Executives from more than 60 companies arrived in Dallas on Sunday to spend the next few days learning how to navigate the increasingly complex supply chain business. The opening keynote at NRF’s Global Supply Chain Summit set the tone for what to expect in the next year as the industry deals with an onslaught of changes ranging from the impact of Amazon to the advent of new technology that makes buy-ship-return possible anywhere — and increasingly necessary.
The mounting challenges facing the industry along with the exciting pace of change set a “we’re-all-in-this-together” tone for the summit as a diverse collection of retailers set competition aside and became collaborators. Retailers gained insights into how companies are faring with issues like omnichannel demands, RFID implementation, inventory visibility, corporate social responsibility goals and global compliance requirements.
It’s a fascinating time to be in the supply chain business, and executives gathered for the summit made the most of the expertise in the room, gathering business cards, discussing common challenges and working out potential solutions with their peers. Thanks to all who attended and made the summit possible with their sponsorship. To get a glimpse of the event, check out some of the scenes in our Flickr set from the show.