Supply Chain in Tough Economy Key Topic at Logistics Conference

Jan. 23, 2009
Companies presenting include Wal-Mart, Unilever and P&G

The Supply Chain Management Research Center in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas is sponsoring a one-day conference for the supply chain/logistics industry: "The Service vs. Cost Conundrum: Creating Supply Chain Value in a Tough Economic Environment."

"Supply chain management constantly strives to improve, not merely maintain, customer service levels and reduce, not just control, costs," said Jim Crowell, director, Supply Chain Management Research Center. "This conference is designed to help participants with these challenges. We will present insight and practical advice from leading supply chain professionals and academia, looking well beyond just the fundamentals of surviving a down cycle economy."

Speakers and panelists include:

  • Johnnie Dobbs, executive vice president, Logistics & Supply Chain, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
  • Matthew Lindsey, director, customer service, Unilever
  • Lisa Lowie, director, customer service/logistics, Procter & Gamble
  • Janet Kavinoky, director, Transportation Infrastructure Congressional and Public Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Wes Kemp, president and chief operating officer, ABF Freight System Inc.
  • Pat Reed, executive vice president and chief operating officer, FedEx Freight
  • Gary Whicker, senior vice president, Engineering Services, J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.
  • J. Rod Franklin, vice president, Product Development/Contract Logistics, Kuehne + Nagel
  • John Ozment, professor of logistics and Oren Harris Chair, Walton College, University of Arkansas
  • 2008 Walton College FedEx Freight International Graduate Logistics Case Team

The conference is on Feb. 24, at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development, University of Arkansas campus. For information visit

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