Build an Agile and Resilient Supply Chain Data Exchange


CESMII National Supply Chain WebinarWebinar Presented on June 9th, 2:00pm EST

Supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have demonstrated that our supply chains are fragile and have limited agility to pivot manufacturing capacities quickly in response to changing needs. Join us for an online panel discussion, exploring a national initiative to create a National Supply Chain Data Exchange infrastructure enabling a secure, end-to-end backbone for real-time visibility of your suppliers’ operations. Featuring a digital backbone, resiliency toolkits and an operational playbook, the data exchange would allow manufacturers and their suppliers to connect digitally in real time — fostering supply chain agility and resilience.

Sponsored by CESMII-The Smart Manufacturing Institute and SME, the discussion will be followed by a Question-and-Answer session.

Industry-leading speakers will include:

John Church — executive vice president supply chain; chief supply chain officer, General Mills
Kim Riddle — vice president, supply chain innovation and governance, Procter & Gamble
Cornelia J. Coles — vice president of supply chain innovation orchestration and deployment, Johnson & Johnson
Robert Hull — acting vice president for research, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Jim Wetzel — chief executive officer and cofounder, NxGen Group
• Moderated by John Dyck — chief executive officer, CESMII – The Smart Manufacturing Institute

There have been attempts to develop these capabilities in the past, underscoring the need for standardized common infrastructure and taxonomies, along with a holistic supply chain playbook and toolkit for visibility, resiliency, and response – enabling democratized access to these capabilities for manufacturers of ALL sizes.

SME is proud to partner with CESMII to work toward a national supply chain initiative.


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1:00 – Introduction to the Webinar and the Panelists

01:45 – Kim Riddle – Proctor and Gamble – VP of Supply Chain Innovation – Wide range of products. We need strategic supply chain partners and real-time information sharing.

03:10 – John Church – General Mills – Chief Supply Chain Officer – 10-fold increase in demand. Month of food sold in a day. Ecommerce doubled.

04:50 – Cornelia Coles – Johnson and Johnson – VP Supply Chain Innovation and Scaling – Vaccine Development, accelerated development, accelerated supply chain access

07:10– Robert Hull – Acting VP of Research at RPI – We have a major focus on supply chains and supply chain technology. We created PPE, face masks, and creatively chose document covers to create face shields.

09:14 – Jim Wetzel – Founder NextGen Group – General Mills background too – Now focusing on helping with Digital Transformation.

11:18 – John Dyck – About CESMII and why we bring this team together, and about the problem we are looking to solve.

13:00 – John Dyck – In March 2020, Institutes created strategies for a National Manufacturing Guard, the creation of initiatives for a much more resilient supply chain.

15:10 – Jim Wetzel – Talks about the new proposal for a National Supply Chain Visibility solution. What is needed and how to engage. Creating a group of companies that can be an example of what is possible.

20:08 – John Church – No manufacturer can do this alone. What are the opportunities that are available for manufacturers and why has this not been done yet?

22:30 – Cornelia Coles – What do you see as challenges? Cost is the major challenge for this ecosystem.

24:28 – Kim Riddle – Pandemic made it obvious that we need a synchronized supply chain. We need a standard.

26:00 – John Dyck – One of the greatest challenges is making it available for the Small and Medium Manufacturer community.

26:30 – Robert Hull – Opportunity for RPI. At the ground floor at this initiative.

28:30 – Why now – Kim Riddle to respond. Why CESMII and Why these companies? P&G is great at partnering and creating standards and wants to be a part of creating a global standard for Supply Chain visibility. Now is the time and We are the team to do it.

30:30 – Robert Hull Responds to why now and why us.

32:15 – Jim Wetzel – We can be all in. We have the technology.

34:00 – John Dyck – How will we do this? Attempts in the past, but this is a special time and we can do this now.

35:00 – Cornelia Coles – Are suppliers ready to share this data? Do they have the incentive to do so? What is in it for suppliers?

36:18 – John Church – How do we get to a Win / Win? The data sharing is going to unlock capabilities.

37:45 – John Dyck – The time is now. The pandemic has shown us this.

38:20 – Robert Hull – There have been past attempts at this. Three things are different this time.

39:40 – Jim Wetzel – Past initiatives failed for good reasons.

40:30 – John Dyck – Summary on why now and why us.

41:30 – John Church – How important is this initiative to you?

43:30 – Cornelia Coles – We need end to end visibility. Covid has magnified the need. We are working on this, but as a team, we can engage to make this a standard across industry.

44:40 – Kim Riddle – P&G clearly sees the value of a National Supply Chain Data Exchange. This is clearly needed.

45:55 – Robert Hull also supports the desire for this initiative.

47:10 – John Dyck wraps up.

48:15 – John Dyck – Questions and Answers.

48:20 – Jim Wetzel – There are many efforts underway to solve this problem. Why will we be successful this time? The CESMII technology is a major difference.

50:45 – John Church – Could you say more about the urgency around this initiative? We can always wait, but the question is Why? Why would we wait, when we know the benefits of this initiative are so compelling? We need to be resilient. We need to get there now, to make the USA more competitive.

52:25 – Kim Riddle – Is P&G ready so share data and make this happen? Absolutely Yes.

53:25 – Cornelia Coles – Industry has a poor track record of following standards. Will companies adopt a standard way of sharing supply chain information? J&J is in a highly regulated industry, and we are used to adopting standards.

55:05 – Robert Hull – Where can these standards be developed? What are other fields where these technologies can be applied?

57:25 – Jim Wetzel – Why not take advantage of other standards that have already been created?

59:01 – Jim Wetzel – Can you describe what this data exchange will look like? What technologies will be applies and used?

01:01:00 – John Dyck – What actions are you seeking from the Biden administration? We’ve submitted a proposal for project funding. We’ve created the team and the opportunity to make this happen. We have the manufacturers and their roughly 30 suppliers, for this proof of concept.