New York (PRWEB) November 30, 2016
The biggest so-called holiday shopping weekend of the year just ended. The result: some shops wrecked due to big crowds, websites crashed due to high traffic, while other millions of shoppers decided to #OptOutside ditching Black Friday altogether. Regardless, one thing is certain – retail is going through a major disruption. This disruption is driven by consumer preferences, and can be solved through a robust supply chain. The movers and shakers of retail are gathering in May in New York for the D3 Retail Summit: https://goo.gl/3S2x4d. Leading physical and online merchants, including Amazon, Kohl’s, Home Depot, Aldo and Nike, will blaze a trail for the industry through an omnichannel future in which supply chain will increasingly represent retailers’ USP.
The Home Depot recently announced that they will be returning in May for the keynotes. “The D3 Summit was an outstanding event. The opportunity to meet with high level executives in supply chain in an intimate setting, provided for great candor and conversation. Everyone walked away highly energized with a larger network of experts and friends to leverage in the future,” commented Scott Spata, Home Depot’s VP of Supply Chain about the summit this year, and will be representing the company at D3 in May.
Discussions will center around eight key themes: consumer-driven supply chain, demand forecasting, inventory strategy, warehouse optimization, supplier collaboration, logistics and last-mile delivery, network redesign and route optimization, and organizational alignment. Download the brochure for more details: https://goo.gl/3S2x4d
Priyanka Asera, Head of Retail at eft and D3’s principal architect, believes that the excitement around the event is a reflection of the retail industry having arrived at a crossroads. “Distribution and supply chain are no longer backroom functions, they are a core part of every retailer’s business and therefore require a more holistic, strategic approach,” Asera explains. “It is also incredibly exciting that we have Amazon involved as part of the keynotes since Amazon is the biggest enabler of pushing retail out of its comfort zone. Alexis is fantastic – and she is also the former VP of Operations at Target so she brings a wealth of all-round experience with her.”
Confirmed speakers include:
- Alexis DePree, VP Global Customer Fulfilment, Amazon
- Ratnakar Lavu, CTO, Kohl’s
- Scott Spata, VP Supply Chain, The Home Depot
- Eileen Meade, VP Omnichannel Strategy, Dicks Sporting Goods
- Darrell Edwards, Chief Supply Chain Officer, La-Z-Boy
- Jeff Girard, SVP Logistics, DSW
- Don La France, SVP Supply Chain Technology, 1800flowers
- Jonathan Parks, VP Global Operations & Logistics, Rent-a-Center
- Bryan Eshelman, COO, Aldo
- Neil Beckerman, SVP Supply Chain and Finance, New York & Co.
- Pooja Agarwal, VP Operations, Birchbox
- Mike Griswold, VP Retail Research, Gartner
Chairing the summit is Hugh Williams, Managing Director at Hughenden Consulting, who will oversee two days of lively debate encompassing a broad cross-section of departments and companies. Williams said, "I believe it is critical for retailers to be conscious of the needs of the customer in everything they do. But that is only half the story. They also need to work closely with all their supply chain partners to ensure that they all move away from the traditional push system to truly being demand-led. Retailers must take responsibility for driving the supply chain and building true partnerships."
Sponsors of the D3 Summit include Mercury Gate, B-Stock Solutions, Convey, project44, Bringg, Macropoint, Transfix and AFS.
For detailed information on the agenda, 40+ speakers, venue and more, download the brochure: https://goo.gl/3S2x4d
If companies are interested in getting involved, they are encouraged to contact Priyanka Asera via the details below. To set up interviews with any of the speakers, please get in touch with the media and press contact below.
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