Wednesday, February 3rd


5:00PM – 7:00PM

Thursday, February 4th


7:00AM – 9:00AM

Krish Nathan

9:00AM — 10:00AM

Robots Riding Drones through Augmented Reality—Is This the Future of Warehousing?
Kevin Gue | Director of the Logistics and Distribution Institute at the University of Louisville, KY

Long ago, in a land far, far away, material handling automation meant roller conveyors, AGVs, and monolithic storage systems. Today, autonomous machines, agile robots, and ubiquitous sensors promise a future of highly flexible, infinitely scalable systems that adapt to changing requirements in throughput and storage capacity. We present some recent and ongoing developments in the world of material handling automation, with a focus on systems that use decentralized control as a method of dealing with system complexity. Some of these systems could be part of your future.

10:00AM – 11:00AM


11:00AM – 11:30AM

Integrating Material Handling Systems in a Rapid-Changing Business Environment
Bob Abbondanza | Senior Director or Supply Chain Engineering and Network Design at Office Depot

In this presentation, Bob Abbondanza will discuss the various factors of integration, including: the importance of selecting a partner not just an equipment provider, maintaining rigor when dealing with compressed delivery dates, and finishing with grace even in the face of adversity.

11:30AM – 12:30PM


12:30PM – 1:30PM

MariaElena Ladron De Guevara | Marketing Manager at SDI

1:30PM – 2:30PM


2:30PM – 2:45PM

MythBusting Fast Fashion Logistics
Brian Wehner | Asics

Brian will take us into the world of fast fashion logistics by sharing his personal experiences, research, and benchmarking. The operational myths and truths will be discussed.

2:45PM – 3:45PM

Krish Nathan

3:45PM – 4:00PM





Friday, February 5th


7:30AM – 9:00AM


9:00AM – 9:15AM

Technology and Innovation
Evans Barry | Vice President of Sales at WRH

When the present demands faster turnaround times, technology must keep up. Join me in learning how dealing with Newspapers—a custom-made, mass-produced, product with a brief shelf life—has driven us to transfer knowledge from this industry and apply it successfully to other industries.

9:15PM – 10:15AM

The Value of Reverse Logistics
Herb Shear | Former CEO at GENCO, Current Chairman

This session will define Reverse Logistics and discuss the value of Reverse Logistics to retailers– Both the process and its financial value to retailer.

10:15AM – 11:15AM


11:15AM — 11:30AM

Technology Panel | E-Commerce
Gough Grubbs SVP Of Distribution & Logistics at Stage Stores, Domenic Carbone VP of Distribution & Logistics At Reitmans, Manish Kapoor President & COO at Cheetah Logistics.

This technology panel will address past, current and future trends of E-Commerce and what the experiences have been with various technologies.

11:30AM – 12:45PM


12:45PM – 1:45PM

A Glimpse into the Future of Supply Chain Management
Irv Grossman |Executive Vice President of the Americas

There is a paradigm shift happening in the world of global supply chain management where the increasing diversity of consumer behavior, products being sold and manufactured has placed enormous pressure on our capability to innovate and manage supply chain performance within and beyond our own four walls of the distribution center.

In the next decade, consumers will continue to become more empowered through the use of communication technologies. There will be more connected devices than people in the world. New technologies will increase demand for transparency of complete value chains, from sourcing to packaging and distribution and businesses will seek to grow in highly volatile and competitive markets. The ability to interact more directly and more frequently with customers will be a source of opportunity, as well as a driver of supply chain complexity. When all’s said and done, supply chain leaders will be able to manage and thrive in more complex environments through innovation, collaboration, fact-based transformations and expanding influence within their organizations for the better.

1:45PM – 2:45PM

How Amazon, FedEx, Macy’s and others Ensure Success
Manish Kapoor | President & COO at Cheetah Logistics

2:45PM – 3:45PM

Krish Nathan

3:45PM – 4:00PM