The Retail Industry Leaders
Association (RILA) kicked off the second day of the 2013 RILA Logistics
Conference with a presentation from Chris Gaffney, senior vice president,
product supply system-strategy for The Coca-Cola Company. Chris is recognized
as transforming Coca-Cola’s supply chain and shared his lessons during the
Later in the day, a moderated presentation titled, Mythbusters: Natural Gas
Transportation, discussed natural gas transportation that focuses on real world
trucking applications, and the myth and facts about bringing natural gas into
“Evolution in supply chain technology and transportation practices is key to
ensuring the movement of goods remains efficient and consumer demand is met. As
supply chain professionals continue to forecast the future of goods-movement,
sustainability also remains a core objective to the industry,” said Lisa
LaBruno, senior vice president of retail operations.
Attendees also heard a presentation from internationally-known leadership
expert Rebecca Shambaugh. Rebecca discussed the need for business leaders to
embrace and leverage the broader spectrum of gender intelligence to foster a
balanced leadership perspective, leading to better business results.
New to the Logistics Conference, breakout track titled Inventory Management,
highlighted the integration and optimization between inventory management
practices and end-to-end supply chain. This collaboration leads to significant
advantages, especially due to growing significance of supporting omni-channel
strategies. The session focused on organization, planning and allocation,
replenishment and logistics.
Other breakouts subjects like multichannel retailing, transportation and
distribution targeted the complexities of keeping pace with today’s
multichannel shopper, handling automated, multichannel operations, and offering
insight into governmental policies and operational advances affecting
transportation processes today.
“We are very proud of our breakout sessions this year. Bringing these
critical topics to the forefront of our conference will benefit all industry
players with the same common goals,” said LaBruno.
RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail
companies. 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.