GAINS Summit 2024

Join us for the 2024 GAINS Summit at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center.

September 25-26, 2024

GAINS Summit offers in-person sessions on supply chain innovation, S&OP, supply chain planning and inventory optimization. From success stories to executive roundtables and practical tips, we’ll cover it all — and provide opportunities for attendee interaction with peers and the GAINS team along the way.

Watch for registration to open in 2024.

If you are not a GAINS client, please email Jenny ([email protected])
to discuss attendance.

Location: University of Chicago Gleacher Center

Accommodations: We have a room block at the Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile. Booking information will be available once a ticket is purchased.

2023 Agenda

Wednesday, October 11

Welcome to GAINS Summit! Registration is open, coffee is being served, and it’s a great time to network with attendees and the GAINS team.

Hear from our President and Co-Founder on what’s new at GAINS, our commitment to sustainability, and connect with your peers and GAINS experts.

Disruption has become the norm for the supply chain, but it can take many different forms which each require more resiliency, flexibility, and trust across the network. Hear from industry leaders about their strategies, what is working, and their plans for 2024 and beyond.

10:00am – 10:30am Break

Don’t miss this interactive 45-minute keynote talk followed by 30 minutes of interactive “barrier busting” group discussions. Kate Vitasek is an author, researcher, and educator at The University of Tennessee. Signed copies of her book, “Getting to We” will be available on-site.

12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch in the Windy City

Hear about what’s next for GAINS solutions from our product team. Our roadmap will show you where we’re headed and the exciting new capabilities we’ll bring to your business.

A summary of the key Functional Improvements made to GAINS in the past year with particular focus on those of greatest contribution to cost/profit optimization.

2:30pm – 3:00pm Break

High performing supply chains use design to maximize their assets and product flow. Learn how GAINS is advancing our design solution and what that means for your business.

Longtime GAINS customer, Border States, has recently migrated their GAINS solution from on-premise to the cloud. Hear about their transformation and how they are using the cloud to support their business objectives and use the latest GAINS innovations.

The 2023 Supply Chain Excellence Awards recognize successful transformation initiatives resulting in significant business impact through improved supply chain decision-making.

Join us for dinner, drinks, and games at Pinstripes. There will be bowling, cornhole, giant jenga, giant checkers, giant connect four, and more! Games not your thing? That’s ok–there are plenty of comfortable spots to lounge & chat with other GAINS-ers.

By attending the GAINS 2023 Customer Summit, you will be entering an area where photography, audio, and video recording may occur.

Your entry and presence on the event premises constitute your consent to be photographed, filmed, and/or otherwise recorded and to the release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction of any and all recorded media of your appearance, voice, and name for any purpose whatsoever in perpetuity in connection with GAINSystems, including, by way of example only, use on websites, in social media, news, and advertising. By entering the event premises, you waive and release any claims you may have related to the use of recorded media of you at the event, including, without limitation, any right to inspect or approve the photo, video or audio recording of you, any claims for invasion of privacy, violation of the right of publicity, defamation, and copyright infringement or for any fees for use of such record media.

Thursday, October 12

Schedule time to meet one-on-one with your GAINS team to discuss what you’ve learned at GAINS Summit, what interests you, and how we can align to meet your goals.

Strategy Track

With our acquisition of 3TO in 2023, GAINS is advancing its design offering. Learn how companies use supply chain design to become more resilient and improve performance, as a complement to their planning.

Learn how Belron, the world’s leading vehicle glass repair and replacement group, is expanding its use of GAINS worldwide, and improving their inventory, service and sales performance.

10:15am – 10:45am Break

VISIBILITY – VARIABILITY – VELOCITY. Hear from the author of the newly published 3 V’s OF SUPPLY CHAIN – PART 2 and discover how embracing the 3 V’s can revolutionize your approach to thrive in the always-on, always- connected new world order.

Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Group is using GAINS for inventory sharing and allocation as part of their Supply Chain Automation initiative, with forecasting currently being deployed. Learn how supply chain planning solution is helping Arabian Trading Supplies, one of Saudi Arabia’s largest marketing and distribution operations, to automate and improve replenishment and inventory management across its Consumer Products Division.

12:00am – 1:00pm Lunch

Dive into the new lead-time prediction model created by our GAINS data scientists. You’ll see the model process, the early results, the model’s explainability, and an example of the business consequences of better lead-time predictions.

Discover how several customers have performed a health check with GAINS to unlock more value and support their changing business needs.

This session will start with an overview of some cutting-edge plots (yes, plotting actually is an active innovation field!). Motivated by the insights these plots can communicate, attendees will discuss supply chain visualization with GAINS data scientists: what supply questions can be informed with visualization and what answers can be communicated through visualization?

Buyer & Planner Track

Experience the new capabilities of GAINS Report Builder that enable you to define reports, and discover and share insights with others in your organization with ease using email automation.

Prioritize and set accurate customer expectations with GAINS Order Promising. Learn how to use multi-tier pegging to prioritize orders, empower your sales and customer services team with our API for CRM and other solutions, and optimize inventory across your channels and customers.

10:15am – 10:45am Break

Learn how Supply Chain Design is relevant for your planning or buying role, and how it can help mitigate risks and disruptions.

GAINS has built a demand forecasting method that trains cross-SKUL, decouples predictions for a single SKUL (e.g., the 2-month-ahead forecast can use a different model than the 3-month-ahead forecast), is applicable to new item launches, and incorporates exogenous data. Using all available data, the model finds the best method for each forecast period for each SKUL: the machine answers questions about “historical forecasting” vs. “outside in forecasting” for us. See how the model works, and how it performs relative to base GAINS forecasting.

12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch

See how GAINS assists in planning by using business logic and AI designed to identify matching items based on item attributes for new product launches, item substitution, and more.

Finding answers to nuanced product, configuration, or code questions can require extensive communication chains, simulation, code interrogation, and evaluation of customer-specific configurations. We’ve built an internal-facing bot, trained on GAINS documentation and powered by ChatGPT, that allows GAINS personnel to instead converse with an omniscient bot. This will accelerate our speed servicing customer questions, and also facilitate internal training. Learn how we may soon extend this to become customer-facing.

When you can buy items from more than one source, the decision of whom to choose requires data analytics. Learn how GAINS can provide insights into which source is best at any given time.

Seasonal service stock can be utilized to adapt the inventory parameters to peak and non-peak seasons. Learn how to use GAINS’ seasonal service stock capabilities prevent over-ordering during peak season and avoid excess inventory during non-peak season.

How-To Track

Explore how this user-friendly platform allows you to effortlessly browse through practical screens that specifically cater to your individual process. With its customizable features and intuitive interface, you’ll be able to streamline your workflows and achieve your goals easily.

Learn how your company can use supply chain design, including an overview of how it works, why companies use it, and how it complements supply chain planning.

10:15am – 10:45am Break

If you want to make informed decisions about managing your inventory, consider using Inventory Classification. By keeping your inventory classification up-to-date and visible, you can provide clarity to your organization, improve efficiency, increase revenue, and reduce costs. Want to learn more? Come and listen to our experts!

See how this new offering from GAINS can help you create a better transportation network for your company, saving you time and money.

12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch

Within GAINS there are many capabilities that are powerful, but underused. Learn about them, how to use them, and get even more value from GAINS.

Curious about whether or not a GAINS health check is right for you after yesterday’s session? Learn how a health check with GAINS is performed, the steps and requirements of GAINS and the customer to support the process, and how findings are put into action.

GAINS has expanded its alias capabilities to better support multiple languages for global organizations and/or customize the user experience using definitions unique to your business. Learn about this new functionality, see how it works, and explore how aliases can improve your experience