Today, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) opened the 30th annual Retail Supply Chain Conference in Orlando, Florida with a keynote address delivered by President and CEO of Newell Rubbermaid, Michael Polk. Attended by 1500 top executives from the retail and supply chain industries, the conference offers unique learning experiences and opportunities for networking with thought-leaders from across every retail channel.
Now in its 30th year, RILA’s Retail Supply Chain Conference connects retail supply chain executives to discuss key issues facing the industry and participate in educational programs. RILA offers the following educational and innovative conference tracks to the program: Omni-channel, International Logistics & Sourcing, Distribution, Transportation, and Supply Chain Analytics.
Michael Polk, President and CEO of Newell Rubbermaid, delivered the keynote address this morning to open the three day conference. Polk shared how Newell Rubbermaid unlocked trapped capacity for growth by transforming the global supply chain and collaborating with retail customers, ultimately achieving a sustainable competitive advantage across the industry.
“The driving force behind Newell Rubbermaid’s rapid global growth, Michael Polk oversees one of the most extensive supply chain networks in the world. He offers a unique perspective on how to successfully navigate the common challenges of our industry and capture the full potential for growth in our global economy,” said Lisa LaBruno, senior vice president, retail operations at RILA. “Mike’s insights on the achievements at Newell Rubbermaid represent the kind of innovative and thought-provoking content attendees have come to expect from RILA’s Supply Chain Conference.”
Following the keynote address, author and Washington columnist 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. Over lunch, Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland A’s and subject of the movie Moneyball, shared 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.
“Designed for retailers by retailers, the programs offered at RILA's Retail Supply Chain Conference distinguish this event from any other," said LaBruno. "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."
The final session of the day, titled State of the Retail Supply Chain, featured a panel of retail executives discussing the results of the 5th annual State of the Retail Supply Chain Study, specifically supply chain strategy, merchant and store relationships, omni-channel fulfillment and delivery, and the supply chain of 2020. Panelists included top supply chain executives from The Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Sears Holdings, and Checkpoint Systems.
Other sessions included: The Looming Ports Crisis, Built for Agility: How Clarks Companies Is Redefining the Supply Chain, Transportation – Too Hot to Handle, The Future of Returns: An Offensive Weapon for Retailers?, Omni-channel Online: Impact on Customer Experience and Your Supply Chain, Leveraging the Store for Omni-channel Advantage, Jump into the Chassis Pool, The Business Case for Sustainability, Final Mile Delivery, Big and Small; Case Study: The Massive Profit Impact of Vendor Performance Improvement, Omni-channel Is Going Mobile, and Emerging Technology.
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.