GROCERYTECH 2024 AGENDA

Are you a grocery tech exec who wants to attend? Request your invitation here!

Wednesday, June 5, 2024
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
 
 
Event Hub
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Opening Remarks by Paula Lashinsky, Progressive Grocer 

 

Paula Lashinsky
Katy Ballroom BC
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Long before it captured everyone’s imagination, Walmart began its journey to harness the power of Artificial Intelligence. With AI and other exciting emerging technologies, Walmart is intersecting with shoppers in many new ways. Hear from Anshu Bhardwaj, SVP/COO of Walmart Global Technology, talk about this new strategy, Adaptive Retail, Walmart’s entrance into the SaaS space, and more. Anshu will share how Walmart continues to innovate to improve the customer experience and increase employee efficiency across the enterprise.

 

 

Anshu Bhardwaj
Katy Ballroom BC
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

 

As CPG’s optimize their budgets and look for better returns in their marketing strategies, retailers need to offer flexible investment options that maximize the ROI and deliver better shopper outcomes. By streamlining programs across Retail Media, coupons and promotions across channels retailers can increase the overall spend from their CPG partners and deliver better value to shoppers, which drives loyalty and sales. In this session we will explore some of the tactics that retailers are applying to build true omni-channel, comprehensive investment opportunities for their brand partners.

 

 

 

 
Katy Ballroom BC
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Connect with peers and discover next-gen tech by solution partners that can help drive your organization for success.

 
 
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Electronic Shelf Labels have emerged as a pivotal tool for retailers, offering real-time pricing updates, enhanced customer experiences, and operational efficiencies. However, the path to unlocking their full potential lies in crafting a cohesive strategy that integrates ESLs seamlessly into existing systems and processes. In this panel discussion, we’ll bring together retail leaders to share their firsthand experiences and insights along with industry experts to add real-world examples and candid discussions about navigating the complexities of implementing integrated ESL strategies. This conversation will provide invaluable insights and actionable strategies for retail success. Don't miss this opportunity to gain a competitive edge in today's evolving retail landscape.

 

 

Kim Anderson Dave Steck Tighe Renner Daniel Midden
Katy Ballroom BC
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Confirmed speakers: Piyush Jindal, Director of Product Management, Albertsons Media Collective and Hy-Vee Red Media Executive.

 

Piyush Jindal
Katy Ballroom BC
4:45 PM - 5:30 PM
4:45 PM - 5:30 PM

Ever wonder how to bring together one of your large store operators and a service provider to fuel customer growth? In this dynamic session, you’ll find out when you hear from Save A Lot Retail Partner Gabe Disbrow and Save A Lot Chief Information and Digital Officer Jennifer Hopper. Learn how they are innovating by synchronizing customer needs with technology opportunities to amplify the impact of empowering businesses to thrive. Join them for an enlightening discussion on fostering a culture of positive collaboration between store owners and service providers to leverage technology for collective success. Don't miss out on this exclusive opportunity to revolutionize your approach to technology success and propel your organization into the future of continual customer delight.

 

Gabe Disbrow Jennifer Hopper
Katy Ballroom BC
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Join your new and old friends to help us celebrate the start of the Grocery Tech event.

 

 
Event Hub & Market Ballroom A
Thursday, June 6, 2024
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Start the day off with a full breakfast and meet up with friends and colleagues before the event gets into full swing.

 
Market Ballroom
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
 
 
Event Hub
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

How does an 88-year-old beloved retail brand grow sales, increase efficiencies, control expenses and keep shoppers loyal? Join Big Y Foods EVP/COO Rick Bossie as he shares the retailer’s process for evaluating and implementing the tech investments that support enhanced customer and employee engagement and accelerate growth.

 

Rick Bossie
Katy Ballroom BC
10:15 AM - 10:35 PM
10:15 AM - 10:35 PM

Connect with peers and discover next-gen tech by solution partners that can help drive your organization for success.

 
Event Hub
10:35 AM - 11:20 AM
10:35 AM - 11:20 AM

Explore the strategic advantages of adopting an opportunistic mindset in navigating the complex intersection of (1) merging systems for efficient consolidation, (2) embarking on an adaptable journey to cloud, AI and other next-gen technology, and in parallel, (3) drive IT transformation. Learn how to seamlessly incorporate a cutting-edge technological framework into your business strategy for enhanced agility, innovation, and futureproofing in the dynamic grocery technology sector.

 

Scott Kessler
Katy Ballroom BC
11:20 AM - 12:20 PM
11:20 AM - 12:20 PM

With OOS addressability silently exceeding 60% in stores across the globe, many retailers are proactively looking to increase operating margin and revenue by improving in-store audit capabilities. While in-store technology delivers near 100% accuracy (often 10X more precise than manual audits), identifying the right vendor for your store format and operations is of strategic importance. This seasoned panel will share the keys to their success:

1. Prep - Building internal alignment & readiness to support tech innovation

2. Crawl - Insider tips on evaluating vendors

3. Walk - Secrets to success with deployment & adoption

4. Run - Replicating multiple value streams across the business

5. Jump - Leveraging a platform at scale through integration

 

Kim Anderson Gina Acosta Adrian Salazar
Katy Ballroom BC
12:05 PM - 1:30 PM
12:05 PM - 1:30 PM

Enjoy lunch while participating in an interactive, real-time collaborative discussion designed to facilitate connection with industry thought leaders. Expand your professional network while engaging in topic-focused sales and marketing conversations.

 
Market Ballroom
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

It’s a grocery store, it’s a restaurant, it’s a culty phenomenon. However you describe Erewhon Market, there’s one thing for certain: It’s where everyone wants to be. Join Kabir Jain, chief growth officer at Erewhon Market, for a discussion on how the most fabulous grocer in America is leveraging technology (including e-commerce, social media and in-store digital) to create an irresistible customer experience.

 

Kabir Jain
Katy Ballroom BC
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

In-person connections are fueling Grocery Tech! Our exclusive Power Hour event provides the opportunity for 1:1 introductions with leading grocery peers and influencers. Through a series of quick-hitting conversations — held over drinks — attendees have a unique chance to expand their networks in a fun and casual setting. Power Hour keeps the conversations moving for an engaging and optimized networking experience, while tailored attendee profiles ensures maximum value for all. Quickly expand your connections and meet the diverse array of leaders who matter most to you! Led by John Wilkinson, Chief Curator, b2b talk.

 

 
Market Ballroom A
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Why do shoppers buy the same wines, spirits and cheeses over and over when so many others are available? For a decade, Preferabli has been developing patented solutions that make sense of the complex world of taste preferences for these products. Learn how leading grocery retailers are using Preferabli AI to increase sales and enhance in-store and online experiences.

 

Pam Dillon Andrew Sussman
Katy Ballroom BC
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Raise your glass to celebrate the end of an insightful day! Join your colleagues and new contacts for drinks and conversation.

 

 
Event Hub & Market Ballroom A
Friday, June 7, 2024
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Start the day off with a full breakfast and meet up with friends and colleagues before the event gets into full swing.

 
Market Ballroom
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
 
 
Event Hub
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Any successful grocery today must use advanced technology to win shoppers back and squeeze profits out of razor-thin margins. This panel of leading industry analysts will leverage the just-released 2023 RIS and PG Grocery Technology Trends Study to detail the strategic technology approaches companies should explore as they retool their enterprises. Join us for breakfast, perspective, and inspiration.

 
Katy Ballroom BC
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
 
Ryan Draude
Katy Ballroom BC
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Joe Wood Robert Thomas
Katy Ballroom BC
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
 
 
Kroger Central Fulmillment Center Tour & Lunch
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

With steady growth in retail media networks (RMNs), shopper marketing budgets are being stretched to an unprecedented limit. Research shows that brands investing in retail media products like on-property search and display are primarily doing so from those precious budgets. These are the same funds that have historically gone to other retail media tactics like circulars, digital coupons, in-store merchandising, and other tactics. Retailers have an opportunity to optimize shopper investments in order to favor the high-margin media products that RMNs are built to execute. Join Ibotta’s Chief Business Development Officer, Amir El Tabib, for insights into a reimagined budget allocation strategy and how retailers can support their retail media revenue goals.

 

 

Barry Clogan Amir ElTabib
Katy Ballroom BC
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
 
Barry Clogan Mark Sciortino
Katy Ballroom BC
3:00 PM - 3:05 PM
3:00 PM - 3:05 PM

Closing Remarks by Gina Acosta, Progressive Grocer

Gina Acosta
 

*Agenda is subject to change 

Call For Speakers!

Would you or someone you know like to be featured at the 2024 GroceryTech event? If you have a suggestion for a speaker the grocery tech retail industry needs to hear, please take a moment to nominate them for inclusion in this year’s agenda. Self-nominations welcomed!