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Retail Innovation Lounge

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Retail Innovation Lounge is a lounge and learn experience at Shop.org where innovators and disruptors are connected in a cool space with a relaxed vibe. Launched at SXSW in 2016, you'll experience the next level of the future of retail by exploring convergent commerce with new solutions, concepts and authentic conversations. Topics include: retail, brand, technology, marketing, media and entertainment — all revolving around the mission of moving retail into the future.

At the Retail Innovation Lounge, you'll be able to:

  • Experience our "open house" style event.
  • Connect with your peers in a fun, casual environment.
  • Mingle and network with industry innovators, retailers, thought leaders and experts.
  • Learn about what's happening in our curated sessions.
  • Test, touch, and feel live demos of new tech solutions.
  • Chat it up over cocktails and fab food between sessions and expert panels.

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Check out the sessions taking place at the Retail Innovation Lab below

Tuesday, September 26

9:30 - 10:00am

9:30 - 10:00am
Retail Innovation Lounge, 600 aisle
, Editor-in-Chief
, Retail TouchPoints
, Sr. Dir., Insights Driven Performance and Retail Evolution
, The Hershey Company

With fewer stores, increasing digital transactions and on-demand delivery, the impulse buy is finding new life with new technology. In this session, hear about the impact of current consumer trends and the potential for technology innovations to shift retailers and brands from digital dream to profitable reality.

10:00 - 10:30am

10:00 - 10:30am
Retail Innovation Lounge, 600 aisle
, Managing Director, Digital Commerce and Integration
, TPN
, Managing Partner
, Q Division Global Consultancy
, Sr. Manager, Innovation
, Ahold Delhaize
, SVP, Content, Strategy and Creative Services
, PRN

An expert panel of brands and retail aficionados share their insights on the right way (and wrong way) to connect online, mobile and physical store experiences.

12:00 - 12:30pm

, Founder and CEO
, TreeHouse
TreeHouse enables and empowers people to reimagine their homes toward a true north of sustainability, beauty, and health. They are implementing a research-based, vertically-integrated approach to products and services, and using their knowledge of materials to enhance the beauty, health, and sustainability of homes. Hear how VR technologies and new methods in data analysis help TreeHouse understand the home in new and innovative ways.

12:30 - 1:00pm

, Partner
, Eisenberg Holdings

Amazon.com sold its first book in July 1995. Because Amazon was willing to think ahead, develop technologies and push the boundaries of online business, it is now the largest online retailer, capturing roughly 40 percent of every e-commerce dollar.

Amazon is ten years ahead of the curve and leads data-centric companies like Walmart. Every business needs to ask itself whether it will adopt Amazon’s simple business strategies. If the answer is ‘yes,’ then now is the time to act. The nature of the game is changing quickly, and waiting to make a change will leave many businesses in the dust -- they will not be able to compete and it will be too late to catch up.

In this exciting, yet daunting climate, how can you start experimenting and implementing ideas that solve your business problems and meet your business goals? What does "using data" and being "customer-centric" mean?  This keynote will help you uncover and understand how to use the four pillar playbook behind Amazon’s success and make it your own.

1:00 - 1:30pm

, Partner
, Eisenberg Holdings
, Chief Marketing and Digital Officer
, Bailey44
, @roshanna
, CEO
, Shopgate
, VP, Yext
, GM, Geomarketing
, @RajNijjer
Mobile is a key tool in the Amazon toolbox to create great shopping experiences. In this session, we dig deep into retailer best practices and what you can to do make it work in mobile.

1:30 - 2:15pm

, Partner
, Eisenberg Holdings
, Managing Director, Digital Commerce and Integration
, TPN
, Director, Digital Commerce
, TPN

To win at Amazon, you must do more than sell your product and hope – you have to manage the platform.    

This workshop will teach fundamentals and advanced ideas on:

•    Developing winning creative
•    Developing SEO copy and keywords
•    Product launches
•    Inventory management
•    AMS Marketing
•    Negotiations
•    Getting the most out of ARA

Join us to get started on the right path to winning the Amazon game! 

2:15 - 2:45pm

2:15 - 2:45pm
Retail Innovation Lounge, 600 aisle
, VP, New Business Development
, HSN, Inc.
, Managing Director
, Vignette
, VP, Customer Engagement and Support Solutions
, LogMeIn

In part one of this session, a panel explores AI applications for retail. Where are we now -- REALLY -- and where are we going in the frontline associate-to-customer relationship?

2:45 - 3:25pm

2:45 - 3:25pm
Retail Innovation Lounge, 600 aisle
, VP, New Business Development
, HSN, Inc.
, Managing Director
, Vignette
, VP, Customer Engagement and Support Solutions
, LogMeIn

Following the 2:15 pm session, the AI power panel will lead an interactive think tank to dig deeper into the strategies and tools needed for AI in retail.

4:45 - 5:30pm

, CEO and Founder
, Retail Innovation Lounge and kwolia
, Head of Retailing
, Euromonitor International
We invite the smart, savvy women of retail and retail tech to join us for this networking happy hour in the Retail Innovation Lounge at Shop.org!

Wednesday, September 27

9:30 - 10:00am

9:30 - 10:00am
Retail Innovation Lounge, 600 aisle
, Co-Founder and CEO
, FindMine
, VP, Strategic Partnerships and Alliances
, Satisfi Labs
, Partner
, Bleu Capital
, Managing Director
, REVTECH Accelerator
, Partner, XFactor Ventures
, CEO, Wondermile
Emerging technologies are driving the fast-moving pace of retail’s evolution into the future. In this session, you will get an insider's look from VC’s focusing on retail technologies and start-up founders.  Learn the strategies needed to engage emerging tech companies and the solution trends investors are betting on.

10:00 - 10:30am

, Founder and CMO
, b8ta
The emergence of technology will continue to change the way consumers shop and transact goods and services. To advance their businesses beyond their competition, retailers need to look outside of their categories and think like technology companies – consider how Uber, Airbnb and WeWork have transformed their industries. In this session, learn how b8ta is transcending the retail industry with technology and a unique business model.

12:00 - 12:30pm

12:00 - 12:30pm
Retail Innovation Lounge, 600 aisle
, CNN, On-air Technology Contributor
, Principal, StoryTech
, President
, gen.video
, Marketing, Communications and PR
, Protect-A-Bed
, Chief Commercial Officer
, Tango Card
Shopping has experienced a seismic shift with the Internet and power of social media, and the intersection of influencer marketing and video are reshaping the retail landscape. Join Lori H. Schwartz, The Tech Cat, as she dives into exciting new research presented by gen.video’s president Jessica Thorpe, and brands and influencers who are working together to grow that ecommerce basket.

12:30 - 1:00pm

, Director, Digital Strategy
, Hydro Studios
, CEO
, NBTV Studios
, CEO
, Good Amplified
Transformative new entertainment and media platforms enable brands to engage shoppers in entertaining and engaging ways. In this session, hear from the experts creating these entertainment and visual platforms which are driving retail into new frontiers.

1:00 - 1:30pm

, Editor
, Retail Dive
, CEO, The Americas and Australasia
, The Store - WPP
, Director, Enterprise Partnerships
, uberall
Mobile continues to grow as the number one consumer research tool for finding stores and services "near us."  This creates new opportunities to target close-to-business shoppers and influence their decision on the path to purchase. We will discuss how properly leveraging tech platforms that harness organic behavior at the moment of inspiration will drive sales and incremental brand equity.

For further information on the Retail Innovation Lounge at Shop.org, please visit retailinnovationlounge.com.