TPA Supply Chain Conference 2017


When you bring together all sides of the value chain, you foster stronger relationships, streamline logistics, effectively manage activities, explore new process options and increase efficiency – all leading to innovation and reduction in costs. The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) joined together as the Trading Partner Alliance (TPA),* are pleased to host the annual Supply Chain Conference. Now in its eighth year, over 500 retailers, manufacturers, and technology solution providers will convene for a joint conference filled with idea-stimulating educational sessions, interactive exhibits with the latest technology and relationship-building networking opportunities. Connect. Transform. Deliver.

Mainstage Keynote Speaker: Rorke Denver
Author & Former Navy Seal

Commander Rorke Denver has run every phase of training for the U.S. Navy SEALs and led special-forces missions internationally. Join us at this year's mainstage, where we'll present "Acts of Valor: True Stories from the Front Lines", followed by an interactive discussion lead by Commander Denver.
Sponsored by: FHI

Closing General Session Speaker: Charlie Redden
Director of Supply Chain, Taylor Guitars
Charlie Redden is the Director of Supply Chain Logistics at Taylor Guitars, a leading manufacturer of acoustic and electric guitars.  A graduate of San Diego State University, Mr. Redden is also a Certified Purchasing Manager, a credential earned from the Institute for Supply Management, and his work has been featured in ISM's Inside Supply Management Magazine.
Just added to Closing General Session: Tolan Shaw
Singer & Songwriter

Tolan Shaw is a rising pop/rock singer-songwriter who will stop at nothing to build a career with his original music. Both a solo acoustic troubadour and the frontman of his own band, Shaw’s music is catchy and soulful, bluesy and melodic, poppy and sincere. Join us during our interactive Closing General Session, as Tolan plays some of his newest hits on his taylor guitar! To learn more about Tolan, visit his website here.

Closing general session sponsored by:


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Reasons to Attend...


    The supply chain landscape is changing fast, but you can stay ahead of it all. By getting together with your industry peers, talking shop and exploring new technologies and process options you’ll make your business more productive, your supply chain more effective and be more responsive to your customers.
    The Trading Partner Alliance believes in a holistic, multi-function approach to the supply chain. As a result, the conference is specifically designed to connect retailer and manufacturer supply chain executives with technology service providers and adjacent functions to strengthen daily processes and enhance organizational strategy.

    Moreover, the Supply Chain Conference provides ample networking opportunities to expand your network of resources and develop true working relationships with industry leaders and knowledge providers!



    FMI and GMA’s combined leadership in this area has produced the premier Supply Chain event for the food and consumer products industry. By refusing to view the Supply Chain in a silo, we bring together retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers, technology solution providers, and adjacent management functions to learn, network and seek common solutions.

    You’ll discuss new ideas and challenges with your peers and trading partners through informal conversations and learn model practices that will save your company time and money.



    This conference is unique designed by and for retailer and manufacturer supply chain executives, technology solution providers and adjacent management functions. This is a can't-miss event for vice presidents, directors, regional managers and managers of:

    • Supply Chain
    • Logistics
    • Inventory Management & Demand Planning  
    • Distribution
    • Transportation
    • Direct Store Delivery
    • Category Management/Procurement
    • Customer Logistics
    • Operations
    • Customer Service
    • Reverse Logistics
    • Digital Commerce
    • Strategic Development
    • Technology
    • Business Development
    • Marketing and Planning
    • General Management
    • Talent Management
    • Consumer Product Group
    • Fresh Foods
    • Private Brands


Check out photos from last year's conference here!


Program Contact:
Daniel Triot
(202) 295-3952

Jordan Pietrak 
(202) 220-0713

Sponsorship and Exhibiting Opportunities:
Andrew Coffey
(202) 639-5910

Larry Gray
(202) 295-3950


*The Trading Partner Alliance (TPA) is a joint industry affairs/industry relations leadership group that was formed by GMA and FMI in January 2009. The TPA exists to develop a shared retailer-manufacturer agenda on supply chain efficiency issues, the application of information technology, the adoption of environmentally-friendly business practices and other issues. This common agenda is executed jointly by the FMI and GMA staffs and is overseen by the boards of directors of both organizations.