Manager of Worldwide Sales, FedEx

Greg Kaiser Sr.
Former VP Global Technical Solutions, Hershey Company

Mark Kush
Director of Customer Collaboration and Service, Goodyear

Daniel E. Leone
North America Internal Audit Manager, Alcoa

Jack Martis
Adjunct Professor, University of Pittsburgh

Geoffrey Muessig
Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, PITT OHIO

Dhruv Raina
Director of Product Sustainability, Tarkett USA Inc.

William Lekse
Adjunct Professor, University of Pittsburgh

Prakash Mirchandani
Director Center for Supply Chain Management