Robert Bianchi, Chief Executive Officer, Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM)
Kicking off the three day conference, Robert Bianchi, Rear Admiral, Supply Corps, U.S. Navy (Ret.) and current CEO of NEXCOM shared his unique perspective as the first civilian CEO of the $3 billion operation and the daily challenges of maintaining a global logistics and quality of life support network to U.S. Navy and allied forces worldwide.
Later, Peter Navarro, industry pundit, business professor at the University California – Irvine and author of several books including Always a Winner, shared an analysis of the domestic and global economic picture, highlighting trends likely to impact the retail industry. Over lunch, attendees enjoyed CBS commentator, former professional golfer and best-selling author David Feherty share anecdotes from his time playing on and covering the PGA tour.
“Every year attendance grows and new supply chain challenges emerge. Because our program is developed by the industry experts themselves, who sit on our conference steering committee, RILA is uniquely positioned to deliver new and forward-looking educational opportunities. ” said Lisa LaBruno, senior vice president of retail operation at RILA. “RILA and the Conference Steering Committee are proud to host this event and showcase emerging trends to the world-class leaders who attend.”
A panel of retail executives closed out the first day of RILA’s 2014 Retail Supply Chain Conference with a session titled, Achieving Supply Chain Excellence in a Dynamic Era. Top supply chain executives from Petco, Meijer and Target joined to address strategies and perspectives on emerging logistics challenges, specifically focusing on topics from RILA and Auburn University’s 4th annual State of the Retail Supply Chain report: building your omni-channel capabilities, developing your supply chain management talent pool, managing metrics and analytics, and recognizing emerging challenges.
Women in Supply Chain Panel (from left: Laura Wilkin, Senior Vice President, Replenishment, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., June Youngs, Vice President, Distribution Operations, CVS Caremark Corporation, Loray Mosher, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Supply Chain Management Research Center, University of Arkansas, Rebecca S. Halstead, Former Brigadier General
The second day of the 2014 Retail Supply Chain Conference opened with a focus on its Women in Supply Chain Network, which brings together those who support the professional development of women in the retail supply chain field. The second day of the three-day event treated the more than 1500 supply chain professionals in attendance to an outstanding educational program and meaningful networking opportunities with senior members of the retail community.
First, an elite panel of women, all supply chain executives, discussed the roles and experiences of women in the field, and shared developments in supply chain and logistics among leading retailers. Panelists included thought-leaders from Walmart, CVS Caremark, and the University of Arkansas, and the discussion was moderated by Brigadier General Becky Halstead, U.S. Army (Ret.), the former commander of the U.S. Army’s wartime logistics operations in Iraq. Following breakfast, General Halstead, the first female graduate of West Point to be promoted to General Officer and the first female in U.S. history to command in combat at the strategic level, delivered an inspiring keynote in which she shared her historic rise as a leader.
Lisa LaBruno, senior vice president of retail operations at RILA
“The supply chain field is full of smart, determined and successful women leaders. I am proud that RILA is uniquely positioned to showcase these women and at the same time inform our audience on topics that matter to our collective audience, like the benefits to a diverse workforce, courageous leadership and solutions for addressing emerging supply chain challenges,” said Lisa LaBruno, senior vice president of retail operations at RILA.
New to the 2014 Retail Supply Chain Conference is the Leadership & Development track, a breakout session on day two featured a talent management roundtable, where executives from JCPenney, Abercrombie & Fitch and Ryder Supply Chain Solutions shared insights on cultivating talent in the high energy and often shifting supply chain environment.
Closing out day two of the 2014 Retail Supply Chain Conference was a general session panel discussion on responding to crises. Executives from The Home Depot, CVS Caremark, Niagara Bottling and the Hub Group engaged in a vigorous discussion, moderated by FEMA’s Region IX Response Division Director, on how to best meet consumers’ needs during challenging times and the importance of developing response plans before they are needed.
RILA wrapped up the final day its 29th annual Retail Supply Chain Conference with author, columnist and broadcaster, Mitch Albom, who expanded on the themes of his newest book, The First Phone Call from Heaven. The session was an uplifting end to the largest annual gathering of the top supply chain executives in the retail industry, capping four days of meaningful networking and information-packed education among this elite group of leaders.
Earlier that morning, author James Hunter explored the themes of his work, Servant Leadership, with conference attendees, addressing the true essence of leadership and the influence executives have on colleagues and organizations.
“Each year the Retail Supply Chain Conference grows and becomes stronger,” said LaBruno. “Yet every year, the progress, ideas and discussion that the conference fosters is inspiring. If you are missing out on the opportunities the conference provides, you need to get involved or be left behind.”
Please mark your calendar and join us next year in Orlando,
February 22 - 25, 2015.
Retail Supply Chain Study
Download the Fourth Annual State of the Retail Supply Chain
Auburn University in partnership with the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and with sponsorship from JDA, presents the fourth annual State of The Retail Supply Chain Report today. The study reveals that retailers are investing in resources that will fuel revenue growth, support expansion of omni-channel fulfillment options, and harness big data for more accurate demand planning. The results also highlight the need for retailers to focus on supply chain talent management, network growth, and resource optimization.
The report data was compiled through a series of interviews and surveys with retail supply chain executives. The goal of the study is to understand the capabilities that drive exceptional retail supply chain performance.