The Future of the Financial Supply Chain | Happy Hour & Networking Reception

16 May 2019
Harborview Restaurant
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Future of the Financial Supply Chain

Come have a drink on us! Network with some of your executive peers along with Tradeshift & Bristlecone and discuss how global companies are transforming their supply chains by leveraging agile, innovative technologies with future proof platforms and apps to become an adaptive enterprise.

Supply chains are under tremendous pressure. Often overlooked is the interdependence between the physical supply chain and the financial supply chain and its impact on the working capital of buyers and suppliers.  According to a recent analyst report, the leading 2,000 US & European companies have up to US $1.2T of cash unnecessarily tied up, which is equivalent to nearly 7% of their combined sales. In other words, for every US $1B in sales, the opportunity for working capital improvement is, on average, US $70m.

Featuring our very own, Ron Volpe, Global Vice President Apps Business Development & Chief Supply Chain Evangelist at Tradeshift, who leads the charge for transforming financial supply chains globally.

Some key insights will be how to leverage a global open platform along with apps that empower dynamic discounting, supply chain finance and virtual card payments to optimize payables working capital and have all spend under management.

In addition, you will gain a great perspective from Saroj Tripathi, Vice President Field Operations NA and ANZ of Bristlecone, a leading global consulting firm on how global companies are transforming their supply chains to drive cost savings, frictionless efficiencies and enhancing key supplier relationships.

Come relax and enjoy some drinks and appetizers and network with your peers!


Harborview Restaurant | Patio
4 Embarcadero Center, Street Level
San Francisco, CA 94111

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16 May 2019
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Meet the Speakers

Ron Volpe
Global Vice President
Apps Business Development & Chief Supply Chain Evangelist

Ron is an accomplished global FMCG and Retail leader and innovator across Supply Chain Transformation, Strategy, and Execution. He has worked to integrate the supply chains of trading partners for over 25 years across over 30 countries. His passion for step change performance is activated by working with diverse teams with clarity of purpose committed to solving challenges through design thinking and has been documented in books such as The Ten Faces of Innovation, and Creative Confidence, by IDEO’s Tom Kelley. He ascribes to the idea that a commitment to disruptive innovation is critical to business model resilience. He thrives in ambiguous, creative, and change-driven environments.

Saroj Tripathi
Vice President Field Operations NA and ANZ
BristleconeSaroj is responsible for customers in North America and regional P&L.  He has spent over 15 years in Bristlecone serving different roles and responsibilities. In his prior roles, he was responsible for Supply Chain practice and global pre-sales and solutions. Saroj believes in partnering with his customers to build a mutually beneficial long-term relationship. His core capabilities include understanding business problems, building relationships with key stakeholders and C-suite executives, and delivering business value. He has been instrumental in incubating unique assets within Bristlecone and successfully taking them to the market. He has also played a pivotal role in acquiring key Fortune 100 customers.Saroj is a regular speaker at industry events and academic forums and publishes white papers in industry publications. His interest also lies in the latest technologies and their applications in Supply Chain.

Saroj holds an MBA degree from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and an Engineering degree from the Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi. He also holds a Diploma in Advertising and PMP certification. His hobbies include cricket, hiking, music, literature, and writing.

Meet the Hosts

Bristlecone, the trusted partner in supply chain transformation, specializes in building antifragile supply chains that enable businesses to create certainty and unlock value. Since 1998, clients across diverse industries have been turning to Bristlecone for supply chain, procurement and analytics solutions that produce higher performing and more profitable environments. Bristlecone drives digital transformation programs that empower businesses with the ability to forecast accurately, maximize savings, ensure positive customer experiences and improve overall corporate health. Bristlecone assets also tap into the power of sophisticated technologies to help clients realize the greatest value in the shortest amount of time. Visit for more details.


Tradeshift drives supply chain innovation for the digitally connected economy. As the leader in supply chain payments and marketplaces, the company helps buyers and suppliers digitize all their trade transactions, collaborate on every process, and connect with any supply chain app. More than 1.5 million companies across 190 countries trust Tradeshift to process over half a trillion USD in transaction value, making it the largest global business network for buying and selling. Discover commerce for all at

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