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Five Sessions We Can’t Wait to Attend at RILA’s LINK2019 (The Retail Supply Chain Conference)

LINK2019 is one of Logistyx’s most anticipated events this year. Yes, a tiny reason why is the promise of Bakery Plus’s Fruity Pebbles-topped donut to satisfy our sweet tooth, but the larger reason why is that supply chain and logistics teams leave with strategies, tools and insights on how to deliver (pun intended!) parcels on time, in full and at the lowest possible cost. And since it’s our job to support supply chain and logistics teams with state-of-the-art Transportation Management tools and technology, we want to be a part of the action! Taking place from February 24 – 27 in Orlando, LINK attracts every supply chain guru ever – from consultants and data analysts to authors and executives. In preparation for this year’s conference, we’ve pulled together a list of some of the sessions we’re most looking forward to attending:

How Office Depot Uses Network Resources to Optimize Omnichannel Responsiveness: Monday, February 25, 10:30 – 11:15 am. It’s been a pleasure to call Office Depot a customer, and we’re looking forward to listening to their presentation on the state of e-commerce today and how the online retail explosion is pushing everyone to have a solution to meet their customer’s needs right now. They’ll share insights into how they’ve created an optimal omnichannel network and effectively used network resources – order fulfillment, stores and transportation – to boost their omnichannel fulfillment strategy.

Getting Ready for the Future of Freight Today: Capitalizing on New Technologies: Monday, February 25, 2:30 – 3:15 pm. Google “e-commerce delivery news” and you’ll turn up more than one article on how Walmart is leveraging transportation to compete with Amazon. Needless to say, we’re planning to head to this session on day one, where Walmart will present with Deloitte on how new technologies and underlying supply chain data can help retailers create a more efficient, transparent and integrated supply chain network. Kelly Killingsworth, VP of Transportation, Walmart, will share how Walmart is capitalizing on these new technologies to get greater visibility on freight and create a connected driver experience. He’ll also discuss key transportation trends and provide some takeaways that retailers can apply today.

Predicting What’s Next in your Retail Supply Chain: Tuesday, February 26, 10:30 – 11:15 am. We’re taking time to listen to our partner, JDA (now Blue Yonder), explain how Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning-enhanced retail solutions can enable real-time decision-making that unlocks more autonomous, profitable business decisions throughout the retail supply chain and how AI solutions can analyze data to:

  • Draw out valuable insights
  • Automate core processes like planning/ pricing /replenishment
  • Improve product availability
  • Increase profitability

Caution – Dangerous Curves Ahead: Domestic Transportation Outlook : Tuesday, February 26, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. At the heart of TME, our TMS for parcel shipping, is a state-of-the-art rate engine to help shippers optimize carrier selection when market capacity is constrained and freight rates rise – symptoms of a volatile transportation landscape. We’re anxious to hear industry experts’ predictions for 2019 and recommendations on how retailers can look beyond the usual paradigms to ensure their supply chains can meet the needs of the business, deliver service and better predict cost impacts.

The Future of Fulfillment – Faster, Slower, Reverse, Repeat: Wednesday, February 27, 8:30 – 9:15 am. We’re frequent visitors of the Gartner research library, and therefore we’re looking forward to hearing Gartner’s perspective on why there are priorities to consider beyond fast order fulfillment, including:

  • New forecasting capabilities to predict how, when and where consumers want their orders fulfilled
  • A new set of consumer incentives to effectively slow down their desire for fast fulfillment
  • The development of a circular rather than linear supply chain

See you in Orlando! Will you be attending RILA LINK2019? Let us know. We’d love to connect with you! Office bound instead? No worries. You can still find inspiration! See how you can transform your parcel shipping process and improve on time delivery percentages today.