March 26, 2019

During his secondment at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in the months of February and March, visiting researcher Prof. Helmut Zsifkovits (Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Austria) was invited to give a presentation at the APICS Professional Development Meeting on 28 February 2019. APICS is a nationwide professional supply chain organization and WPI Chapter is the one on WPI Campus to help students to develop professional skills in supply chain discipline.

In this meeting, it was discussed how developments in supply chains in different industries. Speakers included Ms. Kali Kouri, Director Clinical and Commercial Supply Chain at TESARO (a GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical company), and Mr. Paul Arthur Delvy, Adjunct Instructor from Foisie Business School.

After an introduction by Walter "Wally" T. Towner, Associate Teaching Professor from Foisie Business School, Helmut Zsifkovits talked about the promise of Industry 4.0 for smart supply chains and the state of implementation, and presented the goals and outcomes of the SME 4.0 project.