Wednesday, February 7th

WELCOME COCKTAIL RECEPTION the Sayers Club

5:00PM – 7:00PM

Thursday, February 8th

BREAKFAST & REGISTRATION Congo

7:30AM – 9:00AM

INTRODUCTIONS & AGENDA – UPDATE FROM SDI
Krish Nathan

9:00AM – 9:30AM

Omni-channel: Life in the Faster Lane
Brian Gibson | Wilson Family Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Supply Chain Innovation at Auburn University

9:30AM – 10:30AM

BREAK

10:30AM – 10:45AM

From the Drawing Board to the DC
Gaurang Chatterjee | Director of Industrial Engineering at GNC

In this presentation, GC will present the GNC case study. This journey will take attendees from the challenges, to the selection process, and ultimately the solution that was the best fit for them and why that was.

10:45AM – 11:45AM

Survival of the Fittest.. a Retail Shake-Up
Matt Ross | VP of Global Distribution at Younique

11:45AM – 12:45PM

LUNCH Congo

12:45PM – 1:45PM

FORMALWEAR, REINVENTED
Mike Klepfer | VP Warehouse Operations at The Black Tux

1:45PM – 2:45PM

BREAK

2:45PM – 3:00PM

Do Customers Need a Voice in the Supply Chain?
John S. Talbott Jr. | Director of Research at Indiana University

Retailers are the front facing component of a value delivery chain that satisfies wants of end customers. Often information about customer preferences are included by measuring them indirectly through purchase behavior or product searches. A number of companies are making the more direct measurement of customer preference a strategic initiative and are developing tactics to measure customer preference earlier in the product development process. Research indicates that this customer insight can accomplish some of the same productive outcomes that are attributed to shortened lead times, and rapid design testing which are difficult and expensive to implement.

John Talbott is the Director of Research for the Center for Education and Research in Retail at the Kelley School of Business. He will lead and interactive session on this topic.

3:00PM – 4:00PM

CLOSING REMARKS
Krish Nathan

4:00PM – 4:30PM

COCKTAILS AND DINNER Marquee Nightclub

8:00PM – 11:00PM

Friday, February 9th

BREAKFAST AND REGISTRATION Congo

7:30AM – 9:00AM

WELCOME BACK / AGENDA
Krish Nathan

9:00AM – 9:15AM

Time is Gold, Space is Silver:  Logistics Technology for the Convenience Economy
Kevin Gue | Director of the Logistics and Distribution Institute at the University of Louisville, KY

America’s growing demand for convenience has enormous implications for retail distribution operations, and the problems go well beyond integrating e-commerce as just another distribution channel. We describe a future in which retail devolves into a multitude of shopping experiences, including pure play e-commerce, new forms of in-store shopping, pick up from store, and on and on—all of which must be delivered in a highly constrained labor environment. We explain the scope of the problems, and then suggest a number of emerging technologies that could be part of the solution. Buckle in, folks, this is going to be a wild ride!

9:15AM – 10:15AM

Solving the Logistics Puzzle
Rocco Bellotte

10:15AM – 11:00AM

BREAK

11:00AM – 11:15AM

Technology Panel | The Need for Speed in E-Commerce

Matt Ross, Younique
Vibhor Mathur, The Black Tux
Greg Hahn, Green & Associates
John Talbott (moderator)

11:15AM – 12:30PM

LUNCH Congo

12:30PM – 1:30PM

Multi Chanel Distribution cIMS (Cloud Inventory Management System) WMS

Steve Ryan | IT Director at FAM Brands

1:30PM – 2:10PM

Getting a grasp on piece-picking automation
Yaro Tenzer | Co-founder at RightHand Robotics

The growth of e-commerce is putting unprecedented pressure on warehouses to increase throughput while reducing order fulfillment time and costs. The efficiency of warehouses is measured by a) order fulfillment time, b) number of “touches” it requires to process the product from receiving to fulfillment and c) cost per unit labor. Piece-picking automation is a new tool that changes this overall equation. This talk will look into: The current state of piece-picking automation; the workflows where this technology is most applicable; the ways this technology could be applied; and potential challenges for adoption. Furthermore, the talk will provide insight into the underlying technology that is enabling the 3Rs of Picking Performance (Range of Items, Rate of picking, and Reliability of item handling).

2:10PM – 2:40PM

CLOSING REMARKS
Krish Nathan

2:40PM – 3:00PM