The New Year is a time to reflect on the good of the past year and resolve to make things better in the months ahead. Many recession-related challenges lingered throughout 2010, but retailers have seen bright spots also. The economy has turned the corner, consumers are cautiously spending again, and industry leaders have used the economic downturn as an opportunity to evaluate their operations and make improvements to better position themselves for success in the recovery.
This focus on preparing for success in the future is reflected in the themes of RILA’s 2011 Logistics Conference. Supply chain executives have registered at a record-breaking pace to hear next year’s outstanding lineup of speakers discuss strategies, trends, technologies and innovations that will help give companies a competitive advantage.
RILA’s supply chain committees continue to advance operational excellence and stay abreast of the last policies and legislation affecting retail operations. In conjunction with the Logistics Conference, the Supply Chain Leaders Council will be sponsoring a trip for chief supply chain executives to view the Panama Canal expansion. RILA’s Supply Chain Security Committee continues to work with Congress and the Department of Homeland Security, advocating for a risk-based approach as they review air cargo security legislation. The Transportation & Infrastructure Committee is developing a benchmarking research series for 2011 to address key operational issues in the upcoming year.
Providing our members with the latest supply chain-focused research and benchmarking remains a top priority of RILA. RILA works directly with member companies to develop benchmarking studies around current operational needs and works with external partners to produce industry-wide studies examining trends and leading practices, such as RILA’s most recent collaboration with American Shipper on International Transportation Management Systems.
These are just a few of our 2011 goals. What are your New Year’s resolutions?