Retailer-supplier partnerships in a post-COVID world are focus of PLMA virtual Conference
NEW YORK—As the U.S. economy, retailers and manufacturers strive toward equilibrium in 2021, PLMA’s Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference will present an online program of industry speakers and interactive sessions that address strategic imperatives and explore best practices for private label partnerships.
Ken Harris, managing partner with Cadent Consulting Group will open a dialogue on the current health of private label partnerships, citing data that documented store brands importance to retailer profitability in a year marked by extraordinary challenges. Brenda Lord of CVS Health will provide a retailer’s perspective on the present and future role of private brands and the private label partnership.
Afterwards, Ken Harris leads an industry panel discussion featuring Brenda Lord, Vice President, Private Brands & Quality Assurance for CVS Health, Don Davidson, Vice President, Strategic Sourcing for Albertsons Companies, Troy Pelak, Vice President Regional Sales for Perrigo Company, and Clay Dockery, Vice President - Corporate Brands, Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA.
The Annual Meeting convenes at 12:30 PM Eastern providing members and guests important information on the state of the association and plans for its future. Following a President’s Report, PLMA members will vote to elect Executive Committee leadership, as well as new members to the PLMA Board of Directors.
Following the Annual Meeting, Duncan Wardle, former vice president of innovation and creativity at The Walt Disney Company, leads participants into interactive group sessions to show how questioning and imagination become tools that break down the barriers to problem solving. With his creative consulting company, iD8 & innov8 to Wardle helps companies embed a culture of innovation and creativity across their entire organization.
At 5 PM Eastern, the Private Label Hall industry of Fame—sponsored jointly by PLMA and Store Brands magazine—celebrates the induction of Brian Sharoff, who served as PLMA’s president through four decades of extraordinary growth and success. The day’s programming will conclude with networking and socializing in Zoom breakout groups.