Agenda at a Glance

  • Key:
  • Keynote
  • Breakout Session
  • B2B Meetings
  • Other Activities

7:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Registration

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Independent Operator Lunch and Business Session

12:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Strategic Executive Exchanges

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

The Evolution of Eating – A Generational Study

Digital disruption, new economic realities, and the latest fads all contribute to changing food and beverage consumption behaviors. But what if the behavioral changes we can observe are more deeply rooted than current circumstances? Is it possible that some observed generational differences can transcend the moment and effect change for decades? NPD has leveraged a wealth of historical food consumption data and advanced analytical methods to forecast the effects of generational change on a wide variety of food trends. The insight gained will enable food and beverage retailers and their supplier partners to identify the trends of the future.
Speakers:

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Top Trends in Fresh: The Consumer’s Perspective

Hungry for more insights into top trends in Fresh? Think you really know what your customers want? Join us as we look at what consumers really see as the trends in food retailing.
In this session, we ask consumers what is resonating with them now and what is missing. Through data and video intercepts with actual shoppers, we examine consumer tastes from three basic perspectives: generational, ethnicity and income. Retailers and suppliers will learn firsthand what consumers really want from their shopping experiences.
Speakers:
  • Sally Lyons Wyatt - Executive Vice President, and Practice Leader, IRI
  • Larry Levin - Executive Vice President, IRI Thought Leadership, IRI

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

The Power of GM and HBC

Did you know that the largest revenue opportunities for grocers are “right under your nose” within the General Merchandise and the Health & Beauty Care departments? Expanding on last year’s benchmark study, partners FMI and Acosta Strategic Advisors have gone broader and deeper into this important topic to identify strategies and tactics you can act on right now. Join us for an informative roundtable discussion with industry leaders, moderated by Acosta Strategic Advisors. In this fast-paced session, we will:
• Examine the winds of change in the industry: e-commerce, health and wellness, and the demographic shifts that are creating new opportunities in your stores.
• Highlight the best practices shared by retailers who are top performers in GM and HBC
• Bring those best practices to life with case studies of chains that are experiencing substantial growth with GM and/or HBC.

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Midwinter First-Timers Welcome Reception

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Midwinter Opening Night Event

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Registration

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

The Evolution of Eating – A Generational Study

Digital disruption, new economic realities, and the latest fads all contribute to changing food and beverage consumption behaviors.   But what if the behavioral changes we can observe are more deeply rooted than current circumstances?  Is it possible that some observed generational differences can transcend the moment and effect change for decades?  NPD has leveraged a wealth of historical food consumption data and advanced analytical methods to forecast the effects of generational change on a wide variety of food trends.  The insight gained will enable food and beverage retailers and their supplier partners to identify the trends of the future.
Speakers:

10:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Strategic Executive Exchanges

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Talent Development – Network of Executive Women (NEW) Insights and Solutions to Create Competitive Advantage

The Network of Executive Women, in partnership with Accenture, has developed insights and workplace solutions on how to win and keep talent in today’s workforce. Learn about solutions to foster engagement, inclusion and advancement across all generations. Unlock the power of women’s leadership to create a workplace where everyone thrives.
You’ll gain from Accenture’s Beth Marrion as she shares industry workplace insights and social analytic trends, while NEW CEO Sarah Alter moderates an executive discussion on unlocking greater value with employees, consumers and shoppers.
Speakers:
  • Beth Marrion - Managing Director, Retail, Accenture
  • Sarah Alter - President & CEO, The Network of Executive Women

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Top Trends in Fresh: The Consumer’s Perspective

Hungry for more insights into top trends in Fresh? Think you really know what your customers want? Join us as we look at what consumers really see as the trends in food retailing.
In this session, we ask consumers what is resonating with them now and what is missing. Through data and video intercepts with actual shoppers, we examine consumer tastes from three basic perspectives: generational, ethnicity and income. Retailers and suppliers will learn firsthand what consumers really want from their shopping experiences.
Speakers:
  • Sally Lyons Wyatt - Executive Vice President, and Practice Leader, IRI
  • Larry Levin - Executive Vice President, IRI Thought Leadership, IRI

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Collaboration in the Digital World: Practitioners Who Are Disrupting the Model

Without question, digital retailing has come of age. In 2016, FMI and Nielsen assessed the impact of digital technology in the grocery channel, predicting that 40 percent of current center store grocery sales, representing more than $100 billion, would move online by 2025.
In fact, the industry is experiencing a pace of change likely to exceed that prediction. Where are the earliest wins regarding digital collaboration coming from? Who’s finding success in food retailing with digital tools and why?
In this can’t-miss session, two manufacturers and their key retailer partners will share how they have improved speed to market, reduced the cost of doing business and, most importantly, focused on real growth in the evolving highly disruptive retail landscape.
You will discover the six key areas where costs can be radically shrunk and processes improved:
1. Data Inaccuracy
2. Disjointed Shopper Insights
3. Poor Forecasting
4. Suboptimal Marketing & Promotions
5. Digital Shelf Challenges
6. Duplicative Organizational Structure

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

The Power of GM and HBC

Did you know that the largest revenue opportunities for grocers are “right under your nose” within the General Merchandise and the Health & Beauty Care departments? Expanding on last year’s benchmark study, partners FMI and Acosta Strategic Advisors have gone broader and deeper into this important topic to identify strategies and tactics you can act on right now. Join us for an informative roundtable discussion with industry leaders, moderated by Acosta Strategic Advisors. In this fast-paced session, we will:
• Examine the winds of change in the industry: e-commerce, health and wellness, and the demographic shifts that are creating new opportunities in your stores.
• Highlight the best practices shared by retailers who are top performers in GM and HBC
• Bring those best practices to life with case studies of chains that are experiencing substantial growth with GM and/or HBC.

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Keynote Sessions

Chairman's Remarks

Keynote

Industry Awards

Rapid Lighting Round: FMI Research on Loyalty, Digitally Engaged Food Shopper & Trading Partner Priorities

How are the forces of change in consumer attitudes and digital changing the way food retailers and their partners are doing or will be doing business? FMI and our partners are seeking answers through several research projects that seek to measure and describe these changes and their impacts. This fast-paced research roundup session will share top findings of key research projects in loyalty, digital and trading partner priorities. Attendees will get a chance to weigh in themselves on which insights are likely to be the most significant in the next 2-3 years.

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Midwinter Reception

7:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Registration

8:00 AM - 12:45 PM

Strategic Executive Exchanges

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

FMI Food Industry Golf Tournament

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Spouse/Guest Luncheon

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Planning for the Consumer of 2030

You can’t control the future. But if you can imagine it, you can shape it. And, if you can shape it, you can transform your business. The companies that identify today how we could live and consume tomorrow, and use those insights to drive business transformation, will be the ones that create profitable growth.
In this interactive, discussion-based session, learn early insights from a worldwide research effort into trends that will shape the consumer of 2030. Take part in discussions shaping these insights into possible real futures that will impact:
o    ways to stay relevant and add value for your consumers
o    options on how you evolve your ecosystem, operating model, talent and
      capabilities to be future-fit
o    the degrees of agility and velocity necessary to keep your company in step with the 
      future consumer
Speakers:
  • Thomas Bornemann - Principal, Consumer Products and Retail Consulting, Ernst & Young U.S. LLP
  • Andrew Cosgrove - Consumer Product & Retail Lead Analyst & Knowledge Leader, Ernst & Young

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Next-Generation Loyalty: Get It Right in Food Retailing

Loyalty means different things to different generations. That’s why FMI has collaborated with Precima on a multi-point thought leadership initiative that has culminated in this roundtable on the ins and outs of loyalty in the realm of food retailing.
You must be there to take advantage of the expertise of Precima as you and your colleagues discuss their findings:
o     An assessment of the loyalty landscape in the food industry,
o     The best practices of adjacent industries in earning consumer loyalty,
o     The shopper’s perspective on loyalty in the food industry,
o     A maturation model that you can adopt to pursue next-generation loyalty,
o     A way to use data to quantify the value of implementing next-generation loyalty and
      customer-centric retailing, and
o    Specific steps that a retailer can take today to achieve next-generation loyalty.

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

FMI Foundation Presents: Stir It Up!

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

FMI Foundation Presents: Stir It Up!

7:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Registration

8:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Keynote Sessions

The Battle for the Food Marketplace: A View from Silicon Valley
The battle for the food marketplace has begun, and we expect the market to look nothing like what it does today in just a few years. New models bring a level of convenience consumers have not yet seen, from direct-to-consumer models to front door convenience. Changes in consumer desires are coming fast, from education rates and urbanization, to increased health consciousness and consumer technologies, consumers are more empowered than ever. Finally, the food production system is likely to be upended and look very different in the future, lessening waste and expanding our food base. We’ll examine the shakeup currently taking place and explore the technology innovations that will impact the industry.

Awards

Getting Your Bearings in a Rapidly Moving Industry: State of the Food Retail Industry
Every significant journey must have its critical moments for assessing progress - times when the travelers must ensure they are on the right track by taking stock of where they are in relation to the starting point and hoped for destination. In our GPS age, this trip feedback may be constant and immediate, but for those journeys that are more metaphorical in nature and for which there is no GPS, a trusted tour guide, scout and pathfinder is necessary.
FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin will draw upon the numerous resources at her disposal – original FMI research, interviews with industry leaders and close working relationships with FMI members – to offer her annual assessment of where the food retail industry currently stands in light of its rich and noble heritage and the challenging, but bright promise of its future. She will then check the soundness of her longitudinal and latitudinal readings of the industry, by engaging in a panel conversation with four industry leaders drawn from the diverse spectrum of FMI membership.
Speakers:
  • Leslie Sarasin - President and CEO, Food Marketing Institute
  • Mark Baum - Chief Collaboration Officer & Senior Vice President, Industry Relations, Food Marketing Institute
  • Ron Bodkin - Technical Director, Applied Artificial Intelligence, Google
  • Kate Sayre - Global Head of CPG Strategy, Facebook

10:45 AM - 5:30 PM

Strategic Executive Exchanges

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Strategic Executive Exchanges

Stir It Up!

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