The industry shaping agenda

Day 1: August 25, 2021

10:00am – 10:05am (EST)

Opening Statement

10:05am – 10:25am (EST)

Fireside Chat: Supply Chain Planning: Beginnings of the Autonomous Supply Chain

The pandemic has transformed consumer trends, but supply chains have yet to catch-up. What’s round the corner?

  • Understand how demand volatility brought supply chain reactivity and agility to the forefront of strategies
  • Assess the impact of customer trends on supply chain forecasting capabilities and the long-term consequences of outdated planning on revenue.
  • Explore the applications of key technologies like Cloud, Blockchain and AI and discover the transformational elements needed for implementation

Abe Eshkenazi CEO Association for Supply Chain Management

10:25am – 11:10am (EST)

In partnership with: Interos - Logo

Panel: The Key to Survival: Place Risk at the Centre of Planning

There are thousands of risk factors endangering supply chains every day. With so many risk scenarios on the table, you need to know exactly where your supply chain weak spots are and plan for risk.

  • Understand data points that will provide maximum visibility over immediate or long-term risk to enable planners to make data driven decisions that keep your supply chain moving
  • See how to model operational risk scenarios around the main risk factors like sourcing and inventory capacity to anticipate and prevent future supply chain disruption
  • Discover how to embed flexibility in your operations to react to risky scenarios in an agile way with real-time data and insights and internal collaboration and improve response time to delays and disruption

Jennifer Bisceglie CEO & Founder Interos

Larry Grischow SVP Supply Chain & Procurement Abercrombie & Fitch

Karen Smith Vice President, Global Supply Chain Operations Kontoor Brands, Inc.

11:10am – 11:20am (EST)


11:20am – 11:40am (EST)

Fireside Chat: Investing in Digital Transformation: The Long-Term and Short-Term ROI

Convincing leadership to invest in a new planning strategy is a challenging process. Learn where to look and what vision to build internally to drive innovation in supply chains

  • Consider the ROI on innovation in line with expectations and build the digitalization roadmap together with the leadership to take control of your supply chain transformation plans.
  • Take into consideration your customer data, past revenue, and long-term financial goals and to determine the financial priorities and how to best direct funds to increase these.
  • Develop a budget plan for long term transformation to clearly define the business investment plan, main goals, resources needed, and the timeframe needed to increase revenue long term

Craig Moughler Chief Supply Chain Officer Valvoline Inc.

11:40am – 12:25pm (EST)

Panel: Customer Analytics: Where the Real Value Sits

The customer landscape is constantly changing, demand fluctuates with very little warning. Constantly monitoring & reacting to these changes saves time, money and keeps the customer happy.

  • Learn how to implement data processing technologies at scale inside the business, working with leadership to shift the culture around data interpretation and analysis
  • See how to put the in-depth data to work with real life case studies of demand pattern shifts and agile response examples that reduce costs and improve the buying experience
  • Reduce operational uncertainty with end-to-end data from Point of Sale to delivery to improve experience with real time data analytics enabled by AI

John Cao Director of Demand Planning GSK

Harshad Kanvinde Head of Supply Chain Consulting Slalom Consulting

12:25pm – 12:35pm (EST)


12:35pm – 1:05pm (EST)

Interactive Roundtable Discussion: The Growing Divide: Aligning supply planning objectives with supply planning capability

  • Delve into how supply planning had to acclimate to a new world when the pandemic hit, adapting to constantly fluctuating demand patterns, which has brought reactivity, agility and proactivity to the forefront of strategies
  • Explore how to balance the planning and forecasting processes implemented for short and midterm decision making and how to utilise them in the long-term to ensure your business remains competitive with cohesive platforms across the marketing, S&OP and sourcing transportation departments
  • Discover how digital transformation and key technologies can enable flexibility in S&OP to better react to risky events by utilising real-time data and insights

1:05pm – 1:15pm (EST)


1:15pm – 1:35pm (EST)

Fireside Chat: Analyze Existing Processes and Set the Digital Context for Innovation

You can’t transform processes if you don’t know what you want to transform and why. Analyze your digital capability and build a transformational vision in line with your supply chain operations.

  • Learn how to avoid making risky investments and analyze your digital capability end to end to determine your gaps in technology to pave the pathway for innovation.
  • See how people, systems, and processes link together and drive inter-departmental cooperation with S&OP, procurement, logistics and marketing to achieve long term success and eliminate internal silos.
  • Build a transformational vision in line with your current supply chain operations and set the outlook for the next five years.

Nikhil Cherian Sr. Director Omnichannel Supply Chain Planning Sam's Club

1:35pm – 2:20pm (EST)

In partnership with: GEP - Logo

Panel: Collaboration and Digitalization in the Supplier Network

A seamless customer experience starts at supplier level. Find out how to marry your partners with your targets and timelines via digitalization and watch the supply chain flourish.

  • Explore how to build trust with accurate performance measurements and manage partnerships to bring them in line with expectations and achieve YoY (Year on Year) progress
  • Discuss how best to reduce lead times by months, plan material costs around market fluctuations and predict costs in collaboration with partners with real time data and analytics processes
  • Discover how to manage inventory levels in line with demand across the network accurately with data sharing capabilities, Cloud infrastructures and a standardized data language

Adam Schafer Director of Sustainability (Supply Chain Assurance) Intel

Robert Giacobbe Vice President, Global Supply Chain Consulting GEP

2:20pm – 2:40pm (EST)

Fireside Chat: The Future Is Cloud: Reshaping Data Infrastructures

Building a digital supply chain infrastructure with basic cloud computing capabilities and moving away from paper-based processes requires a long-term vision and knowledge of the business inside and out.

  • Move to the Cloud, Step by Step Guide: from analog to digital process transformation to implementing SaaS that handles data analysis, communication, and inventory tracking
  • Supply Chain Connectivity: Use cloud enabled technology like IoT and 5G to collect big data which improves visibility and delivers insights on how to maximize your planning
  • Learn when to invest in your partnerships to develop infrastructures collaboratively, how to communicate and achieve buy-in to grow and develop a fully visible and transparent network

Day 2: August 26, 2021

10:00am – 10:05am (EST)

Opening Statement

9:05am – 9:25am (EST)

Fireside Chat: Data: The Backbone of Planning

The future of planning relies on accessible data. From data cleaning to standardization, it’s important for everyone to speak the same language when it comes to systems and processes.

  • Understand the questions to ask potential partners around their data such as data points, volume, regularity of collection etc. to ensure it meets your need and infrastructure
  • Review the tech stack required to provide an integrated data strategy such as data lakes, analysis, visualization tools and security
  • Learn how to define data standards, cleanse existing data and ensure future data collection sources align with the criteria for integrated data that provides actionable insights

Dave Parker VP of Best Cost Analytics Harman International

10:25am – 11:10am (EST)

Panel: Big Data & Data Driven Decision Making

Create a competitive and cost-effective supply chain by getting the most out of your data. Learn how extract the right information out for your datasets and allow intelligent data systems to work for you in the background.

  • Learn how to restructure supply chain networks for agile and consistent delivery using data driven insights on consumers and suppliers for an accurate forecasting model
  • Enable talent with the knowledge they need to use digital tools for accurate analysis of data trends and a smooth transition into a digitized process.
  • Explore how to develop your data architecture to enable the implementation of future data tools like AI and work with your partners

Bill Mines VP Finance, Logistics and Supply Chain Walmart

Brian Hecht Director Supply chain Solutions & Analytics Kroger

Justin Kim Executive Director S&OP Shiseido

Heather Mueller Chief Marketing & Product Officer Breakthrough

11:10am – 11:20am (EST)


11:20am – 11:40am (EST)

Fireside Chat: Design a Flexible and Integrated Inventory Plan

Maintain accurate inventory levels with a balanced and modern data structure and business design plan to achieve full visibility over product journeys, identify gaps in the process and new opportunities for customers.

  • Discover how integrating the data networks and infrastructures of existing suppliers and into the planning stream can help keep up with the changing customer demand
  • Learn how to enhance your supply chain strategy with visualization tools that can help keep track of stock levels, customer demand and follow real-time data to enable the ultimate inventory strategy
  • Avoid inventory shortages or excess inventory with an integrated platform across the marketing, S&OP and sourcing transportation departments to help delivery on revenue goals

Scott Crawford Chief Merchandising Officer FreshDirect

11:40am – 12:25pm (EST)

Panel: Digital Order Planning: Build the Ultimate Customer Experience

Transform your data processes into a fully digitized operation to evolve from limited order flow visibility due to siloed and partial information to a fully visible supply chain.

  • Shift from slow, costly, error prone manual steps to an automated process enabled by fully integrated ERP, data management and interpretation tools
  • Progress from limited order flow visibility due to siloed and partial information to full, end-to-end actionable visibility by integrating customer point of sale data, digital orders, and delivery data
  • Streamline and improve the effectiveness of dynamic networking and collaboration with coordinated and fully digital order flows to move from a manual, paper process to a traceable digital footprint

Leslie O'Regan Sr. Manager Product Management – Transportation & Load Planning Lowe's

12:25pm – 12:35pm (EST)


12:35pm – 1:05pm (EST)

Interactive Roundtable Discussion: Fuelling your Supply Chain Planning with Technology

  • Discuss how overcoming data issues, like interoperability and cloud computing capabilities, will create a competitive supply chain and be cost-effective, sustainable, and efficient for your business’ planning strategy
  • Learn how to foster operational support and best improve internal visibility in demand sensing with different technologies, such as sensor technologies, advanced analytics, and digital twins to map out various risk scenarios
  • Explore how to utilize supply chain planning help your business overcome volatility in the marketplace whilst increase visibility with customers and suppliers using standardized data language, operating cloud infrastructures, and data sharing capabilities

1:05pm – 1:15pm (EST)


1:15pm – 1:35pm (EST)

Fireside Chat: Create A Road Map for Change Management

People are the most important element of a digital transformation and essential to the success or failure of your strategy. Get your people on board with the new digital and planning practices.

  • Learn how to embed purpose and shift mentality at scale in line with your culture, looking at behavior patterns and coordinating with your overall long-term ambitions for the company
  • Overcome resistance to change and ensure the digital transition is successful with change management and leadership principles to get supply chains on the way to automation and modern IT practices
  • Develop a change management roadmap with the entire business structure in mind working together with IT, Operations and C-level leadership to drive long-term change

Mike Kennamann Director Supply Chain Planning Wilton Brands

1:35pm – 1:55pm (EST)

Fireside Chat: Process Automation for Efficient Workstreams

The skills needed for future planning infrastructures are changing. Remove manual processing, improve productivity, and reskill your workforce for the new digital age of supply chain.

  • Design methods to create an efficient pathway for your existing talent to gain new skills, improve their workflows and empower them to make decisions
  • Improve productivity by removing time intensive tasks off their hands like manual data re-entry with a clear pathway to digital transformation
  • Improve analytical workflows and optimize decision making processes across departments with fully accessible data languages that translate cross-departmentally

Ryan McKinney S&OP Director - Supply & Inventory Electrolux

1:35pm – 1:55pm (EST)

Fireside Chat: Plan for Growth: Demand Sensing and Automated Forecasting

Intelligent demand sensing and an automated process for ordering and reordering are crucial to a resilient supply chain, organizing your data and investing in associated tech is essential.

  • Excite and enthuse the powers that be with robust investment plans that get the green light on pilot projects that accelerate the innovation journey
  • Learn how to layer your existing tech such as planning, invoicing, and tracking and build interoperability with new innovative partners to avoid failed investments
  • Begin the journey to AI driven sensing by looking at historical demand data, resources like labor, transportation, and inventory levels to automate your planning and forecasting