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Competitiveness, Production, and Logistics in a Disrupted World

Competitiveness, Production, and Logistics in a Disrupted World

October 15 at 10:15 am PDT/1:15 pm EDT


The concurrent economic and public health crises have provoked new questions about consumer access to key goods and services, including medical supplies and protective equipment. Also of compelling interest is the localizing of production in critically important industries. However, many companies face prohibitively high costs in reorganizing their manufacturing, logistics, and retail operations.

How are firms pivoting to cope with challenges to just-in-time production and delivery models? Are certain industries better equipped than others to reconfigure their supply chains? What specific technologies can help manage volatility and ensure that inventory is adequate to meet demand? And are new technologies needed to safeguard national security in essential industries? Experts will explore the "new normal" of this pandemic era and how businesses can adapt and thrive going forward.


Ian McKay
CEO, Invest in Canada

Rajesh Subramaniam
President and Chief Operating Officer, FedEx Corp.

Maria Contreras-Sweet
Chairman and CEO, Rockway Equity Partners; 24th Administrator of the US Small Business Administration

Jay Timmons
President and CEO, National Association of Manufacturers



Kevin Klowden
Executive Director, Center for Regional Economics, Milken Institute