NRF Supply Chain 360

Supply Chain 360
Invent a bigger, more resilient and more sustainable future.

June 20 – 21, 2022
Cleveland

Your supply chain network is the backbone of your business. It’s the core of your product’s lifecycle — from raw materials and product sourcing to the hands of satisfied customers. With ever-increasing demands and disruptions in our post-pandemic world, it’s paramount to keep this backbone strong. We can’t just react. We need to prepare, partner, and act quickly and frequently, making changes today to build a brighter tomorrow.

Join us for the inaugural NRF Supply Chain 360 as we take a holistic look at the modes and methods needed to build the future, faster. Learn from supply chain leaders, experience a unique Expo with interactive exhibits and make connections to create an ecosystem for your business that can keep it self-sustaining for decades.

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Reserve your spot in the Expo for this inaugural event! For more information about booths and sponsorships, contact Tami Sakell, VP, Exhibit & Sponsorship Sales, at 202-661-3044 or sakellt@nrf.com.

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Innovative activation displays on the Expo floor enable attendees to be immersed in real-life scenarios, experience how these products work and envision how they can integrate into their supply chain process — and increase ROI! NRF will work with partners to create live interactive experiences on the Expo floor.

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NRF Supply Chain 360 Topics

Supply Chain Operational Planning and Cost Management

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An ever-present narrative in retail supply chains is the need for improved demand forecasting that leverages internal and external sources. Part of this is contingent on aligning financial and operational plans while at the same time increasing visibility and transparency across the network. Too often a cost reduction in one area of operations can result in a cost hike in another. Thus, it’s critical to understand the interrelationship between various processes across the supply chain, create flexibility within the network to predict and manage volatility, and develop risk mitigation plans to manage potential disruption.

Themes covered include:

  • Enhancing supply chain visibility and transparency
  • Data
  • Addressing market volatility
  • Managing increasing costs
  • Resilience/agility/risk mitigation
  • Aligning, planning, and execution
  • Mapping supply chain risks

Human Capital

The business of supply chain and logistics is no longer perceived as the esoteric concern of inventory specialists and shipping enterprises. It’s integral to nearly every aspect of the retail business; if you don’t have product to sell, you don’t have a business. And likewise, if companies don’t have talent — problem solvers who can work to interpret and manage data analytics, and experts who understand how to make things happen and how to react when to supply chain volatility — success is compromised. There is a need to manage CEO expectations, develop talent across the network, attract young professionals, protect warehouse workers and address labor shortages. 

Themes covered include:

  • Leadership: What CEOs expect from SCCOs
  • The next generation of supply chain leaders
  • Addressing the truck driver shortage
  • Attracting young professionals to supply chain
  • Preventing forced labor in supply chain
  • Automation trade-offs, upskilling and reskilling staff
  • Centers of supply chain excellence
  • Internal and external partnerships

Fulfillment

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The surge in online sales has magnified the problems of aging distribution networks and supply chain hiccups. The urgency to address myriad fulfillment issues has taken center stage, encompassing everything from inventory pileups to slow cycle turn times and poorly located supply. Executives are striving to determine how fast is fast enough, how to determine the impact of endless aisle on shipping costs and speed, and how to leverage digital tools to support these shifts in fulfillment. And they’re experimenting with new technologies and fulfillment tactics, including robotics and automated customer delivery solutions, micro-fulfillment centers and dark kitchens. 

Themes covered include:

  • First, middle and last mile
  • Robotics / AI / warehouse technologies
  • Increasing investments in digital 
  • Inventory deployment
  • Optimizing fulfillment
  • Endless aisle
  • The future of last mile

Network Operations (distribution, warehousing / transportation)

Supply chain networks are complex and interconnected, incorporating domestic and international transportation management, yard management, infrastructure challenges and labor and productivity struggles. Handling these interconnections is a huge undertaking. Companies are investing in improved operational tools with an eye toward enhanced productivity, efficiency and utilization management. In addition, they’re allocating capital to increased operational flow planning and execution based on equipment utilization and productivity. The linchpin of network operations is supply chain management — an area where increasing costs, delays and inefficiencies throughout the supply chain are shaping decision making. 

Themes covered include:

  • Resilience/agility/risk litigation
  • Mitigating increased costs
  • Transportation tetris — from trucks to rails
  • Driver shortages
  • Infrastructure breakdowns crippling the supply chain
  • Partnerships’ key to success
  • Winning supply chain through visibility
  • Reverse logistics
  • Next generation delivery: Current myths and future opportunities

Sourcing and product development

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Supply chain executives are balancing numerous shifts and uncertainties when it comes to sourcing and product development. They’re facing cost pressures resulting from raw materials price inflation, trade wars, concerns about forced labor and human rights abuses, and the desire to establish firm commitments to social and environmental goals. Near-shore and re-shoring initiatives are in play as is further supply chain diversification. Still, much of their efforts are grounded in the development and rollout of advanced technologies like AI and machine learning, which can be used to derive insights and provide a more detailed picture of their upstream supply chains.

Themes covered include:

  • Country of origin management
  • Raw material tracking and tracing
  • New technology
  • Near-shore and re-shore manufacturing
  • Aligning, planning and execution
  • Localized assortments
  • Responsible sourcing

What CEOs and Supply Chain Professionals Need to Know about Sustainability

As if supply chain management and optimization is not challenging enough, every single supply chain decision has human health, environmental and social impacts. Those impacts are becoming a focus for regulators, investors, corporate boards, customers and outside pressure groups. CEOs and supply chain professionals are building strategic sustainability networks to increase collaboration across all parts of the supply chain, champion the circular economy, minimize packaging and reduce carbon footprints.

New tools and metrics focus on issues like:

  • Environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG)
  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR)
  • Net zero emission goals
  • Climate and resiliency risks
  • Carbon foot printing
  • Circular economy solutions
  • Ethical / responsible sourcing
  • Collaboration and partnerships
  • New business models 
  • Reducing packaging
  • Transportation mode impacts (e.g., plane, train or ship and the fuel source for each)
  • Reverse logistics
  • Building a sustainable supply chain — from raw material acquisition, manufacturing, packaging and distribution to the impacts of the customer using and disposing of the product

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More opportunities to learn and connect

NRF works with supply chain professionals throughout the year to develop resources, content and policies that improve the retail industry, including:

  • NRF Supply Chain Lunch & Learn Webinar series
  • Advocacy
  • NRF committees and councils
  • Port Tracker reports