Scenes from RCAS 2018

Tim Denman
Editor in Chief
a man wearing a suit and tie
The packed conference room at the Drake Hotel in Chicago.

The Retail & Consumer Goods Analytics Summit is the place to learn from and mingle with the who’s who in analytics.

The fifth annual event took place last week at the historic Drake Hotel in Chicago and saw over 200 retailers, consumer good executives, analysts and solutions providers gather to hear from the analytics industry’s best and brightest minds.

Be sure to click here for continued coverage of the event including bios on the speakers and reports on the vital insights shared from the stage.

Below is a visual look at last week’s event.

RIS brand director Abby Lorden and CGT brand director Albert Guffanti welcome everyone to the 5th annual Retail and Consumer Goods Analytics Summit.
John Phillips of PepsiCo’s awe-inspiring opening keynote was a tour de force of cutting-edge technology.
Co-chairmen David Dittmann of P&G and Cheryl Williams of Wakefern set the stage with their thoughts on the current state of the analytics landscape.
Rajeev Kapur of Kimberly-Clark Corporation explored how machine learning allows retailers and CGers to make fast, accurate decisions.
Robert D'Loren, Xcel Brands believes disruptive markets are the ladder of opportunity.
Sandeep Dadlani, Mars; Roger Freeman, SFW Capital Partners; Deepak Jayaraman, True; and Wendy Lea, Cintrifuse give their take on why the smart money is betting on analytics.
Erwin Logt, FrieslandCampina said that if executives don’t know what is possible in the field of analytics they can’t ask their teams to provide it.
Eduardo Siman, Intradeco Apparel explored the growing role of augmented and virtual reality in both retail and consumer goods.
Bob Darin, CVS Health sat down with David Dittmann and discussed the importance of building in-house analytic capabilities.
Amy McArthur, Advance Auto Parts explored how to best create an analytics-based digital culture.
Biju Dominic, Final Mile Consulting examined the future of data-powered marketing.
The panel of James Vickers, SAS Institute; Chris Dieringer, Microsoft Corporation; Geoff Rothman, Salesforce; and Dan Wagner, Civis Analytics discussed RIS/CGT’s benchmark Retail & Consumer Good Analytics Study.
Carlos Amesquita, Formerly The Hershey Company; Jennifer Sepull, JMS Digital Advisory Group; and Cheryl Williams, Wakefern Food Corp. took a high-level view of today’s business landscape and the impact of data-driven disruption.
Stephen Grzeskowiak, Peapod; Jessica Crocco, Unilever, and Cyril Nigg, ItemMaster debated how to best manage and measure mobile-first content.
Maureen Murray, Bacardi Limited talked about the distiller’s analytic journey.
Jonathan Fine, RevTech Ventures inspected the value of thinking like a startup.
Sandeep Dadlani, Mars Inc. chatted about how analytics can help employees go faster, much faster.
Joher Akolawala of Mondelez International delivered the closing keynote on the future forecast of analytics.
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