Agenda

With keynote speakers, thought-provoking sessions, real-time virtual tech tours, and face-to-face networking opportunities the Material Handling and Logistics Conference continues to be the supply chain industry’s signature event

If you registered for the 2021 MHLC you can still access the platform. If you did not register, you can view on-demand sessions.

September 13, 2021

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September 14, 2021

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  • 8:00AM

    Virtual Tech Tours

    8:00AM – 8:45AM

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  • 9:00AM

    Virtual Tech Tours

    9:00AM – 9:45AM

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  • 10:00AM

    Virtual Tech Tours

    10:00AM – 10:45AM

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  • 11:00AM

    Welcome

    11:00AM – 11:15AM

    Jeff Moss

  • 11:20AM
  • 11:25AM

    Keynote: Fire, Failure & Fear: Resilience through Adversity

    11:25AM – 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

    A Conversation with an Industry Expert: The Retail Store of the Future

    12:30PM – 1:00PM

    Alex Dale | Pradeep Elankumaran

    In this session, we will hear from Pradeep Elankumaran, the Founder & CEO of Farmstead, who will share both a history and overview of his company, as well as an outlook and predictions for this swiftly evolving retail and grocery landscape. Pradeep will share how Farmstead has kept pace with their rapid growth, their areas of focus, as well as trends and themes he is hearing about from the retailer community.

    We will discuss what the “retail store of the future” might look like, and the importance of evaluating your overall fulfillment strategy to deliver an experience that your customer desires. With new ideas and seemingly endless investment in this space, Pradeep will underscore Farmstead’s point of differentiation, and their focus on enabling retailer growth while delivering a delightful customer experience.

  • 12:30PM

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

    12:30PM – 1:00PM

    Sean O’Farrell Max Thinius Tristram Stuart

    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

    Raj Long Adam Brown Maneesh Juneja

    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 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

    Paul Polman

    Runaway climate change and rampant inequality are ravaging the world and costing a fortune. Who will help lead us to a better future? Business.

    These massive dual challenges—and other profound shifts like pandemics, resource pressures, and shrinking biodiversity—threaten our very existence. Other megatrends, such as the clean economy explosion and the unprecedented focus on diversity and inclusion, offer exciting new opportunities to heal the world, and prosper by doing so. Government cannot do this alone. Business must step up.

    In this seminal book, former Unilever boss Paul Polman and sustainable business guru Andrew Winston explode fifty years of corporate dogma. They reveal for the first time key lessons from Unilever and pioneering companies around the world on how you can profit by fixing the world’s problems, not creating them. To thrive today and tomorrow, they argue, companies must become “net positive” – giving more to the world than they take.

    This is no utopian fantasy – courageous leaders are already making it real and the stakes could not be higher. With bold vision and compelling stories, Net Positive sets out the principles and practices that will deliver the scale of change and transformation the world desperately needs.

  • 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 to 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: Leading Through Change

    12:30PM – 1:00PM

    Helle Thorning-Schmidt

    Helle Thorning-Schmidt knows what it means to lead through change, because she’s done it. She became the first woman to hold the post as Leader of the Danish Social Democrats and in 2011 became Prime Minister of Denmark.

    She says, “no matter where you are as a leader in times of change, you have to be courageous, get out of your comfort zone, embrace dilemmas and forgive yourself when you make mistakes. And you have to take a stand. But most of all you have to stay curious and cool.”

    Helle is known to be a courageous woman with a strong charisma and a forceful personality; maybe because her father told her that:” Girls can do anything – also become the prime minister”, and during hard times, she reminded herself that what doesn´t kill you, makes you stronger.

  • 1:00PM

    Sponsor Pavilion

    1:00PM – 3:30PM

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  • 1:00PM

    Start-Up Pavilion

    1:00PM – 3:30PM

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  • 1:00PM

    Virtual Tech Tours

    1:00PM – 1:45PM

    CEST & EDT Time Zone

  • 2:00PM

    Virtual Tech Tours

    2:00PM – 2:45PM

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  • 3:00PM

    Virtual Tech Tours

    3:00PM – 3:45PM

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September 15, 2021

  • ALL DAY

    Braindate

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  • 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

    Hendrik Steckhan | Max Wittrock

    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

    Winnie Ahrens | Julian Hensolt | Jean Lahaye

    Learn about future of the consumer now … next … and beyond. From a broad range of voices in the booming e-commerce sector, retail leaders will share insights about the non-negligible factor of sustainability in the e-commerce environment. Sustainability is now a matter of purchase, trust and loyalty. It touches every aspect of e-commerce from sourcing and packaging, to design and distribution, to the proper deployment of AI. Leaders will share lessons learned in this ever-evolving space, and what the future holds in this race for the almighty “click”.

  • 12:00PM

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

    12:00PM – 12:30PM

    Kim Baudry | Craig Morin

    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: Digital Twin – Boost Your Business

    12:00PM – 12:30PM

    Alex Bollig – Vice President for Vertical Management Intralogistics, Siemens AG

    The performance of intralogistics processes within warehouses and distribution centers is an important lever at the e-commerce and logistics market.
    Simulation, validation, prediction and optimization of warehouse operations and material handling equipment already prior to physical realization is a key enabler to increase productivity in development and implementation of automated systems.

    Get to know how the digital twin enables maximum optimization of cost, quality and throughput for logistics centers.

  • 12:00PM

    Educational Session: The 5G Revolution

    12:00PM – 12:30PM

    Jochen Apel

    As the world slowly recovers from the devastating impacts of the pandemic, manufacturers, logistics and supply chain companies are investing in automation and connecting more of their assets to digitally transform their operations. 5G is a transformative technology designed specifically to meet industry’s toughest requirements for business and mission-critical communications. 5G together with other emerging technologies like AI/ML, AR/VR, cloud networking and edge computing will enable new applications and support new use cases that were never before possible. By deploying a 5G private wireless network as part of their digital infrastructure, manufacturers, logistic and supply chain companies can achieve their business goals to become more efficient, resilient and sustainable.

  • 12:00PM

    Educational Session: The Culture Edit

    12:00PM – 12:30PM

    Kimberly Kleiman-Lee

    Knowing we all come from various backgrounds, having had various experiences, and practiced various customs and norms, etc. Which culture wins when we’re together? Which culture determines the behaviors that we choose? Do we need to build a new culture and if so…what do you want it be?

  • 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.

  • 1:25PM

    Closing Keynote – Innovation Through Chaos

    1:25PM – 2:00PM

    Jeremy Gutsche

    What great potential lies so close within your grasp? These times of chaos and change create a window of opportunity greater than any period of time in your career. In this high energy keynote, New York Times Bestselling author Jeremy Gutsche will walk you through seven tactics of disruptive thinking, designed to help you win in times of chaos.

  • 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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