ESG/Sustainability

Monday
June 20
12:00 pm12:45 pm
Port of Baltimore Theatre, Grand Ballroom

Join Hal Lawton, CEO of Tractor Supply, as he discusses how the company is accelerating its supply chain investments to enhance its position as the dependable supplier for the “Out Here” lifestyle. For more than 80 years, Tractor Supply has been dedicated to serving its unique niche, targeting the needs of recreational farmers, ranchers and all those who enjoy living the rural lifestyle. Learn more about the Company’s $3 billion capital investment plans over the next five years and initiatives to optimize the end-to-end supply chain.

Monday
June 20
1:00 pm1:30 pm
Room 25B
Like many companies, when Walmart began prioritizing sustainability, it focused initially on issues it directly controls. The company set three goals: (1) Powering the company with 100% renewable energy; (2) generating zero waste; and (3) selling more sustainable products. As its sustainability strategy matured, the company began focusing more on the sustainability opportunities and risks deep within its supply chains. Learn how Walmart is leveraging its supply chains to deliver more sustainable results for the company and its consumers, investors and suppliers.
Monday
June 20
1:45 pm2:15 pm
Room 26B
Faced with increasingly unpredictable market dynamics, we’ll hear from Carlos Londono, VP, Head of Supply Chain, Chipotle Mexican Grill, who operating at the vanguard of supply chain innovation, will share how Chipotle is developing resilience, embracing sustainable networks and using technology to underpin a future fit organizational structure. 
Monday
June 20
3:00 pm3:30 pm
Port of Baltimore Theatre, Grand Ballroom
The acceleration to digital, further fast-tracked by the pandemic, has put increased pressure on retail’s supply chain, making it imperative for businesses to rethink their operations with agility, resilience, and out-of-the-box strategies. To support changing consumer behaviors and drive profitability, retailers and brands have to adjust their networks and build a shared, scalable, hyper-efficient and sustainable supply chain.
Monday
June 20
3:30 pm4:00 pm
Port of Baltimore Theatre, Grand Ballroom
Everyone -- consumers, employees, investors and regulators – is asking retailers to be more sustainable yet more than 95% of a retailer's sustainability impacts occur outside of their direct control. The most significant impacts are deep in retail supply chains. Being more sustainable means retailers must leverage their supply chains to create sustainable products that are manufactured sustainably from sustainable materials and deliver those products to consumers in a sustainable fashion. Sound impossible? Learn how retailers are doing it and still growing profits.
Tuesday
June 21
9:00 am9:30 am
Port of Baltimore Theatre, Grand Ballroom
Hear from Kroger’s Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer Gabriel Arreaga and Ocado Solutions’ Senior Vice President David Hardiman-Evans on breakthroughs and innovations redefining e-commerce distribution, fulfillment and last-mile solutions in the grocery industry. The leaders will share how they’re deploying smart, AI-driven technological advancements to serve more households, create tech-first career opportunities, and build a more resilient and competitive business model.
Tuesday
June 21
9:45 am10:15 am
Room 26A
As markets shift, consumer expectations are growing more complex. Join this panel to learn how location intelligence technology provides the data and tools to monitor, model and predict how distribution will be impacted.
Tuesday
June 21
9:45 am10:15 am
Room 25B
Ocean carriers and container terminals are doing their part to help retailers, brands and others reduce their carbon footprints. Learn what they are doing, what questions you should be asking and how you can leverage their sustainability stories to improve your own sustainability story. 
Tuesday
June 21
10:30 am11:00 am
Room 26A

Retailers are finding ways to donate unneeded inventory to generate environmental, social and community benefits while increasing corporate goodwill. Learn how retailers like Amazon have made product donations a successful part of their CSR, ESG, and related sustainability efforts.

Tuesday
June 21
2:15 pm2:45 pm
Room 26B

As retailers race to meet consumer desire for more sustainable products while embracing their own corporate sustainability goals, everyone is realizing that sustainability risks and opportunities exist deep within supply chains. Learn how retailers are tracing supply chains to find hidden business value.

Tuesday
June 21
3:00 pm3:30 pm
Room 25B
Retailers are dealing with a $trillion + returns cost problem and yet have to continue to offer their customers a hassle-free and generally cost-free service. As more commerce shifts on line, the problem is only getting worse, and current reverse logistics processes are falling behind.
This session provides the latest insights, technologies and best practice into how to cut the costs of returns, which can be nearly 60% of the original sales price, and build a reverse logistics process able to manage and track products from order to return.
Tuesday
June 21
3:45 pm4:15 pm
Port of Baltimore Theatre, Grand Ballroom
Logistical challenges continue to cause disruptions that require last-minute workarounds on the part of  brokers, carriers, and retail shippers. Retailers must embrace innovation and collaboration to create that sought-after supply chain resilience and reliability. Increasingly, the modern consumer expects retailers to think beyond financial considerations and into matters of social and environmental responsibility.