• Retail Supply Chain Conference

    Retail Supply Chain Conference:

    ​2015 Keynote Speaker - Michael Polk, CEO of Newell Rubbermaid
  • Retail Supply Chain Conference

    Retail Supply Chain Conference:

    It is the premier event of the year.
  • Retail Supply Chain Conference

    Retail Supply Chain Conference:

    ​Robert Bianchi, CEO, NEXCOM delivers the 2014 keynote address.

Retail Supply Chain Conference

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2016 Retail Supply Chain Conference
February 28-March 2, 2016
Dallas, TX

2015 Conference Recap:


Real People. Real Experiences. Real Education.


Monday General Session

RILA kicked off the 30th annual Retail Supply Chain Conference in Orlando, with a keynote address delivered by President and CEO of Newell Rubbermaid, Michael Polk. Attended by more than 1500 top executives from the retail supply chain industry, the conference offered unique learning experiences and opportunities for networking with thought-leaders from across every retail channel.

A few highlights:

Michael Polk

Michael Polk
President & CEO of Newell Rubbermaid

President & CEO of Newell Rubbermaid Michael Polk shared insights on how the $6 billion global marketer of consumer and commercial products is transforming its global supply chain to unlock the trapped capacity for growth as part of the company's Growth Game Plan strategy. 

Journalist and Author for Fortune Magazine Nina Easton discussed the current political and economic landscape and how trends in the domestic and global economies will impact the retail industry.

Billy Beane, Oakland A’s general manager and inspirational subject of the movie Moneyball, explained his innovative approach to using data in a business that was primarily personality- and intuition-driven – with many applicable lessons to today’s supply chain challenges.

Home Depot’s Mark Holifield, Walmart’s Dave Reiff, Sears Bill Hutchinson and Checkpoint System’s Farrokh Abadi held an engaging session discussing the results of the 5th annual State of the Retail Supply Chain Study, specifically focusing on supply chain strategy, merchant and store relationships, omni-channel fulfillment and delivery, and the supply chain of 2020.

Women in Supply Chain Panel

Women in Supply Chain Panel
(from left: Audrey Manacek, Partner,McKinsey & Company; Keri Jones, Executive Vice President, Merchandise Planning & Operations, Target Corporation; Karen Casey, Senior Vice President, HR Logistics, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Lori Bossmann, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain & Retail Support, Ace Hardware Corporation; and Mary Dillon, Chief Executive Officer, ULTA Beauty

The Women in Supply Chain Breakfast Session featured Mary Dillon, CEO, ULTA Beauty; Lori Bossmann, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain & Retail Support, Ace Hardware; Karen Casey, Senior Vice President, HR Logistics, Wal-Mart Stores; and Keri Jones, Executive Vice President, Merchandise Planning & Operations, Target; in an interactive panel discussion on leadership, organizational change, skill development, talent management and more.

Mary Dillon

Mary Dillon
Chief Executive Officer, ULTA Beauty

Mary Dillon, CEO of ULTA Beauty shared her vision for the growing company, her perspective on leadership and the focus on the future for one of the largest beauty retailers that provides one-stop shopping for prestige, mass and salon products and salon services in the United States.

Steve Szilagyi, chief supply chain officer of Lowe’s Companies, Inc. shared how Lowe’s has created a culture where safety is the highest value; where principles lead behavior; where leaders build safety first into every activity; and how this has resulted in a significant reduction in workplace injuries.

A panel of last mile solution providers from Belk, Inc.; Deliv, Inc.; Zipments; and Google Express shared how they are changing the model for last mile and same day delivery.

In-depth discussion and supply chain education also took place in our breakout sessions, focused around the key issues of distribution, transportation, international logistics & sourcing, omni-channel, and supply chain analytics.

“Designed for retailers by retailers, the programs offered at RILA's Retail Supply Chain Conference distinguish this event from any other," said Lisa LaBruno, RILA's senior vice president of retail operations. "The opportunity to network with the nation's top retail executives and engage in meaningful discussions on industry challenges positions attendees to implement real solutions in their everyday operations. RILA and the conference steering committee are proud of this year's top-notch program and we look forward to the next few days of speakers and events."

Please mark your calendar and join us next year in Dallas, TX, February 28 - March 2, 2016!

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