Published 08/13/13

New data on transformative supply chain management traits will be revealed at annual summit Aug. 22

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SMITHFIELD, RI – New research from a Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 Report on how companies like Apple, McDonald’s, and optimized their sourcing, procurement, manufacturing, and logistics processes will be revealed to more than 200 business and academic leaders at the Sixth Annual Supply Chain Management Summit presented by Bryant University in partnership with Banneker Industries on Aug. 22, 2013.

Keynote speaker Gartner Research Managing Vice President Debra Hofman will unveil new findings from the report detailing how organizations excelled in their supply chain management practices, based on peer ratings, Gartner opinions, three-year weighted Return on Assets, inventory turns, and revenue growth. Dunkin’ Brands Vice President of Global Supply Chain Management Scott Murphy and Banneker Industries’ President and CEO Cheryl W. Snead will also deliver keynote presentations. 

At a C-Suite panel later in the day, CVS Caremark Vice President of Distribution Operations June Youngs; Ashley Singh, president of GSM Metals; and Janet Duffy, vice president of Sikorsky Supply Chain; will discuss the trends companies cited in the Gartner report and how they address them in order to remain competitive.

"Six years ago, Bryant’s faculty recognized the importance of adding supply chain management courses to our curriculum,” said Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley.  “Today, our undergraduate and graduate supply chain management programs are nationally recognized and give our graduates a competitive edge in the job market. Through our strategic partnerships, we know employers are eager for graduates who have real-world supply chain experience and understand the challenges associated with the global supply chain.”

In addition to the presentations, supply chain management professionals will have the opportunity to attend sessions on supply chain technology and analytics, strategic sourcing, supplier diversity, Six Sigma certification, and attracting, educating and retaining the best supply chain talent. These programs will qualify for six Continuing Education Hours (CEH) for Certified Professionals in Supply Management (C.P.S.M.), Certified Purchasing Management (C.P.M.) and Accredited Purchasing Practitioner (A.P.P.). For more information on the Summit, please visit or email .

Bryant University is one of the few U.S. universities offering undergraduate and graduate global supply chain management programs through its College of Business.  Its International Business (BSIB) program was ranked 16 th in Bloomberg Businessweek ’s 2013 undergraduate international business program rankings.  

Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., is a leading private university offering an innovative and uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education. Recognizing its 150 th anniversary in 2013, Bryant University has approximately 3,500 graduate and undergraduate students from 27 states and 54 countries. Bryant University regularly receives top rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek , Forbes and Barron’s.