Agenda

With keynote speakers, thought-provoking education sessions, real-time virtual tech tours, and face-to-face networking opportunities the Material Handling & Logistics Conference continues in 2021 to be a signature event for the supply chain industry.

All keynotes will run at the time noted for three time zones (China Standard, Europe Central Summer Time and Eastern Daylight Time). You will be asked your preferred time zone at registration. Educational sessions are available on-demand each day after their initial scheduled time so you can build your own program suited just for you.

September 13, 2021

  • All Day

    Virtual Concierge

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  • All Day

    Build Your Agenda

    Review the sessions and build your personal conference agenda

  • All Day

    Virtual Tech Tours

    Tours taking place throughout the day. Be sure to select one during registration

  • All Day

    Sponsor Pavilion

    View our sponsors’ offerings and meet with them to learn more

  • All Day

    Start-Up Pavilion

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September 14, 2021

  • 8:00AM

    Virtual Tech Tours

    8:00AM – 8:45AM

    EDT Time Zone

  • 9:00AM

    Virtual Tech Tours

    9:00AM – 9:45AM

    CEST & EDT Time Zone

  • 10:00AM

    Virtual Tech Tours

    10:00AM – 10:45AM

    All Time Zones

  • 11:00AM

    Welcome

    11:00AM – 11:15AM

    Jeff Moss

  • 11:15AM
  • 11:35AM

    Keynote: Fire, Failure & Fear: Resilience through Adversity

    11:35AM – 12:30PM

    Bear Grylls

    We may not have survived a free fall parachute accident or climbed Everest, but we all had to overcome hurdles over the past 20 months. Bear will tell us what has shaped him, and the lessons learned along the way. Guiding us on a journey to understand how to overcome adversity and learn from failure, Grylls’ stories of resilience, courage and never-say-die attitude will inspire, uplift and empower us to face new challenges.

  • 12:30PM

    Industry Expert Panel: Grocery – The Retail Store for the Future

    12:30PM – 1:00PM

    In this session, we will hear from key leaders in Grocery Retail E-Commerce, and what their respective experiences have been from examples that span the globe. From experiences with current fulfillment models and processes, including automation, to what lies ahead as we all strive to meet and exceed growing consumer expectations. We will discuss what the ‘store of the future’ might look like, and how evaluating your overall network strategy in terms of stores & fulfillment will lead to the most success. Being able to recognize indicators of where to proactively invest & listening and incorporating your customer feedback, these retail leaders will share insights on what drives growth and loyalty in this highly competitive industry.

  • 12:30PM

    Industry Expert Panel: eat-Commerce – From Meal-kits to Home Delivery

    12:30PM – 1:00PM

    In this session, we will hear from a broad range of voices in the booming sector that is eat-Commerce. These companies represent new and evolving offerings in the meal and food space all vying for the valuable consumer spend. From Meal Kits, where we will hear how the subscription model drives loyalty, and the feedback loop of consumers looking for the latest in recipe enjoyment to drive engagement. To examining the new definition of ‘immediacy’ and what a 15-minute value proposition means to both the provider and consumer. These leaders will share what lessons have been learned in this ever-evolving space, and what the future holds in a highly competitive race for the consumer share of stomach.

  • 12:30PM

    Industry Expert Panel Pharmaceuticals: Enabling Tomorrow’s Medicines

    12:30PM – 1:00PM

    In this session, we will hear from key leaders in the Pharmaceutical industry about their insights around how today’s supply chain is enabling tomorrow’s medicines. We will discuss the global trends in the pharmaceutical industry and how those trends affect how we move drugs through the supply chain to meet future needs. How does the role of eCommerce and other players will change the pharma landscape? What can the pharma industry do better in order to be prepared for another pandemic? Join us to learn how we can enable tomorrow’s medicines today!

  • 12:30PM

    Educational Session: Redefining the Role of Business in the 21st Century

    12:30PM – 1:00PM

  • 12:30PM

    Educational Session: Information Access in a Digital World

    12:30PM – 1:00PM

    Lee Hunter

    Don’t make ads, make entertainment: From TikTok to Instagram, how modern businesses connect with customers through video.

    We’re bombarded with hundreds of advertising messages every day, and your potential customers have little time or patience for the boring old methods of reaching them. So how do modern businesses adapt? By putting entertainment in their business, through the power of video.

    Across TikTok, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook, this presentation will equally entertain and educate you. You’ll enjoy inspiring, creative examples of businesses that are using video to their advantage and learn how to stand out, be memorable, and leave a lasting impression.

  • 12:30PM

    Educational Session: The Secret of Being Disruptive

    12:30PM – 1:00PM

    Charlene Li

    Why is that some organizations seem to disrupt all the time while others never seem to get traction? Disruptive organizations and their leaders have a secret: they align everyone and everything with an eye on the future. They also make the difficult decisions today that turn their goals into reality. Charlene will show you how they do this and how you can get started on your disruption journey.

  • 12:30PM

    Educational Session: Healthcare Transparency in a Time of Pandemic

    12:30PM – 1:00PM

    Gro Harlem Brundtland

  • 1:00PM

    Sponsor Pavilion

    1:00PM – 3:30PM

    Staffed

  • 1:00PM

    Start-Up Pavilion

    1:00PM – 3:30PM

    Staffed

  • 1:00PM

    Virtual Tech Tours

    1:00PM – 1:45PM

    CEST & EDT Time Zone

  • 2:00PM

    Virtual Tech Tours

    2:00PM – 2:45PM

    All Time Zones

  • 3:00PM

    Virtual Tech Tours

    3:00PM – 3:45PM

    EDT Time Zone

September 15, 2021

  • 8:00AM

    Virtual Tech Tours

    8:00AM – 8:45AM

    EDT Time Zone

  • 9:00AM

    Virtual Tech Tours

    9:00AM – 9:45AM

    All Time Zones

  • 10:00AM

    Virtual Tech Tours

    10:00AM – 10:45AM

    All Time Zones

  • 11:00AM

    Keynote – Gearing Up Globalization: The New Global Reality

    11:00AM – 12:00PM

    Haiyan Wang & Anil Gupta

    Historically, globalization has been viewed almost solely through the lens of trade in physical goods. But this is quickly becoming yesterday’s story. We’re in the midst of a fundamental transformation in the structure and dynamics of the global economy, with cross-border data flows that have been growing at over 40% annually for the last 20 years. The winners in the global economy will be the organizations that lead in discovering and exploiting new opportunities created by changes in their external environments.

    This presentation highlights the key strategic implications for navigating this new world of “smart globalization”, and explains the value of going global early versus standing on the sidelines in this all-star game.

  • 12:00PM

    Industry Expert Panel: Sustainability – Saving the Planet while Feeding the World

    12:00PM – 12:30PM

    Sustaining the world’s population in an ultimate sustainability objective. Whether the memory of fires in Australia or the here and now, the extreme heat and wildfires in western North America and floods in Western Europe attention to our environment is paramount. Today we will hear from some industry leaders about their thoughts about the intersection with warehouse automation and the economic, environment and social pillars of sustainability.

  • 12:00PM

    Industry Expert Panel: e-Commerce in a Sustainable Future

    12:00PM – 12:30PM

  • 12:00PM

    Industry Expert Panel: Apparel – How Current Trends will Impact the Brands of Tomorrow

    12:00PM – 12:30PM

    In this session we will hear from leaders in the Fashion Industry on the changing consumer and the role of clothing companies in shaping the future of Apparel. The apparel industry is known for thinking outside the box and pushing the envelope on trendiness but now it is their consumer who is shaping the way of the future.

    Gen Z became the largest generation of consumers in 2020, accounting for $29 to $143 B in spending. Not only do they make up the majority of the online shopping that occurs today; they also shop with a conscience. They consider the impact to the environment and community around them when they purchase. This is especially profound in the apparel market. This young consumer is not only creating a whole new market for resale and rental clothing; they are also investing in luxury brands that are made to last. They also engage with brands online and in-store more than any other consumer group.

    Our panel will examine what new challenges these trends bring to them and how they are responding to them.

  • 12:00PM

    Educational Session: The 5G Revolution

    12:00PM – 12:30PM

    Jochen Apel

  • 12:00PM

    Educational Session: The Culture Edit

    12:00PM – 12:30PM

    Kimberly Kleiman-Lee

  • 12:00PM

    Educational Session: Trends in Technology – Global Food Marketing

    12:00PM – 12:30PM

    Anne-Marie Roerink

  • 12:00PM

    Educational Session: Harnessing the Power of Digital Transformation

    12:00PM – 12:30PM

    Marcus Delano East

    Marcus East will discuss the potential for digital innovations like AI, blockchain and robotics to radically change the next decade, bringing even more disruption than we saw in the last decade. With over 50% of Fortune 500 companies ceasing to exist since 2000 mainly due to an inability to handle digital transformation, it has never been more important for company leaders to understand it, and to have a strategy for addressing and embracing it. Marcus will provide a provocative view of the future landscape, and practical advice on how to navigate it.

  • 1:00PM

    Global MHLC Start-up Panel

    1:00PM – 1:25PM

  • 1:25PM

    Closing Keynote – Innovation Through Chaos

    1:25PM – 2:00PM

    Jeremy Gutsche

  • 2:00PM

    Virtual Tech Tours

    2:00PM – 2:45PM

    CEST & EDT TIme Zone

  • 2:00PM

    Sponsor Pavilion

    2:00PM – 4:00PM

    Staffed

  • 2:00PM

    Start-Up Pavilion

    2:00PM – 4:00PM

    Staffed

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september 13-15, 2021