Abir Thakurta


Vice President, Supply Chain

Abir Thakurta is responsible for all things supply chain at Havertys — strategy, planning, execution, orchestration, and innovation. As vice president of Global Supply Chain for one of the largest home furnishings retailers in the US, he leads a worldwide team of supply chain leaders, operational enthusiasts, subject matter experts, passionate team members, and committed service providers in forecasting, sourcing, flowing, replenishing, and delivering products to customers through the extensive Havertys network, all while ensuring trade compliance. Thakurta is a supply chain enthusiast, known for his ‘agile supply chain’ techniques, ‘win-win’ strategies with partners, and championing effective digital transformational strategies to help drive profitable company operations while managing business risk. He has previously consulted with retailers, manufacturers, and brands worldwide on global supply chain strategies and implemented performance improvement programs leveraging technology and innovation. Thakurta has a master's in transportation from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and has completed an Executive Management Program at Georgia Tech.

Sessions With Abir Thakurta

Tuesday, 1 March

  • 03:15pm - 04:00pm (EST) / 01/mar/2022 11:15 pm - 02/mar/2022 12:00 am

    A New Era of Ocean Carrier Relationship Management: The Import View

    The litany of issues US importers are dealing with could stretch from one end of a containership to the other. Upstream pressures on production and downstream demand pressures are being exacerbated by a laundry list of disruptions on the water, including blank sailings, dwindling weekly capacity allocations, COVID-induced port shutdowns at the destination, and, of course, historic congestion and arrival delays at most US gateways. At the port, the problems don't stop: constraints on equipment, difficulty in returning empty containers, and uneven data quality between different terminals and carriers, to name just a few. Amid all of that lies a reshaping of the service providers in the industry. Container lines have famously raked in record profits. Some carriers are seeking to become more full-service transportation providers, while others are focused on core port-to-port operations. All are operating from a position of significant strength. This panel will dive into how these myriad dynamics might transform the way shippers and forwarders work with carriers, incorporating the strategic wisdom of a current shipper and two former shippers now in advisory roles to their peers.