On 8-10 April 2019 at the wonderful Omni Interlocken, Denver in Colorado the US edition of our NG Retail Summit will bring together senior retail decision-makers and business leaders from across North America to discuss current industry challenges – and how best to tackle them.

The summit focuses on key topics such as: The future of Retail; omnichannel power & eCommerce explosion .

From case studies that lift the lid on operations inside best-in-class organisations, to workshops and collaborative sessions that focus on real challenges and future technology innovations, to one-to-one meetings with industry peers offering practical advice tailored to your specific needs, the summit provides you with everything you need to implement your key projects more effectively.

Our Approach

Every GDS Summit has one stated aim: to help attending executives implement their key projects more effectively. We do this by developing an in-depth understanding of those executives' project needs, the business outcomes they want to achieve, and the challenges they face in terms of hitting those goals.

Who Attends

Our summits are designed for executives looking to take their business to the next level – from market-leading brands to disruptive new entrants. As such, we’ve worked with some of the world’s best-loved and most forward-thinking businesses.
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Attendees Include

The upcoming summit will welcome executives from some of the world's biggest and most recognisable firms - as well as the most forward-thinking - as they look to address their project challenges.
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Lisa Kerns
Fareway Stores
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Jeffrey Halverson
VP Store Experience & Operations
Ulta Beauty
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Ronald Blahnik
Hibbett Sporting Goods
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Yosef Martin
Founder & CEO
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Sydney Stinson
VP Marketing
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Cedric Clark
VP Operations
Sam's Club
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Adam Powell
VP Ecommerce
Hudson's Bay Companies
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Venkat Gopalan
Global Vice President, Products & Platform Engineering
Estee Lauder Companies
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Jim Edgett
Head of Integrated Marketing & Media
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Joice Wirkus
VP Marketing
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Adam Starr
VP Brand Development & Strategy
ALDO Group
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Mohammad Khan
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6 Challenges in Retail

  • To rethink the role of stores. To identify new shopping experiences that can’t be found online.
  • To make digital a core part of the store experience. And use it to engage and empower all staff, from warehouse to store.
  • To gather meaningful customer data and use it to achieve long-term shopper loyalty.
  • To improve inventory visibility and forecasting. To get the right product to the right place at the right time. As efficiently as possible.
  • To explore and test ecommerce and online customer experience strategies, but still make money.
  • To differentiate. To compete.
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Summit Schedule

3 Days - 3 Summit Themes - 15 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Monday April 8, 2019
Summit registration
1:00pm - 6:00pm

Grab your name badge, say hello, activate the onsite app and prepare to leave the office behind for two-and-a-half days of networking, learning and intelligence gathering.

Welcome briefing
3:25pm - 3:30pm

What? When? How? Where? Join our Master of Ceremonies for a brief welcome and orientation session, where we’ll explain your itinerary for the next few days.

Opening panel
3:30pm - 4:30pm

Details to follow.

4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 1: Modern marketing: Reach your customer on every channel
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 2: E-commerce: The ever-changing digital shopping world
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 3: In-store Journey: Augmented, virtual and robotic
Solution provider briefing
6:00pm - 6:30pm

Details to follow.

Welcome drinks reception
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Time to kick off your heels, loosen those ties and get to know your fellow summit attendees. Relax, drinks are on us.

Gala dinner & keynote
7:00pm - 10:00pm

From independent thinkers to technology pioneers to execs from some of the world’s most progressive companies, our keynote speakers are handpicked to provide you with the insight you need to inspire your next business decision.

Tuesday April 9, 2019
7:00am - 8:00am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

Keynote Speech
8:05am - 8:35am
Breakfast keynote: Elevate from Transactional to Meaningful
8:40am - 9:20am
Session 1: Innovation: Re-inventing the in-store experience
9:25am - 10:05am
Session 2: Self driving stores? Yup
10:10am - 10:50am
Session 3: Free shipping/Free returns
Coffee & networking
10:50am - 11:05am

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

11:05am - 11:45am
Session 4: Augmented Reality: A Real Life Example of Putting the Shopper First
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Brian Hutchinson
Director of Shopper Marketing - Georgia Pacific
11:50am - 12:30pm
Session 5: Mobile; It’s Everything
Keynote Speech
12:35pm - 1:05pm
Lunch Keynote Address
Lunch & networking
1:05pm - 2:00pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch, and prepare to meet the afternoon head-on.

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Roundtable Discussions
3:05pm - 3:45pm
Session 6: Next generation Chatbot
3:50pm - 4:30pm
Session 7: The power of positive reviews
4:35pm - 5:15pm
Session 8: Taking on Goliath
5:20pm - 6:00pm
Session 9: Building my brands community and beyond
Attendee Downtime
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Time for a well-deserved break in your busy schedules.

Dinner & Experience
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Time for some fun; you’ve earned it. Join us for our second night’s dinner and entertainment. Details to follow.

Wednesday April 10, 2019
7:00 am - 8:00 am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

8:05 am - 8:45 am
Session 10: Navigating the path to frictionless retail
8:50 am - 9:30 am
Session 11: Blockchain
9:35 am - 10:15 am
Session 12: Fulfillment at scale
10:20 am - 11:00 am
Roundtable Discussions
11:05 am - 11:35 am
Session 13: Digital Disasters: How to avoid them
11:40 am - 12:10 pm
Session 14
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Session 15
Closing panel
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

What have been the most interesting discussion points over the last few days? What are the key takeaways? Are there any immediate actions to be implemented? And what further questions have emerged?

Lunch & farewells
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch before you head home.

Summit Location

Omni Interlocken Resort, Denver, Colorado

Our events take place at some of the most prestigious venues in the world. Five-star accommodation, dining and amenities make attending one of our summits both business and pleasure. Being productive has never been so much fun.

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Senior executives love our summits because of the unparalleled opportunity to meet people with ideas on how to move their key projects forward. But don’t just take our word for it…

To discuss how GDS Summits can help you solve your project challenges contact us on: 0117 921 4000 or email sayhello@gdsgroup.com.