Supply Chain Conference 2011

Preliminary Program of Events
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Sunday, January 30

11:30 - 6:00 pm

12:30 pm
Sponsored by LMS Intellibound, LLC

6:00 – 7:30 pm
Welcome Reception
Sponsored by GENCO ATC

*Pre-registration required.  Please arrive at the golf cart staging area by the pro shop no later than 12:00pm.  Boxed lunches will be provided.

Monday, January 31

7:00am - 5:00am

7:00 – 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
Sponsored by The Descartes Systems Group Inc.

8:00 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Donald (Dee) Biggs, Director of Customer Logistics, Welch Foods, Inc.
Craig McPhee, Executive Director, Distribution, Associated Food Stores

8:15 am
General Session

Find immediate business relevance and be inspired to lead your team to achieve forward-looking, mission-oriented goals. Short and to the point, Afterburners will give you the tools necessary for long-term business success. When failure is not an option, it's time for the Flawless Execution Model!  Considered the world's leading authority on organizational execution, Afterburner Incorporated applies the U.S. Air Force 'zero tolerance for error' and military values to business.

9:15 am
General Session

The Ever-Changing Retail Landscape
Join Kantar Retail as they share strategic insight on business opportunities resulting from the ever-changing macro-retail landscape. Based on global and U.S. trends, shopper understanding, and the implications of new technology, this session is sure to inspire new ways of thinking.

Leon Nicholas, Senior Vice President of Retail Insights, Kantar Retail

Hosted by PepsiCo

10:15 am
Networking Break
Sponsored by ORTEC

10:45 am
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Food Safety Legislation and the Implications for Supply Chain Management
Sponsored by Oracle
With the recent passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act, manufacturers and retailers alike will implement new processes aimed at improving food safety.  Join Hogan Lovells expert counsel for a briefing on the Food Safety Modernization Act with a focus on supply chain management provisions.

Ryan Shadrick Wilson, Associate, Hogan Lovells US LLP

Afterburners, Inc.

Follow up the Afterburners, Inc. Opening Session with a motivating breakout session in which the Crew will provide additional tools for Flawless Execution.

Common Themes for Safe Operations: Priceless.
How safe are your operations? Do product distributors and manufacturers share common practices to improve safety? Are there key areas of focus that drive improved performance regardless of differences in the product or service being offered?  Hear how two trading partners, Campbell Soup and SUPERVALU, learned from each other as they compared the key tenants of their approaches to injury reduction and workers compensation expense control. Attendees will leave with new strategies for reducing injuries at your company and better managing workers comp expenditures.

James Koskan, Corporate Director of Risk Control, SUPERVALU
Mary Long, Senior Director, Collaborative Supply Chain Solutions, Campbell Soup Company

Inventory Reduction and Improved Product Orders: Align Your KPI’s to Drive Costs Down and Service Levels Up
In these economic times many organizations focus on inventory reduction as the way to manage the bottom line. However, focusing solely on reducing inventory can have the adverse effect of driving up costs and the risk of service failure. Come hear how Price Chopper Supermarkets and Nestle Purina PetCare are working together to align their supply chains and key performance indicators to improve inventory turns, reduce handling and lower unsaleables expense while maintaining the highest levels of service.

Mark Chandler, Vice President Supply Chain, Price Chopper Supermarkets
Barry Henderson, Director of Supply Chain, Nestle Purina PetCare 

11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Luncheon and Keynote
Russ Stolnack a.k.a. Russ T Nailz is a humorous speaker trained in comedy clubs, Las Vegas showrooms, television news, talk radio and corporate events. Russ brings endless experience and infinite real world training to entertain audiences with his original comedy, reminding everyone that humor has value. Russ co-hosts “The Big Biz Show”, a daily nationally syndicated TV and radio financial program. He also provides reports for Fox Business News. Russ is The National Speakers Associations Humorous Speaker Competition winner, has won Emmy Awards for comedy writing and acting, a cable ACE award and more.

Sponsored by iGPS Company

1:30 pm
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Handling Slow Velocity Products in the Supply Chain Effectively: A Panel Discussion
This group discussion will provide better understanding of the impact, including financial, of slow moving items on the collective supply chain.  There are multiple practical ways to effectively manage items frequently classified as “slow movers”.  Attendees will walk away with a clear definition of slow velocity products today as well as strategies for collaboratively managing these items within the retailer community as well as the vendor community.  Despite the challenges they present, slow velocity items do help drive sales and profits and provide consumers with the variety they desire.

W. Thomas Bird, Vice President, Supply Chain Integration, Price Chopper Supermarkets
Ken Finch, Senior Manager, Customer Supply Chain Integration, PepsiCo Warehouse Logistics
Randy Fletcher, Vice President Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Associated Grocers, Inc.
Keith Swiednicki, COO and Senior Partner, KOM International, Inc.

Customer Collaboration and Environmental Sustainability
Sponsored by SAP
Kraft Foods will discuss their transportation programs and progress in two key areas: customer collaboration and environmental sustainability in the supply chain. First, Kraft will share their most valuable “lessons learned” when it comes to collaboration – what works, what doesn't, success factors and thoughts on why the greatest benefits of collaboration have yet to come. They will also discuss various supply chain sustainability initiatives that have delivered savings for Kraft. Come prepared for an interactive session on these timely subjects.

Mike Cole, Senior Director of Transportation, Kraft North America
Harry Haney, Associate Director Transportation, Kraft North America


The Safe Quality Food Institute
A division of the Food Marketing Institute, the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) offers one of the world's leading food safety and quality certification systems recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative. The program provides independent certification that a supplier's food safety and quality management systems comply with international and domestic food safety regulations, enabling suppliers to assure their customers that food has been produced according to the highest possible standards. Buyers want more than just a third-party audit -- they are asking their suppliers to achieve this higher level of food safety certification. Learn how to become an SQF-certified supplier and how SQF can benefit your organization.

Robert Garfield, Senior Vice President, Safe Quality Food Institute

Additional breakout session to be announced
Sponsored by Oracle

2:30 pm
Discussion Groups

Small, multi-disciplinary discussion groups will offer conference attendees the chance to share ideas with their trading partners and vendors, covering specific and general industry concerns and areas of opportunity.

3:45 pm
Networking Break
Sponsored by SCS Unloading

4:15 pm
General Session

Del Monte Puts the Customer First: Using Retailer Data to Drive Supply Chain Efficiencies
At Del Monte, the information technology (IT) and supply chain teams work in concert to implement supply chain efficiencies based on customer feedback. In this session, discover how these units have collaborated to develop a plan flexible enough to work with any retailer regardless of where the retailer’s data sharing capabilities stand and have reduced trading partner inventories to zero working capital requirements for Del Monte.

David W. Allen, Executive Vice President, Operations, Del Monte Foods Company
Marc Brown, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Del Monte Foods Company

6:00 – 8:00 pm
Networking Reception
Sponsored by CHEP

Tuesday, February 1

7:00 - 5:00 pm

7:00 – 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
Sponsored by Kane Is Able, Inc.

Please join internationally respected leadership expert, speaker, and author John Maxwell in the Exhibit Hall, where his books will be available for signing during the continental breakfast.

8:00 am
General Session
Sponsored by Freight Handlers, Inc.

Learn How to Connect, Not Just Communicate
John C. Maxwell, rated number one in World's Top Leadership Gurus, author and founder of INJOY®, Giant Impact and EQUIP, a non-profit organization that has trained more than five million leaders in 126 countries worldwide, examines Five Connecting Principles and Five Connecting Practices of top-notch achievers. He believes that a person's ability to create change and results in any organization – be it a company, church, nonprofit, or even a family – is directly tied to the ability to connect, not just communicate. Learn how in this energizing opening session of conference day two.

John C. Maxwell, Founder, INJOY® and Giant Impact

*Please join internationally respected leadership expert, speaker, and author John Maxwell in the Exhibit Hall, where his books will be available for signing during the continental breakfast.

9:00 am
General Session
Current and Long-Term Transportation Trends

Key stakeholders representing retail, manufacturing, 3PL and commercial carrier segments will discuss current and expected challenges, cost containment strategies and visioning for the future related to transportation in the value chain.

Shawn Bergeth, Group Manager Food Supply Chain, Target Corporation
Jim Butts, Vice President, Transportation, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.
Dennis Donelon, Director, Customer Supply Chain Integration, PepsiCo Chicago (moderator)

Don Gilbreath, Vice President, Transportation and Logistics, Brookshire Grocery
Martin Herrington, Associate Director, Logistics Purchasing, The Procter & Gamble Company
Craig McPhee, Executive Director, Distribution, Associated Food Stores, Inc. (moderator)
Richard Stocking, President and Chief Operations Officer, Swift Transportation

Mark Whittaker, Vice President PepsiCo Transportation, PepsiCo

10:00 am
Networking Break
Sponsored by Manhattan Associates

10: 30 am
General Session
Driving Supply Chain Efficiencies through Cost-to-Serve Insights

Retail industry margin compression has created an optimal environment for CPG manufacturers to incentivize lower cost supply chain behaviors, though realizing that the opportunity requires an in-depth understanding of cost-to-serve by customer and incentive structures designed to drive change. Ultimately, cost-to-serve represents a first step for developing an in-depth understanding of end-to-end value chain economics (supplier to shelf). As a result, manufacturers and customers are in a better position to engage in discussions on the best actions to take to remove cost from the system. Kraft’s supply chain organization recently undertook an extensive study to understand cost-to-serve by customer. Complex modeling and analyses reveal variance across customers and provide insights for gaining efficiencies such as reducing order variability and leveraging visibility to drive collaborative initiatives. This session will provide high-level findings from this study.

Kumar Venkataraman, Principal, A.T. Kearney
Ron Volpe, Customer Vice President, Supply Chain, Kraft Foods, Inc.

11:30 am
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Sourcing and Retaining Talent
Join retail and manufacturer executives as they reveal strategies that are enabling their companies to recruit, retain and train personnel to meet the specialized needs of today’s value chain.  Specific topics to be discussed include working with Generation Y, leveraging social media channels, intern programs, and employee retention.

Denny Armstrong, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Logistics and Operations Support, The J.M. Smucker Company
Mark Chandler, Vice President, Supply Chain, Price Chopper Supermarkets
Brook Lashely, Manager, Sourcing Strategies, Nestle Purina PetCare Company
John McKillop, Director, Product Supply Excellence, Nestle Purina PetCare Company
Amy Richmond, Human Resources Manager, NA Supply Chain, Campbell Soup Company

Maximizing Fully Integrated DSD
Join Bill Bishop and members of the GMA Direct Store Delivery Committee as they deliver findings on research conducted at 32 retailer locations to determine how compliant live shelves are with planograms.  The discussion will focus on the correlation between the degree of trading partner collaboration and successful shelf conditions. 

Bill Bishop, Chairman, Willard Bishop Consulting
Dale Brockwell, Customer Development and Industry Affairs, Kraft Foods Global, Inc.
Jim Cantlin, Senior Director In-Store Demand, Schwan’s Consumer Brands North America 
Jim Hertel, Managing Partner, Willard Bishop (moderator)                               
John Phillips, Vice President, Customer Supply Chain and Logistics, PepsiCo

Bill Ray, Vice President, Sales, Snyder's – Lance

Supply Chain Risks: Considerations for Managing the Rising Tide
Nearly all industries take advantage of globalization to reduce costs and achieve efficiencies. While the economic benefits are usually clear, the risks have become more acute—a supply chain interruption can have potentially devastating and systemic effects. Additionally, companies may not properly factor in the increased costs of managing risks associated with supply chains, which could adversely impact long term profit margins, cash flows, service levels, and/or capacity needs. With the book Single Point of Failure: The Ten Essential Laws of Supply Chain Management as a backdrop, this session will focus on critical sourcing and logistics risk questions.

Gary S. Lynch, Global Leader, Supply Chain Risk Management Practice, Marsh Consulting

Order Optimization and Load Size: Increasing Sustainability and Profitability
This session will review multiple case studies of the implementation, pitfalls and return of order optimization in terms of profitability and sustainability.

Pamela Haining, Senior Director, Logistics Development, Kraft Foods Global, Inc.
Tom Moore, Transportation, Warehouse Optimization
D. Scott Neufarth, Business Development Executive, IBM

Procter & Gamble case study

12:30 pm
Networking Luncheon

1:30 pm
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Diversity Works in Supply Chain
The Diversity Forum's first-ever Diversity Champion Award-winner Eric Watson of Delhaize details how creating a vision to manage diversity, designing leadership mentoring programs to promote diversity and establishing an accountability system for business diversity can enhance overall company success.  Giving real-life examples, Watson will share how a diverse workforce has enhanced supply chain professionalism at Delhaize.

Eric Watson, Vice President of Talent Acquisition and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Delhaize

Labor Update 2011: What Are Congress and the Obama Administration Up To?
2011 potentially poses some of the most dramatic changes in traditional labor law in the 76 year history of the National Labor Relations Act. Learn strategies and techniques your organization can implement to stay compliant and help to keep workers content in a world where "employing change" is essential

Mark Schneider, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C.

Rapid Recall Exchange
Join Procter & Gamble, Land O'Lakes and Publix Supermarkets executives and users of Rapid Recall Exchange as they share information on service upgrades and model practices they have employed to standardize product recall and withdrawal notifications between retailers/wholesalers and suppliers. The online service enables prompt, accurate, and secure information exchange to protect consumers.

Brian Lynch, Director, Sales and Sales Promotion, Grocery Manufacturers Association 
Jodi Knoke, Manager, Customer Logistics, Land O'Lakes, Inc.
Michael Roberson, Director of Corporate Quality Assurance, Publix Supermarkets, Inc.
Daniel Triot, Market Logistics Manager, The Procter & Gamblle Company 

Patrick Walsh, Senior Vice President, Industry Relations and Education/Research, Food Marketing Institute

From Vision to Decision: The Tipping Point In Warehouse Automation
Former SUPERVALU executive Greg Heying and WITRON Integrated Logistics CEO Karl Hoegen will explore the journey from the vision of automating the distribution center, to researching the marketplace, to finding an automation solution. They will discuss how key decisions were made, the challenges of implementing an automation plan and the outcomes of this dramatic change.

Greg Heying, Senior Vice President of Distribution, SUPERVALU (retired)
Karl Hoegen, CEO, Witron Integrated Logistics Corporation

2:30 pm
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Motivating People
American Sales Company (ASC) began its purchasing and distribution services in 1994, housed in a 200,000 square foot warehouse. Just seven years later, ASC expanded into its current state-of-the-art distribution center that is nearly three times the size of its original home. ASC has quickly become one of the largest distributors of health and beauty care items, seasonal items, and general merchandise in the United States. To sustain rapid growth and implement the company's innovative approach to product distribution, a well-trained and highly motivated workforce is required. Join Norm Haberl as he discusses how and why ASC employees are inspired to go the extra mile.

Norm Haberl, Vice President of Distribution, American Sales Company (an affiliate of Ahold USA)

Trading Partner Collaboration: From Start to Success
Join industry collaboration notables Mike Bargmann of Collaborative Logistics, LLC and Dee Biggs of Welch Foods, Inc. in this interactive session about what it takes to have true, successful collaboration between retailers and manufacturers in the supply chain. Speakers will share their experience in addressing how to identify partner candidates; how to initiate collaboration; and standard partner practices for sustainable success.

Mike Bargmann, Principal, Collaborative Logistics, LLC and former Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, Wegmans Food Markets
Donald (Dee) Biggs, Director of Customer Logistics, Welch Foods, Inc.

Traceability Update: A Produce Proactive Response
Join Ed Treacy of the Produce Marketing Association as he provides an update on food safety legislation and explores the possible implications of what its passage would mean for the consumer packaged goods industry. Treacy will cover the Produce Traceability Initiative in this session as well.

Ed Treacy, Vice President, Supply Chain Efficiencies, Produce Marketing Association

Returnable Asset Management
Last year, the industry, especially dairy, beverage and bakery, experienced an estimated $500 million in returnable asset (pallets, trays, totes) losses.  This session will provide a forum to grow awareness of the escalating cost, identify recommended practices for handling returnable assets and present steps to reduce theft and misuse.

Mark Baum, Managing Partner, MARCAT Group, LLC
Brett Frankenberg, Vice President of Supply Chain Planning and Purchasing, The Coca-Cola Company
Dan Stone, Vice President of Logistics, Flowers Foods, Inc.

3:30 pm
Networking Break
Sponsored by Rogers-Premier Unloading & Warehousing Services

4:00 pm
General Session

Value Chain 2020
This session will feature findings of the Consumer Goods Forum Value Chain 2020 initiative designed to identify the emerging trends and their resulting implications across the CPG supply chain. The session will share some of the projects that retailers and suppliers are working on around the globe, including the creation of a new “Knowledge Navigator,” a knowledge management portal that will provide a platform for individuals to collaborate and work more effectively.

John Phillips, Vice President, Customer Supply Chain and Logistics, PepsiCo

6:00 pm
Networking Gala
Sponsored by Freight Handlers, Inc.