Building the Omni Channel Facility of the Future
When REI made the choice to build the most sustainable distribution center in the world, they also committed to sharing how it was done. The integrated design approach reflected how business is done differently at REI and stretched the imagination of what was possible. Whether challenging the energy modelling of MHE to scale the solar system to deliver Net 0 energy or challenging what employee comfort means in a desert environment REI conserving millions of gallons of water, REI and their partners overcame these obstacles and achieved the design goals. REI’s vision for their new facility in Arizona extended beyond sustainability and asked “What if technology could enable picking and order assembly in one-touch?” REI’s partners were energized by the challenge and pursued the solution. This presentation assembles REI and their partners to discuss how this vision became real. REI is committed to open sourcing of the facility design and will share how a vision became reality.
Vice President Supply Chain
As vice president of Supply Chain, Rick Bingle is responsible for REI’s Supply Chain Division comprising of Distribution, Logistics including Trade and Compliance, Sales and Customer Support, Vendor Operations, Network Strategy and Omni channel fulfillment
Prior to becoming vice president of Supply Chain, Rick was REI’s director of Global Supply Chain, was senior manager of Global Supply Chain at Microsoft and spent 11 years at Office Depot in distribution-related management.
Rick serves as a board of advisors for the University of Washington’s Master’s Degree Program in Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics (SCTL). The Advisory Board members help review content, guide course design and provide updates to ensure the program remains current as the field involves.
REI is a $3 billion national multichannel retail co-op headquartered outside of Seattle. With more than 6 million active members, REI serves the needs of outdoor adventurers through innovative, quality products; inspiring classes and trips; and integrated customer service that allows shoppers to buy great gear and clothing in any way they want. REI has 143 stores in 35 states, as well as REI.com and REI.com/outlet. This year REI will invest $8 million in local communities to help care for outdoor spaces.