Annette Danek-Akey

Addressing the Digitization Challenge

The book publishing industry was one of the first few to face the challenges of digitization, and leading publishers such as Penguin Random House (PRH) had to develop an effective response.  What can we learn from their experience?  In this talk, Annette Danek-Akey will discuss two complementary strategies that PRH used.  The first, an “and” strategy exploits the benefits of integrating the physical and digital strategies.  The tens of thousands of ship-to locations for a short life-cycle product, which none the less must still be made available, required PRH to develop and implement an “agile” strategy.  Annette is also the President of the Warehouse Education and Research Council, and will provide guidance as to how to future-proof our logistics careers. 

Annette Danek-Akey, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain at Penguin Random House, has more than 25-years’ experience in supply chain management, industrial engineering, guiding strategic planning, and managing warehouse distribution. Annette manages the distribution, transportation, customer service, fulfillment systemsreverse logistics and remainder sales for Penguin Random House, North America, and is currently responsible for 1,700 employees in two distribution centers which ship on average, 1.5 million books per day for Penguin Random House plus 40+ third party publishers.

With a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering, Annette is recognized throughout the industry for her insight into supply chain trends, forward thinking, and her success at developing, coaching and cultivating new leaders. Annette is currently leading a cross-functional end-to-end Supply Chain team and a global supply chain forum initiative.

Annette is the President of the Carroll Community College Foundation as well as President of WERC (Warehouse Education Research Council), where she additionally served as 2017 Conference Chair. She has been a speaker/panelist at WERC, CSCMP, ProMat, Modex, AWESOME, Goldratt TOC and Gartner events. Annette has been featured in many different articles and most recently was named one of DC Velocity’s 2019 Rainmakers.

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