I’m really looking forward to speaking at The 13th China Department Store Summit on April 18. We’ll
be discussing the changes that are occurring in consumers’ purchasing behaviors. I will be specifically
talking about global retail and how technology is influencing China’s department stores and China’s retail
market. The collision of the virtual and physical worlds is fundamentally changing consumers’ purchasing
behaviors. There will be a Q&A afterwards and this should make for an exciting conversation.
Another event coming up that I’m excited about is the Retail & Consumer Goods Analytics Summit in
Chicago, where I will be the Keynote Speaker on May 1. Retailers and consumer goods executives realize
it takes bold analytic insight to succeed at the retail shelf where data-powered innovation is required to
increase understanding and engagement with consumers. Through the Summit, retailers and CG
executives will learn ways to better leverage advanced analytics and take decisive action to deliver
results. Retailers will gain insights into techniques, technology, and best practices that will help in
marketing, merchandising and supply chain optimization while CG companies will gain access to content
focused on improving sales & marketing, new product development, and supply chain. Retailers will also
get the chance to network with consumer goods companies, allowing for an environment to discuss and
share ideas on key topics such as: big data, predictive analytics, social media analytics, retailer-supplier
collaboration, the role of the data scientist, gaining a competitive advantage and much more.