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Brief Published: 7 Aug 2019

Groceryshop 2019: Event Preview

Groceryshop – a leading event in supermarket innovation – returns to Las Vegas for the second time this year (September 15-18). Focusing on disruptive trends, tech and business models and featuring speakers from grocery, finance and tech, it promises to pose new solutions to key industry challenges. We list our pick of the presentations.

  • Store Spotlight: With the vast majority (97%) of food sales still taking place in-store, shop-focused sessions will focus on maximising bricks-and-mortar venues. Jean-Marie Tritant, president of US retail property business Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, will lead a keynote on experimenting with new formats and locations. See also Supermarket of the Future.

    Other speakers include Bruno Mourão, head of IT strategy and architecture at Portuguese conglomerate Sonae; and David Steck, vice-president of IT infrastructure and application development at US grocery chain Schnuck Markets. They’ll explore how new technologies including digital signage and self-checkout are enhancing the customer experience – see Superstar In-Store Tech for more on this topic.  
  • Productive Partnerships x Legacy Businesses: With trans-disciplinary, omni-channel innovation increasingly key to winning in the grocery sector, strategic partnerships is another hot topic. FMCG giant Mars’ global launchpad lead Gary Arora, US venture capitalists AccelFoods’ managing partner Lauren Jupiter, and Metro Accelerator’s director of US strategic partnerships Andreas Wuerful, will all reveal how they’re working with start-ups to transform legacy businesses.
  • Search & Social Upgrades: Also in attendance will be Tim Madigan, vice-president of e-commerce at US company Tyson Foods; and Cara Pratt, vice-president of customer communications, product strategy and innovation at American chain Kroger’s tech incubator 84.51°. They’ll be discussing how to work with new platforms which go beyond standard search, e-mail and social marketing.
  • Transformational Tech: Additional technologies being put under the microscope by experts include cold chain monitoring (blockchain for the frozen sector) and micro-fulfilment centres. See Eco-ethical Retail Tech for more on blockchain in retail.

Full coverage of the event publishes on September 26 2019.