Editor’s Note: This is one of the most popular posts we publish every year: our list of supply chain and logistics events to attend in the year ahead. This year’s list remains a work in progress; therefore, please check the event websites for the latest updates. Also, if you have a favorite industry conference not included on the list, please contact us or post it in the comments.
Peer-to-peer learning and networking is more important than ever for supply chain and logistics professionals. Conferences, whether they occur in-person or virtually, are a great example of peer-to-peer learning in action. However, with so many options available, how do you decide which ones to attend? As I’ve shared in the past, here are three questions you should ask yourself:
1. Does the conference agenda align with the key initiatives I’m working on? Simply put, give priority to events where you will walk away with knowledge and information that you can immediately apply at your company to get your job done better and faster. And if you require the support of your technology and 3PL partners to accomplish your initiatives, then you should attend their user conferences and schedule meetings with their senior executives to let them know what’s working well and what improvements they can make to better serve you.
2. Will I learn something new, particularly in an area that I don’t know much about today but is critically important for my career and leadership development? If you’re a transportation professional, for example, and all you know is transportation, your opportunities for advancement are limited compared to someone who has a broader supply chain perspective. So, go ahead, attend a session on Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), supply chain risk management, business intelligence and analytics, or other areas outside your comfort zone to brighten your horizon.
3. Does the event promote peer-to-peer learning and networking or will I spend most of my time sitting through numerous PowerPoint presentations? In my experience, events that enable attendees to share knowledge and advice with each other (via small breakout sessions, for example) instead of just sitting through an endless stream of PowerPoint presentations, provide the greatest learning value.
As we begin 2023, take another look at your budget and calendar and make sure you’re not skimping on talent and leadership development this year.
Below is a short list of the supply chain and logistics conferences scheduled for 2023. I’ve attended many of them in previous years, often as a speaker, and I’ve always walked away with some great insights and new business connections. Here are a couple of posts I wrote last year sharing my takeaways from various conferences:
- Key Takeaways From SAP Logistics Info Days 2022
- Uber Freight Deliver 2022: “A World We No Longer Live In”
- RouteSmart INTERSECT 2022: Intelligent Planning for Efficient Operations
- Manhattan Momentum 2022: Assemble Agents of Change
I hope to see many of you, either virtually or in-person, at one or more of the following conferences this coming year. If you’re an event organizer and are interested in having me speak at your conference, please contact me.
Happy learning and networking in 2023!
Vendor Conferences (alphabetical order)
- Blue Yonder: ICON 2023, May 2-5, Las Vegas, NV
- Coupa: Inspire 2023, April 11-14, Las Vegas, NV
- E2open: Connect 2023, TBA
- Descartes Systems Group: Innovation Forum (virtual events throughout the year)
- Korber: Elevate 2023, March 12-15, Orlando, FL
- Manhattan Associates: Momentum 2023, May 22-25, Phoenix, AZ
- McLeod Software: User Conference, September 17-19, Phoenix, AZ
- MercuryGate: Velocity 2023, TBA (was in Nov. in 2022)
- Nulogy: xChange 2023, April 25-27, Nashville, TN
- Oracle: Oracle Supply Chain Management Events, (various events throughout year)
- RouteSmart Technologies: INTERSECT 2023, September 25-28, Annapolis, MD
- SAP: SAP Sapphire 2023, May 16-17, Orlando, FL
- SMC3: Jump Start 2023, January 23-25 (Atlanta) and Connections 2023, June 26-28, Orlando, FL
- Tecsys: Tecsys User Conference 2023, September 17-20, Scottsdale, AZ
- Tranporeon: Transporeon Summit 2023: September 18-19, Barcelona
- Trimble: in.sight User Conference 2023, September 24-27, Las Vegas, NV
- Uber Freight: Deliver 2023, TBA (was in Sept. in 2022)
Industry Conferences (chronological order)
- RILA Link 2023 Retail Supply Chain Conference, February 19-22, Orlando, FL
- TPM Annual Conference, February 26 – March 1, Long Beach, CA
- 2023 Food Shippers of America Conference, March 5-7, Palm Desert, CA
- 2023 Georgia Logistics Summit, March 8, Savannah, GA
- MODEX, NO EVENT IN 2023 (March 11-14, 2024, Atlanta, GA)
- The 2023 IWLA Convention & Expo, March 19-21, Palm Springs, CA
- ProMat, March 20-23, Chicago, IL
- SITL 2023, March 28-30, Paris, France
- TIA 2023 Conference, April 19-23, Orlando, FL
- SCOPE Supply Chain Summit, April 24-26, San Diego, CA
- LogiMat, April 25-27, Stuttgart, Germany
- The Logistics World Summit & Expo, April 26-27, Mexico City, Mexico
- Transport logistic 2023, May 9-12, 2023, Munich, Germany
- Reuters Supply Chain Execution 2023, May 17-18, Chicago, IL
- LogiSYM Asia Pacific 2023, May 24-25, Singapore
- WERC Annual Conference, June 4-7, Orlando, FL
- GS1 Connect, June 5-7, Denver, CO
- TMSA ELEVATE 2023, June 11-13, Savannah, GA
- Home Delivery World 2023, June 14-15, Philadelphia, PA
- FreightWaves The Future of Supply Chain, June 21-22, Cleveland, OH
- The Logistics & Supply Chain Forum, September 10-12, Scottsdale, AZ
- ASCM Connect 2023, September 11-13, Louisville, KY
- Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) EDGE 2023, October 1-4, Kissimmee, FL
- Intermodal Europe 2023, October 10-12, Amsterdam
- 7th Annual European Supply Chain Management Strategies Summit, November 7-8, Munich, Germany
- LogiChem US (not planned in 2023)