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NGA Reveals Education Lineup For Upcoming Executive Conference

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The National Grocers Association has unveiled its agenda of education sessions at its annual executive conference, to be held virtually for the first time Sept. 22-25.

The lineup for educational sessions includes speakers from the arenas of grocery retailing and wholesaling, CPG, technology and consulting. Sessions focus on issues key to doing business in the current marketplace, from e-commerce fulfillment and supply chain to category marketing and health and wellness, to the upcoming U.S. presidential elections and navigating the COVID landscape.

The following are among the education sessions slated for the three-day event:


Capturing growth through innovation, pricing, e-commerce and insights

Attendees will hear how organizations of all sizes are leveraging four key drivers (innovation, pricing, e-commerce and consumer trends) to navigate an unprecedented complex retail environment and fuel present and future growth. Speakers include Krishnakumar (KK) Davey, president, strategic analytics, IRI; Peri Edelstein and Aman Gupta, managing directors and partners, Boston Consulting Group; and Cara Loeys, principal, growth consulting, IRI.


Applying the innovation process to online order fulfillment

NGA will share with attendees a best practice “innovation process” to help retailers identify what’s needed, discover new solutions and capabilities, and prepare their teams for growing change. Speakers include Gary Hawkins and Sterling Hawkins, co-founders and co-CEOs, Center for Advancing Retail & Technology (CART).


Getting the whole picture: the wholesalers perspective

The team from Deloitte will moderate this discussion with a group of wholesalers to talk about opportunities to help retailers with growth and partnership opportunities for CPG suppliers and solutions partners. Speakers include Leon Bergmann, CEO, Harvest Sherwood Food Distributors; Joe Cavaliere, EVP and chief commercial officer, C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc.; Lori Raya, EVP and chief merchandising and marketing officer, SpartanNash Co.; and David Smith, president and CEO, Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc.


E-commerce: surge sustaining or subsiding?

This session is going to focus on how retailers and manufacturers must look ahead and work to adapt their consumers’ new behaviors in order to remain relevant and successful in the long and short term. Speaker: Nicole Collida, SVP of sales, NA consumer intelligence, Nielsen.


Supply chain: pushing forward

Discussion will include perspectives and implications on retailer, wholesaler and CPG supply chains and how they will need to adapt to continue to address evolving needs. Speakers include Ashutosh Dekhne, partner, and Shruti Lal, associate partner, McKinsey & Co.


Meat matters

This session will touch on topics including pandemic performance, the importance of claims-based meat, addressing consumers’ questions on animal welfare, the environment and health and a true view of the plant-based opportunity. Speakers include Anne-Marie Roerink, principal, 210 Analytics LLC ; Matt Byrne, founder and president, SunFed Ranch; Eric Besselman, meat director, Heinen’s Inc.; and Rich Chapman, president, G&C Food Distributors Inc.


Omnichannel engagement: the key to post-pandemic success

The team at Inmar will focus on how independent retailers can go beyond functional and create an exciting, engaging online shopping experience.


Collaborative insights: leveling the playing field

The team from Retail Solutions Inc. will lead a discussion on how small retailers can harness the power of data and insights to compete with blue-chip retailers, with a fraction of the budget and CPG resources.


Crystal ball: taking a look into the future of health and wellness trends

Join this session to understand the market trends, a comparative look at previous recessionary periods, and discuss how to use this information in planning for the future. Speakers include Melissa Dabrowski, director, retail partners, SPINS LLC; and Ben Nauman, senior director of purchasing, National Co+op Grocers.


Demystifying digital and data: how to future-proof your business for the new economy

KPMG consumer and retail leaders Sanjay Sehgal and Scott Rankin will share insights on the changing landscape and behavior of consumers, and how a digital first approach is a necessity for every grocer and manufacturer going forward.


A conversation with the C-suite

An opportunity to hear from leaders of the NGA community to touch on the various conference topics and get their outlook on future. Speakers include Greg Ferrara, president and CEO, National Grocers Association; John Ross, president and CEO, IGA Inc.; and Mike Stigers, CEO of Cub Foods, United Natural Foods Inc.


From Capitol Hill to Main Street: how the election will impact independent grocers

The NGA Government Relations team will take attendees on a deep dive into the issues that are impacting their businesses. Speakers include Chris Jones, NGA’s SVP, government relations and counsel; Terence Huie, manager, grassroots and PAC; Molly Pfaffenroth, director, government relations; and Robert Yeakel, director, government relations.


For the full schedule and more information, click here

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