Captain Phillips takes on retail supply chains
Richard Phillips is headlining an upcoming supply chain conference organized by several food trade organizations. If his name doesn’t ring a bell, try Captain Phillips, as in the guy Tom Hanks portrayed in the 2013 movie of the same name.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Food Marketing Institute said Richard Phillips would serve as a keynote speaker at their annual Supply Chain Conference to be held February 15-17 in Phoenix. Phillips was the captain of the Maersk Alabama in 2009 when it was navigating a normally routing trade route off the coast of Africa. After the vessel was hijacked by Somali pirates Phillips was taken hostage for five days. The harrowing ordeal was chronicled in the 2013 movies titled Captain Phillips.
He should be able to bring a unique perspective to any discussion of supply chains and logistics in a global economy.
West Elm to open in Washington, D.C.
New York —West Elm, a division of Williams-Sonoma, will open a store in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Oct. 23rd. Located in Logan Circle, the more than 14,500-sq.-ft. store will feature a curated selection of products made by artists located in the D.C. area through West Elm’s Local initiative, which taps into local entrepreneurship.
The Local Circle store is West Elm’s second retail location in Washington D.C. The first is located in Georgetown.
The store will incorporate both temporary and permanent art installations that are inspired by the environment, culture, architecture and heritage of the area, including a map of D.C. made from reclaimed lathe wood.
Sleepy’s opens 1,000th store
Hicksville, N.Y. —Sleepy's announced that with the grand opening of its new location in Joliet, Ill., the privately-owned mattress retailer's store count reached a landmark 1,000 stores.
"It is with great pride that we announce our thousandth-store milestone," said Sleepy's president, David Acker. "Sleepy's has been around since 1957, and we are very proud of this latest accomplishment. It won't stop here."
Since the Joliet store opened, Sleepy's has already opened five more showrooms to the public.