Workshops

2019 WORKSHOPS & SESSIONS

The NGA Show features over 60 educational workshops and sessions, highly specialized and geared towards all members of your team.

2019 Super Breakfast Sessions


Data Driven Growth – Bits and Bytes That will Disrupt Your Business

Monday, February 25, 2019
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Every week we read news articles, tweets or blogs about new technologies that have the potential to disrupt our business and personal lives in profound ways. Many of these new technologies are impacting the CPG industry and dramatically changing the way consumers research and shop for products. These changes are also impacting CPG supply chains and the methods in which manufacturers and retailers get their goods to market. The digital revolution before us presents enormous opportunities and challenges across the end-to-end consumer value chain. 

John S. Phillips, SVP of Customer Supply Chain & Global Go-To-Market for PepsiCo, will share his perspective and insights on some of the technologies that have the greatest potential to drive dramatic change across the CPG consumer value chain. These technologies include augmented reality, smart shelves, autonomous in-store robots, wearables, image recognition, self-driving vehicles, IoT devices, drones and many others.

Speakers:

  • John Phillips, SVP Customer Supply Chain & Global Go-to-Market, PepsiCo 

2019 Creative Choice Awards Presentation

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Independent retailers are known for their creativity, passion and flexibility. And it shows in their promotional programs. NGA’s Creative Choice Awards program recognizes marketing and merchandising programs, promotions and community events that have boosted store traffic, increased item or department sales, positively impacted overall store sales or provided a unique benefit to the community. Discover marketing promotions and merchandising events that add an element of fun and excitement to the shopping experience. Best of Show marketing and merchandising programs will be revealed during the Super Breakfast Session.

Moderator:
• Moderator; Michael Sansolo, President, Sansolo Solutions, LLC

Sponsored By:
Kellogg's, Unilever

2019 General Sessions


iRetail: Technology Innovation Reshaping the Grocery Industry

Sunday, February 24
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Room 28 ABC

Education Partner: Center for Advancing Retail & Technology (CART)

Join CART at NGAShow19 in San Diego where we'll be transforming the future of retail! In a special event kicking off the NGA Show 2019, on Sunday afternoon February 24, 2019, we'll be creating the Epicenter of Retail Innovation -- designed to give mid-market regional retailers and progressive independent operators a framework for navigating fast paced innovation while retaining a focus on the importance of people and physical stores as we move into the future.

• A discussion into the world of iRetail featuring industry thought leaders and retail executives sharing experiences and case studies 
• Dive into the five ‘i’ framework to evaluate existing capabilities and incorporate new technologies into your business
• How to develop an innovation culture within your company
• Showcase and demonstrations of the latest technologies transforming retail

Moderated by:

  • Gary Hawkins, CEO, Center for Advancing Retail & Technology
  • Sterling Hawkins, Co-Founder, Operations and Development, Center for Advancing Retail & Technology

Speakers

  • Ron Bonacci, Weis Market
  • Chris Leevers, Save-A-Lot
  • Sylvain Perrier, Mercatus Technologies
  • …And more! 

Presented By:

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Thriving as an Independent

Monday, February 25
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Ballroom ABCD

A look in the rearview mirror shows just how quickly the industry has changed in the last few years. Technology, a fickle economy, new competitors and ever-changing consumer wants and habits have conspired to make it challenging for retailers to survive – let alone thrive. But many independents have done just that – flourished in a complex environment. Find out why wholesalers are bullish on independents, especially those who are innovative, disciplined, strategic and willing to make tough choices. Industry leaders with a birds-eye view of the marketplace will share their perspectives on the future of the independent retailer and how grocers can flourish in the future.

Speakers:

  • Peter Larkin, President & CEO, National Grocers Assocation
  • John Ross, President & CEO, IGA, Inc.
  • Mike Stigers, Executive Vice President, Wholesale, SUPERVALU/UNFI
  • David Smith, President and CEO, Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc.

2019 Super Sessions


Rebuilding the Supermarket Experience

Tuesday, February 26
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Room 28CD

To successfully compete with emerging e-commerce competitions, traditional retailers need find ways to give shoppers an enhanced experience in stores using products, merchandising, staffers and technology. This new study from the Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council examines how this can be accomplished in a profitable way.

Speakers:

  • Michael Sansolo, President, Sansolo Solutions
  • Rich Niemann, President and CEO, Niemann Foods, Inc.
  • David Zallie, Owner, Zallie's ShopRite Supermarkets of South Jersey 

Hiring and Retaining Millennials and Multicultural Associates - Highlights From The NGA Student Case Study Competition

Tuesday, February 26
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Room 28AB

Education Partner: The NGA Foundation

According to the Pew Research Center, Millennials are projected to overtake Baby Boomers as America’s largest living adult generation in 2019. Millennial growth is largely fueled by immigration, which is adding more numbers to their group than any other. The generation has been the largest in the labor force since 2016 and in a tight employment market, recruiting and retaining across all retailer positions is challenging. Students participating in the case study competition will explore how Independent grocers can encourage Millennials – especially those from diverse backgrounds – to join their ranks? Hear the two finalists present their solutions to a panel of industry judges and see which university will claim the title of 2018 champion.

2019 Workshop Tracks


Tech-Trends

E-commerce and technology innovations driving retail today and in the future.

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Evolution-of-the-Front-End

Prepare for a whole new look of the checkout

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Management and leadership strategies to position the organization for sustained growth. 

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Focus-on-Fresh

Creative marketing and merchandising ideas for evolving fresh and perimeter departments. 

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Store-of-the-Future

Consumer insights from around the world and close to home.

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Building-Bigger-Baskets

Creating excitement with events and special categories.

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Operating-for-Excellence

Best in class in-store execution strategies to meet competitive challenges. 

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2019 NGA Talks


People-Development

Management and leadership strategies to position the organization for sustained growth. 

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Competing-&-Winning

Strengths and weaknesses of competitive formats and ways to regain market share

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Focus-on-Fresh

Creative marketing and merchandising ideas for evolving fresh and perimeter departments. 

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Financial-Symposium

Industry-wide look at drivers impacting performance 

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3-Stores-or-Less

Making smart technology and capital budget decisions 

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Sustainability-Strategies

Appealing to shoppers and the bottom line with energy and waste reduction programs

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Big-Data

Making the most of the wealth of data collected at retail

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Creatively reaching and connecting with shoppers through a variety of media

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Foodservice

Creative concepts for winning with foodservice and prepared foods

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E-Commerce

Best practices for getting product to shoppers via home delivery or store pickup

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Merchandising

Increasing traffic and sales in key departments in the store

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Family-Business-Succession-Planning

Transitioning the business smoothly and profitably

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In-Store-Coffee-Service

Using cafés to bring new traffic and sales opportunities to the store

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Thank You To Our 2019 Education Partners


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With over 60 specialized educational workshops led by retailers for retailers and more than 400 companies on our EXPO floor showcasing innovative and game-changing products and solutions, The NGA Show provides countless opportunities to learn from your peers and other industry thought leaders. Bring your whole team to The NGA Show and bring home ideas that will drive profitable growth for your company.