CONCURRENT SESSIONS (Select A1 or A2)
MAJOR TRENDS SHAPING THE FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING IN CANADA: WHERE IS THIS HEADING?
The manufacturing sector is a significant contributor to Canada’s revenue, exports and employment, accounting for 10.5% of Canadian GVA and 68% of exports in 2016. The largest sub-sectors are automotive, aerospace and machinery production. However, the sector’s GDP contribution has been steadily declining since 2000. One challenge continues to be its high export dependency, with some 75% of goods directed towards the US. At same time, Canada is a global leader in the transformation of new ideas into advanced products, and technologies that bridge the gap between research and marketplace applications. This session will examine these trends including a joint initiative by Government of Canada and CME (Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters) that has set the goal of doubling the value of manufacturing output by 2030. To achieve this target, the session will discuss five key pillars including expanding access to domestic and foreign markets and building a strong, skilled workforce.
TRANSITIONS IN VARIOUS RETAIL FULFILLMENT MODELS: CAPACITY, COMPLIANCE AND PROFITABILITY
The current pandemic has accelerated the adoption of eCommerce by consumers virtually out of necessity. The result placed very large and unexpected demands on the fulfillment network. Retailers, 3PLs, warehouse operators, fulfillment houses and delivery networks had to significantly and expeditiously scale up to peak levels while also developing safe ways of working. How is the industry addressing the challenge of finding profitable models and ways of working that can sustain demand and activity in the immediate market conditions and eventually in the longer term?