B&Q and Screwfix brand owner Kingfisher has confirmed that Anita James and Justin Suter of the company will speak at this year's SHD Logistics Conference, to be held at the British Museum in London on Tuesday 14th May.
The speaking session, entitled Supply Chain Transformation in Retail, will see both James and Suter touch on the difficult climate retailers are currently facing on the high street and online. The way in which people shop has transformed and with this so has the way in which supply chains are developing to meet consumer needs.
Kingfisher has multiple supply chains across different brands - Castorama and Brico Depot, as well as B&Q and Screwfix, covering ten European markets. This includes international domestic and final mile transport, retail and fulfilment warehousing, returns and customs activities. Transforming the way in which Kingfisher’s supply chain works is an integral part of the new Kingfisher operating model. Suter will share the role Supply and Logistics is playing within the Kingfisher transformation, highlighting with James how technology underpins this journey.
James, Head of IT Strategy and Architecture, has over 25 years’ experience in a breadth of IT roles in UK and internationally, across Retail, Food Service and Leisure industries. She has been Head of IT Strategy and Architecture at Kingfisher for the last five years, driving the transition of their IT architecture from a collection of local market focused solution to their new Unified IT Platform and extended digital capability.
Before joining Kingfisher, she spent two years in the UK and Germany for Celesio AG, then parent company of Lloyds Pharmacy and AAH Pharmaceuticals, where she led the development their Group Application Strategy. Previously she has been involved in major transformation programmes within Mitchells & Butlers and several major finance system implementations. James is actively involved in promoting STEM careers within the Solent area as Trustee Director of a local charity and sponsors internal initiatives to encourage more women to pursue IT careers.
Suter, Supply Chain Strategy and Development Director, has over 25 years of experience in retail supply chain management, including nine years with Sainsbury’s, five years at World Duty Free, and is now in his second stint with Kingfisher as Supply Chain Strategy and Development Director. He also spent 10 years in supply chain management consultancy with PwC and IBM. He has a proven track record at delivering operational performance improvement, as well as transformational change, delivered in both UK domestic and international roles. He is a Fellow of the Institute Logistics and Transport, and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport
This year's keynote at the SHD Logistics Conference will be the Head of Logistics James Turpin and Supply Chain Director Chris Holmes from NHS Supply Chain. The event will also feature a session from the Customer and Industry Insight manager from workforce software solutions provider Kronos' UK and Ireland subsidiary, Neil Pickering, in the headline sponsor session.
This keynote session will also be supported by insightful presentations from Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I’s warehouse specialist John Tudball, a company that brews lager brands Budweiser and Corona. Tudball’s session will be followed by XPO Logistics’ UK Supply Chain Managing Director Gavin Williams, Prologis UK sustainability officer Simon Cox, and a Digital Leaders Panel chaired by logistics consultants BearingPoint. Siemens’ Intralogistics business development manager Rachel Price completes the speaker agenda for the event.
SHD Logistics would like to thank its partners for this year's event: