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Key Discussion Topics to Guide Your End-to-end Supply Chain Roadmap:



Retail Supply Chain Strategy: In the ever-evolving world of retail, use your brand’s supply chain to become an industry leader, focused on enhancing the customer’s experience and improving operational flexibility whilst managing the bottom line. Innovative Logistics Partnerships: Out with the old, in with the new. Get creative with your transportation providers to maximize the cost of logistics, increasing speed requirements and improve the efficiency and accuracy of final mile deliveries.
Enhanced Planning & Forecasting: Investigate how to improve your planning and forecasting capabilities through greater visibility across the supply chain to improve efficiency and continue your journey to become a true omnichannel retailer. Network Structure Design: Build a supply chain network capable of developing as demands inevitably grow, from DC location set-up and increased automation, to internal silo breakdown and optimized digital infrastructure.
Real-time Accurate Analytics: Power your supply chain with analytics, utilizing data to improve connectivity, decision making and operational agility, all whilst keeping your customer’s requirements as the core driver of initiatives. Delivering Growth Expectations: Keep yourself ahead of the pack by adapting your supply chain strategically for the future, appreciating global trade implications, nationwide sustainability and sourcing shifts and the generational change in consumerism.

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Retail Supply Chain Strategy
Retail Supply Chains: Customer-Focused Sales, Technology-Enabled Delivery
  • A Complete, Intelligent Supply Chain: Explore how best to embed technology into every facet of your supply chain, from cloud based, accurate inventory management, to real-time monitoring of the last mile.
  • Improved Adaptability Within the Supply Chain: Discuss the necessity for increased agility throughout your supply chain with improved intra-company data management and sharing, to keep pace with new and evolving retail models.
  • Digital Resilience: Learn where to focus your technology investment to enable your supply chain to better handle fluctuations, manage increasing customization of orders and adapt to changing circumstances of deliveries.
Position Your Brand as a 21st Century Trailblazer
  • Constant Service Evolution: Discuss how best to analyze buying patterns to keep your customer at the heart of operations and build a supply chain that delivers on their shopping, fulfilment and experience needs.
  • Embrace a Digital Mindset: Explore how committing to a transformation across your company and supply chain will help to combat digitally native retailers and resist a collapse due to technology ambivalence.
  • An End-To-End Retail Experience: Understand the importance of unifying data systems throughout the supply chain to ensure that as eCommerce continues to grow, each individual sale and delivery experience remains connected and consistent.
Technology Investment Strategy: Where to Commit and Why
  • A Full Company Investment: Find out best practices to maximize the success of an investment, such as establishing company-wide buy-in and clearly conveying the process benefits as well as the technology changes.
  • Managing the Knock-on Effect: Discuss how to successfully monitor investments and implementations by assessing the impact they will have across the whole operation, not just the individual department.
  • Locating the Ideal Output of ROI: Explore the strategy benefits of judging technology ROI on fulfilment success ahead of marketing, as the delivery process has a much higher potential as a customer pain-point.
Innovative Logistics Partnerships
An Original, Data-Focused, Customer Driven Logistics Game Plan
  • Creative Partnership Development: As retail across the board becomes more inventive to continue connecting with consumers, learn about new, innovative ways to build a creative logistics relationship, different to old-fashioned, rigid processes.
  • A Complete Vision of Your Logistics: Discuss how technologies such as ML and IoT sensors, employed by your logistics partners can help improve visibility from first mile sourcing and production processes, as well as final mile delivery.
  • Accurate, Data Driven Partnerships: Explore how to improve margins, inventory volumes and customer experience by focusing on specifics in the application of your logistics data (i.e. the quality and structure for tangible gains).
Optimizing Final Mile Urban Deliveries
  • The Needs of The City:Discuss the nuances and expectations of urban customer (such as increased speed, specific time slots, multiple drop-off locations) to build a suitable network footprint for efficient urban-fulfillment.
  • Tap into Unique Urban Capabilities: Explore how to create a flexible and agile network of multi-modal transport providers within cities, to match increasing demands from eCommerce in ways that dated and rural practices can’t.
  • Use Technology to Enhance Accuracy:Learn how the use of multiple data points throughout the delivery process will improve automation potential in last mile processes for better route optimization and customer experience management.
Proactively Combat the Pains of Returns
  • Managing the Expectations of a Return: As customers have grown to expect returns to be hassle and cost free, discuss ways to adapt this mindset (such as environmental implications) and help your supply chain from shouldering the burden.
  • Combat the Causes at Source: Explore how to effectively implement machine learning processes to monitor your consumer’s purchasing and returns habits of specific products to minimize the potential for a return and refine inventory selections.
  • Innovative in Your Reverse Logistics: Investigate new, innovative models of reverse logistics such as parcel grouping and “return in store” to re-structure your obligation in the process and manage costs.
Delight your customers: Optimize your logistics network for fast, affordable delivery

Leading enterprise and high-growth eCommerce retailers and brands use FLEXE to grow fast. With an on-demand warehousing and fulfillment solution for eCommerce fulfillment, retail replenishment, and inventory storage, businesses can modernize their logistics networks to meet the demands of today’s customers. In this session, you will learn:

  • How FLEXE customers and providers work together using FLEXE to create operational efficiencies across their logistics networks
  • How FLEXE enables our customers to provide added value to end consumers by shortening the last mile of delivery
  • How FLEXE warehouse providers are able to drive new revenue by listing capacity and services with FLEXE

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Enhanced Planning & Forecasting
Accurate Inventory Management: The Crucial Lynchpin Between Sales and Fulfilment
  • Inventory Planning as a Differentiator: Discuss how to leverage intelligent supply chain planning systems to accurately ensure availability and accessibility of products for customers throughout your network.
  • Predictive Forecasting: Find out the internal issues that are preventing you from processing historical, seasonal and customer data effectively to enable reliable predictive analysis for your inventory planning.
  • A Combination of Systems: Understand the importance of developing, not just one area, but multiple capabilities within your supply chain (such as TMS, WMS, DOM, POS) that will work together and create a full picture of your network to prevent stock-outs or bloated inventories.
Reorganizing Your Operations into a Demand Chain
  • Reactive Demand Platform: Explore how to transform the agility of your planning operations with increased customer data connections, to maximize supply chain efficiency and help your overall company performance
  • Success in a Multi-Channel Environment: Learn how expanding cloud-based systems will speed up communication accuracy across channels and allow for effective merchandising, replenishment and fulfilment processes in line with real-time demand.
  • Marry Planning to Logistics: Find out how to get the best out of your transport partners by providing accurate inventory transit requirement to maximize logistics usage, limit dead space and save money
Enhance Your Supply Chain with Cutting Edge, Value-focused Robotics
  • Scalability and Speed: With increased productivity and seasonal fluctuations raising demand for flexible automation, discuss how robotic capabilities can help increase speed in warehouse operations and counter-balance tightening labor shortages.
  • Data Accumulation: Explore how robots can perform repetitive tasks efficiently to absorb data and extract insights quicker such as potential stock-outs and misplaced inventory to improve visibility and optimization within your supply chain, warehouses and store
  • Optimization Everywhere: As part of your wider, strategic initiatives for supply chain efficiency, discuss how robots can maximize both cost, labor and time sensitive processes such as optimizing expensive warehouse space and removing limitations on operational hours.
Network Structure Design
Supply Chain Infrastructure: The Foundations of Your Retail Castle
  • Keep Pace with Your Company Structure: Explore the expensive realities of having a supply chain that can’t keep pace with sales and delivery to ascertain which key friction points need to be eliminated
  • The Digital Spine of the Company: Discuss the advantages of establishing your supply chain as a digitally-driven entity that acts as a centralized system capable of absorbing multiple data streams - from instore to warehouse tech - and provide a 360 view from sourcing operations to the final mile
  • Internal Silo Removal: Explore how to correct and remove the fragmented nature of your internal supply chain operations to move from a partial to full visibility model, which can react quickly to and anticipate market shifts.
The Bottom Line of Your Supply Chain
  • Efficiency is ROI: Learn how technology commitments throughout your supply chain will generate the greatest visibility, speed and agility in processes, eliminate wasted resources, time and effort, and establish an optimized operation, running at lower cost-to-output ratios.
  • Collaborating for Cost Saving: Discuss the mutual benefits of combining logistics partnerships with fellow retailers to mitigate costs, streamline fulfilment processes and improve environmental impact from your brand.
  • Diversifying Your Sources: Explore proactive ways to diversify your materials and product sourcing strategies to spread your supply chain’s financial and operational risk given the uncertainty surrounding global trading tariffs and blockages.
Micro-Fulfilment: Maximizing Space, Time and Cost
  • Keep Pace with eCommerce Demands: Learn how a combination of design and speed can rapidly increase your rate of fulfilment to match increasing online order requirements in a cost-effective manner.
  • Championing Urban Fulfilment: With space in urban areas at a premium, explore innovative ways to optimize your limited footprint with robotics and ‘complicate’ your supply chain in a controlled environment that allows for external simplification.
  • A Positive Impact on the Business: Discuss how boosting the speed of fulfilment and delivery with digitally enabled micro-fulfilment processes will allow the rest of your organization to focus on driving revenue streams, safe in the knowledge that your supply chain can effectively manage increasing demand

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Real-time, Accurate Analytics
Ready Your Supply Chain to Take Advantage of Insights from Data Analytics
  • Keep the Consumer at the Core: Utilize AI and ML to predict customer needs and make meaningful product recommendations.
  • Develop Data-First Capabilities: Explore how a dynamic, data-driven approach can illuminate successes, areas for improvement, and new market opportunities.
  • Build a Nimble Supply Chain: With more personalization comes more sourcing and manufacturing challenges. Work with supply chain partners that can help scale personalization.
AI, the Key to Optimizing Your Supply Chain’s Toughest Challenges
  • AI needs Application: Discuss how to assess which fundamental supply chain practices will benefit the most from AI improvements, to mastermind a strategy of education, recruiting and effective data management.
  • Increased IT Resources: With automation processes across retail supply chains increasing, explore where your organization needs to invest to take advantage of machine and deep learning processes to maximize efficiency.
  • Real Time Demand Communication: Understand how AI can rapidly improve demand planning through accurate, real-time data sharing of demand, orders and supply to optimize your fulfilment capabilities.
Delivering Growth Expectations
Adapting Your Supply Chain to the Changing Nature of Consumerism
  • New Consumers, New Supply Chain: Ensure you establish a supply chain network that is prepared to deliver on new retail demands, as more commerce is intentionally driven online through incentives and increased smartphone shopping.
  • Changing Customer Motivations: Discuss how best to strengthen customer loyalty in your brand by conveying intricate supply chain information about the products they purchase (labor standards, material sourcing, end of life for products).
  • Renting Economy Models: Explore the benefits of developing a rented retail model to mirror the fast paced, waste conscious motives of many customers and improve the “re-sale” value of expected returned items.
The Place of Retail Supply Chains in the United States
  • Retail Trend Setters: With California making up 20% of the US retail economy, learn golden state lessons on how your supply chain can proactively take your company forward by adapting to and mastering environmental, diversity and sustainability challenges.
  • Supply Chains’ Role in the Bigger Picture: Hear insights on policy making processes that affects retailers and how the industry and governments must collaborate in information sharing to balance the administration and deliverability of initiatives.
  • Economic Effects on Retail Supply Chains: Learn about the latest development in tariffs, regulations and economic developments that will have an impact on how your supply chain will need to operate.
The Power of a Robust and Agile Supply Chain for a Retail Start-up
  • Planning for Success and Growth: Discuss how to build a strong operational base for your company that is capable of scaling and shrinking to match predicted demand
  • Agility is the Differentiator: Explore how best to take advantage of your young, dynamic supply chain to gain a competitive edge by experimenting and innovating in ways that cumbersome operations can not
  • Customer Value is Key: Take lengths to build a supply chain that will deliver the optimal experience to your customer that correlates with your product and customization offerings to build loyalty, experience and strength into the brand.
The Effect of Ongoing Trade Wars on Retail

A discussion centering around the implications of ongoing trade/tariff wars on the retail apparel industry and their supply chains. The talk will explore:

  • A breakdown of the most recent and impactful changes in trade legislation as well as impending regulations that will affect operations for retailers
  • How retailers may need to dramatically re-align and transform their supply chains to remain compliant with current regulations and avoid sizeable charges on importing goods from overseas
  • The ultimate effect on your consumer in terms of not only cost, but also availability and your commitment to guarantee product safety and sustainability in-line with current expectations and demands.

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