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Mega Meeting

  • 11 Oct 2023
  • 4:45 PM - 8:45 PM
  • William Penn Inn, Gwynedd PA



You are invited to attend our 25th Mega-Meeting and celebrate a quarter-century of great meetings sponsored by these Six Supply Chain organizations:

Institute for Supply Management – Philadelphia

CSCMP-Philadelphia Roundtable
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Philadelphia Roundtable


Philadelphia Chapter of ASCM Network 

Traffic Club of Philadelphia


Traffic Club of Lehigh Valley

Warehousing Education and Research Council


Date: Wednesday October 11, 2023

Cost: $55 members; $65–Non-members; $35 – Young Professionals or Students

Location: William Penn Inn, 1017 DeKalb Pike, Gwynedd, PA (215) 699-9272

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:   September 28, 2023.  No Walk-ins allowed.

Event Times:

4:45 Registration / 5:00 Networking Reception & Cash Bar / 6:15 Dinner / 7:30 Keynote Speech

8:30 Q&A / 8:45 Closing Comments / 9:00 Adjourn  

Menu: Chicken Marsala, House Salad, Key Lime Pie, Rolls, Veggies, Coffee, Tea

Dress is Business Casual. All organizations will have information booths set-up during networking.                      

Dr. Zach G. Zacharia, Department Chair (DATA Department), Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

He is the Department Chair in the Decision and Technology Analytics Department and Director of the Lehigh Center for Supply Chain Research at the College of Business at Lehigh University, where he teaches Graduate and Undergraduate courses in Supply Chain Operations Management and Logistics and Transportation. Dr. Zacharia has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary, an MBA from the University of Alberta and a PhD from the University of Tennessee. His research focuses on buyer-supplier relationships, collaboration, coopetition and psychological contracts. He has over 29 publications in several academic journals, including Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Supply Chain Management, and International Journal of Logistics Management.

Among the awards that Dr. Zacharia has received is the DATA Department Service Award (2023), Staub Faculty Excellence Award (2013) for the College of Business, Lehigh University, Best Paper Finalist (2010) from the Journal of Operations Management, Best Paper Award (2007) from NARTS and Best Dissertation Proposal Award (2000) from University of Arkansas. As a member of a Supply Chain Research Group at the University of Tennessee, he coauthored a book titled Supply Chain Management (Sage Publications, December 2000).

Before joining Academia, Dr. Zacharia worked at the University of Tennessee, Center for Transportation Research for six years, eventually becoming an Associate Director and at the Department of Transportation in Alberta, Canada for ten years as an Equipment Engineer.


The management of risk has become so “Risky” in the past few years that companies are now considering collaborating with their competitors in areas of mutual benefit while still competing head-on with them for a profit. COOpetitionis defined as collaboration between competing companies to achieve a common goal. To mitigate risk, companies are learning to combine the benefits of cooperation and competition, while minimizing the challenges to get ahead. In COOpetition between companies, Unity provides new opportunities.

The Center for Supply Chain at Lehigh University has been publishing a Lehigh Risk Management Index (LRMI) that looks at the ten categories of Supply Chain Risk and how they have changed over the last three years. Noticing trends across different risk categories help managers become better prepared, especially during turbulent business environments. Collaboration across companies and competitors helps to reduce overall risk. This presentation will provide an overview of SC risk and how best to manage it through specific Collaboration techniques as a business strategy involving COOpetition that can be applied in any company going forward.


1) How has supply chain risk changed over the last 3 years?

2) What factors are critical for successful Collaboration with your Competitor?

3) How can companies cooperate & compete with each other at the same time to reduce risk & make a profit?

Traffic Club of Philadelphia
P.O. Box 187
Montgomeryville, PA 18936

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