SDI’s 2009 Forum A Smashing Success

Partnering with the right companies and homing in on prudent logistics strategies will help companies survive the current down cycle and prepare themselves to get a jump when it turns up, said supply chain executives speaking at the 4th SDI Industries Logistics & Supply Chain Forum, held April 2-3 at The Venetian in Las Vegas.

Speakers included logistics leaders from Nike Inc., Loehmann’s, NYK Logistics Inc and others, who joined visiting executives from Nordstrom, Sears, JCPenney, Byer California, Baby Phat Clothing, Levi Strauss & Co. and Hot Topic, among others, to discuss topics such as globalization, cost savings, reverse logistics and operational improvements.

As import activity remains sluggish and expenses remain high, visiting warehouse managers and logistics officers were looking to the conference to improve efficiencies in order to improve their shrinking bottom lines.

Comments From Attendees/Speakers:
SDI’s 2009 Forum A Smashing Success!

Brain Wehner
Levi Strauss & Co./ Director of retail logistics
“SDI Industries has created one o the most valuable logistics forums in the industry. Every year the attendees include the world’s leading retailers and supply chain executives… It’s truly a remarkable event.”

Gough Grubbs
Stage Stores/ SVP Distribution- Logistics
“The SDI Forum provides a great venue for networking with leaders from other companies who share similar challenges, exchange ideas and possible solutions, and learn how to better utilize technology, or other means, to improve the overall performance of our operations.”

Bill Bellerose
Hot Topic/ VP of Distribution
“SDI has personnel with an in depth knowledge of all aspects of today’s material- handling equipment and systems to assist customers in building a “world class” operation. The Forum held each year provides an opportunity to meet with peers and experts in logistics to discuss current events and new technology within the supply chain.”

Mark Swanson
Online Shoes/ Director of Operations
“One of the only vendor- sponsored forums that is a true learning experience, complete with engaging discussion among supply chain peers. A well- run event from a well respected partner- SDI.”

Bill Thayer
Loehmann’s/ Sr. VP- IT/ Logistics
“After attending the SDI Logistics and Supply Chain Forum for the last four years, I continue to be impressed not only with the topics discussed but also with the world view of many of the attendees. I look forward to attending the Forum every year.”

Richard Clayton
MYSHAPE.com/ CFO
“The SDI Forum was an enlightening experience because of the diversity of logistical and operations executives gathered from around the world in one meeting. The ability to exchange ideas and share issues with such a group was a rare opportunity. As a world leader in distribution and fulfillment engineering, SDI should be commended for coordinating and sponsoring this one- of- a- kind event.”

Matt Ross
Nike/ Director of Operations
“The SDI Forum is the one industry show each year that I do not miss. The industry knowledge at the Forum, from both SDI and the attendees, is the second to none and a valuable learning tool.”