Preliminary Agenda

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Sunday  •  March 18  •  2018

Session 1:2:15pm - 2:55pm

Track 1:

Culture and Leadership for Retail Innovation

Track Room 1

Incubators, Accelerators and R&D

Track 2:

Business School Perspectives

Track Room 2

Interactive Q&A with Professors from Leading Business Schools

Track 3:

The State of Global Retail and Ecommerce

Track Room 3

Retail and Ecommerce Disruption in Latin America

Track 4:

Startup Pitch

Track Room 4

To Be Announced

Track 5:

Grocerytalk: Overview and Workshops

Track Room 5

Insights into Shopper Behavior in the Grocery Industry

Session 2:3:00pm - 3:40pm

Track 1

Retailer-Startup Relationships

Track 2

Interactive Q&A with Professors from Leading Business Schools

Track 3

Retail and Ecommerce Disruption in Asia Pacific

Track 4

To Be Announced

Track 5

Workshop: Digital Collaboration

Session 3:3:45pm - 4:25pm

Track 1

Adopting a Culture of Innovation: Attracting Talent and Organizing for Change

Track 2

Interactive Q&A with Professors from Leading Business Schools

Track 3

Retail and Ecommerce Disruption in Europe

Track 4

To Be Announced

Track 5

Workshop: Assessing Your Digital Strategy

3:45pm - 4:45pm
Hosted Meetings Program (Prescheduled Only)
4:25pm - 4:55pm
Break
5:00pm - 5:20pmGeneral Session Room
Keynote
5:20pm - 5:40pmGeneral Session Room
Keynote
5:40pm - 6:00pmGeneral Session Room
Keynote
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Shoptalk Welcome Reception

Monday  •  March 19  •  2018

8:00am - 9:00am
Hosted Meetings Program (Prescheduled Only)
Session 1:9:00am - 9:40am

Track 1:

Conversational Commerce

Track Room 1

Chatbots, Messengers and More

Track 2:

Product and Merchandising Strategies

Track Room 2

Innovations in Product Development

Track 3:

The Retail Industry Shakeout

Track Room 3

The Economic Perspective: Trends Shaping the Retail Industry

Track 4:

Engaging Customer Experiences

Track Room 4

Mobile Experiences in the Shopping Journey

Track 5:

Disruptive Technologies and Pioneering Brands

Track Room 5

To Be Announced

Track 6:

Grocerytalk: Disruptive Trends and Business Models

Track Room 6

VC and Accelerator Perspectives on CPG and Grocery

Session 2:9:45am - 10:25am

Track 1

Global Players Revolutionizing Messaging

Track 2

AI and Predicting Demand

Track 3

The Real Estate Perspective: Locations and Experiences that Attract Shoppers

Track 4

Innovative Experiential Retail

Track 5

To Be Announced

Track 6

Online-Only Direct-to-Consumer Startups

Session 3:10:30am - 11:10am

Track 1

Commerce Through Voice-Activated Assistants

Track 2

Pricing and Assortment Strategies

Track 3

The Retailer Perspective: Adapting to Changing Consumer Preferences

Track 4

Delighting Customers Through Personal Interactions

Track 5

To Be Announced

Track 6

Reinventing Traditional Grocery Business Models: Meal Kits, Subscriptions and Replenishment

11:30am - 11:50amGeneral Session Room
Keynote
11:50am - 12:10pmGeneral Session Room
Keynote
12:10pm - 12:30pmGeneral Session Room
Keynote
12:30pm - 2:00pm
Lunch
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hosted Meetings Program (Prescheduled Only)
2:10pm - 2:30pmGeneral Session Room
Keynote
2:30pm - 2:50pmGeneral Session Room
Keynote
2:50pm - 3:10pmGeneral Session Room
Keynote
Session 4:3:20pm - 4:00pm

Track 1:

Shifting Ecommerce Trends and Technologies

Track Room 1

The Next Generation of Search: AI, Visual and More

Track 2:

Shopping Experiences of the Future

Track Room 2

Omnichannel and Seamless Customer Experiences

Track 3:

Research and Market Insights

Track Room 3

To Be Announced

Track 4:

The Future of Brands

Track Room 4

The Rise of the Niche Brand

Track 5:

Disruptive Technologies and Pioneering Brands

Track Room 5

To Be Announced

Track 6:

Grocerytalk: Marketing and Loyalty

Track Room 6

Optimizing the Brand Experience for Ecommerce

Session 5:4:05pm - 4:45pm

Track 1

Track Keynote: Reinventing Traditional Retail Business Models

Track 2

Connected Devices and Appliances

Track 3

To Be Announced

Track 4

Evolving Brand-Retailer Relationships

Track 5

To Be Announced

Track 6

Developing New Food and Beverage Brands

Session 6:4:50pm - 5:30pm

Track 1

Innovation from Israel: Startups Driving the Next Generation of Ecommerce

Track 2

AR, VR and Advances in Product Visualization

Track 3

To Be Announced

Track 4

The Growth of Private Label

Track 5

To Be Announced

Track 6

Next Generation Loyalty / The Future of Digital Coupons

5:30pm - 7:30pm
Exhibit Hall Reception

Tuesday  •  March 20  •  2018

8:00am - 9:00am
Hosted Meetings Program (Prescheduled Only)
Session 1:9:00am - 9:40am

Track 1:

Shifting Ecommerce Trends and Technologies

Track Room 1

Track Keynote: Connecting Consumer Touchpoints

Track 2:

The Evolution of the Retail Store

Track Room 2

Physical Retail Concepts from Digitally Native Brands

Track 3:

Marketing Strategies and Technologies

Track Room 3

Social Network Executives on Marketing Evolution

Track 4:

Innovation in China

Track Room 4

Overview of Retail and Ecommerce Innovation in China

Track 5:

Disruptive Technologies and Pioneering Brands

Track Room 5

To Be Announced

Track 6:

Grocerytalk: Store and Supply Chain Innovations

Track Room 6

Enhancing Efficiency Through In-Store Technologies

Session 2:9:45am - 10:25am

Track 1

Ecommerce Technology Leaders Roundtable

Track 2

Agency Perspectives on New Store Design

Track 3

Experiential Marketing

Track 4

Spotlight on Retail and Ecommerce Innovation in China

Track 5

To Be Announced

Track 6

New Store Layouts and Formats

Session 3:10:30am - 11:10am

Track 1

Brands Selling on Marketplaces

Track 2

Interactive Store Technologies

Track 3

Track Keynote: CMOs and CDOs on the Future of Marketing

Track 4

Spotlight on Retail and Ecommerce Innovation in China

Track 5

To Be Announced

Track 6

Using Data to Drive Food Safety and Supply Chain Transparency

11:30am - 11:50amGeneral Session Room
Keynote
11:50am - 12:10pmGeneral Session Room
Keynote
12:10pm - 12:30pmGeneral Session Room
Keynote
12:30pm - 2:00pm
Lunch
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hosted Meetings Program (Prescheduled Only)
2:10pm - 2:30pmGeneral Session Room
Keynote
2:30pm - 2:50pmGeneral Session Room
Keynote
2:50pm - 3:10pmGeneral Session Room
Keynote
Session 4:3:20pm - 4:00pm

Track 1:

Shifting Ecommerce Trends and Technologies

Track Room 1

Track Keynote: Building a Billion Dollar Ecommerce Company

Track 2:

The Evolution of the Retail Store

Track Room 2

Measuring and Optimizing the Store Experience

Track 3:

Marketing Strategies and Technologies

Track Room 3

AI and Predictive Marketing

Track 4:

Advances in Payments and Checkout

Track Room 4

Track Keynote: Payments

Track 5:

Disruptive Technologies and Pioneering Brands

Track Room 5

To Be Announced

Track 6:

Innovations in Delivery, Pickup and Logistics

Track Room 6

Innovations in Next- and Same-Day Delivery

Session 5:4:05pm - 4:45pm

Track 1

VC Perspectives on Ecommerce Trends and Technologies

Track 2

Changing Store Counts, Formats and Footprints

Track 3

Advances in Content Marketing

Track 4

Overview of Payments Innovation

Track 5

To Be Announced

Track 6

New Pickup Options

Session 6:4:50pm - 5:30pm

Track 1

AI and Real-Time Personalization

Track 2

The Evolving Store Workforce

Track 3

Building Engaged Communities

Track 4

Next Generation Checkout

Track 5

To Be Announced

Track 6

Cutting-Edge Delivery Innovations from Around the World

5:30pm - 7:30pm
Exhibit Hall Reception

Wednesday  •  March 21  •  2018

9:00am - 9:20amGeneral Session Room
Keynote
9:20am - 9:40amGeneral Session Room
Keynote
9:40am - 10:00amGeneral Session Room
Keynote
Session 1:10:15am - 10:55am

Track 1:

Deep Dive: Manufacturing Innovation

Track Room 1

Sustainable Manufacturing

Track 2:

Deep Dive: Distribution Innovation

Track Room 2

Innovations in the Warehouse: Robotics, AI and Beyond

Track 3:

Deep Dive: Marketing

Track Room 3

Advertising on New Platforms: Assistants, VR and Beyond

Track 4:

Deep Dive: New Market Opportunities

Track Room 4

Meeting the Demands of Today's Health and Wellness-Conscious Shoppers

Session 2:11:00am - 11:40am

Track 1

3D Printing and Automation

Track 2

Technologies Enabling Transparency: Blockchain, RFID and Beyond

Track 3

Advances in Attribution

Track 4

Reaching Shoppers Across International Borders

Session 3:11:45am - 12:25pm

Track 1

Advances in Sourcing

Track 2

New Transportation Technologies

Track 3

To Be Announced

Track 4

Understanding Gen Z Consumers