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 Gone are the days when retailers sold primarily through brick and mortar, and online was an afterthought. Today’s successful retailers often have to juggle a variety of selling channels -- from your own website and stores, to wholesale retailers to online marketplaces. That makes it harder than ever for companies to know where to invest their time and money.

At the Modern Retail Summit, retail executives will discuss effective strategies for driving sales by building a loyal customer base both online and offline. What role should your stores play? How can you acquire the most customers without burning through your marketing budget? What changes can you make to your website that will improve conversion?

The deadline for the Early Rate is Feb. 24

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Speakers

  • Jan Lo
    CO-FOUNDER & CEO
    LO & SONS

Agenda

April 20, 2020

  • 2:00 pm
    Registration Opens

  • 2:30 pm
    Town Hall

    Retailers only. Participants will meet to discuss the biggest challenges their organizations are facing, and work together to come up with potential solutions.

  • 3:00 pm
    Sandbox Presentations

    These rapid-fire presentations introduce retail participants to agencies and tech providers.

  • 3:30 pm
    Networking Break

  • 3:45 pm
    Opening Remarks & State of the Industry

  • 3:55 pm
    Shifting Social Strategies

    With fake followers on the out and Twitter purging bots from their platform, brands must be cognizant of how they are represented online. Hear from one brand exec as they share how they've revamped their social media strategy with Instagram at the front.

  • 4:15 pm
    Sponsor Workshop

  • 4:30 pm
    How to Build a Next-Gen Brand

    In this session, one retail exec will share actionable insights on bold brand building to help company founders and marketing leaders build awareness for their products and brands.

  • 4:50 pm
    Sponsor Dialog

  • 5:00 pm
    The Power of Personalization

    Personalization is the new frontier for the retail industry as shoppers look for a more effortless, curated shopping experience. AI and data science are driving forces behind this paradigm shift, with retailers barely scratching the surface on their potential. In this session a retail executive will talk about how data science and artificial intelligence are completely upending the retail industry, reshaping everything from the way people buy and curate their wardrobe to predicting future style trends.

  • 5:20 pm
    Taking Back Control

    What does it really mean to take back control? Brands are on a mission to take back the reins -- rethinking how they work with their agencies, their platforms, and even internally. In this session, one retail executive talks through how their brand is rethinking its internal structure to do more in-house.

  • 5:45 pm
    VIP Welcome Reception

  • 6:00 pm
    8-Minute Meetings

    The 8-Minute Meetings are designed to help connect retail participants with innovative agencies and technology platforms to build valuable business relationships.

  • 7:00 pm
    Cocktail Reception

    Continue networking with cocktails.

  • 8:00 pm
    Dinner with Strangers

    Don't have dinner plans? Join fellow attendees for a casual meal. Sign up at the Summit registration desk. Costs are at your own expense.

  • 9:30 pm
    After Hours Hangout

    Join fellow attendees for one more drink. Costs are at your own expense.

April 21, 2020

  • 7:00 am
    Morning Yoga

    Join us for a zen start to your day. All are welcome. Sign up at the registration desk. Equipment is provided.

  • 8:00 am
    Registration Reopens & Breakfast Served

  • 8:30 am
    Town Hall

    Retailers only. Participants will meet to discuss the biggest challenges their organizations are facing, and work together to come up with potential solutions.

  • 9:00 am
    Sandbox Presentations

    These rapid-fire presentations introduce retail participants to agencies and tech providers.

  • 9:30 am
    Welcome Back

  • 9:35 am
    Internally Organizing for Success

    Brand influences all business decisions, not just marketing ones. In this session hear a brand executive discuss how they keep its brand at the center of their business after going global. This brand executive will also walk us through the importance of balancing local and in-person with global and digital initiatives.

  • 9:55 am
    From Growth at Any Cost to Sustainable, Profitable Growth

    A sea change is underway in terms of how investors view DNVBs: once free-flowing capital is now far more scarce and very expensive, which means that growth at any cost is no longer a viable strategy. In this session, hear from one retail founder as they discuss the ins and outs of growing as a DTC brand.

  • 10:15 am
    Sponsor Dialog

  • 10:25 am
    Grocery’s New Order

    The grocery industry is going through an upheaval. But with just a small percentage of grocery sales happening online, there’s plenty of opportunity for up and coming players to make an impression. This grocer is looking to reach online customers shopping for better ingredients by building out a competitive experience and bringing new brands into the mix.

  • 10:45 am
    Networking Break

  • 11:00 am
    The Content-First Approach: Using Narrative to Craft a Succinct, Emotional Brand Identity

    Your brand identity has always been a crucial tool for establishing who you are and how your consumers relate to you. Today, that tool has more applications than ever, from umpteen social media platforms to original blog content, but still, it's never been harder to cut through the noise. In this session, learn how one brand founder crafted a succinct, emotional brand identity by prioritizing thought-provoking content (as well as a distinctive user experience) to drive home strong messaging and social commentary around the brand’s mission.

  • 11:20 am
    Sponsor Workshop

  • 11:35 am
    What's Your Game Plan?

    It’s one thing to tell your brand’s story — it’s another to measure the success of it. In this session, a retail exec will talk about their brand’s approach to defining and measuring success in today’s experience economy. They will speak about building a culture of optimization in a rapidly-moving ecosystem.

  • 11:55 am
    Snapshot on User-Generated Content

    How can you make your users into your brand’s biggest advocates and establish a steady stream of quality user-generated content? Hear from one retail executive speak about how the brand is turning its customers into evangelists by fostering community and threading purpose-driven marketing into a new initiative.

  • 12:15 pm
    Lunch

  • 1:00 pm
    Afternoon Free Time

  • 5:00 pm
    Meet-Ups

    Attendees will split off into groups focusing on one of two key challenges that the industry faces. With guidance from group leaders, each group will meet to work together to solve the challenge at hand. These solutions will be presented at the end of the summit.

  • 6:00 pm
    8-Minute Meetings

    The 8-Minute Meetings are designed to help connect retail participants with innovative agencies and technology platforms to build valuable business relationships.

  • 7:00 pm
    Cocktail Reception

    Continue networking with cocktails.

  • 8:00 pm
    Dinner with Friends

    Don't have dinner plans? Join fellow attendees for a casual meal. We've made a group reservation for you to enjoy a unique dining experience. Sign up at the summit registration desk. Costs are at your own expense.

  • 9:30 pm
    After Hours Hangout

April 22, 2020

  • 9:00 am
    Breakfast Served

  • 9:30 am
    Welcome Back

  • 9:35 am
    Back to Basics: Building a Store Strategy

    Offline retail still plays a pivotal role in growing a consumer company, but the role of the store and the strategy behind opening them has changed dramatically. Hear from a brand innovating in this space.

  • 9:55 am
    Leveraging New Tech to Create a Unique Shopping Experience

    How do you elevate the online shopping experience for customers? That’s what this brand is focused on. In this session, hear about the tech that powers this company, from personalized product recommendations to helping customers figure out how the product will look in their home.

  • 10:15 am
    Meet-Up Reports

    In this session, hear an overall report of what solutions were created based on the industry challenges discussed at the day two meet-ups.

  • 10:25 am
    Sponsor Dialog

  • 10:35 am
    Growing From Pop-ups to Global Footprint

    Online-born brands are harnessing the power of in-store retail to different degrees. After launching with a series of temporary pop-ups, this brand is now building a global store network, with stores in the U.S., the U.K., and China. The brand's founder will break down the steps they have taken to get to establish a mindfully made fleet of international stores.

  • 10:55 am
    5 Things We Learned

    In this session hear the top five key takeaways from the summit.

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Modern Retail events are always high-quality in terms of speakers, content and networking. We always try to attend as it helps our business to achieve new perspective in the marketplace.

Founder and CEO, Madison & White
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Great event with a ton of great content and valuable learnings to educate senior as well as junior members of retail organizations.

Director Marketing, Brand Strategic Partnerships, Sprint
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The Modern Retail Summit was the perfect way to network and also learn about new vendors in a personal way that you can't get through e-mail communication.

Retail Manager, Standard Hotels

Location

Ritz-Carlton South Beach
1 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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Contact

Are you a brand executive interested in speaking? Contact Cayley Plotkin.


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