Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, GA
March 19 -21st

Distribution Centers & Warehouse Optimization

This track was designed for those leading DC and Warehouse operations.  The track will address some of the most significant challenges inside operational facilities, including labor and automation, inventory, WMS selection, omni-channel demands providing comprehensive solutions for day-to-day operations.

  • Labor Shortage and Case for Automation
  • Improving Efficiency and Cutting Costs
  • Inventory Planning, Forecasting and Management
  • Servicing Omni-Channel Demands
  • Warehouse Management System Selection & Implementation
  • Efficient Space Utilization and Warehouse Layout

Breakout Presentations

Distribution Network and the Use of Multi-Functional DC's to Secure On-Line Fulfillment and Services

SPEAKERS

Craig Jones
Vice-President, Supply Chain, Aldo Group

Details

Distribution Network and the Use of Multi-Functional DC's to Secure On-Line Fulfillment and Services

The presentation will address how to approach a global network design covering all sales channels using networking tools, consumer trends and customer service expectations working through a regional and national carrier network. 

Key Take-Aways

  • Benefits of network planning tools
  • How to apply consumer wants and wishes
  • Getting the buy-in, who are the main stakeholders
  • Setting up a regional and national carrier network
  • Working with store, on-line, wholesale and returns distribution 
  • Continuous improvements 
Driving Continuous Improvement in Distribution Centers Key Performance Indicators

SPEAKERS

Brian de Lyon
Director-Warehouse Logistics North America, ECOLAB

Details

Driving Continuous Improvement in Distribution Centers Key Performance Indicators

Toyota Lean Production philosophies indicate that we only have 2 jobs… do the work… improve the work.  These principles apply to any operation and drive the need to measure the work and the improvement.  We must blend both anecdotal subjective knowledge and data to get a true overall picture.  Distribution Centers are an important link in the supply chain, necessitated by varying customer demands, unpredictable production mechanisms and a global economy.  These conditions dictate that Distribution Centers continuously improve performance and focus on the KPI’s that are important to a wide array of stakeholders.

Key Take-Aways

  • LEAN Practices such as 5S Workplace Organization, Diagnostic Mapping & Elimination of the 7 Wastes should be deployed to begin the continuous improvement journey
  • 4 critical measures should be focused upon in order to remain competitive, as they ALL impact either revenue or expense. - Safety, Quality, Delivery, Productivity
  • Select KPI’s that: 

o   Are within the control of the function

o   Are Leading & Lagging indicators to DRIVE performance

o   Have integrity, consistency, availability

 

Scaling Up Your Operation for Seasonal Spikes

SPEAKERS

Dallas Clarksean
Vice President of Operations, Fun.com

Details

Scaling Up Your Operation for Seasonal Spikes

Do you face the challenge of ramping up your operation for a seasonal peak?  Discover ways to overcome issues with process and equipment scalability, temp recruiting and training, and quality assurance.  Learn from the successes (and failures!) of an executive who oversees a ramp from 150 employees to nearly 2000 for 2 months and up to a 40x increase in output while achieving 97% customer satisfaction.  You can successfully meet the needs of your customers during times of peak demand and even create a loyal base of temporary employees that return year after year.

Key Take-Aways

  • Discuss alternative methods of recruiting and finding the types of temps you need
  • Implementing processes, jobs, and equipment that help with scalability
  • Monitoring, evaluate, and coach temps
  • How and when to incentivize performance
  • How to work with other businesses to reach your goals
Leveraging Value-Added Distribution to Overcome Industry Change

Leveraging Value-Added Distribution to Overcome Industry Change

Companies are challenged to fulfill increasingly complex end-customer requirements while maintaining or reducing costs. In addition to meeting these demands and mitigating supply chain disruptions, distributors are also tasked with a wide array of services outside of traditional distribution ranging from part identification to clarification and testing. This presentation will focus on how to adapt new distribution models that allow your organization to dynamically adapt to changing business and customer requirements.

Key Take-Aways

  • The impact that customer demand and industry change are having on distribution and supply chain processes
  • Best practices for accommodating rapid change in distribution
  • The factors to consider when selecting a distribution partner
Creating a Cost Effective, Flexible and Responsive Omni-channel Distribution Center – With One Inventory

SPEAKERS

Kevin Reader
Director Business Development, KNAPP Logistics Automation

Details

Creating a Cost Effective, Flexible and Responsive Omni-channel Distribution Center – With One Inventory

Many will argue that Omni-channel strategies simply cost too much.  Others will argue that free shipping will be the ruin of a retail industry already facing considerable challenges. While many retailers are setting up purpose-built distribution centers, Amazon is setting the service standard and winning customers.  Simultaneously, customers are increasingly demanding what Amazon is offering; free shipping, access and visibility to all inventory and a consistent brand and shopping experience – regardless of the channel.

Join us as we explore the demand side drivers, challenges to the Omni-channel distribution model, and emerging trends and solutions that make the Omni-channel model possible and cost effective.

Kay Take-Aways:

  • Historical drivers
  • Supply & Demand Side Drivers
  • Flexible and Scalable Automation Concepts
  • High Level Case Studies