Barbara Higgens, PMI's executive director, welcomed attendees and introduced the two PMI committee co-chairs and forum moderators. They were Darold Vredburg, manager of business process sales and marketing for Elkay, and Joseph Dodd, manager of design, development and marketing systems for Moen. Presentation highlights included:
Other speakers included Chuck Poirier and Chuck Davis, both of CSC Consulting, and Jim Kinney of World Commerce Services, who talked about the importance of technology within the supply chain. Sherry Budziak (.orgSource) and Kevin Ordonez (Avectra) gave a joint presentation on Knowledge Management and Client Relation Management. Dan Feely (Transforming Solutions) discussed Product Data Management and Software Vendor Evaluations. Matthew Gonnering from Widen Enterprises demonstrated his company's software to handle product images in real time.
Nate Perryman, supervisor/merchandising operations in the Store Support Center at The Home Depot's headquarters in Atlanta, joined the two PMI co-chairs via conference call for a roundtable discussion on global data synchronization involving UCCnet, various Data Sync Partners and Data Pools. In June 2003, The Home Depot subscribed to the UCCnet Global Registry to improve supply chain efficiency and to help standardize the hardlines industry. Since then it has contacted suppliers regarding global data synchronization. For more information, visit: www.homedepot.com/suppliercenter.
-By Suzette Rubio