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Pints With Peers is a Huge Success


Last week, for the 5th year in a row, Columbian hosted a happy hour for customers, prospects, and friends immediately following the Midwest Supply Chain Conference here in Grand Rapids. The 5th annual event, known as Pints With Peers, is a great opportunity to network with other logistics and supply chain professionals from around the area in a low stress, friendly atmosphere. And since Grand Rapids is dubbed “Beer City, USA,” it’s only natural that the event was held at Atwater Brewery’s downtown taphouse.

Many of the themes from the conference spilled over into Pints With Peers. Attendees shared a beer and a bite while discussing trends like economic growth and the Amazon effect, as well as more real-world issues like Diversity & Inclusion programs in the supply chain, or practical applications of new VR and AI technologies. Many thanks to everyone who came out this year, and be on the lookout for our 6th annual edition next Spring!

Pints with Peers | Midwest Supply Chain Management Conference Reception

Let’s talk logistics over a beer.

Professional conferences can be a wonderful thing. They often start early, go all day, and provide new ideas, concepts, or strategies that we can take back to our own businesses. The Midwest Supply Chain Conference is no different.

After spending the day at the Conference, we at Columbian figured we could all use a chance to unwind, network with our peers, and discuss what we learned or what struck us most strongly. What better way to do that in Beer City, USA, than host it at one of Grand Rapids’ new tasting rooms?

Join us at Atwater Brewery tasting room in the southwest corner of the newly renovated Rowe Building, in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. Our Pints With Peers reception will feature the full line of Atwater Brewing Company beers and a spread of the restaurant’s finest offerings.

We’ll be there from 4pm-7pm, and we hope you can join us. Even if you are not attending the conference, we would love to have you as our guest!


The Details:
: A networking reception, for all customers and prospects following the Midwest Supply Chain Conference
Where: Atwater Brewery | 201 Michigan Street NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503
When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | 4-7pm

Questions? Email Marion Donahue at mdonahue@columbian.us

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Pints with Peers

Have a cider (or beer) on us.

Fall is coming, and what better way to embrace the cider season than drinks at one of Grand Rapid’s newest spots (and only cider mill)?! Join us for another Pints with Peers on Thursday, October 12th from 4-7pm at Vander Mill in Grand Rapids.

Networking doesn’t have to be boring– and let’s face it, it can’t be when delicious and refreshing drinks are involved! Come chat with us, fill your pint glass, and take a free private tour of Vander Mill’s production area.

Not a cider person? Vandermill offers beer as well. Try their Belgian Mild, IPA, or a nice, smooth Pilsner.



The Details:
: Columbian customers and future customers (Sorry, this event is not for vendors).
What: A networking reception including free drinks, appetizers, and a tour of Vander Mill’s production area
Where: Vander Mill | 505 Ball Ave. NE Grand Rapids, MI
When: October 12, 2017 | 4-7pm

Questions? Email Marion Donahue, at mdonahue@columbian.us