The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), joined together as the Trading Partner Alliance (TPA),* are pleased to host their annual Supply Chain Conference April 30 – May 2, 2017 in sunny San Diego!

Now in its eighth year, over 500 retailers, manufacturers, and technology solution providers will convene for a joint conference filled with idea-stimulating educational sessions, interactive exhibits with the latest technology and relationship-building networking opportunities.

One of this event’s highlights will be:

Cultivating a Sustainable Future for the Guitar Industry Supply Chain
Charlie Redden, Director of Supply Chain, Taylor Guitars 

  • Charlie Redden is Director of Supply Chain for Taylor Guitars, a leading acoustic guitar manufacturer in the musical instrument industry.
  • Redden will discuss the complexity of a global supply chain, the diminishing supplies of tropical tonewoods that have long been relied upon by instrument makers, and the innovative steps Taylor Guitars has taken to safeguard these precious resources for the entire industry by partnering with forestry experts to develop new paradigms of sustainable forestry.
  • Redden will also share the valuable lessons he learned living in Cameroon as Taylor worked to transform an ebony mill and the ebony trade, the big-picture vision of cultivating tonewood forests for future generations, and his experience in managing a multi-layered international supply chain.

Register by January 31, 2017 to receive $100 off your registration fees!








*The Trading Partner Alliance (TPA) is a joint industry affairs/industry relations leadership group that was formed by GMA and FMI in January 2009. The TPA exists to develop a shared retailer-manufacturer agenda on supply chain efficiency issues, the application of information technology, the adoption of environmentally-friendly business practices and other issues. This common agenda is executed jointly by the FMI and GMA staffs and is overseen by the boards of directors of both organizations.