Spring 23 Guest Speaker Series
“The future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed” – William Gibson. Drive Wheel Guest Speakers present new ideas and cutting-edge concepts to ensure our members are aware of innovative changes happening in the industry so they can bring the future to their company. To expand the thinking of our members, we have invited experts from across the industry to speak to our Spring Peer Groups. Our mission is to energetically connect our members to enable them to make confident decisions that grow their business. If you would like to learn more about an upcoming peer group meeting, or would like to join, please reach out today.
Spring 2023 Guest Speakers Include:
Walmart Peer Groups (March 13-14 & March 16-17): Stacy Tan – Supply Pike
Speaking on the updates to the Walmart Settlement Process as well as current topics in SQEP compliance, she will help members think differently about the internal resources they devote to becoming a best in class supplier.
Supply Chain (March 21-22): Nick Boston – Convoy
Nick will be speaking on current trends in Artificial Intelligence utilization in Supply Chain and logistics/transportation operations, including data management, communication best practices, and future innovation.
Demand & Supply Planning (March 22-23): Dan Woo & Charlie Chase – SAS
Accelerate Business Insights to Predict Shifting Consumer Demand: The art of the Possible.
Traditionally, predicting customer demand relied on sales (shipments) history, trends, and seasonality. But in recent years as sales velocity has increased, most of the typical sales and inventory data around demand signals has been turned on its head, and it’s no longer a clear indicator of what will happen next. To keep up, organizations must adapt demand planning analytics and processes to account for the increased speed of business.
Finance (March 23-24): Rob Bellile – Baker Tilly
Rob will be speaking about utilizing new technologies, such as advanced analytics & AI, and systems strategies to detect abnormalities in Accounts Payable and Receivable processes to stop fraud prior to payment and reduce cost.
E-Commerce Supply Chain (March 28-29): Brian Gornall – Amazon (Previously)
As a recent Amazon Fresh Executive, Brian will speak on current topics in Amazon’s supply chain and expansion plans.
E-Commerce Sales & Marketing (March 29-30): Brian Gornall – Amazon (Previously)
Marketing (March 30-31): Lili Morton – Shuttlerock
Lili will be presenting on current trends in digital video delivery using retail media, social media, and owned channels.
Supply Chain (April 17-18): Dan Woo & Charlie Chase – SAS
Dan & Charlie will be presenting on best practices to use analytics, AI (Artificial Intelligence), and automation to improve supply chain efficiency and resiliency.
Store Brands Sales & Marketing (April 18-19, 19-20, 24-25): Jac Ross – Sprouts
Presenting Sprouts “Our Brands” strategy and how manufacturers can help support private label growth. Topics will include innovation needs, packaging updates, logistics topics, and answering questions. .
Customer Service Management (April 20-21): Nick Boston – Convoy
Nick will be speaking on current trends in Artificial Intelligence utilization in logistics communications and utilizing data management technologies to improve order tracking.