Ports Talk Disruption, Opportunity w/ Retail Execs

RILA’s LINK2022 will Feature Conversation w/ Top Port Execs

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)’s annual conference for retail’s leading supply chain executives – LINK2022: The Retail Supply Chain Conference – will feature a panel discussion with leaders of key U.S. ports. Executives from the Port of Long Beach, Northwest Seaport Alliance (Seattle-Tacoma), and Virginia Ports Authority will share insights into how ports are managing today’s heightened demand and preparing for the future.

“Disruption has been the name of the supply chain game for the last few years now, but this is an opportune moment for retailers and port executives to have a frank dialogue about the future of the nation’s supply chain,” said RILA Vice President of Supply Chain Jess Dankert. “Consumer demand is strong and still growing, that represents a challenge but also a huge opportunity for retailers. This session is a great chance for retailers to hear directly from the ports, ask questions, and learn how they can best prepare to meet the evolving needs of the consumer in the years ahead.”

The session, Navigating Disruption: A Conversation with Port Leaders, will feature:

  • Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero
  • Northwest Seaport Alliance Chief Operations Officer Tom Bellerud
  • Virginia Ports Authority CEO Stephen Edwards

The port leaders will also engage in small-group meetings with retailers for candid discussion and feedback about supply chain challenges.

“We’re thankful to have these leading port executives join us at LINK,” said Dankert. “After the last two years, this conversation can be another step toward shaping a better future for retailers and our partners at the nation’s largest ports.”

RILA’s LINK2022: The Retail Supply Chain Conference will take place February 20-23 in Dallas, TX. Press is invited to attend; all general sessions are on the record and breakout sessions are “off the record” only. Reporters can attend breakout sessions for educational purposes and may follow up with speakers and attendees for on-the-record comments. Please email Melissa Murdock at melissa.murdock@rila.org to obtain press credentials or to schedule interviews.   


RILA is the US trade association for leading retailers. We convene decision-makers, advocate for the industry, and promote operational excellence and innovation. Our aim is to elevate a dynamic industry by transforming the environment in which retailers operate.

RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad.
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