Jon is one of the industry leaders in the Promostandards.org initiative. This project is connecting all elements of the supply chain via system integrations over a standard protocol. In 2016 this project has grown to over 200 companies in the Promotional Products Industry. This presentation will get nerdy, but will also offer insights into how PromoStandards can provide Suppliers and Distributors a competitive advantage in an ever changing industry landscape.
Promotional Productions System Integration Technology
Companies all across the industry are streamlining processes from order entry and product data sharing to inventory lookups. This growing segment of the population is the future of communication between industry suppliers, distributors and service providers. Companies of all sizes should be aware of the current variety of technology automations and integrations. This session will walk through some of the larger more successful industry technology automations and integration projects happening in the industry today.
Cloud Technologies and their use within the Industry
Microsoft and Google both have competing cloud based worksheets, word editors and online storage that can help you manage your productivity needs. This hands on session dives into a cost comparison, functionality, and how to integrate online storage (Drive and One Drive) into the workflow process for Promotional Products Professionals.
Jon Norris is the Vice President of Operations for Starline USA Inc, located on Grand Island, NY. Jon’s oversees Manufacturing, Warehousing, Customer Service and Technology functions at Starline. Starline currently employees over 150 people in Grand Island, NY and Toronto, ON. Jon uses his background in engineering, his MBA, and a knowledge of the technology field to improve operations and customer experiences at Starline.
Jon graduated from University of Buffalo in 2004 with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. He quickly was hired at Starline right out of college as an Industrial Engineer. After 4 years in that position, Jon returned to UB to obtain his MBA via the professional program at night, while working full time. Upon Graduation, Jon was promoted to the role of Systems Operations Manager at Starline, leading a team of software developers in a complete ERP/CRM software package for Starline. In 2015, Jon was promoted to his current role to help position Starline as an industry leader in innovative customer branding solutions while providing premier technology to their customer base.
Jon is currently the Chair of the PPAI Technology Committee. He also is a promokitchen volunteer and chef. In 2014 Jon was named as a PPB Rising Star. Most recently in August 2015, Jon was the PPAI Volunteer of the month. As an industry Millennial (‘82), he is involved in numerous millennial initiatives industry wide to help drive the awareness of the changing workplace. He also a strong advocate for attracting millennial talent to the promotional products industry.
Jon is currently helping drive an industry data integrations project, labeled “PromoStandards”. He believes that this is the future of our industry long term sustainability.
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