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Leno to headline global supplier conference


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Dematic, a global supplier of logistics systems for factories, warehouses and distribution centers, announced that Jay Leno will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 Material Handling & Logistics Conference in Park City, Utah, Sept. 8 to 11.

The 2013 conference theme is Get Smart: Boost Your Supply Chain iQ and according to organizers it will educate attendees on the makings of a world-class 2025 supply chain. The three-day conference offers extensive learning opportunities categorized into six tracks: leadership, talent, experience, solutions, innovation and lifecycle.

Leno will speak Monday, Sept. 9. He has performed hundreds of comedy shows in the past 20 years, and has hosted the Tonight Show with Jay Leno for 15. Leno authored two New York Times bestselling children’s books and has published two compilation books.

“As logistics professionals, we spend time working on high level analytical solutions for our own businesses and our customers,” said John Baysore, president and CEO, Dematic North America. “We’re thrilled to have Jay Leno on board with this year’s conference. As one of America’s most beloved comedians, he will help us all relax, take a step back and remind us of the golden rule of business — do something you love and success will follow.”

The 2013 conference’s mission is to educate participants on how to benchmark their own supply chain goals, quantify gaps and help them build their own actionable 100-day plan to start closing the gaps to supply chain greatness. Programming promises to enlighten attendees on the many solutions tailored toward solving supply chain challenges including multichannel distribution, SKU proliferation, labor utilization and space utilization.

Dematic has a global knowledge network of more than 4,000 skilled logistics professionals and generates a global business volume of approximately $1.3 billion.

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