Thursday, June 20th

6:45 AM – 7:45 AM

Attendee Breakfast                                              

7:45 AM – 8:45 AM

Tech Talks: The Future of Technology in Distribution 

The role of digital in distribution is shifting at lightspeedOur three speakers, with diverse industry backgrounds, set the tone for Day 2 to challenge current assumptions and consider new paradigms that are forming the future competitive landscape of wholesale distribution globally.  

The future of technology in distribution
Ian Heller, President, Modern Distribution Management

Where your customers shop and buy, today and tomorrow 
Jonathan Bein, Managing Partner, Real Results Marketing 

Strategic thinking in disruptive, non-linear markets
Mark Dancer, Network for Channel Innovation

8:45 AM – 9:30 AM

Digitize Your Customer Journey Map to Compete in a Digital World 

Larry Davis 
AgoNow, CEO

The majority of distributors today view digital as an add-on to conventional selling channels rather than a customer-focused, digital-first strategy to future-proof their value proposition for customers and suppliers. Former ORS Nasco president and current CEO of pure wholesaler AgoNow Larry Davis will outline a digital roadmap for distributors, including the necessary characteristics – content, digital tools and capabilities – required to compete effectively in the future with traditional competitors and emerging disruptors.

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Networking Break – Sponsor Showcase                                                

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Product Data Strategy: No More “Clean-Up on Server 3”

Jason Hein, Earley Information Science

Distributors have had no bigger technology headache than managing and integrating fragmented product/content databases, with often messy and expensive clean-up projects. With recent advances in PIM/MDM technologies (Product Information Management/Multi-Domain Management), new approaches are possible that are less expensive, more effective and provide faster ROI on investments in the content asset while using data to drive the roadmap for user experience. This session identifies why data-cleanup projects fail and outlines the technology developments that are opening up new ways to manage product information and content that are more scalable and drive business results quickly.

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Speaker Panel: Q&A & Conference Recap 

Tom Gale, Moderator                                                                                  
 
Don’t miss one of the highest rated and most interactive sessions of the conference!

Noon

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