Supply Chain Management Expert Dr. Larry Lapide to Speak at QAD Explore 2017 Customer Conference

QAD Inc. (Nasdaq:QADA) (Nasdaq:QADB), a leading provider of enterprise software and services for global manufacturing companies, today announced that supply chain management expert Dr. Larry Lapide will speak at its annual customer conference, QAD Explore, May 8-11, 2017, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit. His presentation will take place Wednesday, May 10.

Dr. Lapide is a recognized expert in supply chain management with over 40 years of experience in industry, consulting, business research and academia. Most recently, he was the Director of Demand Management at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL). He also managed the launch of MIT’s Supply Chain 2020 Project, which explored the future of supply chain management.

In 2001, Supply Chain Technology News magazine recognized Dr. Lapide as one of four top thought leaders in supply chain. In 2007, DCVelocity magazine named him a Logistics Rainmaker. Dr. Lapide received the Lifetime Achievement in Business Forecasting & Planning Award given by the Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning in 2012.

Dr. Lapide is a frequent presenter at supply chain events. He is a co-author of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) book, E-Business: The Impact on Supply Chain and Logistics. He holds a BSEE from The Cooper Union, an MS in EE from MIT and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

“Many of our customers have complex, global supply chains and will surely learn a tremendous amount from Dr. Lapide, “ said QAD Chief Marketing Officer Carter Lloyds. “ QAD believes that by optimizing the business processes that support our customers’ supply chains, those customer can gain a competitive advantage. Dr. Lapide is well-known for his innovation in that area, and we are lucky to have him on hand.”

Explore is QAD’s largest annual event where customers, partners, sponsors and QAD experts come together for a week of informative sessions, hands-on training, manufacturing industry-specific presentations and networking. The agenda provides updates on key trends in manufacturing, strategic developments in the industries QAD serves, and information on new solution developments. Attendees will hear from over 75 speakers, including QAD executives, customers and manufacturing authorities.

Explore features more than 40 workshops and hands-on training classes, many of which count toward APICS continuing education credits. The QAD Solutions Expo provides ample opportunities for sponsors and other members of the QAD community to exhibit, demonstrate and solicit feedback on their products and solutions.

Customers can register for the event at QAD is offering an early bird registration fee of $1,295 (a $600 discount) for those who sign up by March 31. Full-price registration extends through the event. Registration includes access to more than 40 sessions, invitations to the Welcome Reception and the closing night off-site dinner, meals during the event, electronic access to all presentation materials, and access to the Solutions Expo show floor.

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About QAD – The Effective Enterprise

QAD Inc. (Nasdaq:QADA) (Nasdaq:QADB) is a leading provider of enterprise software and services designed for global manufacturing companies. For more than 35 years, QAD has provided global manufacturing companies with QAD Enterprise Applications, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that supports operational requirements, including financials, manufacturing, demand and supply chain planning, customer management, business intelligence and business process management. QAD Enterprise Applications is offered in flexible deployment models in the cloud, on-premise or in a blended environment. With QAD, customers and partners in the automotive, consumer products, food and beverage, high technology, industrial products and life sciences industries can better align daily operations with their strategic goals to meet their vision of becoming more Effective Enterprises. For more information about QAD, call +1 805-566-6000, visit

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