Member Meeting - Retail/CPG Focus

14th May 2019, central London


Full agenda

Tuesday 14th May 2019

08.30   Registration & breakfast

09.00   Statement of Intent - Ed Lawson, Director, Intent Group

09.05   Icebreaker - member intros

09.25   Major impacts of technology on the Retail/CPG supply chain: Julian Burnett, VP, IBM

09.45   Roundtable discussions - first round (see below)

10.35   121 meetings

10.55   Networking break

11.25   Roundtable discussions - second round (see below)

12.15   121 meetings

12.35   Hot lunch (healthy & tasty!)

13.25   Roundtable discussions - third round (see below)

14.15   121 meetings

14.35   Short break

14.50   Roundtable discussions - fourth round (see below)

15.40   How DFS is using AI to transform service: Russell Harte and Chris Allen, DFS

16.10   Intent Style Networking & drinks

17.10   End of meeting

Roundtable discussion themes


    • How does your level of service compare to others in your sector?

    • How do you use cost-to-serve to effectively differentiate service attributes for customers?

    • How do some major companies achieve high Advantage Survey scores with below standard OTIF? 

              Hosted by Jonathan Kittow, Simply Supply Chain


    • Aligning your current DCs for multichannel selling

    • Consistency of approach and proposition

    • What capabilities should you consider now for the future?

              Hosted by Simon Dixon, Hatmill Consulting


    • Delivering Capabilities – breaking down the functional boundaries

    • Ensuring efficient orchestration of planning processes 

    • Aligning Commercial, Operational and Financial stakeholders

              Hosted by Tony Player, Anaplan


    • Early identification of deviations from plan & forecast

    • Prompt response: adapt customer interaction or adapt supply chain

    • From reactive to proactive - sharing the right data and setting expectations

              Hosted by Gareth Bennett, OMPrompt

About Intent Member Meetings

  • Capped attendance (to maintain a private and safe setting for genuine sharing)

  • Private, by-invitation only, Chatham House Rules

  • Cross-sector, Director level, pre-profiled (all attendees receive full details on participating members)

  • Mutually agreed 121 meetings based on common interests (no obligation or pressure)


Concurrent roundtable discussions

​The roundtable discussions are concurrent / simultaneous and they run FOUR times during the day.

Members submit questions and agenda points and we work with the discussion hosts to tailor the agendas for participants. Each member receives a personalised agenda with the times of each of their chosen discussions. No competing companies are scheduled on the same session.

121 meetings

​We schedule member-to-member and member-to-partner 121 meetings for all attendees (that wish to). These meetings are based on common interests and are agreed in advance. There is no obligation to attend any meeting that is not of interest.

What else?

Each meeting also includes two or more of:

  • Member viewpoint/experience sharing: a member shares a short, honest review of a recent project or improvement made in their business, with a focus on 'lessons learned'.

  • Expert Q&A: we invite a subject-matter expert on an important theme for our members and then invite them to ask whatever they want.

  • Leadership "refreshers": knowing what to do is only half the battle...our members then need to make things happen! We invite inspirational coaches to equip our members with new tools and ideas to help them realise their goals.

  • Something totally different: we invite interesting and unusual non-industry luminaries whose insights and experiences can provoke tired assumptions and stimulate new thinking.

  • Rapport-building activities: we end each meeting with some fun stuff so that you make new friends, not just new contacts.

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On hearing about the Intent Group proposition, it was of immediate appeal to me. We’re a billion dollar business, and I’ve worked in supply chain over 25 years. For us, it’s the perfect platform to collaborate, see if others share our beliefs about the future of agile supply chain, and to have more useful touchpoints outside of our business” NL, FMCG member.

     Venue, accommodation & travel


Venue address: Bounce, Old St, London, EC1V 9EY

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