Inspired Retailing: Collaborate, Connect, Innovate at RetailTechCon 2015

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Inspired Retailing: Collaborate, Connect, Innovate at RetailTechCon 2015

By RIS Staff - 05/29/2015
The 9th annual RetailTechCon brought together more than 100 senior-level retailers for three days of informative sessions and networking at the Hyatt Regency Orlando on March 25-27. Retailers from across the country gathered to enjoy workshops, peer-to-peer networking breaks and a stress-free environment to inspire ideas.

The conference opened on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 25 with an intimate workshop session, “Straight Talk about Using Mobility to Boost Store Productivity and Customer Engagement.” This session covered key issues surrounding retail WiFi projects, such as investment, deployment time, and security concerns.

The first of many wow-factors arrived early the next day when Doug Stephens, a renowned retail futurist, set the tone with an inspiring opening keynote. Stephens put the famous quote “retail is dead” — from the co-founder of Netscape and major technology investor Marc Andreesen — to rest and explored what tomorrow holds for the industry.

On the final day Gartner’s Jeff Roster took the stage to reveal findings from the 2015 RIS/Gartner Retail Technology Trends, one of the most anticipated and influential retail studies of the year.

In between these signature sessions were such highlights as: Grant Shih of Carter’s on embedding advanced technology into your corporate DNA; Lora Cecere of Supply Chain Insights on supply chain efficiency; Yasir Anwar of Macys.com/Bloomingdales.com on the rise of innovation labs; Greg Buzek of IHL Group on the EMV mandate; Jennifer DiMotta of Sports Authority on the store as a fulfillment hub; and Ken Weiss of Things Remembered on location-based marketing.  RIS