The Chief Robotics Officer Summit

Building the Business Case for Successful Implementations

The Chief Robotics Officer (CRO) is a gathering of professionals whose responsibility is evaluating and managing the deployment of automation, AI, robotics and the latest intelligent technologies into their organizations. This executive summit provides in-depth educational sessions led by industry experts and technology providers in an interactive format to foster discussion and networking to nurture connections to fellow peers. Topics to be discussed include: how to secure funding to support an automation implementation, developing a robotics champion, how to select a systems integrator, devising a metrics system to measure ROI, developing a roll-out strategy to secure solid adoption and implementation and many more!

Who Should Attend

  • Teams tasked with bringing robotic automation to their businesses
  • Supply Chain, Warehousing Manufacturing Executives
  • Owners
  • COOs
  • CTOs
  • Warehouse Managers
  • Directors of Automation
  • System Integrators and Automation Consultants seeking to understand client challenges

Track Opening Session

Best Practices on Implementing a Successful Robotics and Automation Strategy

Hear from seasoned industry professionals who have gone through the implementation process. You will learn the do’s and do not’s when considering an automation plan.

Industry experts will share their points of views on the following:

  • How to develop a robotics champion.
  • What it takes to develop an effective automation strategy.
  • Recognizing the challenges and hurdles you may encounter.
  • The importance of gaining upper management buy-in.

Corey Cook

Senior Program Manager and Solutions Architect, Enterprise Sustainment Solutions

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Robert Bollinger, PE

Global Robotics Technology Network Applied Innovation Leader

Proctor & Gamble

Karen Leavitt

Chief Marketing Officer

Locus Robotics

High-Yield Fulfillment: How to Maximize Payoffs and Minimize Tradeoffs in the Age of Immediacy

For supply chains serving consumers, the Age of Immediacy — catalyzed by Amazon and promulgated by the global acceleration of ecommerce – has irrefutably changed the game. The stakes are high for supply chain operations: Adapt and master or resist and flounder.

Consumer expectations layered on cost and time realities are shaping transformation across three dimensions:

  1. The Fulfillment Immediacy Jolt
    96% of consumers equate “fast delivery” with “next day” delivery – and failing to deliver fast meaningfully impacts sales. 36% of abandoned shopping carts are due to the shopper perceiving the shipping time offered as “too long.”
  2. The Market-to-Margin Squeeze
    Next-day delivery costs retailers 20% more than standard delivery, compounded by delivery to homes typically costing 20% of an item’s value versus 5% to 7% for delivery to stores. And while costs in the age of Immediacy Fulfillment are heftier, many consumers don’t expect to pay: 60% of US online transactions include free shipping.
  3. The Labor Capacity Crunch
    Adding to the complexity, record low unemployment rates and slow population growth lead experts to predict a shortage of 500,000 warehouse labor jobs in the United States alone by 2020.

Transformative Actions

In this session, attendees will learn:

  1. Strategies companies are deploying to effectively transform fulfillment operations so that they can keep their promises to consumers and stores without sacrificing profits.
  2. Key technologies that enable making the best decisions in real-time based on order flows, and that enable executing on those decisions.
  3. Pitfalls to avoid in enabling immediacy fulfillment strategies.

Terrie O’Hanlon