“Return to the Future” Speaker Announcement
Registration Now OPEN!
August 15, 2018 (Arlington, Va.) – PostalVision 2020 and the Reverse Logistics Association (RLA) are excited to announce another great speaker for the “Return to the Future” event to be held on Thursday, September 20, 2018 – Ed Stashluk, Chief Architect – Fulfillment, Delivery and Returns for the Pitney Bowes Commerce Services group.
Retailers are used to dealing with customer returns; they are a fact of life in retail. During the one-day “Return to the Future” event, Stashluk and others will discuss strategies that leading retailers have employed to maximize profits through better visibility and faster restocking of returns. They’ll discuss how to drive new revenue through effective communication and marketing opportunities created by the returns process, and how to treat returns more strategically by ensuring that they’re an integrated part of the overall brand experience.
The September 20th event will focus on the growing opportunities, challenges, innovations and more being seen with product returns and reverse logistics. The event will be held at the Schar School of Policy and Government, Founders Hall, George Mason University, in Arlington, VA, from 8:00 am – 5:30 pm, with onsite reception to follow from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Sessions included in the one-day event agenda will cover topics such as an overview of the returns/reverse logistics supply chain, market trends, consumer & retailer perspectives, solutions from shippers and intermediaries, new technology and innovation in the ecosystem, new returns models and more!
Ed joined Newgistics at the company’s inception and has since brought impressive expertise to his work with Fulfillment, Delivery and Returns technology architecture, along with distinguished leadership as a Software as a Service provider. Newgistics was acquired by Pitney Bowes in September 2017 and Ed is current Chief Architect for Fulfillment, Delivery and Returns for the Pitney Bowes Commerce Services group. Ed spent the first part of his career at IBM in semiconductor research and development and as an architect in IBM’s Global Services division. He has developed patented technology and led innovative technology development at Cirrus Logic, DSC/Alcatel, and Pervasive Software prior to joining Newgistics.
Stashluk joins the exciting roster of confirmed speakers already announced for this great one-day event, including:
- Accenture and USPS OIG to Share Latest Returns Research. Joining the great line-up of speakers for the upcoming September 20, 2018, “Return to the Future” event to be held in Arlington, VA, are Brody Buhler, Global Managing Director, Post and Parcel industry, Accenture; and Dr. Ian Stanford, Public Policy Analyst, USPS Office of Inspector General (USPS OIG). Both Buhler and Stanford are no stranger to PostalVision events, having presented at the group’s annual events for the past few years. Buhler at the Sept. 20th event in his presentation titled, “Reverse Logistics – the Next Battleground,” will present Accenture’s latest research on ecommerce returns, and Stanford will share the USPS OIG’s recent research around the reverse logistics supply chain and returns trends.
- Academic Leaders Join Speaker Line-Up for Returns Event. The event will feature a keynote presentation on the impact of emerging online technologies on product returns by Dr. Michael Galbreth, Head of the Dept. of Business Analytics and Statistics at the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business. In addition, the event will include introductory remarks by the Hon. David Williams, distinguished professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.
- USPS Executives to Speak on Returns Solutions. USPS Vice President of Product Innovation Gary Reblin and USPS Director of Product Management, Shipping, Jay Smith both will be speaking at the returns event, with presentation focusing on how the USPS is working to build and enhance its product returns solutions and support the returns/reverse logistics and retail ecosystems.
More exciting speakers and panelists for the event will be announced in the coming weeks and will include representatives from academia, shippers/carriers and other supply chain businesses, retailers, and more! If you are interested in participating as a speaker/panelist, please contact us.
About the Reverse Logistics Association (RLA)
The Reverse Logistics Association (RLA) is a members’ driven, global trade association for the returns and reverse industry, offering information, research, solutions and services for Manufacturers, Branded, and Retail companies from Third Party Providers. Our goals are to educate and inform Reverse Logistics professionals around the world, and be the voice of the reverse industry. For more information, visit http://www.rla.org.
About PostalVision 2020
The PostalVision 2020 Initiative Mission is “to serve as an independent transformative cause that inspires imaginative thinking, stimulates provocative conversation and influences the reinvention of American Postal Services in 2020 and beyond.” Since 2011, we have been engaging stakeholders from all across the postal platform and beyond in a critical conversation about what future generations should have in the way of Postal Services in America. For more information visit http://www.postalvision2020.com.