New Returns Solutions & Technology Innovation

“Return to the Future” 

Registration OPEN!

Sept. 10, 2018 (Arlington, Va.)  –  As the Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “change is the only constant in life,” and no truer statement describes the new solutions and innovations being seen in the product returns supply chain.  From startups and entrepreneurs to well-established solutions providers, a wide range of new solutions and technology are being seen for the process of product returns – so many that the upcoming “Return to the Future” event will feature a two-part panel session on the topic!

The September 20, 2018, one-day event being offered by PostalVision 2020 and the Reverse Logistics Association (RLA) will feature a two-part session with 2 panels presenting and discussing a diverse collection of innovations and new technology solutions in the returns/reverse logistics ecosystem.   Tony Sciarrotta, Executive Director of RLA, will moderate the first part of the session as well as presenting on RLA’s “Smart QR Code for Reverse Logistics.”  Panelists will also include Don Riley, Sr. Director of Strategic Accounts, Apkudo; and Al Gerrie, Founder & CEO of ZigZag (2018 winner of the PostalPitch startup competition).

The second part of the returns innovation & technology session will be chaired by PostalVision 2020 founder John Callan and panelists will include Stacy Kohlmeier, Vice President of Marketing & Sales, Florence Corporation; Dan O’Toole, CEO of DroneDek; and Adriel Lubarsky, Dir., Business Development for udelv.

Be sure to register NOW while a few seats are still available to hear the latest innovations for returns — drone and autonomous vehicle solutions, new consumer and reverse logistics labels, software/apps, locker solutions, and innovative returns management solutions – these panels will have it all!   And that’s just part of the agenda for this unique one-day event! Other 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, and more!  See the full agenda and speaker bios!

The September 20th event will be held at the Schar School of Policy and Government, Founders Hall, George Mason University, in Arlington, VA, from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, with onsite reception to follow from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.


Tony Sciarrotta RLATony Sciarrotta, Executive Director, The Reverse Logistics Association (RLA)

Tony Sciarrotta has held a variety of sales, marketing, and service positions in the consumer electronics industry for over 30 years, including Philips from 1988 through 2013.  Beginning in 1998, Tony began a returns management department and focused Philips on activities to reduce returns and their costs. Tony has worked with retailers and internal business groups to implement returns initiatives that became best-in-class industry practices. Tony also took responsibility for maximizing asset recovery of all returned consumer goods. Since Philips, Tony has continued to consult and evangelize for improvements to consumer products to reduce returns, and to improve reverse logistics activities through his new role as Executive Director for the Reverse Logistics Association. The RLA has been the only global trade group for the reverse industry since 2002.

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Don Riley, Senior Director -Strategic Accounts, Apkudo

A proven leader in supply chain management operations, Don Riley has held positions in Forward and Reverse Logistics in the wireless industry for more than twenty years. As Verizon’s Inventory Manager and Financial Operations Director for the Northeastern United States region, Don drastically improved inventory turnover, cutting days sales of inventory substantially in the process. He went on to serve as Director of Global Supply Chain Management for Assurant Solutions and Vice President of Operations for Bithgroup Technologies and later, Viking Technology. Most recently he served as COO & VP- Sales for Asset Science, LLC in the Connected Device Test/Diagnostics arena.

As Senior Director -Strategic Accounts, Don is focused on evolving the HIVE enterprise platform, building a robust partner alliance and supporting the company’s effort in developing a best-in-class Supply Chain Data Control Tower for the connected device ecosystem.

al-gerrieAl Gerrie, Founder & CEO, ZigZag

Al Gerrie is CEO of ZigZag Global Ltd – ZigZag Global is a software solution to help ecommerce retailers manage returns globally. The ZigZag platform connects major retailers to a global network of over 200 warehouses to over 60 couriers and 26 marketplaces in over 130 countries. Our mission is to help retailers become more sustainable whilst cutting costs and improving the speed of customer refunds by getting stock back in the supply chain more quickly.  Multichannel Consultant with, the leading eBay, Amazon and Rakuten managed service provider with clients including BMW, Ann Summers, Halfords, Toshiba, Co Op Group, Dabs, Peacocks, Suzuki, Nissan, Blue Inc, Toshiba and SportsDirect.

callanJohn Callan, Founder/Chairman, The PostalVision 2020 Initiative

John founded The PostalVision 2020 Initiative in 2010 to acknowledge and address the impact of the approaching tsunami of digital disruptive innovation that was barreling down on our traditional USPS operating model. He sensed a critical need to expose the crisis and collectively discuss what to do about it in an open and objective conversation with all stakeholders.   Having started his career in the seventies as a Postal Service disrupter himself by founding Calico Air Courier, then merging it into DHL, John spent the next few decades pushing the postal/parcel envelope at DHL, TNT Skypak, Purolator Courier and pioneer online shipping system developer, Milestone Systems, creator of Click&Send, before beginning his strategy consulting practice advising USPS. Under Coopers & Lybrand and PwC, he thought-led projects on the USPS’s Expedited & Package Services Business Plan, PostOffice Online and International Business Unit strategy. For the latter he led the breakthrough alliance with DHL to create Global Express Guaranteed, the first co-branded USPS product with a competitor.

John and his Ursa Major colleagues have advised mailing and express delivery industry leaders, as well as start-ups on strategic issues in the progressively integrating mail and parcel value chain. John has played key advisory roles in several USPS-OIG studies regarding Expanding the Postal Platform into the Digital World, Parcel Strategy, Retail Strategy and IP Strategy. As a well-known and highly respected postal industry expert, John has appeared on CNBC, NPR’s Morning Edition and Marketplace; has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Kiplinger Letter, Post & Parcel and E-Commerce Bytes; has authored Op-Eds for The Hill; is a familiar speaker at industry conferences in the U.S and abroad and has written numerous articles for trade publications.

Stacy Kohlmeier Florence

Stacy Kohlmeier, Vice President, Marketing & Sales, Florence Corporation

Kohlmeier joined Florence Corporation September, 2003 where she is responsible for sales, customer service, marketing, and new product/market development. Florence is the recognized leader in developing and supplying secure, centralized mail and parcel delivery equipment in North America. In 2013, Package Concierge® and Florence started developing automated parcel locker solutions focused on solving package management issues for apartment communities. The Package Concierge® solution is now the leading electronic package management solution in the U.S. Both Florence Corporation and Package Concierge® are part of the Gibraltar Industries family of companies.

dan otooleDan O’Toole, CEO, DroneDek

DroneDek, mailbox of the future technology, has just been awarded a U.S. Patent for last mile drone delivery. DroneDek is set to disrupt the parcel, package and mail delivery industry by leveraging several patent claims it was awarded that combine to make it a mailbox on steroids.

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Adriel Lubarsky, Director, Business Development, udelv

Adriel Lubarsky is Director of Business Development at udelv, the world’s first self-driving last mile delivery vehicle. Prior to udelv, Adriel founded and invested in multiple startups. He is on the board of Unique Places to Save, a non-profit organization protecting the environment through entrepreneurial conservation. Adriel earned Business Administration and Philosophy degrees from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a member of the GLOBE International Business Program.

This latest round of speakers join the exciting roster of confirmed speakers already announced for this great one-day event!


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