The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) today closed out its 30th annual Retail Supply Chain Conference with a keynote address by polar explorer Ben Saunders. Saunders' story of persevering through one of the world's most challenging environments to reach the South Pole provided an inspiring bookend to the annual three day conference connecting more than 1500 supply chain executives from the retail industry for networking and educational sessions.
"After an arduous three days of in-depth discussions on the issues we face as retailers, Ben's message put our collective industry goals into perspective," said Lisa LaBruno, senior vice president of retail operations at RILA. "Ben's talk was a reminder that by embracing adversity and looking beyond short-term obstacles, we as leaders in our field can find creative solutions and find success in the most challenging of environments."
In a morning session titled When Generations Connect, millennial speaker and generational expert Hannah Ubl of BridgeWorks, challenged the traditional definition of a leader and highlighted ways that cross-generational business groups can better collaborate and capitalize on the talents of all their members. .
"After 30 years, I'm proud to say that RILA's Retail Supply Chain Conference remains the premier event for supply chain executives," said LaBruno. "With the quality of the program and the collective knowledge and expertise of our attendees growing each year, this event continues to set the standard for educational and networking opportunities in our industry. RILA looks forward to raising the bar again in 2016."
The Retail Industry Leaders Association's 2015 Retail Supply Chain Conference will be held February 28 – March 3, 2016 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.
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.