Supply Chain Management/MEP Supplier Scouting

  • April 30, 2020
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

WEBINAR: New Solutions for Manufacturers Disrupted by COVID-19 Coronavirus Efforts


  • Are you struggling with supply shortages?
  • Have you pivoted to manufacture something needed to stem the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, and want to find buyers beyond Rhode Island?
  • Do you anticipate disruptions in the coming months?


Polaris MEP is working with all of the United States’ Manufacturing Extension Partnerships to assist with supply chain management and offer new solutions.

In this webinar, Growth & Strategy Manager Mary Johnson and Project Manager Chris Cinieri will share stories of how Rhode Island’s manufacturers have been dealing with supply chain disruption. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the “Supplier Scouting” program, which allows us to put out calls across the country to help our local manufacturers find hard-to-source supply needs.

What to expect

  • Learn best practices for COVID-19 supply chain disruption planning
  • Discover ways that Polaris MEP can help with supply chain management
  • Hear how your company can leverage the Supplier Scouting program

Who Should Attend

Manufacturing company leaders, especially principals or those in charge of operations, logistics, production, purchasing, finance, marketing, and research and development.

How to Join the Session

Log in details for this webinar will be sent to your email address after registration. You will not need to have or create an account with any web conferencing service in order to join.


About the Presenters

Mary Johnson, Growth & Strategy
Chris Cinieri, Project Manager

Mary Johnson joined Polaris MEP to lead the Manufacturing Innovation Challenge, and now connects manufacturers with strategic business services that foster and accelerate growth while concurrently serving as the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network. She brings more than 20 years’ experience maximizing growth in small businesses and mission-driven not-for-profit organizations.

Chris Cinieri has more than 20 years of manufacturing experience working in a commercial food environment. He has worked in production, distribution, and quality systems; most recently serving as a Continuous Improvement Manager. Chris has vast experience from production planning through manufacturing, all the way to sales and distribution. Chris holds a Quality Auditor Certification and a Six Sigma Black Belt from the American Society for Quality.



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