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TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2013

6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Networking Cocktail Reception
AmericasMart, Bldg 2 West
4th Floor Foyer


8:20 am-8:50 am

Check-in and Registration
4th Floor Foyer

8:50 am-9:00 am


Ray Allegrezza
Editor in Chief, Furniture/Today

9:00 am-9:45 am

Keynote Address

Dave Pollard
Managing Director, FedEx Solutions

9:45 am-10:45 am

Ocean Freight Panel

Thanks to ongoing concerns about port strikes, frequent changes to ocean freight rates, bunker price changes and ongoing forecasting challenges, ocean freight rate management is becoming tougher than ever for both importers and exporters. Our panel will look at the key challenges in the sector and also discuss best-practice strategies to minimize those obstacles.

•   Bill Smith, Globe Express Services
•   Chuck Miller, Klaussner Furniture Industries
•   Cliff Pyron, Georgia Ports Authority
•   John Lomax, Furniture Brands International
•   Mike Morris, Maersk Line

10:45 am-11:00 am

4th Floor Foyer

11:00 am -12:00 pm

Legislative Update

Dave Osiecki
American Trucking Associations, Inc

12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Lunch and Networking

1:00 pm- 2:00 pm

Trucking Panel: On the Road Again

With trucking on the rise and the actual number of truckers on the downside, will this critical link in the supply chain be forced to travel rocky roads, or is pedal-to-the-metal time just around the corner? Our panel of experts will navigate these and other important issues facing the trucking industry.

•   Ray Kuntz, Watkins and Shepard Trucking
•   Jack Hawn, Zenith Global Logistics
•   Joe Wade, Shelba D. Johnson Trucking, Inc.
•   Edward Massood, Thomasville Home Furnishings of NJ

2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Home Delivery Panel

Today's consumer is educated, factually armed and dangerously demanding. As a result, both retailers and their carriers often live or die on that last mile. Our panel will discuss key trends, best practices and also consider how technology is impacting this segment of the supply chain.

•   Thomas Bolden, Masco Cabinetry
•   Will O'Shea, 3PD
•   Satish Natarajan, Dispatch Track
•   Maryjane Fanizzi, Ashley Furniture HomeStores

3:00 pm-3:15 pm

4th Floor Foyer

3:15 pm-4:15 pm

Retail Panel

Most analysts agree that E-commerce, which generated $231 billion in sales for U.S. retailers last year, is likely to grow to more than $260 billion this year. But what opportunities and challenges does this steady and swift growth represent to the supply chain? Our panel of key online retailers will touch on these and other topics.

•   Mike O'Hanlon, Wayfair
•   Tony Heslin, Lovesac
•   Lenny Kharitonov, Unlimited Furniture Group
•   Patrick Cory, Cory Home Delivery

4:15 pm

Closing Remarks & Adjourn

Ray Allegrezza
Editor in Chief, Furniture/Today