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Forge Supermarket Success in the Age of Radical Change: PULSE at FMI Connect

Technology and the cultural changes brought about by instant access to everything and expectations of immediate fulfillment and delight have only begun to transform food retailing. FMI Connect, the grocery retail industry's largest and most important trade show, this year features a powerful "show-within-a-show" forum, PULSE, which focuses on the most important technological innovations transforming the business of food retailing.

PULSE: Technology Enabling the Path to Modern Retailing, is designed to bring together supermarket retailers and visionaries on the cutting edge of catering to the mobile-savvy, multi-channel consumer and provides provocative insights into operational implications of this new dynamic.

No easy task. No holding back. The speakers and sessions will up-end assumptions about what it takes to win in today's environment and what's coming next and coming quickly. Technology and the cultural changes brought about by instant access to everything and expectations of immediate fulfillment and delight have only begun to transform food retailing.

FMI, Progressive Grocer and Retail Leader have teamed up to provide a day and a half of insightful retailer panels, captivating keynote presentations, in-depth one-to-one and group business meetings, an interactive environment throughout ― and a stage for uncovering new pathways to success moving forward. 

Confirmed speakers include:

Nadia Shouraboura, Founder and CEO, Hointer, Inc: Nadia Shouraboura believes the supermarket industry is only just beginning to undergo transformational change ― involving the very role of the store, ecommerce, operations, store associates, and more, down to the SKU level. Before founding Hointer, Inc, Nadia was VP at and headed up the company's technology and fulfillment strategy and execution, and was a key member of Jeff Bezos's inner circle. She now has a lot to say about big changes coming to the food industry.

Sineesh Keshav, VP, IT Safeway: Sineesh is among the most respected leaders in leveraging information technology and is a key executive in heading up the integration of all IT for the Safeway-Albertsons merger. Sineesh has an especially sharp and precise mind in the area of predictive analytics and sizing up changes impacting the industry.

John Lauderbach, VP, IT, Roche Bros.: A member of the FMI CIO Council and leader in innovation and technology at Roche Bros. supermarkets, John Lauderbach plays a pivotal role in keeping Roche Bros. thriving in the most competitive segments of all in food retailing: the smaller regional chain. Roche Bros. has beat back larger rivals year after year. Hear his take on business innovation.

Suzi Robinson, Marketing Lead, bfresh/Fresh Formats LLC, an Ahold Company: Suzi Robinson describes her current role as a lifetime opportunity to create a new grocery shopping experience and brand from scratch. She is a lead developer of the bfresh brand, a new store format that debuted late last year. Suzi's responsibilities as "marketing magus" include heading up brand strategy and identity; in-store experience; mobile, digital, and social media; marketing and promotional planning; customer relations; private label packaging design; innovation testing and consumer research. 

PULSE will take place as a show-within-the-show at the FMI Connect in Chicago. Qualified retailers are welcome to join the new innovation forum, PULSE: Technology Enabling the Path to Modern Retailing, which will focus exclusively on supermarket retailers and food retailing… Technology. Innovation. Digital. Ecommerce. Stores. Marketing. Merchandising. Fulfillment. And much more.  

PULSE takes place June 22-23 as part of the FMI Connect convention June 20-23.   

For more information on the full roster, speaker line-up, business meetings, and more, contact Joan Driggs, Editorial Director, Progressive Grocer and Retail Leader, [email protected]. For sponsorship opportunties, contact Jeffrey Friedman, VP and Group Publisher, Stagnito Business Information, [email protected]


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