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Day 1: August 25, 2021

10:00am – 10:05am (EST)

Opening Statement

10:05am – 10:25am (EST)

Fireside Chat: Supply Chain Planning in This Age of Uncertainty

In this age of uncertainty, it’s nearly impossible for supply chains to stay ahead of the challenges. Forecasting and planning have never been quite this difficult.

  • Understand how demand volatility exposed inherent challenges within supply chain as well as presented new ones that were unprecedented
  • Discuss key learnings from these challenges that business leaders can use to increase supply chain resilience and sustainable planning for the future
  • Explore how investment in workforce development and various technologies will help with transformation and implementation

Abe Eshkenazi CEO Association for Supply Chain Management

10:25am – 10:45am (EST)

Fireside Chat & Presentation: Integrated Business Planning: Better Data Visibility for Better Decision Making

  • TBC

Robert Giacobbe Vice President, Global Supply Chain Consulting GEP

10:45am – 11:30am (EST)

Panel: Big Data & Data Driven Decision Making

Create a competitive and cost-effective supply chain by getting the most out of your data. Learn how extract the right information out for your datasets and allow intelligent data systems to work for you in the background.

  • Learn how to restructure supply chain networks for agile and consistent delivery using data driven insights on consumers and suppliers for an accurate forecasting model
  • Enable talent with the knowledge they need to use digital tools for accurate analysis of data trends and a smooth transition into a digitized process.
  • Explore how to develop your data architecture to enable the implementation of future data tools like AI and work with your partners

Bill Mines SVP Finance, Logistics and Supply Chain Walmart

Brian Hecht Director Supply chain Solutions & Analytics Kroger

Justin Kim Executive Director S&OP Shiseido

Jennifer Vander Zanden Chief Operating Officer Breakthrough

Jackie Guan Senior Director Data & Analytics Walmart

Moderator: Ryan Patel Global Executive | Board of Director

11:30am – 11:40am (EST)


11:40am – 12:00pm (EST)

Fireside Chat & Presentation: Integrating Your Business – Partner Supply Planning with the Entire Ecosystem

Convincing leadership to invest in a new planning strategy is a challenging process. Learn where to look and what vision to build internally to drive innovation in supply chains

  • Learn how continuous integrated business planning and bringing different parts of the business together bolsters the whole supply chain process.
  • Explore what it takes to have a solution to enable efficiency in the planning process and how others are leveraging their tech, such as AI and machine learning, for deeper insights.
  • Understand how to bring supply chain planning & forecasting to the next level with a connected digital strategy.

Bill Primerano WW Data and AI Technical Specialist IBM Watson

12:00pm – 12:45pm (EST)

Panel: Customer Analytics: Where the Real Value Sits

The customer landscape is constantly changing, demand fluctuates with very little warning. Constantly monitoring & reacting to these changes saves time, money and keeps the customer happy.

  • Learn how to implement data processing technologies at scale inside the business, working with leadership to shift the culture around data interpretation and analysis
  • See how to put the in-depth data to work with real life case studies of demand pattern shifts and agile response examples that reduce costs and improve the buying experience
  • Reduce operational uncertainty with end-to-end data from Point of Sale to delivery to improve experience with real time data analytics enabled by AI

John Cao Director of Demand Planning GSK

Harshad Kanvinde Head of Supply Chain Consulting Slalom Consulting

Danny Antezana SVP Supply Chain Americas Firmenich

Daniel Bachar Vice President, Product Marketing Logility

12:45pm – 12:55pm (EST)


12:55pm – 1:25pm (EST)

Roundtable: The Growing Divide: Aligning supply planning objectives with supply planning capability

  • Delve into how supply planning had to acclimate to a new world when the pandemic hit, adapting to constantly fluctuating demand patterns, which has brought reactivity, agility and proactivity to the forefront of strategies
  • Explore how to balance the planning and forecasting processes implemented for short and midterm decision making and how to utilise them in the long-term to ensure your business remains competitive with cohesive platforms across the marketing, S&OP and sourcing transportation departments
  • Discover how digital transformation and key technologies can enable flexibility in S&OP to better react to risky events by utilising real-time data and insights

1:25pm – 1:35pm (EST)


1:35pm – 1:55pm (EST)

Fireside Chat: Analyze Existing Processes and Set the Digital Context for Innovation

You can’t transform processes if you don’t know what you want to transform and why. Analyze your digital capability and build a transformational vision in line with your supply chain operations.

  • Learn how to avoid making risky investments and analyze your digital capability end to end to determine your gaps in technology to pave the pathway for innovation.
  • See how people, systems, and processes link together and drive inter-departmental cooperation with S&OP, procurement, logistics and marketing to achieve long term success and eliminate internal silos.
  • Build a transformational vision in line with your current supply chain operations and set the outlook for the next five years.

Nikhil Cherian Sr. Director Omnichannel Supply Chain Planning Sam's Club

1:55pm – 2:40pm (EST)

In partnership with: GEP - Logo

Panel: Collaboration and Digitalization in the Supplier Network

A seamless customer experience starts at supplier level. Find out how to marry your partners with your targets and timelines via digitalization and watch the supply chain flourish.

  • Explore how to build trust with accurate performance measurements and manage partnerships to bring them in line with expectations and achieve YoY (Year on Year) progress
  • Discuss how best to reduce lead times by months, plan material costs around market fluctuations and predict costs in collaboration with partners with real time data and analytics processes
  • Discover how to manage inventory levels in line with demand across the network accurately with data sharing capabilities, Cloud infrastructures and a standardized data language

Adam Schafer Director of Sustainability (Supply Chain Assurance) Intel

Ryan Gianni Senior Director, Supply Chain Consulting GEP

Mete Bayyigit VP – Global Supply Chain ASM

Moderator: Sheri Hinish Global Executive Partner IBM Sustainable Supply Chain + Circularity

2:40pm – 3:00pm (EST)

Fireside Chat: Investing in Digital Transformation: The Long-Term and Short-Term ROI

Convincing leadership to invest in a new planning strategy is a challenging process. Learn where to look and what vision to build internally to drive innovation in supply chains 

  • Consider the ROI on innovation in line with expectations and build the digitalization roadmap together with the leadership to take control of your supply chain transformation plans. 
  • Take into consideration your customer data, past revenue, and long-term financial goals and to determine the financial priorities and how to best direct funds to increase these. 
  • Develop a budget plan for long term transformation to clearly define the business investment plan, main goals, resources needed, and the timeframe needed to increase revenue long term   

Craig Moughler Chief Supply Chain Officer Valvoline Inc.

Day 2: August 26, 2021

10:00am – 10:05am (EST)

Opening Statement

10:05am – 10:50am (EST)

In partnership with: Interos - Logo

Panel: The Key to Survival: Place Risk at the Centre of Planning

There are thousands of risk factors endangering supply chains every day. With so many risk scenarios on the table, you need to know exactly where your supply chain weak spots are and plan for risk.

  • Understand data points that will provide maximum visibility over immediate or long-term risk to enable planners to make data driven decisions that keep your supply chain moving
  • See how to model operational risk scenarios around the main risk factors like sourcing and inventory capacity to anticipate and prevent future supply chain disruption
  • Discover how to embed flexibility in your operations to react to risky scenarios in an agile way with real-time data and insights and internal collaboration and improve response time to delays and disruption

Jennifer Bisceglie CEO & Founder Interos

Larry Grischow SVP Supply Chain & Procurement Abercrombie & Fitch

Karen Smith Vice President, Global Supply Chain Operations Kontoor Brands, Inc.

Moderator: Denise Sena Global Supply Chain Executive

10:50am – 11:10am (EST)

Fireside Chat: Data: The Backbone of Planning

The future of planning relies on accessible data. From data cleaning to standardization, it’s important for everyone to speak the same language when it comes to systems and processes.

  • Understand the questions to ask potential partners around their data such as data points, volume, regularity of collection etc. to ensure it meets your need and infrastructure
  • Review the tech stack required to provide an integrated data strategy such as data lakes, analysis, visualization tools and security
  • Learn how to define data standards, cleanse existing data and ensure future data collection sources align with the criteria for integrated data that provides actionable insights

Dave Parker VP of Best Cost Analytics Harman International

11:10am – 11:20am (EST)


11:20am – 11:40am (EST)

Fireside Chat: Design a Flexible and Integrated Inventory Plan

Maintain accurate inventory levels with a balanced and modern data structure and business design plan to achieve full visibility over product journeys, identify gaps in the process and new opportunities for customers.

  • Discover how integrating the data networks and infrastructures of existing suppliers and into the planning stream can help keep up with the changing customer demand
  • Learn how to enhance your supply chain strategy with visualization tools that can help keep track of stock levels, customer demand and follow real-time data to enable the ultimate inventory strategy
  • Avoid inventory shortages or excess inventory with an integrated platform across the marketing, S&OP and sourcing transportation departments to help delivery on revenue goals

Scott Crawford Chief Merchandising Officer FreshDirect

11:40am – 12:00pm (EST)

Fireside Chat: Planning for Growth – End to End Visibility in the Supply Chain

Intelligent demand sensing and an automated process for ordering and reordering are crucial to a resilient supply chain, organizing your data and investing in associated tech is essential.

  • Learn about critical elements of digital transformation within supply chain processes to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of planning, to adapt to shifts in customer and market demand.
  • Explore the key implementation challenges of S&OP and planning technologies that can improve your internal synergies and transform your supply chain into a competitive advantage.
  • Discuss how best to improve cross-functional connectivity within the supply chain and wider business to drive efficiency in operations, overcome obstacles such as data silos, and enhance end-to-end visibility throughout the business.

Vivek Gurusamy VP Global Head of Supply Chain Planning Trident Seafood

12:00pm – 12:10pm (EST)


12:10pm – 12:40pm (EST)

Roundtable Discussion: Fueling your Supply Chain Planning with Technology

  • Discuss how overcoming data issues, like interoperability and cloud computing capabilities, will create a competitive supply chain and be cost-effective, sustainable, and efficient for your business’ planning strategy
  • Learn how to foster operational support and best improve internal visibility in demand sensing with different technologies, such as sensor technologies, advanced analytics, and digital twins to map out various risk scenarios
  • Explore how to utilize supply chain planning help your business overcome volatility in the marketplace whilst increase visibility with customers and suppliers using standardized data language, operating cloud infrastructures, and data sharing capabilities

12:40pm – 12:50pm (EST)


12:50pm – 1:10pm (EST)

Fireside Chat: Create A Road Map for Change Management

People are the most important element of a digital transformation and essential to the success or failure of your strategy. Get your people on board with the new digital and planning practices.

  • Learn how to embed purpose and shift mentality at scale in line with your culture, looking at behavior patterns and coordinating with your overall long-term ambitions for the company
  • Overcome resistance to change and ensure the digital transition is successful with change management and leadership principles to get supply chains on the way to automation and modern IT practices
  • Develop a change management roadmap with the entire business structure in mind working together with IT, Operations and C-level leadership to drive long-term change

Mike Kennamann Director Supply Chain Planning Wilton Brands

1:10pm – 1:55pm (EST)

Panel: Digital Order Planning: Build the Ultimate Customer Experience

Transform your data processes into a fully digitized operation to evolve from limited order flow visibility due to siloed and partial information to a fully visible supply chain.  

  • Shift from slow, costly, error prone manual steps to an automated process enabled by fully integrated ERP, data management and interpretation tools
  • Progress from limited order flow visibility due to siloed and partial information to full, end-to-end actionable visibility by integrating customer point of sale data, digital orders, and delivery data
  • Streamline and improve the effectiveness of dynamic networking and collaboration with coordinated and fully digital order flows to move from a manual, paper process to a traceable digital footprint

Leslie O'Regan Sr. Manager Product Management – Transportation & Load Planning Lowe's

Deepak Yadav Associate VP Supply Chain Planning and Operations Sharp Electronics

Patric Stadtfeld Supply Chain Management Head Siemens USA

1:55pm – 2:15pm (EST)

Fireside Chat: Process Automation for Efficient Workstreams

The skills needed for future planning infrastructures are changing. Remove manual processing, improve productivity, and reskill your workforce for the new digital age of supply chain.  

  • Design methods to create an efficient pathway for your existing talent to gain new skills, improve their workflows and empower them to make decisions
  • Improve productivity by removing time intensive tasks off their hands like manual data re-entry with a clear pathway to digital transformation
  • Improve analytical workflows and optimize decision making processes across departments with fully accessible data languages that translate cross-departmentally 

Jennifer Keeton Director of Demand Planning, US Business Beam Suntory