RILA President Brian Dodge launched us into day two with a preview of RILA’s advocacy work for the year, followed by a conversation with Levi Strauss CEO Chip Bergh. Bergh discussed his approach to values-driven leadership, sustainability, and innovation, and shared insights on the apparel brand’s strategy for long term success.
The morning also featured a breakfast session focused on women in supply chain, led by Dr. Nancy Nix, Executive Director Emeritus, AWESOME (Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations Management and Education) and Amy Carovillano, Vice President, Supply Chain, The Container Store Inc. The two discussed actionable ways to increase diversity of background, experience, and viewpoints in the retail supply chain industry.
Morgan Stanley research analysts Simeon Gutman and Ravi Shanker also took the stage to share insights into the latest transportation trends and their impact on retailers and solution providers.
Tuesday’s breakout sessions gave attendees the opportunity to deep dive into key industry topics, including: AI-based inventory optimization, next generation of supply chain leaders, new sourcing markets, changing role of the retail store, growing role of delivery, autonomous supply chain, reverse logistics, regional parcel optimization, future of work, automation & robotics in supply chain, fast adaptation, global supply chain, consumer shipping options.
After their technology showcase yesterday, the finalists of our Startup Innovation Awards for Supply Chain again took the main stage as we revealed this year’s winner, as voted on by retail attendees.
A big congratulations to our 2020 winner: Invent Analytics! Learn more about Invent here.
In “TED Talk”-style 30-minute executive insights sessions, attendees heard from Joe Bowe, Group Vice President, Supply Chain, Logistics & Real Estate, Sally Beauty and Bill Best, Vice President, Supply Chain & Logistics, Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) on how the two companies are adapting their supply chains to meet the demands of modern markets and consumers.
The day wrapped with a final opportunity for attendees to visit the Expo Experience to network with solution providers and learn more about the innovative technologies shaping the future of retail supply chains.
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