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.​

Session Track Legend:
Distribution
International Logistics & Sourcing
Supply Chain Planning
Transportation
Supply Chain Medley
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Golf Tournament
Sponsor(s):

National Retail Systems, Inc.
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.
Longhorn Marble Foyer
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. 
Texas 1-3
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.​
Center Prefunction
Sponsor(s):

GENCO
6:45 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.
Breakfast
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
Center Prefunction
Sponsor(s):

LOG-NET
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.​​
Longhorn Marble Foyer
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Welcome & Conference Kickoff
Texas Ballroom
8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Opening Keynote: Perspectives From the C-Suite
Target CEO Brian Cornell will open the 2016 Retail Supply Chain Conference, discussing the changing nature of retail, and supply chain’s critical role in serving the customer.
Texas Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Cornell,Brian_circle.gifBrian Cornell, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Target​​​​ ​
Sponsor(s):

Kurt Salmon
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Making Innovation a Habit
In today's fast-changing retail world, innovation isn't a luxury, it is a necessity. The ability to learn and innovate faster is one of the few sustainable sources of competitive advantage, but how do you build a culture that fosters innovation?  Uri Neren works with top companies and innovators across industries, and will share insights about how to create a climate of innovation in your team and your company, making top-line growth reliable and repeatable, and collaborating to build an approach to innovation that will help keep you ahead of your competitors today, and in the future. ​
Texas Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Uri Neren, President, ​Innovators International 
Sponsor(s):

Dematic
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Putting Distribution Money in Their Jeans
The cost of distribution — the real cost of what it takes to get the goods per unit from the DC to the store — is often lost in the overall cost of “Supply Chain.” However, the costs incurred inside the DC can be significant, and in the omnichannel world, they can be the difference between making profit or not. This session will explore a real-life case study of a vertically-integrated retailer and wholesaler of accessible premium denim, apparel and accessories, in terms of their DC cost structure and the methods they used to decrease distribution expenses, including: automation, process improvement, labor management etc. We’ll dig into how and why DC design decisions were made and the impact on the bottom line, from a retail, wholesale and E-Commerce distribution model perspective.​​​​​
Grapevine A
Speaker(s):

​Stephen Horak, ​Planning, Allocation, & Supply Chain, Lucky Brand
Krish Nathan, Chief Executive Officer, SDI Industries 
Brian SouthwellVice President, Business Development & Marketing​, Taylored Services

Session Architect: ​​​

Carlos Menezes​, Vice President, Distribution & Operations Planning, Canadian Tire​​​​​​​​​​​​​
International Logistics & Sourcing Interactive Session
Join leaders in international logistics and sourcing for an interactive session exploring the top issues of the day. Bring your burning questions and benchmark with your peers!​​​
Texas 1-3
Speaker(s):

​Laura CroweSenior Director, Global Logistics, Walmart
Curtis FoltzExecutive Director, Georgia Port Authority
Jeff DavisChief Port Operations Officer, Port of Houston Authority

Session Architects: ​​​

Paul Minor, ​Vice President, Transportation, Vendor Operations & Compliance, Petco Animal Supplies
John Moseley, Senior Director, Trade Development, Port of Houston Authority​
Sponsor(s):

NYK Yusen
A Retailer’s Perspective on Port Diversification Strategies
The impacts of port congestion as seen at both West and East Coast ports is often hard for retailers to quantify. There are impacts on human resources, inventory, transportation costs, product delivery delays, and more. As port congestion continues to mount, retailers are re-evaluating their sourcing strategies and near-sourcing is once again on the forefront of many minds. This session will dive deeper into the subject gaining a first-hand perspective from a retailer's perspective coupled with the subject matter expertise of one of their key service providers. The session will include discussion surrounding inventory management, improving supply chain visibility, and balancing carrier relationship all while managing cost.
Texas 4-6
Speaker(s):

​​Scott Collignon, Senior DirectorSupply Chain Operations, Cabela's
​Martin Bernstein, Director, Logistics, Cabela's
David Zimmermann, Vice President, North America, ​Maersk Line

Session Architects: ​​​

Nola Wood, Vice President, UPS Enterprise Accounts Sales, UPS
Ron Marotta, Vice President, OCM, Yusen Logistics
Sponsor(s):

NYK Yusen
Leveraging Analytics for Supply Chain Advantage in the Changing Retail Marketplace
Retailers are challenged with unprecedented changes in the marketplace due to macroeconomic factors, shifting consumer preferences, and increasing competition. Analytics is increasingly being used in marketing, merchandising, and operations to drive top and bottom line improvements. This session will provide interactive examples of how retailers are identifying and realizing cross-functional value through supply chain analytics merging multiple data sources. This session will also provide actionable steps to build sustainable analytics capabilities in the supply chain organization to enable agile, hypothesis driven decision support​​​.
Dallas 5-7
Speaker(s):

Steve Szilagyi, ​​Chief Supply Chain Officer, ​Lowe's 
Britt DaytonDirector, Deloitte 
Remzi Ural, Senior Manager, Deloitte

Session Architect: 
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Steve Szilagyi, ​​Chief Supply Chain Officer, ​Lowe's
Sponsor(s):

XPO Logistics
Designing the Omnichannel Supply Chain with Integrated Optimization & Simulation
Redesigning overall retail strategy through the eyes of the consumer with a seamless shopping experience at the core necessitates an ‘outside-in’ supply chain perspective and often big adjustments to supply chain operations. Often the omnichannel conversation starts with picking, packaging and shipping—but 80% of the value of omnichannel initiati​ves is locked into the design of the supply chain network. A leading retailer will highlight ways its supply chain needed to evolve in response to omnichannel strategy, and how they are using modeling and real-time data analytics to evaluate the cost and service trade-offs involved with these changes, simplifying the analysis of huge volumes of data. Attendees will learn through real-life cases examples of how to use a combination of optimization and simulation technology to best leverage all available distribution assets to fulfill orders across channels to provide an exceptional customer experience.​​ ​
Grapevine 1-3
Speaker(s):

Moderator: 
Toby Brzoznowski, Executive Vice President, ​LLamasoft

Panelists:
​Earl Davis, Director, Retail Supply Chain, Cabela's
Peter Hunnewell, Director, Supply Chain Strategy, ​Michael Kors

Session Architects: ​​​​

Vik Srinivasan, Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, Meijer, Inc. ​
Jose Melendez, Regional Supply Chain Director, North America, SC Johnson
Sponsor(s):

XPO Logistics
Transload Insights: Better Flexibility and Cost Savings
Many variables impact how transportation containers flow throughout networks. Understanding these variables can lead to opportunities for retailers to reduce costs and increase reliability. Join us for a discussion on this lesser known, but critical part of the international and domestic supply chain. Key topics will include: equipment positioning and flow, balanced networks, flexibility, visibility, economics of transloading, and more.​​​​​​​
Grapevine C
Speaker(s):

John Paul Jimenez, ​Senior Manager, Transload Operations,​ ​The Home Depot
Don Esterbrook, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, NorthWest Seaport Alliance
Rob Brown, Senior Business Director, Intermodal Sales, ​Union Pacific

Session Architect: ​​​​

Jim Luebbe, Vice President, Logistics & Compliance, Ross Stores​​​​
Sponsor(s):

TOTE
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Lunch
Join your peers for lunch and networking before listening to our lunch speaker.​
Texas Ballroom
Sponsor(s):

OHL
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Above All Else: The Power of Passion
Jamie Clarke shares his inspiring and informative story about setting and reaching big goals. Hear how what he learned as a professional adventurer led him to success as an entrepreneur. He challenges audiences to consider "What's Your Everest?" and shares what he calls, the "Adventrepreneurial" spirit.
Texas Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Clarke,-Jamie_circle.gif​Jamie ClarkeAdventurer, Author, Filmmaker & Entrepreneur, ​LiveOutThere.com​​
Sponsor(s):

UPS
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.
Longhorn Exhibit Hall
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Distribution Interactive Session
This interactive session will explore how evolving customer expectations impact to the distribution network design. The session offers the opportunity to interact in small groups and report their findings and conclusions. This session offers attendees the chance to engage in small group discussion and the opportunity to hear from leading practitioners in the industry. The roundtable discussions will explore topics such as the voice of the customer, maximizing margins, and integrating the distribution function.
Grapevine A
Speaker(s):

Moderator: 
Chris Blickhan, Vice President, Business DevelopmentExel/DHL 

Panelists:​
Bill Best, Divisional Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, REI​
Rob Glynn, Vice President, Supply Chain Engineering, DC Support Services & Specialty Operations, ​Lowe's​

Session Architects: ​​​​

Bill Best, Divisional Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, REI
Fred Takavitz, Senior Vice President, Business Development, ​Exel/DHL ​​​
Strategies for Managing International Excellence- Capitalizing on the Current Landscape
This session will share insight and cutting-edge experience on how two retailers constructed full-spectrum, international sourcing and logistics models from the ground up. The results are successful retail enterprises, operating in a fast-paced, high-growth environment - spanning organic to M&A expansion activity. Orchestrating retail logistics programs that evolved in a relatively short period of time from small brick and mortar operations to national networks. Their operations include several hundred locations across the country and e-commerce platforms, requiring best-in class planning from sourcing to SKU-level management. 
Texas 1-3
Speaker(s):

Joe Barbieri, ​Title Director, International, Five Below
Debbie Ryan, Vice President, Global Transportation & Logistics, ​Ascena Retail Group
Rob GarrisonPresident, Global DivisionNFI

Session Architects: ​​​​

John Moseley, Senior Director, Trade Development, Port Of Houston Authority
Tony Zasimovich, Senior Vice President, Global Vertical Leader, Retail, ​APL Logistics ​​
Sponsor(s):

NYK Yusen
The Moment of Truth: Leveraging Supply Chain Analytics to Improve On-Shelf Availability
For many consumers the moment of truth is not always a positive one. The industry has identified that 9% of the time consumers cannot find the items they want, when they want them. Studies have shown that this is one of the largest factors contributing to consumer defection. Come hear how Nestle Purina is leveraging shopper insights, supply chain analytics and working with their retail partners to create solutions that improve on shelf availability. Balancing the tradeoffs between business growth and operational efficiency is challenging, but together we are improving the consumer experience while growing revenue.
Grapevine 1-3
Speaker(s):

Barry Henderson, Director, Supply Chain & Customer Development, Nestle Purina
Ben James, ​Senior Manager, Brand Insights, Nestle Purina
Matt Kurusz, Manager, Supply Chain & Customer Development, Nestle Purina​​​

Session Architects: 

Scott Collignon, Senior Director, Supply Chain Operations, Cabela's
Donna Howard, Vice President & Managing Director, Customer Supply Chain, ​Nestle Purina ​​​
Sponsor(s):

XPO Logistics
Keeping Score: Carrier, Customers and Shippers of Choice
The balance of power has inextricably shifted from shipper to carrier and for the first time in many shipper’s careers the new norm is a relationship defined by carrier needs and requirements. This shift in power has put new meaning and emphasis on the term “Shipper of Choice”. Many carriers are using scorecards to rate their customers across multiple dimensions as a means to evaluate both new business opportunities and existing customer relationships. Better scoring customers may receive access to capacity, preferred pricing and management attention. By focusing on key drivers of profitability and efficiency for the carrier, shippers can assist in creating a more fluid network and increasing total available capacity.
Grapevine C
Speaker(s):

Moderator: 
Matthew Menner, Senior Vice President, Transplace

Panelists:
Ryan Hanson, Senior Director, Domestic Transportation​, Target
Bryan WardSenior Director, Transportation, The Home Depot
Spencer Frazier, Senior Vice President, Sales, J.B. Hunt 
Craig Callahan, Senior Vice President, Sales, Werner Enterprises​​

Session Architects: ​​​​

Mike Burns, Vice President, Global Transportation Services, Big Lots 
Michelle Livingstone, Vice President, Transportation, The Home Depot​​
Sponsor(s):

TOTE
From Labor to Infrastructure: How Current Legislation Will Impact Your Business
Hear from top retailers about business implications of the Highway Bill, Overtime Wages, and Driver Shortage. Speakers will provide updates on current bills, risks and opportunities for businesses, and ultimately the potential impact to customers. Don’t let your company be caught off guard.​​
Dallas 5-7
Speaker(s):

Kelly Kolb, Vice President, Government Affairs, ​RILA
Paul Kardish, ​Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Schneider
Roger Libby, Senior Director, Corporate Public Policy, ​DP DHL 
 ​
Session Architect: 

Brian Stofflet, Director, Customer Supply Chain Management, Unilever
The Power of Productive Conflict
Even the best business relationships run into conflict. Whether the conflict leads to disaster or productive tension yielding positive results depends on how the conflict is managed. Establishing productive conflict strategies encourages employees to express differences of opinion, helps avoid dissension and promotes a team atmosphere. The Productive Conflict program gives associates the confidence to engage in difficult conversations in a way that is respectful, candid and result-oriented. In this session, you’ll learn how to speak-up when you object, address issues head-on and dive into potentially risky discussions without fear. The outcome? Consistently productive conversations where everyone feels listened to and commits to working toward a common goal.
Texas 4-6
Speaker(s):

Jason Daniels, Director, Training & Development, Tractor Supply Company​​​​
4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Short Takes from Retail Supply Chain Leaders
A highlight of the conference-- hear from three top executives in retail supply chain, each covering an aspect of the business that they are passionate about, in these brief, TED-talk style segments.​​
Texas Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Hornsby,-Derek_circle.jpg Derek Hornsby, Chief Supply Chain Officer, ULTA Beauty
Robbins_Mike_circle.jpgMike Robbins, ​S​​enior Vice President, Omnichannel Supply Chain, JC Penney
Engel,-Marc_circle.jpgMarc Engel, Chief Supply Chain Officer, ​Unilever​
Sponsor(s):

Hub Group / Unyson
5:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Networking in the Exhibit Hall
Join other conference attendees for this great networking opportunity.
Longhorn Exhibit Hall
Sponsor(s):

Direct ChassisLink Inc.
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.
Longhorn Marble Foyer
7:15 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
Center Prefunction
Sponsor(s):

Kuehne + Nagel
8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Welcome Remarks
Texas Ballroom
8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
The Diverse Supply Chain
Supply chain executives cite talent recruitment, development, and retention as a top issue. In today's retail world, companies can find competitive advantage in a diverse workforce, drawing from varied backgrounds, skill sets, abilities and perspectives. Trudy Bourgeois will share insights on building and leading a strong, diverse team.  
Texas Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Bourgeois,-Trudy_circle.jpg​​Trudy BourgeoisFounder & Chief Executive Officer, The Center for Workforce Excellence​​​​​​

Sponsor(s):

Damco
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Executive Panel: Leadership, People, and Change Management
​Join a panel of top supply chain executives as they share insights they've learned about leadership, effective teams, talent development, diversity, and much more.​
Texas Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Joshua,-Tracy_circle.jpgTracy Joshua, Vice President, Procurement Indirect, Kellogg
Reuben-Shaffer_circle.jpgReuben Shaffer, Vice President & ​Chief Diversity Officer, Kroger
spitz,-courtney_circle.jpgCourtney Spitz, Managing Director, ​Accenture
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Fulfilling the Promise of E-Commerce Fulfillment
Retailers and the manufacturers who serve them must balance the needs of their traditional, high-volume wholesale supply chain with the requirements of the faster growing ecommerce channel, all the while working to manage costs and provide a seamless customer experience. This presentation will offer insights from retail and retail manufacturing supply chain leaders… What are the most significant challenges to adapting traditional, high volume, high velocity supply chains to the "each pick" world of ecommerce? What strategies have leading organizations employed to manage ecommerce side-by-side with wholesale and retail inventories? How can organizations leverage their existing network, as well as flexible capacity such as 3PLs, to adapt their supply chains during this time of change? What are the key considerations for designing future supply chain networks? How do you manage the importance of returns across your enterprise? Is an All in One facility right for your business? When is the right time to consider Drop shipping or even using Vendor managed inventory versus fulfillment?
Grapevine A
Speaker(s):

Moderator: 
Greg Morello, Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, Port Logistics Group

Panelist: 
Mike Yerkes, Vice President, Logistics, Caleres
Andy Bowerman, Vice President, Logistics, ​Groupon Goods
Curt Bimschleger, Managing Director, Retail Logistics,​ GENCO​

Session Architects: 

Mike Kindy, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Dollar General
Curt Bimschleger, Managing Director, Retail Logistics, GENCO ​​​​
Urban Distribution Strategies
A perfect storm of complexity, competition, and cost is brewing around one of the greatest business opportunity for retailers. In an omnichannel world, future growth will come from urban areas, specifically young urbanites with disposable income and the highest service expectations of any generation. With Millennials and their wallets flocking to urban areas, the need for a tailored, key market service strategy in large urban areas could not be more critical. ​​​
Texas 4-6
Speaker(s):

Moderator:
John Samuel, ​Senior Manager, ​Kurt Salmon

Panelists:
Carl Weaver, Director, Logistics, 7-Eleven​​
Charles Armstrong, Founding Partner, ​Orion Advisors Group​

Session Architects: 

Belinda Bathie, Director, International Transportation, JC Penney
Frank Layo, Partner, Kurt Salmon​​​
Global Supply Chain Landscape: Building Your Global Network
Retailers discuss covering the two major phases of building an enterprise level global network. The first phase, “Inception – Where to Start?” will cover how to develop and execute a sourcing, consolidation and transportation strategy in various example regions, such as Mexico, Vietnam, and China. The second phase, “Evolution – Integration Strategies”, will cover how to take a global network to the next level by fully leveraging the benefit across the enterprise by developing product solution strategies, creating efficiency driving consolidations programs, such as kitting, and building a proactive transportation strategy to address port strikes, carrier shortages, and competitive pricing pressure.​​
Texas 1-3
Speaker(s):

Moderator:
Kory Kozar, ​Director, Vendor Operations, ​Petco Animal Supplies

Panelists: 
Ken Strait, Vice President, Product Development & Strategic Sourcing, Tractor Supply Company
Paul Minor, Vice President, Transportation, Vendor Operations & Compliance, Petco Animal Supplies​

Session Architects: 

Paul Minor, Vice President, Transportation, Vendor Operations & Compliance, Petco Animal Supplies 
Brian Gibson, Wilson Family Professor, Supply Chain Management, ​Auburn University
Sponsor(s):

NYK Yusen
How Do You Plan Inventory in an Omnichannel Retail World?
The past few years have seen massive investments in omnichannel capability building. Retailers are now turning their attention to optimizing the use of those capabilities. This next evolution is particularly important in terms of inventory planning and deployment to maximize the overall value from new fulfillment capabilities such as buy online, ship from store, and direct-to-consumer from Distribution Centers. This session will present leading planning practices being developed and implemented to optimize inventory deployment, and will present Deloitte Consulting’s perspective on how these practices can be applied for business value. Organizational implications and operating model considerations will be discussed. A panel of retailers representing different retail formats and product categories will share their perspectives and experiences around how to better plan inventory for omnichannel, and how their organizations are changing to enable these new planning capabilities.
Grapevine 1-3
Speaker(s):

Pat WalshSenior Director, Omnic​​hannel Operations, ​CVS Health
Anu Penmetcha, Chief of S​taff, Digital, Hudson's Bay

Session Architects: 

Ron Link, Senior Vice President, Logistics, CVS Health
Jeff Starecheski, Vice President, Transportation, ​CVS Health​​
Sponsor(s):

XPO Logistics
What Keeps You Awake? Issues Facing Transportation Executives
2014 and 2015 were challenging times for the transportation industry. From West Coast port disruptions and the resulting ripple effect of shifted cargo to the East Coast, to continued driver shortages and regulatory changes in the over the road market, to rail service level deterioration, the ability of retail transportation executives to meet their objectives was tested. But not all retailers are alike and each faced different challenges and different levels of impact from the various market and infrastructure forces. The landscape in 2016 and beyond looks no less challenging and each retailer must determine where and how best to apply finite resources in order to maximize performance. This session will provide a forum for interaction among participants to share points of view, ideas and solution to some of the most pressing transportation challenges faced by retail shippers.
Grapevine C
Speaker(s):

Moderator:
Thom Albrecht, Managing Director, Senior Equity Research Analyst Logistics & Transportation Services, BB&T Capital Markets

Panelists:
Michelle Livingstone, Vice President, Transportation, The Home Depot
Michael Burns, Vice President, Transportation, Big Lots

Session Architects: 

Michelle LivingstoneVice President, Transportation, The Home Depot
Michael BurnsVice President, Transportation, Big Lots
Sponsor(s):

TOTE
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
Join us for lunch and networking in the exhibit hall.​​​​
Longhorn Exhibit Hall
Sponsor(s):

FedEx Corporation
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Is Supply Chain Leading Innovation at your Company?
This session will focus on an exploration of how innovations in Supply Chain (thinking, design, and strategy) have driven new enterprise value for a Retailer – not just supply chain value. This session will discuss how several distribution innovations have created new capabilities and advantages for the retailer.  ​​
Grapevine A
Speaker(s):

Carson Landsgard, ​Senior Vice President, Field Distribution, ​Target​​ 

Session Architects: 

Vik Srinivasan, Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, Meijer
Steve Sigrist, Vice President, Customer Development Operations, Newell Rubbermaid​​
Overcoming Supply Chain Challenges in International Markets
Retailers continue to expand their business outside of their home countries in order to realize greater growth and profits. Senior supply chain leaders from Walmart and Luxottica will share their in-depth, personal experiences about the unique challenges associated with supply chain execution in Brazil, India and China. This session will be most interesting for supply chain leaders who are now or may soon be dealing with their own challenges in markets outside of North America, or those who have a general interest in global supply chain management. 
Texas 1-3
Speaker(s):

Massimo SaponeVice President, Logistics & Distribution Latin America, ​Luxottica Retail Group
Sumesh George, Senior Director, Supply Chain Strategy, ​Walmart

Session Architects: 

Gary Adams, Vice President, Global Logistics, Walmart
Fred Takavitz, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Exel/DHL​​
Sponsor(s):

NYK Yusen
Benefits of Robust Retail S&OP
​Come hear from retailers leading the charge on developing and driving benefit from a robust sales and operations planning process. As supply chain variability continues, retailers who can harness accurate forecasts are in a position to better control supply chain costs. This interactive session will share winning strategies from both retailer and manufacturing perspectives on how to optimize S&OP for your business as well as reviewing challenges faced along the way.
Grapevine 1-3
Speaker(s):

Moderator: 
Praveen Kishorepuria, Partner, Kurt Salmon​​

Panelists: 
June Youngs, Vice President, Corporate Logistics, CVS Health
Steve SigristVice PresidentCustomer Service, Newell Rubbermaid​​​​
Dean Burkett, Director, Demand Planning​, 7-Eleven

Session Architects: 

Steve Weith, Director, Logistics & Demand Chain, 7-Eleven
Frank Layo, Partner, Kurt Salmon 
Sponsor(s):

XPO Logistics
Customer Centricity in the Final Mile
Collaboration is the focus in the service delivery of our customer's needs. Manufacturers and retailers working together to meet final mile delivery needs regardless of merchandise type or mode drive customer satisfaction. It's not about "channel" is about the customer. ​
Grapevine C
Speaker(s):

Bill Connell, Senior Vice President, Logistics & Operations, Macy's
Josh Benton, ​Senior Director, Customer Supply ChainElectrolux ​
Brad Jacobs, Chief Executive Officer, ​XPO

Session Architects: 

Tyler Bronson, Senior Director, Distribution Strategy & Support, Dick's Sporting Goods
Patrick Ahern, Chief Commercial Officer, Premier Transportation
​​
Sponsor(s):

TOTE
Retaining Top Talent for Future Opportunities
Millennials are known for their drive and desire for upward mobility. The knock on this group is their propensity to bolt for new opportunities just when you get them acclimated and productive. After working so hard to attract and hire high potential supply chain talent, how can retailers keep these future leaders engaged? This year’s team of university students will take a deep dive into the topic of talent retention and present their research findings in a town hall forum. The forum will focus on the strategies and tools deployed by leading organizations to develop and keep top talent as well as what millennials look for in development programs​.
Texas 4-6
Speaker(s):

Rob Glynn, Vice President, Supply Chain Engineering, DC Support Services & Specialty Operations, ​Lowe's
Thomas Greenway, Directo​r, Supply Chain Strategy & Services, Meijer
Jevon Sparks, Senior Manager, Enterprise Supply Chain Support, JC Penney ​​​​​​
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
The Connected Future
​Drones, sensors, robots, the Internet of Things… technology is infiltrating every aspect of the retail supply chain.  Join our panel of technology experts and industry thought leaders for a look into the future of emerging and potentially disruptive technologies that will play a role in tomorrow's omnichannel supply chain.
Texas Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Moderator: 
Paula Rosenblum, Managing Partner, ​RSR Research

Panelists:
nordmark_jon_circle.png​Jon Nordmark, Chairman, eBags, Founder, ​Iterate Studi​o​
Anthos,-Pano_circle2.jpgPano Anthos, Managing Director, ​XRC Labs
Sponsor(s):

Green Mountain
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where to Turn When the Political Climate Heats Up
Amy Walter speaks with an insider's knowledge about the electoral process, congressional culture, and the Washington political scene on the whole. Join her for the latest scoop on the upcoming elections, Washington's dysfunction, and the people and strategy behind the current happenings in Congress and the White House.
Texas Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Walter,Amy_circle.gif​​Amy WalterNational Editor, Cook Political Report

Sponsor(s):

APL Logistics
5:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Networking in the Exhibit Hall
Join other conference attendees for this great networking opportunity.
Longhorn Exhibit Hall
Sponsor(s):

Optoro
7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
Texas Ballroom Lobby
Sponsor(s):

Prologis
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Retail Supply Chain Reboot: Nimbly Facing the Unknown
Retailers are investing in supply chain performance. To compete, retailers will need to create a Digital Supply Network containing four commanding advantages: Connected, Intelligent, Scalable and Rapid. Connected organizations enjoy real time visibility and seamless collaboration. Intelligent organizations derive customer insights through innovation and automation. They can then scale up operations efficiently and cost effectively, providing rapid planning and execution. 
Texas Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Gary Hanifan, ​Managing Director, Accenture StrategyRetail
Mirko Martich, Managing Director, Accenture Strategy, Retail
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Closing Keynote: It's Your Ship
When Mike Abrashoff took command of the USS Benfold, morale was low, turnover was high and performance ranked at the bottom of the Pacific Fleet. Twelve months later the ship was the benchmark for performance, using the very same crew. Mike will share the vital leadership lessons he learned as he led the remarkable turnaround of the ship.  
Texas Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Abrashoff,-Mike-circle.jpgMike AbrashoffFormer Commander, USS Benfold, Author & Co-Owner, Aegis Performance Group
Sponsor(s):

eBay enterprises / Innotrac
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
People First: Building a Supply Chain Team for the Future
Finding, managing, and developing talent is consistently listed as a top issue for supply chain leaders.  RILA and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) have joined forces to bring you a workshop on actionable tactics and tools for building your team and preparing f​or the demands of the ever-changing world of retail supply chain.​
Dallas 7
Speaker(s):

Stephany Goodnight, Vice President, Replenishment, ​AutoZone​​
Brian Gibson, ​Wilson Family Professor, Supply Chain Management, Auburn University
Sunday 2/28/2016 - 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Golf Tournament
Sponsor(s):

National Retail Systems, Inc.
Sunday 2/28/2016 - 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.
Longhorn Marble Foyer
Sunday 2/28/2016 - 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 2/28/2016 - 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 2/28/2016 - 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. 
Texas 1-3
Sunday 2/28/2016 - 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.​
Center Prefunction
Sponsor(s):

GENCO
Monday 2/29/2016 - 6:45 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.
Breakfast
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
Center Prefunction
Sponsor(s):

LOG-NET
Monday 2/29/2016 - 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.​​
Longhorn Marble Foyer
Monday 2/29/2016 - 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Welcome & Conference Kickoff
Texas Ballroom
Monday 2/29/2016 - 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Opening Keynote: Perspectives From the C-Suite
Target CEO Brian Cornell will open the 2016 Retail Supply Chain Conference, discussing the changing nature of retail, and supply chain’s critical role in serving the customer.
Texas Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Cornell,Brian_circle.gifBrian Cornell, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Target​​​​ ​
Sponsor(s):

Kurt Salmon
Monday 2/29/2016 - 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Making Innovation a Habit
In today's fast-changing retail world, innovation isn't a luxury, it is a necessity. The ability to learn and innovate faster is one of the few sustainable sources of competitive advantage, but how do you build a culture that fosters innovation?  Uri Neren works with top companies and innovators across industries, and will share insights about how to create a climate of innovation in your team and your company, making top-line growth reliable and repeatable, and collaborating to build an approach to innovation that will help keep you ahead of your competitors today, and in the future. ​
Texas Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Uri Neren, President, ​Innovators International 
Sponsor(s):

Dematic
Monday 2/29/2016 - 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Putting Distribution Money in Their Jeans
The cost of distribution — the real cost of what it takes to get the goods per unit from the DC to the store — is often lost in the overall cost of “Supply Chain.” However, the costs incurred inside the DC can be significant, and in the omnichannel world, they can be the difference between making profit or not. This session will explore a real-life case study of a vertically-integrated retailer and wholesaler of accessible premium denim, apparel and accessories, in terms of their DC cost structure and the methods they used to decrease distribution expenses, including: automation, process improvement, labor management etc. We’ll dig into how and why DC design decisions were made and the impact on the bottom line, from a retail, wholesale and E-Commerce distribution model perspective.​​​​​
Grapevine A
Speaker(s):

​Stephen Horak, ​Planning, Allocation, & Supply Chain, Lucky Brand
Krish Nathan, Chief Executive Officer, SDI Industries 
Brian SouthwellVice President, Business Development & Marketing​, Taylored Services

Session Architect: ​​​

Carlos Menezes​, Vice President, Distribution & Operations Planning, Canadian Tire​​​​​​​​​​​​​
International Logistics & Sourcing Interactive Session
Join leaders in international logistics and sourcing for an interactive session exploring the top issues of the day. Bring your burning questions and benchmark with your peers!​​​
Texas 1-3
Speaker(s):

​Laura CroweSenior Director, Global Logistics, Walmart
Curtis FoltzExecutive Director, Georgia Port Authority
Jeff DavisChief Port Operations Officer, Port of Houston Authority

Session Architects: ​​​

Paul Minor, ​Vice President, Transportation, Vendor Operations & Compliance, Petco Animal Supplies
John Moseley, Senior Director, Trade Development, Port of Houston Authority​
Sponsor(s):

NYK Yusen
A Retailer’s Perspective on Port Diversification Strategies
The impacts of port congestion as seen at both West and East Coast ports is often hard for retailers to quantify. There are impacts on human resources, inventory, transportation costs, product delivery delays, and more. As port congestion continues to mount, retailers are re-evaluating their sourcing strategies and near-sourcing is once again on the forefront of many minds. This session will dive deeper into the subject gaining a first-hand perspective from a retailer's perspective coupled with the subject matter expertise of one of their key service providers. The session will include discussion surrounding inventory management, improving supply chain visibility, and balancing carrier relationship all while managing cost.
Texas 4-6
Speaker(s):

​​Scott Collignon, Senior DirectorSupply Chain Operations, Cabela's
​Martin Bernstein, Director, Logistics, Cabela's
David Zimmermann, Vice President, North America, ​Maersk Line

Session Architects: ​​​

Nola Wood, Vice President, UPS Enterprise Accounts Sales, UPS
Ron Marotta, Vice President, OCM, Yusen Logistics
Sponsor(s):

NYK Yusen
Leveraging Analytics for Supply Chain Advantage in the Changing Retail Marketplace
Retailers are challenged with unprecedented changes in the marketplace due to macroeconomic factors, shifting consumer preferences, and increasing competition. Analytics is increasingly being used in marketing, merchandising, and operations to drive top and bottom line improvements. This session will provide interactive examples of how retailers are identifying and realizing cross-functional value through supply chain analytics merging multiple data sources. This session will also provide actionable steps to build sustainable analytics capabilities in the supply chain organization to enable agile, hypothesis driven decision support​​​.
Dallas 5-7
Speaker(s):

Steve Szilagyi, ​​Chief Supply Chain Officer, ​Lowe's 
Britt DaytonDirector, Deloitte 
Remzi Ural, Senior Manager, Deloitte

Session Architect: 
​​​​
Steve Szilagyi, ​​Chief Supply Chain Officer, ​Lowe's
Sponsor(s):

XPO Logistics
Designing the Omnichannel Supply Chain with Integrated Optimization & Simulation
Redesigning overall retail strategy through the eyes of the consumer with a seamless shopping experience at the core necessitates an ‘outside-in’ supply chain perspective and often big adjustments to supply chain operations. Often the omnichannel conversation starts with picking, packaging and shipping—but 80% of the value of omnichannel initiati​ves is locked into the design of the supply chain network. A leading retailer will highlight ways its supply chain needed to evolve in response to omnichannel strategy, and how they are using modeling and real-time data analytics to evaluate the cost and service trade-offs involved with these changes, simplifying the analysis of huge volumes of data. Attendees will learn through real-life cases examples of how to use a combination of optimization and simulation technology to best leverage all available distribution assets to fulfill orders across channels to provide an exceptional customer experience.​​ ​
Grapevine 1-3
Speaker(s):

Moderator: 
Toby Brzoznowski, Executive Vice President, ​LLamasoft

Panelists:
​Earl Davis, Director, Retail Supply Chain, Cabela's
Peter Hunnewell, Director, Supply Chain Strategy, ​Michael Kors

Session Architects: ​​​​

Vik Srinivasan, Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, Meijer, Inc. ​
Jose Melendez, Regional Supply Chain Director, North America, SC Johnson
Sponsor(s):

XPO Logistics
Transload Insights: Better Flexibility and Cost Savings
Many variables impact how transportation containers flow throughout networks. Understanding these variables can lead to opportunities for retailers to reduce costs and increase reliability. Join us for a discussion on this lesser known, but critical part of the international and domestic supply chain. Key topics will include: equipment positioning and flow, balanced networks, flexibility, visibility, economics of transloading, and more.​​​​​​​
Grapevine C
Speaker(s):

John Paul Jimenez, ​Senior Manager, Transload Operations,​ ​The Home Depot
Don Esterbrook, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, NorthWest Seaport Alliance
Rob Brown, Senior Business Director, Intermodal Sales, ​Union Pacific

Session Architect: ​​​​

Jim Luebbe, Vice President, Logistics & Compliance, Ross Stores​​​​
Sponsor(s):

TOTE
Monday 2/29/2016 - 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Lunch
Join your peers for lunch and networking before listening to our lunch speaker.​
Texas Ballroom
Sponsor(s):

OHL
Monday 2/29/2016 - 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Above All Else: The Power of Passion
Jamie Clarke shares his inspiring and informative story about setting and reaching big goals. Hear how what he learned as a professional adventurer led him to success as an entrepreneur. He challenges audiences to consider "What's Your Everest?" and shares what he calls, the "Adventrepreneurial" spirit.
Texas Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Clarke,-Jamie_circle.gif​Jamie ClarkeAdventurer, Author, Filmmaker & Entrepreneur, ​LiveOutThere.com​​
Sponsor(s):

UPS
Monday 2/29/2016 - 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.
Longhorn Exhibit Hall
Monday 2/29/2016 - 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Distribution Interactive Session
This interactive session will explore how evolving customer expectations impact to the distribution network design. The session offers the opportunity to interact in small groups and report their findings and conclusions. This session offers attendees the chance to engage in small group discussion and the opportunity to hear from leading practitioners in the industry. The roundtable discussions will explore topics such as the voice of the customer, maximizing margins, and integrating the distribution function.
Grapevine A
Speaker(s):

Moderator: 
Chris Blickhan, Vice President, Business DevelopmentExel/DHL 

Panelists:​
Bill Best, Divisional Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, REI​
Rob Glynn, Vice President, Supply Chain Engineering, DC Support Services & Specialty Operations, ​Lowe's​

Session Architects: ​​​​

Bill Best, Divisional Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, REI
Fred Takavitz, Senior Vice President, Business Development, ​Exel/DHL ​​​
Strategies for Managing International Excellence- Capitalizing on the Current Landscape
This session will share insight and cutting-edge experience on how two retailers constructed full-spectrum, international sourcing and logistics models from the ground up. The results are successful retail enterprises, operating in a fast-paced, high-growth environment - spanning organic to M&A expansion activity. Orchestrating retail logistics programs that evolved in a relatively short period of time from small brick and mortar operations to national networks. Their operations include several hundred locations across the country and e-commerce platforms, requiring best-in class planning from sourcing to SKU-level management. 
Texas 1-3
Speaker(s):

Joe Barbieri, ​Title Director, International, Five Below
Debbie Ryan, Vice President, Global Transportation & Logistics, ​Ascena Retail Group
Rob GarrisonPresident, Global DivisionNFI

Session Architects: ​​​​

John Moseley, Senior Director, Trade Development, Port Of Houston Authority
Tony Zasimovich, Senior Vice President, Global Vertical Leader, Retail, ​APL Logistics ​​
Sponsor(s):

NYK Yusen
The Moment of Truth: Leveraging Supply Chain Analytics to Improve On-Shelf Availability
For many consumers the moment of truth is not always a positive one. The industry has identified that 9% of the time consumers cannot find the items they want, when they want them. Studies have shown that this is one of the largest factors contributing to consumer defection. Come hear how Nestle Purina is leveraging shopper insights, supply chain analytics and working with their retail partners to create solutions that improve on shelf availability. Balancing the tradeoffs between business growth and operational efficiency is challenging, but together we are improving the consumer experience while growing revenue.
Grapevine 1-3
Speaker(s):

Barry Henderson, Director, Supply Chain & Customer Development, Nestle Purina
Ben James, ​Senior Manager, Brand Insights, Nestle Purina
Matt Kurusz, Manager, Supply Chain & Customer Development, Nestle Purina​​​

Session Architects: 

Scott Collignon, Senior Director, Supply Chain Operations, Cabela's
Donna Howard, Vice President & Managing Director, Customer Supply Chain, ​Nestle Purina ​​​
Sponsor(s):

XPO Logistics
Keeping Score: Carrier, Customers and Shippers of Choice
The balance of power has inextricably shifted from shipper to carrier and for the first time in many shipper’s careers the new norm is a relationship defined by carrier needs and requirements. This shift in power has put new meaning and emphasis on the term “Shipper of Choice”. Many carriers are using scorecards to rate their customers across multiple dimensions as a means to evaluate both new business opportunities and existing customer relationships. Better scoring customers may receive access to capacity, preferred pricing and management attention. By focusing on key drivers of profitability and efficiency for the carrier, shippers can assist in creating a more fluid network and increasing total available capacity.
Grapevine C
Speaker(s):

Moderator: 
Matthew Menner, Senior Vice President, Transplace

Panelists:
Ryan Hanson, Senior Director, Domestic Transportation​, Target
Bryan WardSenior Director, Transportation, The Home Depot
Spencer Frazier, Senior Vice President, Sales, J.B. Hunt 
Craig Callahan, Senior Vice President, Sales, Werner Enterprises​​

Session Architects: ​​​​

Mike Burns, Vice President, Global Transportation Services, Big Lots 
Michelle Livingstone, Vice President, Transportation, The Home Depot​​
Sponsor(s):

TOTE
From Labor to Infrastructure: How Current Legislation Will Impact Your Business
Hear from top retailers about business implications of the Highway Bill, Overtime Wages, and Driver Shortage. Speakers will provide updates on current bills, risks and opportunities for businesses, and ultimately the potential impact to customers. Don’t let your company be caught off guard.​​
Dallas 5-7
Speaker(s):

Kelly Kolb, Vice President, Government Affairs, ​RILA
Paul Kardish, ​Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Schneider
Roger Libby, Senior Director, Corporate Public Policy, ​DP DHL 
 ​
Session Architect: 

Brian Stofflet, Director, Customer Supply Chain Management, Unilever
The Power of Productive Conflict
Even the best business relationships run into conflict. Whether the conflict leads to disaster or productive tension yielding positive results depends on how the conflict is managed. Establishing productive conflict strategies encourages employees to express differences of opinion, helps avoid dissension and promotes a team atmosphere. The Productive Conflict program gives associates the confidence to engage in difficult conversations in a way that is respectful, candid and result-oriented. In this session, you’ll learn how to speak-up when you object, address issues head-on and dive into potentially risky discussions without fear. The outcome? Consistently productive conversations where everyone feels listened to and commits to working toward a common goal.
Texas 4-6
Speaker(s):

Jason Daniels, Director, Training & Development, Tractor Supply Company​​​​
Monday 2/29/2016 - 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Short Takes from Retail Supply Chain Leaders
A highlight of the conference-- hear from three top executives in retail supply chain, each covering an aspect of the business that they are passionate about, in these brief, TED-talk style segments.​​
Texas Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Hornsby,-Derek_circle.jpg Derek Hornsby, Chief Supply Chain Officer, ULTA Beauty
Robbins_Mike_circle.jpgMike Robbins, ​S​​enior Vice President, Omnichannel Supply Chain, JC Penney
Engel,-Marc_circle.jpgMarc Engel, Chief Supply Chain Officer, ​Unilever​
Sponsor(s):

Hub Group / Unyson
Monday 2/29/2016 - 5:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Networking in the Exhibit Hall
Join other conference attendees for this great networking opportunity.
Longhorn Exhibit Hall
Sponsor(s):

Direct ChassisLink Inc.
Tuesday 3/1/2016 - 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.
Longhorn Marble Foyer
Tuesday 3/1/2016 - 7:15 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
Center Prefunction
Sponsor(s):

Kuehne + Nagel
Tuesday 3/1/2016 - 8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Welcome Remarks
Texas Ballroom
Tuesday 3/1/2016 - 8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
The Diverse Supply Chain
Supply chain executives cite talent recruitment, development, and retention as a top issue. In today's retail world, companies can find competitive advantage in a diverse workforce, drawing from varied backgrounds, skill sets, abilities and perspectives. Trudy Bourgeois will share insights on building and leading a strong, diverse team.  
Texas Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Bourgeois,-Trudy_circle.jpg​​Trudy BourgeoisFounder & Chief Executive Officer, The Center for Workforce Excellence​​​​​​

Sponsor(s):

Damco
Tuesday 3/1/2016 - 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Executive Panel: Leadership, People, and Change Management
​Join a panel of top supply chain executives as they share insights they've learned about leadership, effective teams, talent development, diversity, and much more.​
Texas Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Joshua,-Tracy_circle.jpgTracy Joshua, Vice President, Procurement Indirect, Kellogg
Reuben-Shaffer_circle.jpgReuben Shaffer, Vice President & ​Chief Diversity Officer, Kroger
spitz,-courtney_circle.jpgCourtney Spitz, Managing Director, ​Accenture
Tuesday 3/1/2016 - 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Fulfilling the Promise of E-Commerce Fulfillment
Retailers and the manufacturers who serve them must balance the needs of their traditional, high-volume wholesale supply chain with the requirements of the faster growing ecommerce channel, all the while working to manage costs and provide a seamless customer experience. This presentation will offer insights from retail and retail manufacturing supply chain leaders… What are the most significant challenges to adapting traditional, high volume, high velocity supply chains to the "each pick" world of ecommerce? What strategies have leading organizations employed to manage ecommerce side-by-side with wholesale and retail inventories? How can organizations leverage their existing network, as well as flexible capacity such as 3PLs, to adapt their supply chains during this time of change? What are the key considerations for designing future supply chain networks? How do you manage the importance of returns across your enterprise? Is an All in One facility right for your business? When is the right time to consider Drop shipping or even using Vendor managed inventory versus fulfillment?
Grapevine A
Speaker(s):

Moderator: 
Greg Morello, Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, Port Logistics Group

Panelist: 
Mike Yerkes, Vice President, Logistics, Caleres
Andy Bowerman, Vice President, Logistics, ​Groupon Goods
Curt Bimschleger, Managing Director, Retail Logistics,​ GENCO​

Session Architects: 

Mike Kindy, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Dollar General
Curt Bimschleger, Managing Director, Retail Logistics, GENCO ​​​​
Urban Distribution Strategies
A perfect storm of complexity, competition, and cost is brewing around one of the greatest business opportunity for retailers. In an omnichannel world, future growth will come from urban areas, specifically young urbanites with disposable income and the highest service expectations of any generation. With Millennials and their wallets flocking to urban areas, the need for a tailored, key market service strategy in large urban areas could not be more critical. ​​​
Texas 4-6
Speaker(s):

Moderator:
John Samuel, ​Senior Manager, ​Kurt Salmon

Panelists:
Carl Weaver, Director, Logistics, 7-Eleven​​
Charles Armstrong, Founding Partner, ​Orion Advisors Group​

Session Architects: 

Belinda Bathie, Director, International Transportation, JC Penney
Frank Layo, Partner, Kurt Salmon​​​
Global Supply Chain Landscape: Building Your Global Network
Retailers discuss covering the two major phases of building an enterprise level global network. The first phase, “Inception – Where to Start?” will cover how to develop and execute a sourcing, consolidation and transportation strategy in various example regions, such as Mexico, Vietnam, and China. The second phase, “Evolution – Integration Strategies”, will cover how to take a global network to the next level by fully leveraging the benefit across the enterprise by developing product solution strategies, creating efficiency driving consolidations programs, such as kitting, and building a proactive transportation strategy to address port strikes, carrier shortages, and competitive pricing pressure.​​
Texas 1-3
Speaker(s):

Moderator:
Kory Kozar, ​Director, Vendor Operations, ​Petco Animal Supplies

Panelists: 
Ken Strait, Vice President, Product Development & Strategic Sourcing, Tractor Supply Company
Paul Minor, Vice President, Transportation, Vendor Operations & Compliance, Petco Animal Supplies​

Session Architects: 

Paul Minor, Vice President, Transportation, Vendor Operations & Compliance, Petco Animal Supplies 
Brian Gibson, Wilson Family Professor, Supply Chain Management, ​Auburn University
Sponsor(s):

NYK Yusen
How Do You Plan Inventory in an Omnichannel Retail World?
The past few years have seen massive investments in omnichannel capability building. Retailers are now turning their attention to optimizing the use of those capabilities. This next evolution is particularly important in terms of inventory planning and deployment to maximize the overall value from new fulfillment capabilities such as buy online, ship from store, and direct-to-consumer from Distribution Centers. This session will present leading planning practices being developed and implemented to optimize inventory deployment, and will present Deloitte Consulting’s perspective on how these practices can be applied for business value. Organizational implications and operating model considerations will be discussed. A panel of retailers representing different retail formats and product categories will share their perspectives and experiences around how to better plan inventory for omnichannel, and how their organizations are changing to enable these new planning capabilities.
Grapevine 1-3
Speaker(s):

Pat WalshSenior Director, Omnic​​hannel Operations, ​CVS Health
Anu Penmetcha, Chief of S​taff, Digital, Hudson's Bay

Session Architects: 

Ron Link, Senior Vice President, Logistics, CVS Health
Jeff Starecheski, Vice President, Transportation, ​CVS Health​​
Sponsor(s):

XPO Logistics
What Keeps You Awake? Issues Facing Transportation Executives
2014 and 2015 were challenging times for the transportation industry. From West Coast port disruptions and the resulting ripple effect of shifted cargo to the East Coast, to continued driver shortages and regulatory changes in the over the road market, to rail service level deterioration, the ability of retail transportation executives to meet their objectives was tested. But not all retailers are alike and each faced different challenges and different levels of impact from the various market and infrastructure forces. The landscape in 2016 and beyond looks no less challenging and each retailer must determine where and how best to apply finite resources in order to maximize performance. This session will provide a forum for interaction among participants to share points of view, ideas and solution to some of the most pressing transportation challenges faced by retail shippers.
Grapevine C
Speaker(s):

Moderator:
Thom Albrecht, Managing Director, Senior Equity Research Analyst Logistics & Transportation Services, BB&T Capital Markets

Panelists:
Michelle Livingstone, Vice President, Transportation, The Home Depot
Michael Burns, Vice President, Transportation, Big Lots

Session Architects: 

Michelle LivingstoneVice President, Transportation, The Home Depot
Michael BurnsVice President, Transportation, Big Lots
Sponsor(s):

TOTE
Tuesday 3/1/2016 - 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
Join us for lunch and networking in the exhibit hall.​​​​
Longhorn Exhibit Hall
Sponsor(s):

FedEx Corporation
Tuesday 3/1/2016 - 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Is Supply Chain Leading Innovation at your Company?
This session will focus on an exploration of how innovations in Supply Chain (thinking, design, and strategy) have driven new enterprise value for a Retailer – not just supply chain value. This session will discuss how several distribution innovations have created new capabilities and advantages for the retailer.  ​​
Grapevine A
Speaker(s):

Carson Landsgard, ​Senior Vice President, Field Distribution, ​Target​​ 

Session Architects: 

Vik Srinivasan, Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, Meijer
Steve Sigrist, Vice President, Customer Development Operations, Newell Rubbermaid​​
Overcoming Supply Chain Challenges in International Markets
Retailers continue to expand their business outside of their home countries in order to realize greater growth and profits. Senior supply chain leaders from Walmart and Luxottica will share their in-depth, personal experiences about the unique challenges associated with supply chain execution in Brazil, India and China. This session will be most interesting for supply chain leaders who are now or may soon be dealing with their own challenges in markets outside of North America, or those who have a general interest in global supply chain management. 
Texas 1-3
Speaker(s):

Massimo SaponeVice President, Logistics & Distribution Latin America, ​Luxottica Retail Group
Sumesh George, Senior Director, Supply Chain Strategy, ​Walmart

Session Architects: 

Gary Adams, Vice President, Global Logistics, Walmart
Fred Takavitz, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Exel/DHL​​
Sponsor(s):

NYK Yusen
Benefits of Robust Retail S&OP
​Come hear from retailers leading the charge on developing and driving benefit from a robust sales and operations planning process. As supply chain variability continues, retailers who can harness accurate forecasts are in a position to better control supply chain costs. This interactive session will share winning strategies from both retailer and manufacturing perspectives on how to optimize S&OP for your business as well as reviewing challenges faced along the way.
Grapevine 1-3
Speaker(s):

Moderator: 
Praveen Kishorepuria, Partner, Kurt Salmon​​

Panelists: 
June Youngs, Vice President, Corporate Logistics, CVS Health
Steve SigristVice PresidentCustomer Service, Newell Rubbermaid​​​​
Dean Burkett, Director, Demand Planning​, 7-Eleven

Session Architects: 

Steve Weith, Director, Logistics & Demand Chain, 7-Eleven
Frank Layo, Partner, Kurt Salmon 
Sponsor(s):

XPO Logistics
Customer Centricity in the Final Mile
Collaboration is the focus in the service delivery of our customer's needs. Manufacturers and retailers working together to meet final mile delivery needs regardless of merchandise type or mode drive customer satisfaction. It's not about "channel" is about the customer. ​
Grapevine C
Speaker(s):

Bill Connell, Senior Vice President, Logistics & Operations, Macy's
Josh Benton, ​Senior Director, Customer Supply ChainElectrolux ​
Brad Jacobs, Chief Executive Officer, ​XPO

Session Architects: 

Tyler Bronson, Senior Director, Distribution Strategy & Support, Dick's Sporting Goods
Patrick Ahern, Chief Commercial Officer, Premier Transportation
​​
Sponsor(s):

TOTE
Retaining Top Talent for Future Opportunities
Millennials are known for their drive and desire for upward mobility. The knock on this group is their propensity to bolt for new opportunities just when you get them acclimated and productive. After working so hard to attract and hire high potential supply chain talent, how can retailers keep these future leaders engaged? This year’s team of university students will take a deep dive into the topic of talent retention and present their research findings in a town hall forum. The forum will focus on the strategies and tools deployed by leading organizations to develop and keep top talent as well as what millennials look for in development programs​.
Texas 4-6
Speaker(s):

Rob Glynn, Vice President, Supply Chain Engineering, DC Support Services & Specialty Operations, ​Lowe's
Thomas Greenway, Directo​r, Supply Chain Strategy & Services, Meijer
Jevon Sparks, Senior Manager, Enterprise Supply Chain Support, JC Penney ​​​​​​
Tuesday 3/1/2016 - 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
The Connected Future
​Drones, sensors, robots, the Internet of Things… technology is infiltrating every aspect of the retail supply chain.  Join our panel of technology experts and industry thought leaders for a look into the future of emerging and potentially disruptive technologies that will play a role in tomorrow's omnichannel supply chain.
Texas Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Moderator: 
Paula Rosenblum, Managing Partner, ​RSR Research

Panelists:
nordmark_jon_circle.png​Jon Nordmark, Chairman, eBags, Founder, ​Iterate Studi​o​
Anthos,-Pano_circle2.jpgPano Anthos, Managing Director, ​XRC Labs
Sponsor(s):

Green Mountain
Tuesday 3/1/2016 - 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where to Turn When the Political Climate Heats Up
Amy Walter speaks with an insider's knowledge about the electoral process, congressional culture, and the Washington political scene on the whole. Join her for the latest scoop on the upcoming elections, Washington's dysfunction, and the people and strategy behind the current happenings in Congress and the White House.
Texas Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Walter,Amy_circle.gif​​Amy WalterNational Editor, Cook Political Report

Sponsor(s):

APL Logistics
Tuesday 3/1/2016 - 5:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Networking in the Exhibit Hall
Join other conference attendees for this great networking opportunity.
Longhorn Exhibit Hall
Sponsor(s):

Optoro
Wednesday 3/2/2016 - 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast
Join us for breakfast and networking before the day begins.
Texas Ballroom Lobby
Sponsor(s):

Prologis
Wednesday 3/2/2016 - 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Retail Supply Chain Reboot: Nimbly Facing the Unknown
Retailers are investing in supply chain performance. To compete, retailers will need to create a Digital Supply Network containing four commanding advantages: Connected, Intelligent, Scalable and Rapid. Connected organizations enjoy real time visibility and seamless collaboration. Intelligent organizations derive customer insights through innovation and automation. They can then scale up operations efficiently and cost effectively, providing rapid planning and execution. 
Texas Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Gary Hanifan, ​Managing Director, Accenture StrategyRetail
Mirko Martich, Managing Director, Accenture Strategy, Retail
Wednesday 3/2/2016 - 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Closing Keynote: It's Your Ship
When Mike Abrashoff took command of the USS Benfold, morale was low, turnover was high and performance ranked at the bottom of the Pacific Fleet. Twelve months later the ship was the benchmark for performance, using the very same crew. Mike will share the vital leadership lessons he learned as he led the remarkable turnaround of the ship.  
Texas Ballroom
Speaker(s):

Abrashoff,-Mike-circle.jpgMike AbrashoffFormer Commander, USS Benfold, Author & Co-Owner, Aegis Performance Group
Sponsor(s):

eBay enterprises / Innotrac
Wednesday 3/2/2016 - 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
People First: Building a Supply Chain Team for the Future
Finding, managing, and developing talent is consistently listed as a top issue for supply chain leaders.  RILA and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) have joined forces to bring you a workshop on actionable tactics and tools for building your team and preparing f​or the demands of the ever-changing world of retail supply chain.​
Dallas 7
Speaker(s):

Stephany Goodnight, Vice President, Replenishment, ​AutoZone​​
Brian Gibson, ​Wilson Family Professor, Supply Chain Management, Auburn University