Retail Summer School Starts Next Week

ICR, Richard Jaffe and Shoptalk will be partnering to host the 9th Annual Retail Summer School at Columbia Business School. The event will take place on Wed., Aug. 2, and is designed to educate and inform professionals and investors in the retail industry about the important issues and ideas that are impacting results and providing opportunities.

The event was created by former equity research analyst Richard Jaffe in 2008, and past speakers have included professors whose ideas on retail had been recently published, innovators in the areas of technology, IT and logistics, leaders of new, cutting edge retail concepts, and professionals who were experts in various aspects of retailing.

This year, the format of the event includes presentations, panel discussions, fireside chats and Q+A. This year’s preliminary agenda, “Retail Disruption and the Opportunities that Arise,” is as follows:

8:30am –


Registration & Check-In

9:00am –


Strategies for Dealing with Retail Disruption; Offense and Defense



Dave Bassuk, Alexa Driansky, Matt Shapiro, Alix Partners 

10:00am –


Bringing 21st Century Innovations to Modern Brands, Retailers and Iconic Venues



Mike Blandina, Westfield Retail Solutions 

10:40am –



10:50am –


Two Views of Retail Investing



John Howard, Irving Place Capital 



Ben Sun, Primary Venture Partners 

11:50am –



12:10pm –


Growing and Supporting the Future Innovators and Disruptors of Retailers



Pano Anthos, XRC labs 

12:50pm –


The Personalized, Electronic Fashion Mall



Jennie Baik, Orchard Mile 

1:20pm –


Building Brands and Companies in the 21st Century



JB Osborne, Red Antler 

2:00pm –



2:10pm –


A Laboratory for the Future of Retailing



Sharat Alankar, Walmart's Store No8

3:00pm –


Outlook on Retail; A “no holds barred” look at our current situation and look at what the future of retail might be built upon



Mark Cohen, Adjunct Professor and Director of Retail Studies, Columbia Business School



Kinshuk Jerath, Associate Professor of Business, Columbia Business School


4:00pm –


Conference concludes