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Rahl to Headline Business Speaker Series

Rahl to Headline Business Speaker Series

Rodney Rahl COB Speaker 96 ppiRodney Rahl, the General Sales Manager at Nebraska Furniture Mart and a 2013 graduate of the University’s MBA program, will serve as the keynote speaker for the College of Business Speaker Series Wednesday, December 9 in Bellevue University’s Muller ASB Symposium Room on the main campus.

Rahl’s presentation, which will run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is titled The Changing Landscape of Logistics: A New Dynamic for Retailers. The event is free and open to the public. After 24 years with Nebraska Furniture Market, Rahl has seen several changes in retail store operations and the nature of products.

Once, furniture was primarily manufactured in the American south by highly skilled tradesmen and women. Then as the world market began to open up and trade normalized between the US and China, manufacturing left the US for Asian markets. This change has created a new dynamic for retailers as lead times and forecasting goes from weeks to months. Even today this entire process is changing and the best places to manufacture items move according to currency exchange rates, political status, and employee commitment.

Those attending Rahl’s presentation are welcome to bring a brown-bag lunch.