Implementing Best Practice Solutions at ProMat Supply Chain Conference

Implementing Best Practice Solutions at ProMat Supply Chain Conference

Implementing Best Practice Solutions at ProMat Supply Chain Conference

Ed Williams, Managing Director and Partner at Blue Horseshoe, will be a featured presenter at this year’s ProMat exposition in Chicago, Illinois, on March 25, 2015.  The event will feature presentations from industry experts on the latest trends and technologies impacting the order fulfillment and supply chain.  Ed’s presentation is titled Implementing Best Practice Solutions to Drive Value in Mature Operations.

Often companies operating in aging distribution centers do not achieve their maximum productivity potential due to outdated processes, equipment, and layouts. Blue Horseshoe’s Strategy Division will present a real-world case study of improvements made to the Macmillan Publishing facility in Gordonsville, VA.  The study will outline the implementation of process, systems, and layout improvements to produce optimal results and payback.

Macmillan Publishers, a distinctive group of publishing companies, has a rich history in the book industry. Macmillan companies publish a broad range of quality works—including award-winning fiction and nonfiction, and inspired and much-loved children’s books.

What is ProMat 2015?

ProMat 2015, held March 23-26 is the largest exposition for manufacturing, distribution and supply chain professionals in North America. The show is designed to offer supply chain efficiency solutions, learning opportunities and information by showcasing the products and services of over 800 leading providers. The show provides attendees access to the latest material handling and logistics equipment and technologies.

The ProMat Conference will include over 100 sessions and bring together leading experts from the industry to give you the latest information on manufacturing and supply chain trends, technologies and innovations. The conference also includes valuable opportunities to network with your peers.

  • Show floor seminars that complement the solutions you see on the exhibit floor
  • Keynotes on leading supply chain topics
  • Opportunities for networking with solution providers and other industry professionals


Ed has over 30 years of experience in operations strategy and process improvement; working both as a client and a consultant. Having worked with nearly every major publisher during his career, Ed is one of the preeminent authorities on supply chain for the publishing industry. Previous projects have included strategy development, network design/optimization, operations improvement, ERP and SCM software justification and vendor selection, as well as the implementation of solutions in service operations, stores, distribution, and manufacturing.  Ed earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. He speaks frequently at regional and national conferences on operational leadership and continuous improvement.


Blue Horseshoe Strategy Division is a management consulting firm that has been providing expert supply chain consulting solutions to Fortune 500 and mid-market businesses throughout the world since 1983. Based in North America, Blue Horseshoe Strategy assesses business needs and applies world-class business applications to improve profitability and increase efficiency. For more about Blue Horseshoe Strategy Division, visit

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