AGENDA & SESSION DESCRIPTIONS
|Monday, March 25, 2024|
|1:00 PM - 2:00 PM|
|2:00 PM - 2:30 PM|
Coffee & Conversation
|2:30 PM - 3:30 PM|
Thriving in Uncertainty and Planning for Agility
Only one thing is certain in retail, and that’s uncertainty. Successful retailers aren’t waiting for solutions; they’re carving their own paths to build greater resiliency, weaving data and collaboration along the value chain. In this session, hear from a resourceful retailer or consumer goods executive who has implemented new tactics to achieve agility in their supply chain planning.
|3:45 PM - 5:00 PM|
In-person connections are fueling Value Chain Tech! Our exclusive Power Hour event provides the opportunity for 1:1 introductions with leading retail peers and influencers. Through a series of quick-hitting conversations, attendees have a unique chance to expand their networks in a fun and casual setting. Power Hour keeps the conversations moving for an engaging and optimized networking experience, while tailored attendee profiles ensures maximum value for all. Quickly expand your connections and meet the diverse array of leaders who matter most to you!
|5:00 PM - 6:00 PM|
Inaugural VCT Cocktail Reception
|Tuesday, March 26, 2024|
|7:30 AM - 8:00 AM|
|8:00 AM - 8:50 AM|
|9:00 AM - 9:15 AM|
Welcome and Opening Remarks
|9:15 AM - 10:15 AM|
KEYNOTE: Maximizing End-to-end Data Collaboration Across Your Enterprise
The keynote session will kick off by highlighting the need for end-to-end collaboration between business and technology execs who are on the journey to modernize their technology infrastructure to support innovation. True to the theme of the first annual Value Chain Tech event, produced by Retail Leader and RIS News, a notable executive will focus on bringing stakeholders together and examining how attendees can create an infrastructure to support circular collaboration.
|10:20 AM - 10:50 AM|
The Role of Technology and Data in Value Chain
While the supply chain focuses on operational processes from raw materials to end product, the value chain delves into how these steps contribute to the creation of customer value. Recognizing the interconnection between the two enables businesses to operate with an integrated approach to maximizing value at each step. This panel session will explore the role technology and analytics play in creating a boundaryless organization with cross-functional integration, team alignment, and a strategic focus on customer value.
|11:00 AM - 11:30 AM|
|11:40 AM - 12:25 PM|
Automating Last-mile and Middle-mile Delivery
In the face of sustainability, labor, and cost challenges, middle mile and last mile automation technology presents new opportunities for value and efficiency. Learn how successful companies are piloting and incorporating automation to pioneer the next evolution of delivery.
|12:35 PM - 1:20 PM|
Game-Changing Tech Advances to Transform Real-Time Visibility
From IoT and AI & ML to blockchain technology and automation, transformative, visibility-enabling technologies are evolving at lightning speed. In this session, learn more about the cutting-edge tools and resources shaping retailers’ understanding of their entire value chain and enabling greater insight into what’s making their ecosystem tick.
|1:30 PM - 2:30 PM|
Lunch (Topic Tables)
Enjoy lunch while participating in an interactive, real-time collaborative discussion designed to facilitate connection with industry thought leaders. Expand your professional network while engaging in topic-focused sales and marketing conversations.
|2:45 PM - 3:15 PM|
How AI Is Enabling the Next Stage of Optimization and Automation
With today’s macro-economic climate and labor market challenges, artificial intelligence is imperative for retailers’ supply chain optimization. AI can help enhance overall supply chain and logistics performance across retail channels through learning algorithms to analyze data and systematically adjust inventory levels to meet demand. Learn how successful companies have tweaked their business models with AI to increase efficiencies, improve ROI, and reduce costs.
|3:20 PM - 3:50 PM|
STATE OF THE INDUSTRY: 2024 and Beyond
2024 represents a recalibration of the retail industry as it faces economic uncertainty, shorter trend adoption curves, and the need for a unified retail experience. This year may also be an indication of what is to come for both the industry and its consumers. Hear about the recurring themes, challenges and opportunities for retail this year, and how to think critically about future trends.
|3:50 PM - 4:20 PM|
Chat with attendees and solution partners on circular collaboration and how to best leverage next-gen tech to position your organization for ongoing success. Exhibitors will be active, accessible, and ready for all your questions. No appointment necessary.
|4:25 PM - 4:55 PM|
Inventory Fluctuations: Responding to Viral Social Media and Operating in a Socially Connected World
In today’s hyper-connected world, inventory fluctuations are a major challenge for retailers who must race to keep up with sudden, social media-fueled upticks in demand for products. In this panel session, learn how businesses can remain agile and responsive to social media movements and be ready to deliver when the next viral sensation hits.
|4:55 PM - 5:00 PM|
|5:00 PM - 6:00 PM|
Raise your glass to celebrate the end of an insightful day! Join your colleagues and new contacts for drinks and conversation.
|Wednesday, March 27, 2024|
|7:30 AM - 8:00 AM|
|8:00 AM - 9:30 AM|
|8:30 AM - 8:45 AM|
|8:45 AM - 9:30 AM|
From Vision to Action: Charting the Course of Sustainable Innovation
Join us for a fireside chat as we close out the event, focusing on the future of sustainable innovation. Speakers will draw upon lessons from the past to map out a concrete roadmap for driving transformative change. Be inspired as we discuss actionable strategies and value-adding initiatives that will shape a better tomorrow for all.
|9:30 AM - 9:45 AM|
|10:00 AM - 12:00 PM|
Curated Offsite Experience
CALLING ALL SPEAKERS!
Would you or someone you know like to be featured at the 2024 Value Chain Tech event?
If you have a suggestion for a speaker the retail tech industry needs to hear, please take a moment to nominate them for inclusion in this year’s agenda. Self-nominations welcomed!