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Alan Amling's speaking fee falls within range: $10,000 to $15,000
Logistics innovator, Alan Amling has been working to keep companies’ supply chains on the right side of disruption for over 23 years. As VP at UPS Ventures and UPS Corporate Strategy, Amling has been working with emerging trends, markets, and technologies to cut down on costs and carbon while bringing UPS business models into the “On-Demand Economy.”
One of Amling’s most noteworthy developments is UPS’s growing On Demand Manufacturing Initiative which uses 3D printing, the potential of which he explored in a much-viewed TED Talk. He is also working on projects that involve AI, IoT, Blockchain, autonomous everything, platform businesses, and smart cities. His understanding of technology combined with his experience using it to reinvent aspects of logistics, distribution, and inventory management make him a valuable speaker for large businesses looking to get in the game in the Digital Age.
Amling has held various leadership positions at UPS since 1994. He got his start at the company as a seasonal delivery driver. He holds an MBA from the Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and is working on a PhD in Management and Strategy from Kennesaw State University, with a focus on disruptive innovation theory. Specifically, his research involves uncovering common processes that companies undergo once they’ve identified potential threats, and which processes or characteristics lead to more positive results.
Alan Amling is helping revitalize UPS innovation and venture capital programs for the digital economy. Amling is also leading UPS’ Global On-Demand Manufacturing initiative, helping global companies leverage 3D printing to tap into new markets while taking time, cost and carbon out of their supply chain. He moved in to this role after serving as Vice President of Marketing for UPS Global Logistics & Distribution.
Amling began his UPS career in 1982 working as a seasonal employee for four years performing a variety of jobs including package handler and car washer. Since rejoining UPS in 1992, Amling has held numerous leadership roles in industrial engineering, customer technology and new product development.
Amling is a TED speaker and a native of Grants Pass, Oregon. He holds a MBA from Indiana University and earned his B.A. in Business and Psychology from Lewis & Clark College. Amling is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration at Kennesaw State University focused on threat recognition and response in incumbent firms.
Alan Amling describes the supply chain of the future: high-speed travel “hyperloop” technology and hundreds of 3D printers around the globe able to reduce the amount of time, costs, and carbon weighing down most companies’ current logistics. “Inventory is the devil,” Amling jokes, noting seriously, though that the value of inventory in the U.S. is $ 1.8 trillion, a combination of manufacturing and transportation costs which are now sitting on a shelf waiting to be sold.
Amling offers several specific examples of how he believes technology could be practically applied to meet the needs of today’s “on-demand” economy. Some of his examples are currently in progress, others are in development, and a few are his hopeful dreams - moonshots that nevertheless could happen.
“The ‘why’ behind all this is indisputable,” he summarizes. “Rising expectations of consumers is not going to stop. And it’s beginning to clash with industrial age manufacturing and transportation practices. As a result, rules are beginning to change, and when the rules change, impossible becomes possible.”
Alan Amling works with big companies to see change coming and reimagine their business models so that they can stay in the game. Amling particularly offers extensive expertise in 3D printing and the impact this and other technologies will have on logistics, the supply chain, and inventory management. Pulling from over two decades of the innovative side of business, Amling discusses how to get a feel for threats and opportunities from your customers, align your company’s inner reality with external truths, and rollout transformation that’s sustainable and relevant in the “On-demand” economy.
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Alan Amling draws on more than two decades leading innovation efforts for a Fortune 50 company as well as his ground-breaking research on industrial companies attempting to make the leap to the digital economy to expose the trap doors and launching pads of digital transformation. Lessons from industrial, digital, and military leaders making high stakes decisions under conditions of uncertainty will be shared to light the path to a future powered by disruption, not threatened by it.
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