January 6, 2016 (Arlington, Va.) –PostalVision 2020today announced an exciting line-up of speakers and topics for its March 15-16, 2016 event, which will bring together global industry leaders, visionaries, regulators, innovators, inventers, entrepreneurs and supply chain experts to engage in the ongoing exploration of the needs of Americans in a future postal system to support the growth of business and ecommerce.

    “PostalVision 2020 will continue its tradition of bringing together essential voices and expertise for these critical discussions,” said John Callan, managing director of Ursa Major Associates and Founder of the PostalVision 2020 Initiative. “The 2016 event will focus on how ‘B2Me’ is driving changes throughout the supply chain and postal ecosystem as more controls are placed in the hands of demanding consumers of ecommerce,” Callan said. “With the continued growth in ecommerce driving changes in the mail mix and fueling new distribution and delivery strategies, the entire industry ecosystem is being challenged,” he said, “This year’s ‘6.0’ conference will focus on those challenges, and the resulting opportunities, and will include unprecedented participation from the U.S. Postal Service as well as its regulators, stakeholders, suppliers, and those providing USPS oversight.”

    The March 2016 event marks the sixth consecutive year of PostalVision 2020’s annual event, and with the critical discussion topics as well as the diverse speaker line-up ranging from prominent global postal leaders to cutting edge start-ups, the event is expected to sell out. For more information on PostalVision 2020, including information on previous events as well as the B2Me movement, please visithttp://www.postalvision2020.com.

    A very limited number of press passes are available for this Washington, DC-area event. Contact PostalVision 2020 Director of Community & Brand Development Kathleen Siviter (ksiviter@ursamajorassociates.com) for more information on attending the event and special press briefing.

    PostalVision 2020 6.0 “B2Me - Game Changers

    The Ritz Carlton, Pentagon City, March 15-16, 2016

    Preliminary Program*

    Scheduled Sessions

    Speakers and Panelists

    Introduction “B2Me – Game Changers”

    John Callan - Founder and Chairman, PostalVision 2020

    Vision: Game Changing Global Trends

    Thom Blischok - Chief Retail Strategist, Strategy& / PwC

    Mattia Crespi – Foresight Practitioner, Inst. of the Future

    Jeff Jarvis - Buzzmachine.com; “What Would Google Do”

    David Williams – USPS Inspector General

    Research and Data Underlying Trends

    Brody Buhler – Global Postal Lead, Accenture

    Cooper Smith – Analyst, Business Insider Intelligence

    “B2Me” Consumer Data - Applications and Analysis

    Angelika Dimoka, PhD – Associate Professor, Temple Univ.

    Jonathan Margulies – Managing Director, Winterberry Group

    Lisa Rapp – Director of Products, Acxiom

    Innovation and Invention in the Supply Chain

    Jay Emmett – General Manager, OpenMarket/Amdocs

    Nagesh Kadaba, PhD –Senior Advisor, ipCapital Group

    Ramesh Ratan, PhD – CEO, Bell and Howell

    B2Me - Retail Front-End – First Mile

    Lori Rectanus – Dir. Physical Infrastructure Issues , U.S. GAO

    John Reis – General Manager Retail, Canada Post

    Kelly Sigmon – VP, Retail and Customer Service Ops, USPS

    Anthony Watson – Head of Business Dev., ShipBob

    Innovation and Invention in Transport & Delivery

    Steve Barnett – Product Manager, Open Market

    Steve Burns – CEO Workhorse Group

    Keith Cornell – Chief Commercial Officer, Starship Tech.

    Robbie Diamond – Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE)

    Oliver Evans - Head of Global Business Dev., Matternet

    B2Me - Retail Back-End – Last Mile

    Idriss Al Rifai – Founder and CEO, Fetchr

    Patrick Armstrong - Snaile

    Greg Mackin – Co-founder and CEO, Parcelhome

    Neel Murthy - CEO, SwapBox

    Dan Treiman – VP New Markets, Doorman

    Challenges and Opportunities in Cross Border

    Wendy Eitan – Product Strat., Econ and Markets Coord., UPU

    Tom Forbes – VP International, MetaPack

    Giselle Valera – VP and Managing Dir., Global Business, USPS

    Marcello Wesseler – CEO SingPost eCommerce

    Vision and Innovation - 3 Leading Global Posts

    Emil Dzuray – Director Strategic Planning, USPS

    Markus Kuckelhaus – VP Innovation, DHL

    Lily Loo – Head Customer Service, SingPost

    Claudia Pletscher - Head of Innovation, Swiss Post

    Special Sessions

    Speakers and Moderators

    Keynote Address - “Think Big – Act Bigger”

    Jeff Hayzlett – Chairman, C-Suite Network

    Full Conference Planning Workshop

    Jody Berenblatt – Grayhair Advisors

    Thom Blischok - Chief Retail Strategist, Strategy& / PwC

    Session Moderators

    Bernhard Bukovc – Chmn,Postal Innovation Platform (PIP)

    John Callan – Founder and Chairman, PostalVision 2020

    Mike Comstock – Cofounder, Ursa Major Associates

    Emil Dzuray – Dir Strategic Planning, USPS

    Amine Khechfe – Co-founder and General Manager, Endicia

    Robert Reisner – Director and Senior Strategic Advisor, PwC

    Elmar Toime – Chairman, Postea

    Marshall Van Alstyne – Professor , MIT and BU

    *Actual session times to be announced. Additional speakers may be added and some speaker slots/times subject to change.

    About PostalVision 2020

    PostalVision 2020 is the creation of Ursa Major Associates, LLC , a leading strategy consultancy, providing thought leadership and strategic business development services to the global postal-parcel-logistics industry. Since 2001, the firm has served leading private sector corporations and entrepreneurial start-ups as well as public institutions engaged at all levels of service along the postal and parcel delivery value chain. Ursa Major Associates, LLC is headquartered in Essex, CT. For more information visithttp://www.postalvision2020.com.

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