An Appetite for Change

Leveraging digital and satisfying consumers' hunger for more.

With disruptive changes throughout retail & ecommerce, now is the time to innovate, collaborate & partner in new ways.
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January 26 - 29, 2018

National Doral Miami • Miami, FL



Shaping the Future of Food Retail: Lessons from the UK

Tim SteinerWhile the impact of ecommerce on food retailing is still being debated in the U.S., our friends in the U.K. have been grappling with new forms of food retail for years.

What lessons can we learn from them? The U.K.-based Ocado Group is the world's largest pure-play online grocery retailer. On Saturday, January 27, at 4:15pm, hear from Ocado Founder and CEO, Tim Steiner, about Ocado’s proprietary technology and automation capabilities, how they operate in the U.K., and where they see opportunities and challenges that could prove to be snapshots into our own future.

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12:30 PM
Refresh Lounge

Living Room Lounge and Veranda

Hosted by our Partners at Anheuser- Busch, Chobani, Conagra Brands, E.&J. Gallo Winery,  Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., Musco Family Olive Co., SAP, The Coca-Cola Company, The Hershey Company, The Kraft Heinz Company

Stop by the Midwinter Refresh Lounge to relax and re-energize between meetings and conference events with complimentary coffee, snacks, and beverages, provided by our host lounge partners.  Centrally located, the Midwinter Refresh Lounge will be open to all attendees daily during peak conference hours.

12:30 PM

Living Room Lobby (7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
Grand Ballroom Foyer (5:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)

Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, The Hershey Company, BMO Financial Group, Burris Logistics, Quotient Technology

Independent Operator Executive Leadership Forum

Emerging Digital Realities and Opportunities for Independent Operators
Crystal Ballroom

Digital, ecommerce, omnichannel…food retailers have been talking about these topics for several years now, exploring options, investing in technologies and restructuring processes. As independent operators, the struggle can be to identify the right strategy and investment to take advantage of the digital wave. 

Join in to  learn about some of the latest digital innovations, such as the use of blockchain to increase product traceability. The presenters will also share practical paths for building digital platforms that play to the unique strengths of local, community-based retailers.