Procurement Peer Group Meeting 

Lead Time Reduction from a Procurement Perspective 
March 05, 2019 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM 
Learn how leading companies are reducing lead-time, increasing visibility and decreasing costs. 

Traditionally, lead-time reduction has been placed on logistics by finding faster (more expensive) modes of transportation or ways to process orders faster through the distribution network. Production was handcuffed to certain suppliers or particular regions, whether tied to customers or clusters of factories not allowing easy migration to other suppliers. However, continued globalization and competition has changed that dynamic, and many member companies are exploring different regions of sourcing due to sole supplier issues, capacity, tariffs or lead-time or all of the above.

At this meeting, we will focus on how procurement can have a positive impact on lead-time and what visibility can do to get products to you customers faster.

Ted Sibilsky, VP at Components Company Inc. ( a supplier to many of UWEBC’s members) will come speak to how customers can work with suppliers to drive down lead times and still keep quantity/quality specs and service at a high level. Marc Durant and Jeremy Paltzer from member company Vollrath will give us a peek into how they are tackling lead time visibility and how it is positively affecting their supply chain.

Participate in Customizing the Agenda: You’ll have the opportunity to play an active part in shaping the agenda for this session – and to maximize its relevance for you – by suggesting and selecting topics for break-out discussions. Once the agenda is complete, you choose the discussions you want to join. This will be a highly interactive session so come prepared to share your questions, challenges and insights!

Webcast Available: If you can't make it to the event in-person (or if in-person registration has reached capacity), you can still register to attend from your computer. This option allows you to view the presentations, while attending in person provides you with the opportunity to participate in break-out discussions, ask questions or take advantage of networking opportunities. To attend the webcast, click the "Register for webcast" button on this meeting's homepage. You will receive a confirmation email with the link to the webcast a week before the meeting.

Agenda Items:
9:00 AM Welcome and Introductions (webcast available)
9:45 AM How to Reduce Lead Time: a Supplier's Perspective (webcast available)
  Ted Sibilsky – VP of Sales, Components Company
10:30 AM Break (not webcast)
10:45 AM Reducing Lead time and Increasing Visibility (webcast available)
  Marc Durant – Director of Procurement, Vollrath
Jeremy Paltzer – Procurement Category Manager, Vollrath
11:30 AM How Digital Technology Can Reduce Order Lead Times (webcast available)
  Jeremy Duechars – Business Development Manager, Esker
Wayne Thompson – Practice Director, UWEBC
12:00 PM Lunch (not webcast)
12:45 PM Breakout Discussions – Segment 1 (not webcast)
1:30 PM Breakout Discussions – Segment 2 (not webcast)
2:15 PM Regroup for Takeaways/Actionable Ideas and Wrap Up (not webcast)
2:30 PM Wrap Up and Closing Remarks (not webcast)
2:45 PM Adjourn (not webcast)
Gordon Dining and Event Center, Second Floor 
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