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"The truth? "Omnichannel" (there is that word again!) and c-commerce were emphasized because they are the buzzwords of the day in retailing, so it makes the deal sound more like a..."
"Like my colleagues, I applaud Mr. Stritzke's appearance in an AMA (a Reddit feature I enjoy every day). That said, wages for many retail workers lag way behind what they..."
"You can't be transparent and be worried about occasional attacks, and you shouldn't advance a well publicized "employee-friendly" policy without understanding that you will inevitably draw criticism from unhappy workers...."
"My definition of competition is, "anyone selling anything to anyone you might one day want to do business with." So the shipping option bar has been set high by many,..."
"Some retail lends itself much better to omnichannel execution. I believe pet superstores is a prime channel to build business online while over time creating a more efficient and profitable..."
"Well, it's buzzword bingo, but Petco would do well to have a real omnichannel strategy. Even more importantly, I think the company needs a better demand forecast. Because the weight/value ratio..."
"Hopefully Jerry knew exactly what he was getting into when he agreed to do the AMA. Gandhi and Mother Theresa would have gotten roughed up if they agreed to do..."
"Transparency cuts both ways, positive and negative. I salute Mr. Stritzke's willingness to appear in a public forum and wish more CEOs would follow his lead. Too often CEOs are..."
"When it comes to data — especially Big Data — storytelling is now, and always has been, a critical skill. And while I'm at it, storytelling is exactly how retailers have always..."
"Carol has it exactly right, a very refreshing piece. When you think about it, the entire existence of human kind has been built and sustained by stories. From stories carved into..."

Featured Panelists:

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Dr. Stephen Needel
Managing Partner
Advanced Simulations
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Paula Rosenblum
Managing Partner
RSR Research
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Joan Treistman
The Treistman Group LLC
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Ed Rosenbaum
CEO, The Customer Service Rainmaker
Rainmaker Solutions
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Zel Bianco
President, founder and CEO
Interactive Edge
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Lee Peterson
EVP Brand, Strategy & Design
WD Partners
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Mark Heckman
Mark Heckman Consulting
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Naomi K. Shapiro
Strategic Market Communications
Upstream Commerce
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Peter J. Charness
SVP America, Global CMO
TXT Group
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Tony Orlando
Tony O's Supermarket & Catering
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James Tenser
VSN Strategies
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Ralph Jacobson
Global Retail Industry Analytics Marketing Executive
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Steve Montgomery
b2b Solutions, LLC
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Richard J. George, Ph.D.
Professor of Food Marketing
Haub School of Business, Saint Joseph's University
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Kenneth Leung
Director of Enterprise Industry Marketing
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Gene Detroyer
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Tom Redd
Global Vice President, Strategic Communications
SAP Global Retail Business Unit
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Shep Hyken
Chief Amazement Officer
Shepard Presentations, LLC
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Cathy Hotka
Cathy Hotka & Associates
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Max Goldberg
Max Goldberg & Associates
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Mohamed Amer
Global Head of Strategic Communications, Consumer Industries
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Dave Wendland
Vice President
Hamacher Resource Group
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Chris Petersen, PhD
Integrated Marketing Solutions

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Mohamed Amer
Global Head of Strategic Communications, Consumer Industries, SAP

Keith Anderson
VP, Strategy & Insight, Profitero

Carlos Arámbula
VP Hispanic Marketing, R&R Partners, MarcasUSA LLC

Nikki Baird
Managing Partner, RSR Research

Ben Ball
Senior Vice President, Dechert-Hampe

Gib Bassett
CPG and Retail Industry Principal, Oracle

Zel Bianco
President, founder and CEO, Interactive Edge

David Biernbaum
Senior Marketing and Business Development Consultant, David Biernbaum Associates LLC

Bill Bittner
Principal, BWH Consulting

Bryan Brennan
Business Development Manager, Conversocial

Peter J. Charness
SVP America, Global CMO, TXT Group

Kai Clarke
CEO, American Retail Consultants

Liz Crawford
SVP, Strategy & Insights, Head of ShopLab, Match Drive

Bill Davis
Director, MB&G Consulting

Laura Davis-Taylor
EVP Customer Experience, MaxMedia

Michael Day
CMO, Retail, Teradata

J. Peter Deeb
Managing Partner, Deeb MacDonald & Associates, L.L.C.

W. Frank Dell II, CMC
President, Dellmart & Company

Gene Detroyer
Professor, Independent

Robert DiPietro
SVP Energy Services and New Ventures, Homeserve

Janet Dorenkott
VP & Co-owner, Relational Solutions, Inc.

David Dorf
Sr. Director of Technology Strategy, Oracle Retail

Peter Fader
Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School of the Univ. of Pennsylvania

Doug Fleener
President and Managing Partner, Dynamic Experiences Group

Dan Frechtling
SVP Product and Marketing, CMO, G2 Web Services

Jerry Gelsomino
Principal, FutureBest

Richard J. George, Ph.D.
Professor of Food Marketing, Haub School of Business, Saint Joseph's University

Jason Goldberg
VP Commerce Strategy, Razorfish

Max Goldberg
President, Max Goldberg & Associates

Kevin Graff
President, Graff Retail

Jeff Hall
President, Second To None

Bill Hanifin
Managing Director, Hanifin Loyalty LLC

Seeta Hariharan
General Manager and Group Head, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Digital Software & Solutions Group

Debbie Hauss
Editor-in-Chief, Retail TouchPoints

Mark Heckman
Principal, Mark Heckman Consulting

Karen S. Herman
Founder & CEO, Gustie Creative LLC

Gene Hoffman
President/CEO, Corporate Strategies International

Cathy Hotka
Principal, Cathy Hotka & Associates

Anne Howe
Principal, Anne Howe Associates

Shep Hyken
Chief Amazement Officer, Shepard Presentations, LLC

Ralph Jacobson
Global Retail Industry Analytics Marketing Executive, IBM

Raymond D. Jones
Managing Director, Dechert-Hampe & Co.

John Karolefski
Editor in Chief, CPGmatters.com

Mihir Kittur
Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Ugam

Mel Kleiman
President, Humetrics

Marge Laney
President, Alert Technologies, Inc.

Kenneth Leung
Director of Enterprise Industry Marketing, Avaya

Ken Lonyai
Digital Innovation Strategist, co-founder, ScreenPlay InterActive

Jonathan Marek
Senior Vice President, Applied Predictive Technologies

Ron Margulis
Managing Director, RAM Communications

Ryan Mathews
Founder, ceo, Black Monk Consulting

Diana McHenry
Retail & CPG, LLamasoft, Inc.

John McIndoe
Senior Vice President, Marketing, IRI

Graeme McVie
VP & GM, Business Development, Precima

Martin Mehalchin
Partner, Lenati, LLC

Steve Montgomery
President, b2b Solutions, LLC

Dr. Stephen Needel
Managing Partner, Advanced Simulations

Larry Negrich
Director, Business Development, TXT Retail

Brian Numainville
Principal, The Retail Feedback Group

Tony Orlando
Owner, Tony O's Supermarket & Catering

Chuck Palmer
Vice President of Strategy, JohnRyan

Bryan Pearson
President and CEO, LoyaltyOne

Ian Percy
President, The Ian Percy Corporation

Chris Petersen, PhD
President, Integrated Marketing Solutions

Lee Peterson
EVP Brand, Strategy & Design, WD Partners

Bob Phibbs
President/CEO, The Retail Doctor

Mark Price
Managing Partner, LiftPoint Consulting, Inc.

Dan Raftery
President, Raftery Resource Network Inc.

Christopher P. Ramey
President, Affluent Insights

Shilpa Rao
Practice Head - Merchandising, Tata Consultancy Services

Gajendra Ratnavel
CEO, L Squared Digital Signage

Tom Redd
Global Vice President, Strategic Communications, SAP Global Retail Business Unit

Alexander Rink
CEO, 360pi

Frank Riso
Principal, Frank Riso Associates, LLC

Ed Rosenbaum
CEO, The Customer Service Rainmaker, Rainmaker Solutions

Paula Rosenblum
Managing Partner, RSR Research

Phil Rubin
CEO, rDialogue

Joel Rubinson
President, Rubinson Partners, Inc.

Roger Saunders
Global Managing Director, Prosper Business Development

Matt Schmitt
President, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Reflect

Camille P. Schuster, Ph.D.
President, Global Collaborations, Inc.

Dick Seesel
Principal, Retailing In Focus LLC

Naomi K. Shapiro
Strategic Market Communications, Upstream Commerce

Arie Shpanya
CEO and Co-founder, Wiser

J. Kent Smith
VP, Business Development, Vaco Supply Chain - Category & Space Management Solutions

Herb Sorensen, Ph.D.
Scientific Advisor Kantar Retail; Adjunct Ehrenberg-Bass, Shopper Scientist LLC

Carol Spieckerman
President, Spieckerman Retail

Kelly Tackett
Retail Analyst, Independent

Matt Talbot
CEO & Co-Founder, GoSpotCheck

James Tenser
Principal, VSN Strategies

Warren Thayer
Editorial Director & Co-Founder, Frozen & Refrigerated Buyer

Joan Treistman
President, The Treistman Group LLC

Adrian Weidmann
Principal, StoreStream Metrics, LLC

Dave Wendland
Vice President, Hamacher Resource Group

Roy White
Editor-at-large, RetailWire

Verlin Youd
Managing Principal, Verizon

David Zahn
Owner, ZAHN Consulting, LLC

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