Predictable International Supply Chain Interruptions: Dealing with Chinese New Year and Other Major Foreign Holidays

  • February 21, 2013
  • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  • NEW LOCATION! - Maricopa Association of Governments-Ironwood Room - 302 N. 1st Avenue Ste 200, Phoenix, AZ


  • Must be a "Student Scholarship Member". Please see our Membership page for details.

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Foreign holidays can play havoc with the best-laid supply chain plans, resulting in shortages of product inventories, too many products languishing in distribution centers, and/or costly delivery delays.  Chinese New Year is the major annual factory closing event that most importers are forced to contend with; however, there are other holidays and events that are equally problematic of which importers should be aware.

Our speakers will be Jill Thurau, Jim Lukas and Ryan Macias.

Ryan Macias, Senior Manager of Outbound Transportation at PetSmart in Phoenix, will share proven strategies for offsetting such disruptions, and will address how major importers deal with keeping sufficient product in the distribution centers while Chinese manufacturers are on holiday for up to a month in late winter.  Ryan's team is responsible for optimizing store deliveries from PetSmart Distribution Centers to retail locations.  He formerly held positions in the Replenishment and Merchandising Departments, and has a BS in Supply Chain Management from Arizona State University.

Jim Lukas, formerly with FTN with over 35 years experience in the international transportation industry, will discuss the key transportation issues faced by forwarders and ocean carriers, as well as give a brief overview of the foreign holidays that regularly impact U.S. importers.  He has worked for several major freight forwarders and has helped many importers navigate the Chinese New Year shipping process.  

Jill Thurau, International Transportation Operations/Compliance Manager at PetSmart Corporate Headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona.  She is responsible for international trade compliance for both US and Canada and import transportation into the US.  She was previously employed by Honeywell International Inc. for five years.  She has a BA in Business Administration and Spanish from Truman State University and a MBA in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.  She holds a US Customs Broker License, is a Certified Customs Specialist – Canada and is a Certified US Export Compliance Officer.

Who should attend:  Import professionals in the areas of supply chain and inventory management, purchasing, transportation, finance and import, as well as the forwarding and brokerage industries.



Maricopa Association of Governments-Ironwood Room

302 N. 1st Avenue

Suite 200

Phoenix, Arizona. 

Parking validated in the garage below the building.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Check in begins at 8:30 am

Program 9:00 am-10:30 am

Cost:  $25 members  $35 non-members

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