It's the Week Before the Summit...

It's that time again...the final leg of the race...the last hurrah...the end of an era...the week before a Summit. Dawn summarized it nicely last spring when she talked about the elves busy at work preparing for "the big event." It is a lot of work...but by the time we get to this point, we know that right around the corner, we get to just enjoy the fruit of our labors. Unlike the holidays, the SIG Summits roll around twice a year, so we don't get twelve months to work off the extra weight gained from the ice cream sundae breaks. In fact, between this Summit and the one last spring in Amelia Island, we've had a mere FIVE months to prepare. But all the nagging we’ve done for presenters to turn in their abstracts and decks...all the emails we've sent reminding you to register...all the phone calls we've made asking for you to use your seats have paid off! We have an INCREDIBLE line-up of companies and speakers coming to our Summit next week. Once the Summit begins, we can sit in sessions and hear the amazing presentations we've read about for several months. We can meet the members we've communicated with by email. And we can enjoy learning about new issues our members are facing and hear the latest concepts to address them. The agenda is so rich, it will be difficult to do it any justice. The list of companies presenting is, in itself, a reason to attend...

Google, Nike, Target, Alcon, Microsoft, Chevron, Iron Mountain, Ann, Inc., Marriott, Direct Energy, P&G, Verizon, BMO Financial Group, Ferro Corporation, HP, Kimberly-Clark, BAE Systems, The MITRE Corporation, Duke Energy, Intermountain Healthcare, Silicon Valley Bank, Novation, BP, Waste Management, Russell Investments, ULTA Beauty, Reynolds American, Novartis, USG Corporation, Caterpillar, Health Care Service Corporation, IHS, Merck, CSC, the State of Tennessee, PwC (buy-side), the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Tesoro, Boston Scientific, Fiserv, Boeing, Dell,

and a few we can't even mention...and those are just the BUY-SIDE companies! The cross-section of industries is amazing. And the topics cover everything: innovation, next-generation supply chains, benchmarking, category management, supply chain and M&A activities, compliance, shared services challenges, contingent labor issues, sourcing playbooks, nearshoring, stakeholder engagement, vendor management, procurement transformation, change management, market intelligence, spend analytics, governance, talent retention, building trust...I can’t really even begin to cover it all. But I hope you will be joining us next week in Fort Worth so you can enjoy it with us! (If you can't join us, follow us on Twitter! The event hashtag is #SIGFall13 and our account is @SIGinsights.) And stay tuned for future blogs where we will do write-ups on some of the new issues we hear about!

Sarah Holliman, Vice President of Marketing, SIG