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Supply Chain 2020 is focused on 6 business-critical themes across 3 Tracks: Supply Chain Visibility; Workforce & Transformation Management; The Warehouse; Supply Chain Risk; Last Mile & Network Redesign; Growth, Margins & Profit

Conference Schedule (Subject to Change):
16th of June – 5:00pm
Welcome Keynotes
17th of June – 9:00am
Keynotes
18th of June – 9:00am
Keynotes
16th of June – 6:30pm
Welcome Drinks Reception
17th of June – 6:30pm
Drinks Reception
18th of June – 3:30pm
Conference Concludes
Keynotes
TIME
Headline Keynote: In Conversation with Brad Jacobs

Bradley S. Jacobs is the chairman and chief executive officer of XPO Logistics, Inc. and managing director of Jacobs Private Equity LLC. He has a unique track record in the business world, having founded five companies since 1979, including three public companies, and leading each of them to become a billion dollar or multi-billion dollar enterprise. Two of the companies, XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO) and United Rentals (NYSE: URI) are among the 20 best-performing stocks of the decade.

XPO is a top 10 global provider of transportation and logistics solutions, with approximately $17 billion of revenue. The company is the industry’s foremost champion of technological innovation and a leading service provider in fast-growing sectors such as e-commerce. Its operations span 30 countries, with 1,531 locations and approximately 100,000 employees serving 50,000 customers.

Prior to XPO, in 1997, Mr. Jacobs founded United Rentals, Inc. and created the world’s largest construction equipment rental company in 13 months. In the 10 years that Mr. Jacobs ran United Rentals, its stock outperformed the S&P 500 Index by 2.2 times.

Mr. Jacobs has raised over $25 billion of debt and equity capital, including two IPOs, and led teams that completed approximately 500 acquisitions in North America and Europe. Mr. Jacobs is an inductee of the American Rental Association Hall of Fame, an American Shipper Person of the Year and a member of the Business Council.

Speaker Logo Brad Jacobs Chairman & CEO XPO Logistics

TIME
Reflecting a Consumer-Centric Business Strategy Within Your Supply Chain

Putting the consumer at the heart of the business model helps drive business growth. Staying close to consumers through research and on-the-ground decision making can inform supply chain strategy in multiple ways:

  • Ensuring consumer preferences are the foundation of your supply chain strategy leading to improved service, quality, consistency and relevance
  • Delivering the right product, at the right moment to consumers and customers in multiple channels e.g. flexibility and agility, not just scale and volume
  • Focusing on making product the right way to meet the consumer demand for transparency and sustainability across the supply chain
  • Creating and operating a supply chain that is fully connected from shelf to field and which uses metrics to drive the right actions for consumers and suppliers

Speaker Logo Sandra MacQuillam Chief Supply Chain Officer Mondelēz

TIME
Keynote Fireside Chat: Overcome Challenges to Cross-Border Trade
  • Mexico ranks as the United States’ top trade partner, understand the current state of play and the opportunities for cross-border trade in the region
  • Find out about the opportunities presented by precision rail roading and the benefits to the customer including a consistent, reliable and predictable service
  • Learn the importance of strategic partnerships with railroads, ports, warehouse and trucking firms in order to create a seamless, robust and positive shipping experience cross-border

Speaker Logo Brian Hancock EVP, Chief Innovation Officer Kansas City Southern Railway Company

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Supply Chain Resiliency: The Need for Proactivity to Combat Risk
  • Build flexible staffing solutions that are nimble, quick execute and ensure excess capacity can be called upon to maintain operational functionality in the event of a disruption
  • Balance resiliency ambitions with competing investments in other strategic priorities and concurrent commercial objectives such as talent acquisition and technology integration
  • Learn lessons from Tsunamis, workforce strikes and how to build a customer support function to retain your customers during a crisis

Speaker Logo Shilpan Amin VP Global Purchasing and Supply Chain GM

TIME
Empowering Entrepreneurs to Stay at the Forefront of Logistics
  • Understand how to empower independent freight agents through flexible working hours, load security and a reliable stream of customers to ensure long-term success
  • Learn that freight matching (digital or otherwise) requires a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding your customer’s needs & the industry dynamics to be successfully
  • While tech. continues to impact, understand how relationships (e.g. with owner-operators and brokers) retain their critical important for the long-term viability of your business

Speaker Logo Joe Beacom Chief Safety & Operations Officer Landstar

TIME
Data, Transparency and Value Chain Efficiency
  • Get ahead of sustainability regulations with a forward-thing back-end system that will allow you to effectively report on material optimization and waste management
  • Assign monetary value to build the business case for circularity that drives greater efficiency in your network but also achieves both bottom and top-line value for your shareholders
  • Invest heavily in data collection and management at commodity level, leveraging big data for accurate forecasting and planning to increase effective resource planning

Speaker Logo Sami Naffakh Chief Operating Officer and EVP Arla Foods

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Collaboration to Achieve End-to-End Visibility in Your Supply Chain
  • Integrate people, assets and technology across your supply chain to identify and leverage synergies between disparate resources
  • Discuss the non-technical hurdles to interoperability, such as agreeing on what data is to be shared among partners and then putting everything on an appropriate legal footing
  • Understand the journey toward internal alignment & synchronization of your organizations data and systems to achieve a multitude of goals including process optimization

Speaker Logo Laura Nador President CHEP

TIME
A Network Strategy for a Dynamic Geopolitical and Trade Environment
  • Take steps to disaster-proof supply chains including diversifying your supplier base, changing procurement terms, & leveraging your global network
  • Visualize global routes & diversify your logistics modes (rail, ocean, trucking etc.) to bake in flexibility so that failure in one area doesn’t bring down your whole supply chain
  • Leverage real-time global visibility to effectively predict, assess and mitigate risk to ensure that your supply chains are quick to react to an international issue such as an earthquake

Speaker Logo Colin Chummers Vice President Operations Cisco

TIME
Sourcing with Purpose
  • Build better relationships thorough onboarding processes and regular supply chain audits to de-risk every party by creating accountability across the entire chain
  • Yield efficiency gains by creating a more accurate picture of your value chain - and the parties in it - to enable accelerated growth, such as the re-use or re-sale of waste products  
  • Implement training to ensure your extended global workforce are adept at using data and technology that react intelligently to unforeseen changes in demand

Speaker Logo Brant Matthews VP Global Strategic procurement McCormick & Company

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An eCommerce Fulfilment Strategy to Delight in the age of Direct-to-Consumer
  • Utilize S&OP and demand planning to get to grips with your current fulfilment network in order to identify if there is a need for additional nodes (warehouse, store etc.)
  • Foster greater communication in your network by leveraging sophisticated enterprise resource planning so that you can get your product faster to your customer
  • Compare your demands for flexible staffing versus investment in automation and the associated ROI within your existing warehouse operations to reduce order cycles

Speaker Logo Trip Wood Senior Vice President Operations FabFitFun

Supply Chain Visibility
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Implementation and Integration: Unlock Your Data to Increase Efficiencies in Your Operations
  • Cut through the noise in the tech market to find the tech most applicable to your use-case such as RPA, offshoring or advance analytics solutions
  • Collaborate on data standardization - utilizing advanced analytics techniques to draw on datasets such as GPS and traffic data- to create a foundation for a data driven transport
  • Overcome the challenge of fluctuating volumes with innovative strategies such as utilizing a WMS or TMS to drive operational efficiency and consumer satisfaction

Speaker Logo Sean Barbour Senior Director Supply Chain Walgreens

TIME
Data Drives the Future of Supply Chain Visibility
  • With 55% of logistics is still manual, build an implementable integration strategy by overlaying cognitive technology to connect your physical and digital supply chain
  • Improve the customer experience and manage your employee’s workload by leveraging AI that achieves quick wins in terms of efficacy and accuracy of data entry
  • Break down silos and standardize data to achieve interoperability across your network to unleash the benefits of real-time visibility with a fully orchestrated system

Speaker Logo Praveen Motoru VP, Chief Enterprise Architecture Mars

Speaker Logo Ahmad El-Dardiry CRO Transfix

Speaker Logo Rio Tinto

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Case Study: Supply Chain Agility for Industry 4.0
  • Across all industries digitalization is transforming every aspect of business at an unprecedented rate. Meeting these demands require a different and new approach to supply chain transformation: an approach fueled by data from everywhere…the ability to sense, process and react to this data in near real-time, and the ability to learn from it over time will be differentiating.
  • Learn how a cognitive, connected platform, delivers real-time E2E supply chain visibility with prescriptive recommendations that enable more accurate, profitable business decisions using analytics, cross-platform integration with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).

Speaker Logo Elmarie Hugo Senior Director Industry Strategy JDA Software

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Unlocking Your Business' True Potential with Intelligent Logistics
  • Leverage simple, easy to implement APIs to benefit from interconnectedness and the end-to-end tracking of packages & insuring of shipment with greater accuracy   
  • Replace outdated logistics architecture with digital, intelligent logistics solutions to reduce operating costs and to compete with global online marketplaces 
  • Help all stakeholders visualize your network better, including analysis on multiple competing scenarios, with the use of custom dashboards that simplify complex datasets

Speaker Logo Paul Vinuelas Chief Logistics Officer Easypost

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Enhanced Supply Chain Visibility with IoT
  • Track cargo in transit in real-time to improve visibility of the moment of goods - that has traditionally relied on phone-based communication - to remove logistics ‘blind spots’
  • Explore how AI can enhance sensors to intelligently analyze productivity and unify disjointed processes, including the implementation of dashboards to demonstrate the output
  • Look upstream to detect deteriorated product quality and maximum product availability early to optimize inventory levels and working capital

Speaker Logo Stefan Reidy Chief Executive Officer Arviem

TIME
S&OP: Where you Win or Lose in Supply Chain
  • Understand the pressing need to leverage S&OP to break down silos between key decision makers (e.g. marketing and operations) to improve replenishment & fulfilment efficiencies
  • Learn how to position S&OP at the center of your overall business planning process in order to ensure a well-rounded strategy for forecasting and planning
  • Find out how demand planning’s collaborative approach can be a catalyst for effective cross department decision making that not only benefits the supply chain, but also the business

Speaker Logo Eric Wilson Director of Strategy & Thought Leadership IBF

Workforce & Transformation Management”
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Interactive Slido Panel: As Technology Evolves, so Must the Supply Chain
  • Learn the mindset of flexibility and agility that is required to stay at the top of the game and to ensure that you are at the bleeding edge of innovation
  • Learn the mindset that is required to stay abreast of the latest technology issues to ensure that you are at the bleeding edge of innovation
  • Lead by example to foster a culture of innovation to push boundaries, outpace the competition and reimagine possibilities for your customers

Speaker Logo Kalyan Sakthivelayutham VP I.T. DHL

Speaker Logo Patrick Frith Director, Cross-Border Business Development Avalara

TIME
Placing Society at the Top of the Supply Chain Agenda
  • Build a diverse and inclusive corporate culture, utilizing the right combination of KPIs, flexible working solutions and training to compete effectively in the war for talent
  • Master retaining and upskilling to marry multiple skill sets and reconcile cultural and generational working preferences to maximize workforce productivity  
  • Take responsibility for the impact of your global supply chain, including the environmental cost, starting with an examination of the various communities in which you operate

Speaker Logo Jon Pageler EVP Corporate Relations Diageo

TIME
Interactive workshop: Identify and Leverage Thought Diversity to Strengthen Your Team
  • An interactive exercise which demonstrates the thought diversity that exists on a team and how to leverage it
  • Spur inspiration and self-reflection within your workforce; the more they realize what they want out of their career the better!
  • Identify the variety of differences that can help vs hinder a team, including management style preference, personality types, expectations of company culture etc

Speaker Logo Rosemary Smith Head of Supply Chain Development, Americas The LEGO Group

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Evolving the Driver Experience in Logistics
  • Unpack the impact of regulations and legislations including ELDs on drivers available, assessing alternative mode choices and the renegotiation of carrier relationships   
  • Utilize technologies to reduce dwell times and to identify the shortest routes in order to create an efficient, trucker-friendly operation that increases driver retention
  • As practical examples of autonomous vehicles are being seen, understand the potential short-term impacts on your operations and your fleet

Speaker Logo ArcBest

TIME
Technology is a Catalyst, but People Drive Change
  • Balance technology and labor to execute a sustainable digital transformation, including the implementation of cognitive technology for complex autonomous supply chain operations
  • Undertake a gap analysis of internal skillsets to evaluate ‘talent blind spots’ to continue to elevate your supply chain by informing the acquisition of the right digital talent
  • Understand how to generate supply chain road maps, and change management structures to keep your digital transformation on track, on budget and in time 

 

Speaker Logo Sylvia Wilks VP Operations TireHub

Speaker Logo Richard Sherman Senior Fellow, Supply Chain Centre of Excellence Tata Consultancy Services

TIME
Panel: It’s not them, it’s you… Obtaining, Engaging and Retaining Top Talent
  • Understand how to identify myriad career objectives that tech savvy, socially aware individuals to develop bespoke programs to retain your most valuable people
  • Public relations planning to catalyze the recent wave of technology interest in logistics to attract a technology native workforce that has been traditionally drawn to other industries
  • Utilize a diverse strategy of pay incentives, collaborative work environment, direct reporting and encouraging an entrepreneurial spirit to retain your top talent

Speaker Logo Sheila Sitzer Director of HR, International Business & Global Supply Chain, Panera Bread

Speaker Logo Harry Haney Director, Supply & Value Chain Center Loyola University Chicago

The Warehouse
TIME
Enhancing Productivity and Driving Efficiency Through Warehouse Robotics
  • Understand that when you a have complex system of robots, platforms, software and people, interoperability is the key to ensure a holistic streamlined strategy
  • There is no need to rip up and replace current systems to implement warehouse robotics; understand how to keep capital costs to a minimum and reduce deployment times
  • Leverage human strengths, including emotional intelligence, creativity, & the robot factor, including precision and data collection for a coordinated effort to dramatically reduce costs

Speaker Logo David Clear VP of Business Development Vecna Robotics

TIME
The Future of Industrial Warehousing
  • With the rise of on-demand warehousing, learn how to quickly pivot & reconfigure your assets or identify the prime locations to store & deliver your products more efficiently
  • Identify the ideal warehouse locations including available tax incentives and resources to meet the needs of a steady stream of changing client demands
  • Identify the long-term impacts of the shift to on-demand warehouse and the impact of investor interest in the industrial warehousing market

Speaker Logo Bob Andrews SVP, Asset Management – West Coast CenterPoint

Speaker Logo Brian McKiernan SVP, Development – Central Region CenterPoint

Speaker Logo Elena Daniel VP, ESG & Corporate Affairs – National CenterPoint

TIME
Panel: Ensuring RoI with your Warehouse Robotics Strategy
  • Compare applications of robotics technology with use cases including autonomous pallet jacks and real-time inventory, automated storage retrieval systems and picking & packing
  • Assess the feasibility of flexible investment options, such as Robotics-as-a-service and peak season robotics rentals, to maximize RoI from your investment dollars
  • Utilize APIs and micro-location-based asset tracking across your warehouse to connect assets throughout the warehouse to optimize productivity & streamline robotics operations 

Speaker Logo Locus Robotics

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Panel: Will Cobots Change the Nature of Fulfilment?
  • Undertake a cost-benefit analysis to understand whether cobots can be utilized in your specific use-case to combat rising capital & labour costs due to issues like high staff turnover
  • Create a plan to integrate cobots into your fulfilment strategy including training staff, restructure KPIs, the implications for worker safety, procedures and policies
  • Fully understand the implications for worker safety, procedures, policies, insurance and contractual obligations as humans & machines work collaboratively

Speaker Logo Tom Galluzzo Founder & CEO iamRobotics

TIME
Site Selection and Real Estate Development for your Growing Business
  • Identify the ideal location for swift and cost-effective manufacturing and distribution of goods including services, data, tax incentives and resources are available
  • Discover how communities accommodate growing businesses and implement changes to drive investments and increase job growth
  • Discuss how to access quality employees, address local workforce issues, and optimize workforce output amid challenging labor conditions
Supply Chain Risk
TIME
Build a Framework for Global Supply Chain Cybersecurity
  • Assess the state of cyber security in 2020 to get a picture of the safety net you must build to prevent vulnerability in your supply chain operations
  • Develop cybersecurity frameworks to set expectations of minimum standards within your business, systemizing security & closing gaps where vulnerabilities appear
  • Understand why regulatory focus ‘on country of origin’ misses the mark in a global supply chain ecosystem, where competitors overlap on suppliers, technology partners and carriers

Speaker Logo Tim Danks EVP Risk and Partnerships Huawei

TIME
Balance Cost and Delivery
  • Weigh up insourcing Vs outsourcing of technology, considering technology expertise available, investment in people and alignment with your long-term transformation strategy
  • Renegotiate and audit global partner relationships in order to mitigate short-term fluctuations in cost
  • Undertake analysis if multiple ‘if, then’ scenarios on costs fluctuations to identify optimal pricing and the impact demand considering price elasticity

Speaker Logo Robert Ferguson SVP, Supply Chain JM Smucker

TIME
Panel: Insulating Your Supply Chain Against Uncertainty
  • Critically evaluate how ‘tariff proof’ your supply chain really is to fully understand your exposure to geopolitical uncertainty and get to grips with the big picture
  • Map out your global supply chains to identify the scope for prudent choices in the selection and location of suppliers, diversifying modes and regions to de-risk your operation
  • Assess opportunities for ‘financial hedging’ in the logistics market in the shape of long-term, cash flow positive investments with low, steady margins such as warehouse operations

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Build a Connected Global Supply Chain Backbone
  • Breakdown the journey toward internal alignment and synchronization of data, systems and processes across 94 countries, account for localization and tech disparity among partners
  • Beyond systemization of processes, how to document and centralize collective knowledge to ensure benefits are long term and not lost following a period of turnover
  • Leverage local knowledge through your global partners to ensure risk is quickly communicated upstream to be responsive to geo-political changes and fluctuations in cost

Speaker Logo Troy Hicks SVP Global Supply Chain Herbalife

Last Mile & Network Redesign
TIME
Modelling Your Supply Chain for Greater Efficiency
  • Visualize your network, cross-comparing multiple variables – including cost, service and speed - to uncover risks and inefficiencies in your value chain
  • Leverage cognitive technologies to identify & close gaps in your network by cross-comparing scenarios side-by-side to re-configure infrastructure to get closer to the end customer
  • Track the movement of goods at SKU level across the network to optimize flow planning, reconfiguring the use of network nodes such as stores and fulfillment centers

Speaker Logo Sarah Clarke EVP PVH Supply Chain and Calvin Klein Operations PVH

TIME
An Efficient Reverse Logistics Strategy
  • Drive down costs with automated returns management to improve turnaround and deliver greater value to customers, including the refurbishment & disposition of products
  • Create an employee training plan as a crucial element of your reverse logistics strategy which considers people, process and the implementation of automated decision making
  • Discuss how to use data analytics to structure your returns strategy to reduce the time inventory spends in the warehouse or in-transit

Speaker Logo Michael Zaccaro President and CEO Pharma Logistics

TIME
Overcoming Urban Bottlenecks in Your Last-Mile Delivery
  • Understand the complexities of urban customers and logistical challenges in metropolitan areas and leverage flexible network solutions to bypass infrastructure bottlenecks
  • Overlay cognitive technology to leverage automation processes in the last mile, including track & trace, SMS and location-based apps to provide seamless visibility to the customer
  • Create effective 3PL – Shipper partnerships that are contractually water-tight to build partnerships to respond rapidly to quickly adapt to customer requirements in the last mile

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Network Design for Greater Agility, Optionality and Growth
  • De-risk network investment with baked redundancy through nimbler, extendable projects e.g. smaller fulfilment centers that work in tandem to reduce supply chain disruption
  • Breakdown supply chain and commercial silos – centralizing aspects of IT and data architecture - to collaborate on network design for optionality, flexibility and growth
  • Utilize alternative delivery methods such as drop-shipping in order to executive efficiently for your customer and satisfy their demands as quickly as possible

Speaker Logo Josh Buchanan Director, Supply Chain Design and Innovation Walmart

TIME
The Evolution of Last Mile Fulfilment: B2C and B2B
  • Map customer experience in line with expectations to critically assess if your supply chain delivers on their needs, including delivery times, optionality and website experience
  • Assess how customer expectations vary globally and in B2B markets to restructure supply chain and ensure each delivery is localized or tailored to optimize customer experience
  • Transition from a 5-day delivery operation to a 7 day delivery operation by building uniform business processes exploiting methods such as drop-shipping to meet the need for speed

Speaker Logo Rosemary Smith Head of Supply Chain Development, Americas The LEGO Group

Growth, Margins & Profit
TIME
Optimize Modes and Routes
  • Build systems that allow collaboration to pool shipments and reconcile irregular outed freight with regular, full truckloads while retaining service quality and flexibility
  • Avoid overreliance on specific modes by systemizing mode selection to optimize routes, minimize transportation costs, cut emissions and empty miles
  • Balance competition with collaboration by taking steps towards network transparency, data standards and processes harmonization to unearth efficiencies such as shipment pooling

Speaker Logo Oren Zaslansky Chief Executive Officer and Founder Flock Freight

TIME
Panel: Combat Margin Pressure and the Commoditization of Freight
  • Implement value-added services e.g. insurance for goods transit & EDI compliance as a key differentiator to win business  
  • Amid threat from digital dissintermediators, hit back by doubling down on ‘high-touch’ service to demonstrate your value and differentiate from digitally-native competitors
  • Critically review revenue streams to balance high-yield, cash flow positive elements, such as brokerage services, with low margin, low risk, such as tax-deductible capital investments

Speaker Logo Michael Kroul COO KTI Trans

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Panel: The Business Case for Sustainability
  • Building a business case based on customer expectations and an increase to both the top and the bottom line 
  • Leverage sustainability solutions such as re-usable packaging including how to educate customers on their sustainability responsibilities
  • Plan to manage the components like the evidence, materials, production information and components for the entire lifecycle to create a sustainable brand

Speaker Logo Alex Alegria Director of Supply Chain & Logistics Waiakea

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Panel: M&A as Both a “Growth” and “Exit” Strategy
  • Investigate which assets have sold well over the last 18 months, the key drivers and the implications for your strategy by evaluating investor perspectives on the year ahead
  • Consider the critical factors to maximize value creation including importance of culture to maximize the chances of success in your M&A activity
  • Sell-side considerations including what companies can expect from private equity buyers and drafting considerations for purchasing agreements

Speaker Logo Ron Lentz Managing Director G2 Capital Advisors

TIME
Get Best-in-Class Parcel Shipping Rates
  • Negotiate better discounts: Gain techniques for negotiating better deals with shipping cost benchmarks as your starting point to avoid overpaying
  • Reduce accessorial charges: Discuss how to identify and minimize subtle fees such as inside delivery, waiting time, fuel surcharges and storage charges to optimize your shipping costs
  • Adapt to fluctuating pricing: Understand how much of your transportation spend is in accessorial charges or base rate charges and apply strategies to offset pricing changes

Speaker Logo Mike Erickson CEO AFMS

TIME
Leverage the Start-Up Ecosystem to Turbocharge Your Growth
  • Gain key investor insights into the companies to watch to separate the hype from the reality and understand which start-ups and technology will be in it for the medium to long term
  • Understands how to build incubators, create innovation hubs & foster a culture of intrapreneurship to leverage the start-up community & close innovation gaps within your organization
  • Build a framework to assess strategic fit with potential partners or acquisitions, including aspects of cultural and technical integration to synergize the mergers and reconcile cultural and technological differences
Keynotes
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Headline Keynote: In Conversation with Brad Jacobs

Bradley S. Jacobs is the chairman and chief executive officer of XPO Logistics, Inc. and managing director of Jacobs Private Equity LLC. He has a unique track record in the business world, having founded five companies since 1979, including three public companies, and leading each of them to become a billion dollar or multi-billion dollar enterprise. Two of the companies, XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO) and United Rentals (NYSE: URI) are among the 20 best-performing stocks of the decade.

XPO is a top 10 global provider of transportation and logistics solutions, with approximately $17 billion of revenue. The company is the industry’s foremost champion of technological innovation and a leading service provider in fast-growing sectors such as e-commerce. Its operations span 30 countries, with 1,531 locations and approximately 100,000 employees serving 50,000 customers.

Prior to XPO, in 1997, Mr. Jacobs founded United Rentals, Inc. and created the world’s largest construction equipment rental company in 13 months. In the 10 years that Mr. Jacobs ran United Rentals, its stock outperformed the S&P 500 Index by 2.2 times.

Mr. Jacobs has raised over $25 billion of debt and equity capital, including two IPOs, and led teams that completed approximately 500 acquisitions in North America and Europe. Mr. Jacobs is an inductee of the American Rental Association Hall of Fame, an American Shipper Person of the Year and a member of the Business Council.

Speaker Logo Brad Jacobs Chairman & CEO XPO Logistics

TIME
Reflecting a Consumer-Centric Business Strategy Within Your Supply Chain

Putting the consumer at the heart of the business model helps drive business growth. Staying close to consumers through research and on-the-ground decision making can inform supply chain strategy in multiple ways:

  • Ensuring consumer preferences are the foundation of your supply chain strategy leading to improved service, quality, consistency and relevance
  • Delivering the right product, at the right moment to consumers and customers in multiple channels e.g. flexibility and agility, not just scale and volume
  • Focusing on making product the right way to meet the consumer demand for transparency and sustainability across the supply chain
  • Creating and operating a supply chain that is fully connected from shelf to field and which uses metrics to drive the right actions for consumers and suppliers

Speaker Logo Sandra MacQuillam Chief Supply Chain Officer Mondelēz

TIME
Keynote Fireside Chat: Overcome Challenges to Cross-Border Trade
  • Mexico ranks as the United States’ top trade partner, understand the current state of play and the opportunities for cross-border trade in the region
  • Find out about the opportunities presented by precision rail roading and the benefits to the customer including a consistent, reliable and predictable service
  • Learn the importance of strategic partnerships with railroads, ports, warehouse and trucking firms in order to create a seamless, robust and positive shipping experience cross-border

Speaker Logo Brian Hancock EVP, Chief Innovation Officer Kansas City Southern Railway Company

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Supply Chain Resiliency: The Need for Proactivity to Combat Risk
  • Build flexible staffing solutions that are nimble, quick execute and ensure excess capacity can be called upon to maintain operational functionality in the event of a disruption
  • Balance resiliency ambitions with competing investments in other strategic priorities and concurrent commercial objectives such as talent acquisition and technology integration
  • Learn lessons from Tsunamis, workforce strikes and how to build a customer support function to retain your customers during a crisis

Speaker Logo Shilpan Amin VP Global Purchasing and Supply Chain GM

TIME
Empowering Entrepreneurs to Stay at the Forefront of Logistics
  • Understand how to empower independent freight agents through flexible working hours, load security and a reliable stream of customers to ensure long-term success
  • Learn that freight matching (digital or otherwise) requires a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding your customer’s needs & the industry dynamics to be successfully
  • While tech. continues to impact, understand how relationships (e.g. with owner-operators and brokers) retain their critical important for the long-term viability of your business

Speaker Logo Joe Beacom Chief Safety & Operations Officer Landstar

TIME
Data, Transparency and Value Chain Efficiency
  • Get ahead of sustainability regulations with a forward-thing back-end system that will allow you to effectively report on material optimization and waste management
  • Assign monetary value to build the business case for circularity that drives greater efficiency in your network but also achieves both bottom and top-line value for your shareholders
  • Invest heavily in data collection and management at commodity level, leveraging big data for accurate forecasting and planning to increase effective resource planning

Speaker Logo Sami Naffakh Chief Operating Officer and EVP Arla Foods

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TIME
Collaboration to Achieve End-to-End Visibility in Your Supply Chain
  • Integrate people, assets and technology across your supply chain to identify and leverage synergies between disparate resources
  • Discuss the non-technical hurdles to interoperability, such as agreeing on what data is to be shared among partners and then putting everything on an appropriate legal footing
  • Understand the journey toward internal alignment & synchronization of your organizations data and systems to achieve a multitude of goals including process optimization

Speaker Logo Laura Nador President CHEP

TIME
A Network Strategy for a Dynamic Geopolitical and Trade Environment
  • Take steps to disaster-proof supply chains including diversifying your supplier base, changing procurement terms, & leveraging your global network
  • Visualize global routes & diversify your logistics modes (rail, ocean, trucking etc.) to bake in flexibility so that failure in one area doesn’t bring down your whole supply chain
  • Leverage real-time global visibility to effectively predict, assess and mitigate risk to ensure that your supply chains are quick to react to an international issue such as an earthquake

Speaker Logo Colin Chummers Vice President Operations Cisco

TIME
Sourcing with Purpose
  • Build better relationships thorough onboarding processes and regular supply chain audits to de-risk every party by creating accountability across the entire chain
  • Yield efficiency gains by creating a more accurate picture of your value chain - and the parties in it - to enable accelerated growth, such as the re-use or re-sale of waste products  
  • Implement training to ensure your extended global workforce are adept at using data and technology that react intelligently to unforeseen changes in demand

Speaker Logo Brant Matthews VP Global Strategic procurement McCormick & Company

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An eCommerce Fulfilment Strategy to Delight in the age of Direct-to-Consumer
  • Utilize S&OP and demand planning to get to grips with your current fulfilment network in order to identify if there is a need for additional nodes (warehouse, store etc.)
  • Foster greater communication in your network by leveraging sophisticated enterprise resource planning so that you can get your product faster to your customer
  • Compare your demands for flexible staffing versus investment in automation and the associated ROI within your existing warehouse operations to reduce order cycles

Speaker Logo Trip Wood Senior Vice President Operations FabFitFun

Supply Chain Visibility
TIME
Implementation and Integration: Unlock Your Data to Increase Efficiencies in Your Operations
  • Cut through the noise in the tech market to find the tech most applicable to your use-case such as RPA, offshoring or advance analytics solutions
  • Collaborate on data standardization - utilizing advanced analytics techniques to draw on datasets such as GPS and traffic data- to create a foundation for a data driven transport
  • Overcome the challenge of fluctuating volumes with innovative strategies such as utilizing a WMS or TMS to drive operational efficiency and consumer satisfaction

Speaker Logo Sean Barbour Senior Director Supply Chain Walgreens

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Data Drives the Future of Supply Chain Visibility
  • With 55% of logistics is still manual, build an implementable integration strategy by overlaying cognitive technology to connect your physical and digital supply chain
  • Improve the customer experience and manage your employee’s workload by leveraging AI that achieves quick wins in terms of efficacy and accuracy of data entry
  • Break down silos and standardize data to achieve interoperability across your network to unleash the benefits of real-time visibility with a fully orchestrated system

Speaker Logo Praveen Motoru VP, Chief Enterprise Architecture Mars

Speaker Logo Ahmad El-Dardiry CRO Transfix

Speaker Logo Rio Tinto

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Case Study: Supply Chain Agility for Industry 4.0
  • Across all industries digitalization is transforming every aspect of business at an unprecedented rate. Meeting these demands require a different and new approach to supply chain transformation: an approach fueled by data from everywhere…the ability to sense, process and react to this data in near real-time, and the ability to learn from it over time will be differentiating.
  • Learn how a cognitive, connected platform, delivers real-time E2E supply chain visibility with prescriptive recommendations that enable more accurate, profitable business decisions using analytics, cross-platform integration with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).

Speaker Logo Elmarie Hugo Senior Director Industry Strategy JDA Software

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Unlocking Your Business' True Potential with Intelligent Logistics
  • Leverage simple, easy to implement APIs to benefit from interconnectedness and the end-to-end tracking of packages & insuring of shipment with greater accuracy   
  • Replace outdated logistics architecture with digital, intelligent logistics solutions to reduce operating costs and to compete with global online marketplaces 
  • Help all stakeholders visualize your network better, including analysis on multiple competing scenarios, with the use of custom dashboards that simplify complex datasets

Speaker Logo Paul Vinuelas Chief Logistics Officer Easypost

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Enhanced Supply Chain Visibility with IoT
  • Track cargo in transit in real-time to improve visibility of the moment of goods - that has traditionally relied on phone-based communication - to remove logistics ‘blind spots’
  • Explore how AI can enhance sensors to intelligently analyze productivity and unify disjointed processes, including the implementation of dashboards to demonstrate the output
  • Look upstream to detect deteriorated product quality and maximum product availability early to optimize inventory levels and working capital

Speaker Logo Stefan Reidy Chief Executive Officer Arviem

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S&OP: Where you Win or Lose in Supply Chain
  • Understand the pressing need to leverage S&OP to break down silos between key decision makers (e.g. marketing and operations) to improve replenishment & fulfilment efficiencies
  • Learn how to position S&OP at the center of your overall business planning process in order to ensure a well-rounded strategy for forecasting and planning
  • Find out how demand planning’s collaborative approach can be a catalyst for effective cross department decision making that not only benefits the supply chain, but also the business

Speaker Logo Eric Wilson Director of Strategy & Thought Leadership IBF

Workforce & Transformation Management”
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Interactive Slido Panel: As Technology Evolves, so Must the Supply Chain
  • Learn the mindset of flexibility and agility that is required to stay at the top of the game and to ensure that you are at the bleeding edge of innovation
  • Learn the mindset that is required to stay abreast of the latest technology issues to ensure that you are at the bleeding edge of innovation
  • Lead by example to foster a culture of innovation to push boundaries, outpace the competition and reimagine possibilities for your customers

Speaker Logo Kalyan Sakthivelayutham VP I.T. DHL

Speaker Logo Patrick Frith Director, Cross-Border Business Development Avalara

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Placing Society at the Top of the Supply Chain Agenda
  • Build a diverse and inclusive corporate culture, utilizing the right combination of KPIs, flexible working solutions and training to compete effectively in the war for talent
  • Master retaining and upskilling to marry multiple skill sets and reconcile cultural and generational working preferences to maximize workforce productivity  
  • Take responsibility for the impact of your global supply chain, including the environmental cost, starting with an examination of the various communities in which you operate

Speaker Logo Jon Pageler EVP Corporate Relations Diageo

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Interactive workshop: Identify and Leverage Thought Diversity to Strengthen Your Team
  • An interactive exercise which demonstrates the thought diversity that exists on a team and how to leverage it
  • Spur inspiration and self-reflection within your workforce; the more they realize what they want out of their career the better!
  • Identify the variety of differences that can help vs hinder a team, including management style preference, personality types, expectations of company culture etc

Speaker Logo Rosemary Smith Head of Supply Chain Development, Americas The LEGO Group

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Evolving the Driver Experience in Logistics
  • Unpack the impact of regulations and legislations including ELDs on drivers available, assessing alternative mode choices and the renegotiation of carrier relationships   
  • Utilize technologies to reduce dwell times and to identify the shortest routes in order to create an efficient, trucker-friendly operation that increases driver retention
  • As practical examples of autonomous vehicles are being seen, understand the potential short-term impacts on your operations and your fleet

Speaker Logo ArcBest

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Technology is a Catalyst, but People Drive Change
  • Balance technology and labor to execute a sustainable digital transformation, including the implementation of cognitive technology for complex autonomous supply chain operations
  • Undertake a gap analysis of internal skillsets to evaluate ‘talent blind spots’ to continue to elevate your supply chain by informing the acquisition of the right digital talent
  • Understand how to generate supply chain road maps, and change management structures to keep your digital transformation on track, on budget and in time 

 

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Speaker Logo Richard Sherman Senior Fellow, Supply Chain Centre of Excellence Tata Consultancy Services

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Panel: It’s not them, it’s you… Obtaining, Engaging and Retaining Top Talent
  • Understand how to identify myriad career objectives that tech savvy, socially aware individuals to develop bespoke programs to retain your most valuable people
  • Public relations planning to catalyze the recent wave of technology interest in logistics to attract a technology native workforce that has been traditionally drawn to other industries
  • Utilize a diverse strategy of pay incentives, collaborative work environment, direct reporting and encouraging an entrepreneurial spirit to retain your top talent

Speaker Logo Sheila Sitzer Director of HR, International Business & Global Supply Chain, Panera Bread

Speaker Logo Harry Haney Director, Supply & Value Chain Center Loyola University Chicago

The Warehouse
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Enhancing Productivity and Driving Efficiency Through Warehouse Robotics
  • Understand that when you a have complex system of robots, platforms, software and people, interoperability is the key to ensure a holistic streamlined strategy
  • There is no need to rip up and replace current systems to implement warehouse robotics; understand how to keep capital costs to a minimum and reduce deployment times
  • Leverage human strengths, including emotional intelligence, creativity, & the robot factor, including precision and data collection for a coordinated effort to dramatically reduce costs

Speaker Logo David Clear VP of Business Development Vecna Robotics

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The Future of Industrial Warehousing
  • With the rise of on-demand warehousing, learn how to quickly pivot & reconfigure your assets or identify the prime locations to store & deliver your products more efficiently
  • Identify the ideal warehouse locations including available tax incentives and resources to meet the needs of a steady stream of changing client demands
  • Identify the long-term impacts of the shift to on-demand warehouse and the impact of investor interest in the industrial warehousing market

Speaker Logo Bob Andrews SVP, Asset Management – West Coast CenterPoint

Speaker Logo Brian McKiernan SVP, Development – Central Region CenterPoint

Speaker Logo Elena Daniel VP, ESG & Corporate Affairs – National CenterPoint

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Panel: Ensuring RoI with your Warehouse Robotics Strategy
  • Compare applications of robotics technology with use cases including autonomous pallet jacks and real-time inventory, automated storage retrieval systems and picking & packing
  • Assess the feasibility of flexible investment options, such as Robotics-as-a-service and peak season robotics rentals, to maximize RoI from your investment dollars
  • Utilize APIs and micro-location-based asset tracking across your warehouse to connect assets throughout the warehouse to optimize productivity & streamline robotics operations 

Speaker Logo Locus Robotics

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Panel: Will Cobots Change the Nature of Fulfilment?
  • Undertake a cost-benefit analysis to understand whether cobots can be utilized in your specific use-case to combat rising capital & labour costs due to issues like high staff turnover
  • Create a plan to integrate cobots into your fulfilment strategy including training staff, restructure KPIs, the implications for worker safety, procedures and policies
  • Fully understand the implications for worker safety, procedures, policies, insurance and contractual obligations as humans & machines work collaboratively

Speaker Logo Tom Galluzzo Founder & CEO iamRobotics

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Site Selection and Real Estate Development for your Growing Business
  • Identify the ideal location for swift and cost-effective manufacturing and distribution of goods including services, data, tax incentives and resources are available
  • Discover how communities accommodate growing businesses and implement changes to drive investments and increase job growth
  • Discuss how to access quality employees, address local workforce issues, and optimize workforce output amid challenging labor conditions
Supply Chain Risk
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Build a Framework for Global Supply Chain Cybersecurity
  • Assess the state of cyber security in 2020 to get a picture of the safety net you must build to prevent vulnerability in your supply chain operations
  • Develop cybersecurity frameworks to set expectations of minimum standards within your business, systemizing security & closing gaps where vulnerabilities appear
  • Understand why regulatory focus ‘on country of origin’ misses the mark in a global supply chain ecosystem, where competitors overlap on suppliers, technology partners and carriers

Speaker Logo Tim Danks EVP Risk and Partnerships Huawei

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Balance Cost and Delivery
  • Weigh up insourcing Vs outsourcing of technology, considering technology expertise available, investment in people and alignment with your long-term transformation strategy
  • Renegotiate and audit global partner relationships in order to mitigate short-term fluctuations in cost
  • Undertake analysis if multiple ‘if, then’ scenarios on costs fluctuations to identify optimal pricing and the impact demand considering price elasticity

Speaker Logo Robert Ferguson SVP, Supply Chain JM Smucker

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Panel: Insulating Your Supply Chain Against Uncertainty
  • Critically evaluate how ‘tariff proof’ your supply chain really is to fully understand your exposure to geopolitical uncertainty and get to grips with the big picture
  • Map out your global supply chains to identify the scope for prudent choices in the selection and location of suppliers, diversifying modes and regions to de-risk your operation
  • Assess opportunities for ‘financial hedging’ in the logistics market in the shape of long-term, cash flow positive investments with low, steady margins such as warehouse operations

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Build a Connected Global Supply Chain Backbone
  • Breakdown the journey toward internal alignment and synchronization of data, systems and processes across 94 countries, account for localization and tech disparity among partners
  • Beyond systemization of processes, how to document and centralize collective knowledge to ensure benefits are long term and not lost following a period of turnover
  • Leverage local knowledge through your global partners to ensure risk is quickly communicated upstream to be responsive to geo-political changes and fluctuations in cost

Speaker Logo Troy Hicks SVP Global Supply Chain Herbalife

Last Mile & Network Redesign
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Modelling Your Supply Chain for Greater Efficiency
  • Visualize your network, cross-comparing multiple variables – including cost, service and speed - to uncover risks and inefficiencies in your value chain
  • Leverage cognitive technologies to identify & close gaps in your network by cross-comparing scenarios side-by-side to re-configure infrastructure to get closer to the end customer
  • Track the movement of goods at SKU level across the network to optimize flow planning, reconfiguring the use of network nodes such as stores and fulfillment centers

Speaker Logo Sarah Clarke EVP PVH Supply Chain and Calvin Klein Operations PVH

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An Efficient Reverse Logistics Strategy
  • Drive down costs with automated returns management to improve turnaround and deliver greater value to customers, including the refurbishment & disposition of products
  • Create an employee training plan as a crucial element of your reverse logistics strategy which considers people, process and the implementation of automated decision making
  • Discuss how to use data analytics to structure your returns strategy to reduce the time inventory spends in the warehouse or in-transit

Speaker Logo Michael Zaccaro President and CEO Pharma Logistics

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Overcoming Urban Bottlenecks in Your Last-Mile Delivery
  • Understand the complexities of urban customers and logistical challenges in metropolitan areas and leverage flexible network solutions to bypass infrastructure bottlenecks
  • Overlay cognitive technology to leverage automation processes in the last mile, including track & trace, SMS and location-based apps to provide seamless visibility to the customer
  • Create effective 3PL – Shipper partnerships that are contractually water-tight to build partnerships to respond rapidly to quickly adapt to customer requirements in the last mile

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Network Design for Greater Agility, Optionality and Growth
  • De-risk network investment with baked redundancy through nimbler, extendable projects e.g. smaller fulfilment centers that work in tandem to reduce supply chain disruption
  • Breakdown supply chain and commercial silos – centralizing aspects of IT and data architecture - to collaborate on network design for optionality, flexibility and growth
  • Utilize alternative delivery methods such as drop-shipping in order to executive efficiently for your customer and satisfy their demands as quickly as possible

Speaker Logo Josh Buchanan Director, Supply Chain Design and Innovation Walmart

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The Evolution of Last Mile Fulfilment: B2C and B2B
  • Map customer experience in line with expectations to critically assess if your supply chain delivers on their needs, including delivery times, optionality and website experience
  • Assess how customer expectations vary globally and in B2B markets to restructure supply chain and ensure each delivery is localized or tailored to optimize customer experience
  • Transition from a 5-day delivery operation to a 7 day delivery operation by building uniform business processes exploiting methods such as drop-shipping to meet the need for speed

Speaker Logo Rosemary Smith Head of Supply Chain Development, Americas The LEGO Group

Growth, Margins & Profit
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Optimize Modes and Routes
  • Build systems that allow collaboration to pool shipments and reconcile irregular outed freight with regular, full truckloads while retaining service quality and flexibility
  • Avoid overreliance on specific modes by systemizing mode selection to optimize routes, minimize transportation costs, cut emissions and empty miles
  • Balance competition with collaboration by taking steps towards network transparency, data standards and processes harmonization to unearth efficiencies such as shipment pooling

Speaker Logo Oren Zaslansky Chief Executive Officer and Founder Flock Freight

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Panel: Combat Margin Pressure and the Commoditization of Freight
  • Implement value-added services e.g. insurance for goods transit & EDI compliance as a key differentiator to win business  
  • Amid threat from digital dissintermediators, hit back by doubling down on ‘high-touch’ service to demonstrate your value and differentiate from digitally-native competitors
  • Critically review revenue streams to balance high-yield, cash flow positive elements, such as brokerage services, with low margin, low risk, such as tax-deductible capital investments

Speaker Logo Michael Kroul COO KTI Trans

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Panel: The Business Case for Sustainability
  • Building a business case based on customer expectations and an increase to both the top and the bottom line 
  • Leverage sustainability solutions such as re-usable packaging including how to educate customers on their sustainability responsibilities
  • Plan to manage the components like the evidence, materials, production information and components for the entire lifecycle to create a sustainable brand

Speaker Logo Alex Alegria Director of Supply Chain & Logistics Waiakea

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Panel: M&A as Both a “Growth” and “Exit” Strategy
  • Investigate which assets have sold well over the last 18 months, the key drivers and the implications for your strategy by evaluating investor perspectives on the year ahead
  • Consider the critical factors to maximize value creation including importance of culture to maximize the chances of success in your M&A activity
  • Sell-side considerations including what companies can expect from private equity buyers and drafting considerations for purchasing agreements

Speaker Logo Ron Lentz Managing Director G2 Capital Advisors

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Get Best-in-Class Parcel Shipping Rates
  • Negotiate better discounts: Gain techniques for negotiating better deals with shipping cost benchmarks as your starting point to avoid overpaying
  • Reduce accessorial charges: Discuss how to identify and minimize subtle fees such as inside delivery, waiting time, fuel surcharges and storage charges to optimize your shipping costs
  • Adapt to fluctuating pricing: Understand how much of your transportation spend is in accessorial charges or base rate charges and apply strategies to offset pricing changes

Speaker Logo Mike Erickson CEO AFMS

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Leverage the Start-Up Ecosystem to Turbocharge Your Growth
  • Gain key investor insights into the companies to watch to separate the hype from the reality and understand which start-ups and technology will be in it for the medium to long term
  • Understands how to build incubators, create innovation hubs & foster a culture of intrapreneurship to leverage the start-up community & close innovation gaps within your organization
  • Build a framework to assess strategic fit with potential partners or acquisitions, including aspects of cultural and technical integration to synergize the mergers and reconcile cultural and technological differences

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