The Procurement Peer Group focuses on direct and indirect procurement, sourcing and purchasing aspects of the supply chain. Members leverage collaborative discussions, expert presentations and case studies to succeed.

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Procurement Peer Group Meeting 

Demand Planning Strategy 
October 22, 2019 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM 
Learn how best-in-class organizations are tackling demand planning strategy. 

Part art and part science, forecasting is one of the toughest processes within the supply chain to consistently get right. External factors like the economy at large, weather and labor disruptions and ever changing customer expectations (to name just a few) affect all businesses whether they are manufacturers, distributors or service providers.

At this session Dr. Enno Siemsen from the Wisconsin School of Business will take us through some best practices from a process point of view that can relate to all types of business models. We will also welcome Opex Analytics, who plan to run us through some case studies from clients where they have successfully refined their demand planning strategy. We will also be holding breakout sessions where you can learn from your peers about where they are in their demand planning journeys and how you benchmark against others in the state.

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)
9:30 AM Presentation: Dr. Enno Siemsen, Professor, Wisconsin School of Business (webcast available)
10:30 AM Break
10:50 AM Breakout Discussions (not webcast)
11:45 AM Lunch
12:35 PM Presentation: Steven Binkley, Colleen Eland, Opex Analytics (webcast available)
1:30 PM Breakout Discussions (not webcast)
2:15 PM Wrap-up and Adjourn (not webcast)
Gordon Dining and Event Center, Second Floor 
Events Team, 608-262-1145, 

Supply Chain Peer Group Split

The Supply Chain Management Practice Area provides a highly interactive forum for member companies to gain insights from and discuss challenges with supply chain experts in break-outs, member company presentations and case studies.

To better serve our members, the Supply Chain Management Peer Group was recently split into the Logistics and Distribution Peer Group and the Procurement Peer Group.

You can read more about why we decided to change the peer groups here.

If you have not selected which Peer Group you want to join, you will receive emails for both. To update your subscription settings, sign in above, click on "My Account" and edit your subscriptions under "Email Communication Management Center."

Connect & collaborate

Tompkins Supply Chain ConsortiumMember companies can access the Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium's Benchmarks & Best Practices Database.

LinkedInGet immediate access to your peers in our LinkedIn Supply Chain Management group. Members only.

M2M AdvisingLink directly to other members for in-depth benchmarking and discussion on specific business issues. Learn more, or start the process now with this form. Members only.

Wayne ThompsonQuestions about the Supply Chain practice? Contact Practice Director Wayne Thompson at 608-890-1298 or

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