Bio-Rad and ProFlowers Best Practices in Perishables SCM

  • March 25, 2010
  • 5:30 PM - 8:29 PM
  • Scott’s Seafood, Jack London Square


  • CSCMP Global Members
  • A full table of guests (8) with your own table tent card waiting for you!
  • Available to everyone
  • Individuals who prefer to pay at the door: Note $75.00 price for individuals who wish to pay cash or check at the door.
  • Student with valid ID

Registration is closed


Perishable commodities and products present an elevated set of supply chain management challenges.  Join us for a dinner event featuring best practices, challenges and lessons learned by leaders and innovators in this demanding field.

In less than 3 years at ProFlowers, Jeff Border, Director of Supply Chain Quality, has led the development and implementation of fundamental ‘best practices,’ in supply chain quality, where the quality of the supply chain directly impacts product quality.  The success story is dramatic, with significant customer satisfaction improvement and double digit year over year reductions in refunds and replacements which add up to millions of dollars saved.  

Bio-Rad manufactures and supplies life science research, healthcare, analytical chemistry, and other markets with products and systems used to separate complex chemical and biological materials and to identify, analyze, and purify their components.  Mark Buck, MOD Global Supply Chain and Procurement Leader, is responsible for continuous improvement in supply chain management at Bio-Rad, with particular focus on supplier performance ,  He will share insights and learning from this world leader’s experience  in managing products which are ‘perishable’ in that they have strict temperature management requirements to the array of SCM challenges involved in managing biopharma ingredients and products with expiration dates.

Speaker Bios: 

jeff border.jpgJeff Border, Dir. Supply Chain Quality,

Jeff Border is an experienced supply chain manager with more than 20 years in global logistics, operations planning and execution, and quality management.  A Bay Area native, Jeff has worked in high tech and various industries including his most recent work in the cut flower business.  Jeff is the Director of Supply Chain Quality at ProFlowers, a direct to consumer provider of fresh cut flowers, based in San Diego, California.

In just under 3 years at ProFlowers, Jeff led the development and implementation of fundamental quality best practices which resulted in significant improvements in customer satisfaction including double digit year over year reductions in refunds and replacements , adding up to millions of dollars saved.  Jeff leads a diverse team of supply chain practitioners, floriculture and postharvest experts, and data analysts, based in the U.S., South America, and Africa.

Before joining ProFlowers, Jeff was the Director International Logistics with Gateway Computer, Supply Chain Manager and Engineer with Apple Computer and in logistics at Komag.  He’s also managed high profile supply chain technology clients for leading consultancies such as AnswerThink and Eclipse Group, -- always applying supply chain and quality improvement methodologies in the spirit of continuous improvement.

Jeff has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the Pacific UoP) and resides with his family in San Diego, CA.

Markbuck.jpgMark Buck, MOD Global Supply Chain and Procurement Leader at BioRad, Inc.

Mark Buck is responsible for managing supplier performance against key metrics from time to market, commodity & inventory cost reduction, quality improvement and risk mitigation to regulatory compliance - all while ensuring supply chains  focused on environmental stewardship as expected of World-Class Suppliers.

Mark has more than 20 years private and public sector experience in SCM & global sourcing, lean manufacturing, Six Sigma Quality process improvement and organizational change management in roles of increased responsibility with NCR, Solectron, Asyst Technologies, Apple Computer, & Celerity Group Inc.  He has been certified as a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Assessor, Quality Systems Review (QSR) assessor, and been responsible for establishing world-wide compliance with Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS).  He has visited, toured, audited, assessed and reviewed over 2500 manufacturing plants throughout the World during his career.

Mark served in the United States Marines Corps, achieving the rank of Captain while completing deployments in Kuwait (Operation Desert Storm) and Somalia (Operation Restore Hope).  He earned a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois C-U, and an MBA from National University in La Jolla, California,  He serves or has served on boards including Go Green Initiative (led by his wife Jill Buck), Silver Beacon Partners, Eqnyte INC, eRoom (later bought by Documentum), and CapOneSource.


CSCMP gratefully acknowledges support of this year’s sponsors:

Event Time: Thursday, March 25 2010

5:30 PM - Registration Begins / Networking
6:30 PM - Dinner
7:00 PM - Program speakers plus Q&A
8:30 PM - Program ends


Scott’s Seafood
(510) 444-3456

Jack London Square
2 Broadway

Oakland, CA 94607  Directions

Meal Section:

- Chicken Piccata
- Grilled Salmon
- Pasta Primavera (Vegetarian)


Members - $55.00
Non-Members $65.00
Students - $25.00
At the door $75.00
Full Table - $480.00 (8 @ $60.00)

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