Suppliers and retailers are ready to work together. If there has been anything good to come out of the supply chain strain that retailers and store brand manufacturers endured during the coronavirus pandemic, it is that both came out looking for ways to help one another more.
The Private Label Manufacturers Association held its annual Leadership Conference virtually, March 18, and the focus of the full-day of education was on improving private label partnerships between suppliers and retailers. Sessions included a a talk by Ken Harris, managing partner, Cadent Consulting Group, who also moderated a panel between Brenda Lord, vice president of private brands and quality assurance, CVS Health; Don Davidson, vice president, strategic sourcing, Albertsons; Troy Pelak, vice president, regional sales, Perrigo; and Clay Dockery, vice president, corporate brands, Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA. Lord also presented on the power of partnership with members of her team.
A mid-day workshop from Duncan Wardle, founder of iD8 and innov8, worked through innovation and collaboration for the retailers and suppliers attending the virtual event. Peggy Davies, president of PLMA, said during her president’s report that the conference had 62 retailers registered of the more than 160 attendees present. She also mentioned that in the coming weeks there will be a new plma.com site and that future events will be online, except for the World of Private Label trade show in December and The Private Label Trade Show in November, which are still planning to be in-person. The Chicago show will aim to fit around 1,200 booths and registration for that will begin soon.