SUPPLY CHAIN INNOVATION: THE KEY TO SUCCESS IN THE NEW RETAIL DYNAMIC

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center 
Washington, D.C.

Agenda

Tuesday, April 24

5:00 – 6:30 PM

WELCOME RECEPTION
Sponsored by Amber Road at Hogan Lovells

Wednesday, April 25

8:00 – 9:00 AM

BREAKFAST & NETWORKING
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, D.C.

9:00 – 9:05 AM
OPENING
Bryan Wolfe, Vice President, International Trade, Ascena Retail Group, Inc.

9:05 – 9:15 AM
WELCOME REMARKS
Rick Helfenbein
, President and CEO, American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)

9:15 – 9:50 AM
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: WHERE ARE WE; WHERE ARE WE GOING?
John Lund
, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain & Operations, Chico's FAS, Inc. 
 
9:50 – 10:35 AM
COLLABORATIVE SOURCING WITH YOUR VENDORS
Manufacturing is experiencing a complete sourcing transformation to meet today’s demand-driven market. This panel will discuss the value collaborative innovation brings to the sourcing side of business, making your supply chain more agile, adaptable, and profitable. Discover innovative ways to collaborate with your vendors to foster input from your suppliers and leverage your supplier’s expertise to maximize your supply chain.
Philippa Abeles, SVP Global Sourcing, ANN INC. 
Joseph Mellaci, VP Business Development Americas, , Impactiva
Bert Spiller, VP Product Creation, The Timberland Company
Moderator: Rick Horwitch, Vice President, Global Retail Lead, Supply Chain Strategy, Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services

10:35 – 11:00 AM
NETWORKING BREAK
Sponsored by Coats

11:00 – 11:45 AM
SUPPLY CHAIN INNOVATION WITHIN YOUR COMPANY
From innovation labs and fashion accelerators to 3D printing and automated manufacturing, technology is the cornerstone propelling the supply chain into the 4th industrial revolution. Hear from pioneers and mavericks who are deploying new tools, managing new processes, and reinventing their companies from the inside out.
Jami Dunbar, VP Apparel, UA Lighthouse Manufacturing Innovation, Under Armour
Angie Lau, CEO, Clover Group 
Moderator: Nate Herman, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, AAFA

11:45 AM – 12:25 PM
MANUFACTURING INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE AMERICAS
The Americas has a hub of innovators working to amplify supply chains. Quick replenishment and return, nearshoring, and “Made in America” are the vein of serving a consumer who is highly demanding. Robotics and other technology is resulting in a new wave of growth for the industry. We’ll discuss how apparel and footwear brands can harness these advancements to elevate their sourcing and logistics operations in North, Central, and South America to achieve faster to design and customization.  
Pete Santora, Chief Commercial Officer, SoftWear Automation
Susan Ganz, CEO, Lion Brothers Co. Inc. 
Juan Zighelboim, President, TexOps
Moderator: Steve Lamar, Executive Vice President, AAFA

12:25 – 1:25 PM 
LUNCH
​Sponsored by Newtimes Group Limited

1:25 – 2:00 PM
GOVERNMENT KEYNOTE ADDRESS 
Executive Assistant Commissioner Brenda B. Smith, Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection 
Welcome: Ben Mead, Managing Director, Hohenstein Institute America, OEKO-TEX® 

2:00 – 2:30 PM
PREPARING THE WORKFORCE OF THE FUTURE 
The entire supply chain is rapidly evolving. As new technologies develop, how will these factors impact the skill sets needed to excel in key supply chain disciplines such as sourcing, trade compliance, and logistics, and who you need to fill the supply chain ranks at your company? We’ll dig into how to prepare the workforce of the future. 
Nate Herman, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, AAFA
Ryan Lynch, Head of Advisory and Corporate Social Responsibility, BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions
Moderator: Roni Miller-Start, Department Chair, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

2:30 – 3:00 PM
TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION: BLOCKCHAIN
New trends and technologies help pave the way for the industry to become faster and smarter. Many are exploring how blockchain technology can meet their needs. As technology develops, there are new ways to leverage it for your company. Blockchain is predicted to create a transparent and smarter supply chain. But, what is it and what are the practical applications for blockchain for the apparel and footwear industry? Dive into the not-so-basic fundamentals!
Annette Mueller, Commercial Director, Maersk
Moderator: Ty Bordner, SVP Marketing and Business Development, Amber Road

3:00 – 3:25 PM
NETWORKING BREAK 
Sponsored by BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions

3:25 – 4:05 PM
PROOF OF CONCEPT: INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES 
Our industry is already using blockchain as a solution. What are its advantages versus existing technologies of other global trade managements systems?  Can they coexist? This session will showcase how companies on the leading edge of blockchain technology are implementing systems and how it differs from current technology platforms.  
Jonathan Johnson, Board of Directors, Overstock.com / President, Medici Ventures
Moderator: Nate Herman, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, AAFA
4:05 – 4:55 PM
THE SUPPLY CHAIN OF THE FUTURE
Revolutionary leaders will share thoughts and insight on what’s next and where companies need to be focusing to move forward. This panel will showcase futuristic perspectives on how consuming is going to change is imperative for the successful supply chain. 
Tony Anzovino, Vice President Global Sourcing, Haggar Clothing Co.  
Kurt Cavano, SVP, Strategy, Infor
Frank Chioccola, Vice President, Global Trade and Customs, Tapestry Inc.
Moderator: Claudia Gorelick, Regional Design Lead, Business Design, Fjord 

4:55 – 5:00 PM  
Closing Remarks
Bryan Wolfe
, Vice President, International Trade, Ascena Retail Group, Inc.

*Speakers/time subject to change

Thank you to our sponsors!

                                                                                              

Bamboo Rose          Everlight Chemical Industrial Corporation          Livingston International

Newtimes Group Limited          Port of Long Beach