Operational Planning

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
2:30 pm3:00 pm
Room 26A
To thrive in this age of disruption, retailers must build the resiliency to survive and the agility to pivot. Strategic retailers are thriving by adopting a connected supply chain that helps sense customer demand, source materials with confidence, respond in real-time, and deliver on time and in-full, while minimizing time-to-market, lowering overall costs, and increasing productivity.
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
9:45 am10:15 am
Room 26B
As global trade management becomes more challenging in the face of rapidly changing regulations, customs requirements, and compliance issues, keeping goods moving efficiently across supply chains is getting tougher. In this session, our panelists will share best practice advice on building effective cross border strategies to achieve competitive advantage in global markets.
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
10:30 am11:00 am
Room 25B

Multifaceted and cumbersome to manage, retail supply chains pose myriad challenges to the agility required to serve consumers effectively. Looking at the holistic freight ecosystem more specifically, large retailers must navigate multiple siloed verticals to manage and ensure the distribution chain operates synergistically. Moreover, freight visibility and transportation management at the national level requires systems integration and data sharing across the freight ecosystem to function seamlessly.

Tuesday
June 21
2:15 pm2:45 pm
Room 26A
Retail’s pipeline of qualified supply chain talent requires training and certification programs to achieve a robust pool of candidates proactively searching for individual and family-sustaining careers. NRF Foundation’s RISE Up program recently launched its newest skills training course to offer a Warehouse, Inventory and Logistics credential. The course provides an understanding of supply chains and develops workplace readiness skills for roles in warehouses, distribution, or fulfillment centers.
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
2:15 pm2:45 pm
Room 25B
One of the biggest challenges in the supply chain for retailers and cargo owners has been the volatility in the ocean market and the significant decline in contract performance. As rates and fees have skyrocketed, what can retailers do to secure rate predictability and performance reliability? Hear from experts about what to expect in the future of ocean contracting and how forward-thinking retailers are shifting their strategies. 
Tuesday
June 21
3:00 pm3:30 pm
Room 26A

Global events and existing threats have now combined to create the most volatile cyber risk landscape yet known. Adam Isles from security and risk advisors Chertoff Group will show how to develop cyber best practice through an understanding of the implications of the war in Ukraine, the latest trends in cyber extortion, and what governments, customers and insurance carriers now expect.

Tuesday
June 21
3:00 pm3:30 pm
Room 26B
Supply chain disruptions happen all the time. The pandemic has shown that the supply chain as a whole, especially the nation's ports, need to be better prepared for future disruptions. As retailers reevaluate their overall supply chains, the ports will play a critical role in the success of a retailer’s distribution of its goods. From the ability to manage congestion to sustainability initiatives, retailers are viewing ports more than ever as key strategic partners.