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May 22, 2020

Round Table Group Creates New Discussion Series

RTG Experts Take Question on Today's Thorniest Issues Likely to Arise in Litigation

Round Table Group is pleased to announce a new series, Discussions at the Round Table, where its experts converse with attorneys in a freeform discussion on a variety of topics. The first topic is Order Out of Chaos: Supply Chain Management/Logistics in Times of Disruption.

During this first interactive discussion, experts Zal Phiroz and Jerry Davis will share their insights into supply chain management and logistics issues that arise from disasters. Dan Rubin, Round Table Group’s National Business Development Manager, will moderate as the experts field questions from attorneys on how supply chains react when placed under stress from worldwide disasters like the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as more localized disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes. They will discuss impacts on distribution, storage, delivery delays, force majeure clauses, and ways manufacturers and wholesalers balance between contracted requirements and pressure from their largest customers.

Jerry Davis has decades of experience in supply chain logistics, starting with supermarkets in the 1970s. During his time in the supermarket industry, Mr. Davis served as president of the OK Grocery Company where he led 2,000 employees in building a company with sales exceeding one billion dollars. He also testified before Congress on matters involving the food industry and served as chairman of the Food Marketing Institute’s Distribution Committee. Mr. Davis then switched gears and began to focus on reverse logistics, where he served as Vice Chairman of Genco Distribution Systems. Mr. Davis now consults on Supply Chain, 3PL and Reverse Logistics issues. Overall, Mr. Davis has negotiated more than 100 contracts between 3PL’s and clients from both sides of the table. He is an experienced testifying expert witness, aiding clients in multi-million dollar matters.

Dr. Zal Phiroz, PhD, CIPM, CISCM & MBA, is an expert on global supply chain management, and a professor at the University of California, San Diego specializing in supply chain analytics, operations management and data analytics. Other faculty appointments have included Harvard University, University of Southern California and Michigan State University. In addition to senior level industry experience at Procter & Gamble, Dr. Phiroz consults on CPG products with various Fortune 500 firms. He has spoken at numerous international conferences including OPAL, UN Canada, Intermodal, ByPi, as well as TEDx. Areas of consultation for companies and in litigation include vulnerabilities in sustainability, manufacturing and distribution cycles, demand simulation, product liability and injury, quality assurance, and product development. His forthcoming book, Perspectives of Supply Chain Competitiveness— A Handbook and Evaluation of Supply Chain Growth, Literature, Framework for Assessment and Vulnerabilities in Gaining a Competitive Advantage, is due out soon.

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