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Studer Joins Lineup Of Top Industry Speakers For PLMA


Brad Studer, senior director of Our Brands for Kroger, will be one of several leading retailers and industry executives to speak when PLMA unveils its first major online event for store brands in the U.S. on Feb. 1-5. Studer’s topic will be Our Brands: The Artful Economics Fueling Our Growth.

Coinciding with five days of back-to-back category events on the association’s all-new, proprietary trade show platform, PLMA Live! presents Private Label Week will be streaming a daily schedule of original on-demand programming.  

Each morning offers a special keynote presentation by a retail executive or industry expert. Keynotes previously announced by PLMA include Bill Simon, former president and CEO of Walmart U.S., who will address private label and the economy; Albertsons’ Chad Coester, SVP Own Brands and Albertsons’ Own Brands Leadership Team on collaboration and innovation; Walgreens’ Andrea Collaro, senior director, brand management and product development on the past, present and future of Walgreens owned brands; and Dr. Nada Sanders, professor of supply chain management, Northeastern University, who will speak on supply chain strategies and survival. On Friday, Feb. 5, PLMALive! will stream a top-level executive panel on the outlook for store brands, featuring Perrigo CEO Murray S. Kessler, TreeHouse Foods CEO Steve Oakland, Vi-Jon CEO Rich Koulouris and moderated by PLMA’s Tim Simmons.

Industry experts presenting throughout the week also include Ken Harris, managing partner, Cadent Consulting Group, on industry catalysts for change; Kara Sheesley, Nielsen’s VP of retail services on retail trends and consumer demand; Marcie Merriman, EY Americas cultural insights and customer strategy leader, Ernst & Young Global Limited, on cultural insights and customer strategy; Heidi Reale, founder, SparkShoppe LTD, on how to thrive in the ‘new normal;’ and Kantha Shelke, principal, Corvus Blue, on new dietary guidelines and private label opportunities.

More than 800 retailers from nearly 300 retail companies are already registered to participate in PLMA’s all-new digital experience. Created for retailers everywhere to discover new and innovative store brands products, connect with leading manufacturers for live, face-to-face video calls, and share contact information, product and sourcing requirements across a single, secure, intuitive and easy-to-navigate platform – the Private Label Week platform is open to search for private label products 24/7 and will continue to be accessible to all participants for private label business up to 90 days.

Featured categories on PLMA’s virtual trade show floor day-by-day are:

• Home and Household Products;
• Beverages and Center Store Foods;
• Health and Beauty and OTC Pharmaceuticals Fresh, Frozen and Refrigerated Foods; and
• Special Show Day: All Categories.

For information on exhibiting or attending Private Label Week, visit plweek.com.

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