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The Blue Connection: An Interactive Circular Economy Simulation


Juli Lassow
JHL Solutions, LLC, Founder & Principal

Juli Lassow is an accomplished retail executive with 20 years of experience in the disciplines of sourcing, merchandising, inventory planning, and analytics. As the founder and principal of JHL Solutions, Juli helps businesses navigate the complex world of global retail sourcing and private label product development, by supporting retailers and suppliers in finding, developing products, and better negotiating with each other. Before establishing her business, Juli held several progressive leadership roles at Target Corporation.

When not supporting her clients, you can find Juli exploring the Twin Cities and Minnesota with her family – enjoying the lakes, the nearest trail, or a just-opened eatery. She loves to be out and about, safely enjoying all that MN has to offer.

Chuck Nemer
The Guru of Biz, Trainer for all things Circular Economy and Supply Chain Management

Chuck Nemer is a trainer/consultant with 40 years of experience in Supply Chain Management, Lean, Leadership, and APICS. He teaches Operations Management at an urban based university in St Paul Mn. He is active both locally and nationally in his APICS professional society as well, in the areas of instructor development and curriculum development.

Chuck has a second business where he is an educational support associate on behalf of InChainge to universities who utilize The Fresh Connection, The Cool Connection, and The Blue Connection supply chain simulations within their classroom. He currently works with approximately 50 universities and 3000 students annually in supporting the use and play of the simulations in the classroom.

Chuck has spent his career in various areas of Operations, Supply Chain Management, and Leadership. Within those 40 years, he has taught, and continues to teach, professional certification classes for APICS, professional development seminars and programs on his own, and on behalf of colleges in their outreach programs to local and regional manufacturing firms. He has a Bachelors degree in Accounting from the University of Minnesota, a Masters degree in Leadership from Augsburg College in Minneapolis Mn., CPIM, CSCP, and CLTD certification from APICS, CSSC certification from VCARE, CHSCA certification from ISCEA, an on-line curriculum development certification from the Wisconsin Technical College System, and continuing education in the Circular Economy.


Retailers and consumer brands today struggle to develop and implement strategic, sustainable frameworks. The Circular Economy provides an impactful way of creating and building a business that is both profitable and sustainable. In our 3-hour simulation workshop, you’ll interact with small groups as we take you through the basics of what the Circular Economy is and what the core business decisions are. Also covered will be key performance metrics used to implement, measure, and communicate progress. This session is an experiential approach to building and executing a profitable, sustainable business model.

You'll need your cell phone for this session, and a laptop would be helpful but is not required.