2016 Program

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​​​​​​​​​​RILA's Supply Chain Steering Committee oversees the structure and programming of the annual conference, and is comprised of top logistics/supply chain executives in the retail industry.  Each breakout session is designed by a Session Architect from the Steering Committee, who is in charge of developing the content and selecting speakers for their session—ensuring that it reflects the top issues and insights in the industry today.​

7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Golf Tournament
11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Registration & Information Desk Open
Pick up your registration materials here, along with answers to all your questions.
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Meeting
This is a private meeting for RILA members on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. We will use this time to update members on the current legislative and regulatory landscape regarding transportation issues, benchmark alongside peer companies and discuss additional industry priorities.​​​​
2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Supply Chain Leaders Council Meeting
This is a private meeting for RILA members on the Supply Chain Leaders Council. The council is comprised of the senior-most retail executives who are responsible for global supply chain issues within their respective companies.​​​
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Conference Orientation
Whether you are a new attendee or a 10-year veteran, attend this pre-session to ask questions of, learn tips from, and network with conference veterans and RILA staff. 
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Colleagues & Cocktails
Please join us at this welcome reception to kick off the 2016 Retail Supply Chain Conference. This conference will be broken down into five focus areas enabling you to network and converse with like-minded peers. The focus areas will include Distribution, International Logistics & Sourcing, Supply Chain Planning, and Transportation.​
6:45 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.
Breakfast
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
7:00 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Registration & Information Desk Open
Pick up your registration materials here, along with answers to all your questions.​​
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Welcome & Conference Kickoff
8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Opening Keynote: Perspectives From the C-Suite
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Making Innovation a Habit
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Putting Distribution Money in Their Jeans
International Logistics & Sourcing Interactive Session
Transload Insights: Better Flexibility and Cost Savings
Leveraging Analytics for Supply Chain Advantage in the Changing Retail Marketplace
Designing the Omnichannel Supply Chain with Integrated Optimization & Simulation
A Retailer’s Perspective on Port Diversification Strategies
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Lunch
Join your peers for lunch and networking before listening to our lunch speaker.​
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Above All Else: The Power of Passion
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Preview
Take this time to get a preview of the Exhibit Hall, enabling you to chart your course for later or engage in an early conversation among retailers and solution providers.
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Distribution Interactive Session
Keeping Score: Carrier, Customers and Shippers of Choice
Strategies for Managing International Excellence- Capitalizing on the Current Landscape
The Moment of Truth: Leveraging Supply Chain Analytics to Improve On-Shelf Availability
From Labor to Infrastructure: How Current Legislation Will Impact Your Business
The Power of Productive Conflict
4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Short Takes from Retail Supply Chain Leaders
5:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Networking in the Exhibit Hall
Join other conference attendees for this great networking opportunity.
7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Registration & Information Desk Open
Pick up your registration materials here, along with answers to all your questions.
7:15 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Welcome Remarks
8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
The Diverse Supply Chain
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Executive Panel: Leadership, People, and Change Management
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Global Supply Chain Landscape: Building Your Global Network
How Do You Plan Inventory in an Omnichannel Retail World?
Fulfilling the Promise of E-Commerce Fulfillment
What Keeps You Awake? Issues Facing Transportation Executives
Urban Distribution Strategies
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
Join us for lunch and networking in the exhibit hall.​​​​
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Is Supply Chain Leading Innovation at your Company?
Retaining Top Talent for Future Opportunities
Overcoming Supply Chain Challenges in International Markets
Customer Centricity in the Final Mile
Benefits of Robust Retail S&OP
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
The Connected Future
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where to Turn When the Political Climate Heats Up
5:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Networking in the Exhibit Hall
Join other conference attendees for this great networking opportunity.
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Retail Supply Chain Reboot: Nimbly Facing the Unknown
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Closing Keynote: It's Your Ship
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
People First: Building a Supply Chain Team for the Future
Sunday 2/12/2017 - 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Golf Tournament
Sunday 2/12/2017 - 11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Registration & Information Desk Open
Pick up your registration materials here, along with answers to all your questions.
Sunday 2/12/2017 - 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Meeting
This is a private meeting for RILA members on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. We will use this time to update members on the current legislative and regulatory landscape regarding transportation issues, benchmark alongside peer companies and discuss additional industry priorities.​​​​
Sunday 2/12/2017 - 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Supply Chain Leaders Council Meeting
This is a private meeting for RILA members on the Supply Chain Leaders Council. The council is comprised of the senior-most retail executives who are responsible for global supply chain issues within their respective companies.​​​
Sunday 2/12/2017 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Conference Orientation
Whether you are a new attendee or a 10-year veteran, attend this pre-session to ask questions of, learn tips from, and network with conference veterans and RILA staff. 
Sunday 2/12/2017 - 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Colleagues & Cocktails
Please join us at this welcome reception to kick off the 2016 Retail Supply Chain Conference. This conference will be broken down into five focus areas enabling you to network and converse with like-minded peers. The focus areas will include Distribution, International Logistics & Sourcing, Supply Chain Planning, and Transportation.​
Monday 2/13/2017 - 6:45 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.
Breakfast
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
Monday 2/13/2017 - 7:00 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Registration & Information Desk Open
Pick up your registration materials here, along with answers to all your questions.​​
Monday 2/13/2017 - 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Welcome & Conference Kickoff
Monday 2/13/2017 - 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Opening Keynote: Perspectives From the C-Suite
Monday 2/13/2017 - 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Making Innovation a Habit
Monday 2/13/2017 - 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Putting Distribution Money in Their Jeans
International Logistics & Sourcing Interactive Session
Transload Insights: Better Flexibility and Cost Savings
Leveraging Analytics for Supply Chain Advantage in the Changing Retail Marketplace
Designing the Omnichannel Supply Chain with Integrated Optimization & Simulation
A Retailer’s Perspective on Port Diversification Strategies
Monday 2/13/2017 - 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Lunch
Join your peers for lunch and networking before listening to our lunch speaker.​
Monday 2/13/2017 - 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Above All Else: The Power of Passion
Monday 2/13/2017 - 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Preview
Take this time to get a preview of the Exhibit Hall, enabling you to chart your course for later or engage in an early conversation among retailers and solution providers.
Monday 2/13/2017 - 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Distribution Interactive Session
Keeping Score: Carrier, Customers and Shippers of Choice
Strategies for Managing International Excellence- Capitalizing on the Current Landscape
The Moment of Truth: Leveraging Supply Chain Analytics to Improve On-Shelf Availability
From Labor to Infrastructure: How Current Legislation Will Impact Your Business
The Power of Productive Conflict
Monday 2/13/2017 - 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Short Takes from Retail Supply Chain Leaders
Monday 2/13/2017 - 5:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Networking in the Exhibit Hall
Join other conference attendees for this great networking opportunity.
Tuesday 2/14/2017 - 7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Registration & Information Desk Open
Pick up your registration materials here, along with answers to all your questions.
Tuesday 2/14/2017 - 7:15 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
Tuesday 2/14/2017 - 8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Welcome Remarks
Tuesday 2/14/2017 - 8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
The Diverse Supply Chain
Tuesday 2/14/2017 - 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Executive Panel: Leadership, People, and Change Management
Tuesday 2/14/2017 - 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Global Supply Chain Landscape: Building Your Global Network
How Do You Plan Inventory in an Omnichannel Retail World?
Fulfilling the Promise of E-Commerce Fulfillment
What Keeps You Awake? Issues Facing Transportation Executives
Urban Distribution Strategies
Tuesday 2/14/2017 - 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
Join us for lunch and networking in the exhibit hall.​​​​
Tuesday 2/14/2017 - 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Is Supply Chain Leading Innovation at your Company?
Retaining Top Talent for Future Opportunities
Overcoming Supply Chain Challenges in International Markets
Customer Centricity in the Final Mile
Benefits of Robust Retail S&OP
Tuesday 2/14/2017 - 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
The Connected Future
Tuesday 2/14/2017 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where to Turn When the Political Climate Heats Up
Tuesday 2/14/2017 - 5:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Networking in the Exhibit Hall
Join other conference attendees for this great networking opportunity.
Wednesday 2/15/2017 - 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
Wednesday 2/15/2017 - 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Retail Supply Chain Reboot: Nimbly Facing the Unknown
Wednesday 2/15/2017 - 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Closing Keynote: It's Your Ship
Wednesday 2/15/2017 - 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
People First: Building a Supply Chain Team for the Future