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UK Taking Nominations for 2020 'Top Innovator' Supply Chain Award

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 21, 2019) — Submissions are now being accepted for the 2020 Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award competition sponsored by SAS. The award recognizes individuals or organizations that have demonstrated operational excellence in supply chain management as evidenced in a recently completed supply chain improvement project.

The 2019 award was presented to Garry Carty, logistics control systems senior analyst for Toyota Motor North America.

The 2020 award, administered by the advisory committee of the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics' Supply Chain Forum, will be presented at the 10th annual Supply Chain Forum, “Converging Digital and Physical Supply Chains,” on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in the Woodford Reserve Club at UK’s Kroger Field.

The event will feature various keynote speakers, including Francisco Fraga from Campbell’s. He will present, “Digitizing the Supply Chain — A Consumer Products Industry Case Study.”

To apply, candidates must submit a 250-300-word description of their projects. Finalists chosen from the initial round will be notified and will then present more extensive project descriptions. The project must be fully implemented, completed within the current calendar year and have tangible performance results that reflect successful implementation.

Submissions should not include any proprietary information that cannot be shared with the broader community of supply chain professionals.

Each organization and individual may submit a maximum of two entries. The deadline for the initial submission is Jan. 15, 2020. For more information or to submit a nomination, you can go online here.

The recipient of the Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award will be recognized with a trophy, and the winner will be featured at the next Supply Chain Forum. Additionally, the winning organization qualifies for future supply chain improvement project support from graduate students enrolled in Gatton College's accelerated MBA program.

The forum is hosted by the Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center within the Gatton College. For questions regarding the upcoming Supply Chain Forum or the 2020 Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award, contact Lucy Tepper, conference coordinator, at 859-257-8746.

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