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Supply Chain Optimization in Action – A Practitioner’s Experiences

Rajiv Saxena, PhD
Head Supply Chain Solutions
APL Logistics
Friday, October 27th  2;30-3:30
JDT 410


Supply chain has become a key focus area for most companies as they are increasingly figuring out that an efficient and effective supply chain provides a competitive advantage in the marketplace. There is a major potential to cut logistics costs in the supply chain of a company through application of data analytics and optimization techniques. Different companies are looking towards their logistics providers to help them in successfully dealing with their supply chain efficiency and effectiveness related issues.  APL Logistics is a global Third Party Logistics company and provides end-to-end, integrated supply chain solutions and services to its customers. This presentation will cover real-life data analytics and optimization case studies covering areas of network design, transportation optimization and facilities design and how they help a company significantly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its supply chain.


Rajiv Saxena, Head, Supply Chain Solutions, at APL Logistics (APLL), Scottsdale, AZ, is responsible for supply chain engineering, global trade compliance and IT solutions areas. He has about 30 years of cumulative industry experience in Supply Chain Analytics and Solutions Design, Supply Chain Sustainability, Industrial Engineering, Management Consulting, and Systems Development. Before APLL, he worked with Menlo Worldwide Logistics, CEVA Logistics, S. B. Billimoria & Company, India; and General Electric Company, India. He is a regular speaker at INFORMS, CSCMP and IISE conferences as well as at several leading academic institutes. He has extensively published on different logistics and supply chain topics in several magazines.  He has a PhD in Operations Management from Simon School of Business, University of Rochester, a Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Engineering from National Institute of Training in Industrial Engineering, Mumbai, and a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology.