• Inland Distribution
  • September 25- 27, 2023 | The Westin Chicago River North

Melissa Contrevo

Five Below

Director-International Logistics

Melissa Contrevo is an accomplished international supply chain professional with more than 15 years of progressive experience providing exceptional leadership and strategic solutions to maximize profits while decreasing operational expenses. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Operations Management from Southern New Hampshire University. Her expertise covers a wide range of functions including strategic analysis, import/export operations, transportation and logistics, warehousing, 3PL implementation and management, freight optimization, negotiating carrier contracts, benchmarking, and business systems analysis. Melissa has held positions of increasing responsibility in many key Supply Chain functions, including inbound logistics, outbound logistics, distribution operations, customs & Trade, and financial planning.

Melissa is currently the Director of International Logistics at Five Below where she utilizes her experience to oversee all international logistics and operations. In this role she is responsible for recruitment and professional development of the logistics team, overseas consolidation and vendor management, ocean carrier contract negotiations, as well as driving efficiencies within the supply chain. When Melissa is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two beautiful children at the Jersey Shore. 

Sessions With Melissa Contrevo

Wednesday, 27 September

  • 10:45am - 11:30am (CST) / 27/sep/2023 03:45 pm - 27/sep/2023 04:30 pm

    Process Automation and the Road to Efficiency

    Virtually every shipper is somewhere on a journey from mediocre data quality and manual processes to improved data quality and some level of automation. Improving data and the logistics processes that rely on good data generally revolves around engaging with third parties that specialize in technology, services, or both. The choice generally boils down to choosing a software vendor that enables a shipper to help itself or a technology-forward 3PL that provides solutions to the shipper. All of these strategic choices are in the service of efficiency, with process automation the eventual goal. That doesn't mean humans will be excluded from core logistics functions, just that automation plays an ever-increasing role in moving freight. This session will offer a glimpse into how one shipper is managing this journey, from a starting point of improving rail data and knock-on effects that has, to the broader goal of automating data feeds and, eventually, whole processes. The other panelists, a logistics technology vendor and a large freight broker, will give insight into what level of process automation their shippers want from them, and where this is all going in the years to come.