CHICAGO -- Mike Duke, president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart Stores' U.S. division will be among the food-retailing and consumer packaged goods speakers at the Retail Systems 2004/VICS Collaborative Commerce show here next month.
The event, a major retail technology conference and trade show covering all channels of retail, will be held May 17 to 19 at McCormick Place, Lakeside Center here. About 10% of attendees are food retailers, and 16% are from CPG manufacturers. Last year's attendance was 3,944.
In an opening keynote, Duke will discuss Wal-Mart's decision to integrate EPC (Electronic Product Code) and RFID (radio frequency identification) technology into the company's supply chain practices. Wal-Mart has set a January deadline for its top 100 suppliers to apply RFID tags to pallets and cases.
Other keynote speakers include Miguel-Angel Lopera, CEO, EAN International and the Uniform Code Council, and Randy Darcy, senior vice president, chief technical officer, General Mills. Curt Avallone, senior vice president, marketing and strategy, A&P, and Jim Flannery, director, global customer development, P&G, will participate in a "strategic integration summit" panel discussion.
Also at the show, a Retail RFID Technology Symposium will include a "Retail Adoption Debate" with Simon Langford, manager, global RFID strategy, Wal-Mart, and James Stafford, head of RFID, Marks & Spencer. The symposium will also feature a "Supplier Issues Debate" with Don Mowery of Nestle Purina and Milan Turk of P&G. In addition, roundtables will be held covering RFID and data synchronization.
Other food industry-related sessions include: "Synchronize Promotional Activities with Demand," presented by George Jackman, director, customer marketing, Welch's; "Incorporate CPFR Forecasts with Business Processes," by Patricia jackson, COE process consultant, SC Johnson; and "Improve Overall Supply Chain Performance with Innovative Business Processes," by Edward Hancock, director, business operations, Eastman Kodak.
The Retail Systems 2004 show is organized by Retail Systems Alert Group, Newton Upper Falls, Mass. More information is available at www.retailsystems.com.