NGA Show - Tech Trends

2019 Tech Trends

iRetail: Technology Innovation Reshaping the Grocery Industry 

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

iRetail creates a new worldview for the retail industry, one that brings order to the overwhelming chaos caused by disruptive tech-driven capabilities, new competition, and changing consumers. The event is 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 journey into the world of iRetail featuring industry thought leaders and retail executives sharing experiences and case studies
• A five ‘i’ framework to evaluate existing capabilities and incorporate new technologies into your business
• How to develop an innovation culture within your company
• A showcase and demonstrations of the latest technologies transforming retail

This can’t miss event is kicking off the NEW NGA Show.

Moderated by:

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


  • Ron Bonacci, Vice President, Marketing and Advertising, Weis Markets
  • Chris Leevers, Owner, Leevers Supermarkets
  • Daniel McCarthy, Professor, Emory University and Theta Equity Co-Founder
  • Christie Frazier-Coleman, Vice President, Marketing, Lehi Valley Trading Company
  • John D'Anna, Chief Information Officer, Brookshire Grocery Company
  • Sylvain Perrier, President and CEO, Mercatus Technologies Inc.

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

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Artificial Intelligence Applications for Retail

Amazon’s new Go format is the most widely known application of AI in the industry. Discover other uses of AI for the independent grocer to improve demand forecasting, reduce theft and optimize pricing.


  • Tom Murphy, Founder, Puget Sound Advisory Services
  • Ron Johnson, Chief Information Officer, Gelson's Markets
  • Dave Couch, Senior Vice President and CIO, NashFinch 

Monday, February 25
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Room 28AB

In-Store Technology

A fast-paced review of the newest technologies that will impact store operations such as next-generation electronic shelf tags, beacons, scan and go systems, robots, etc.

  • Kevin Coupe, Founder,
  • Marty Ramos, Retail Technologist -- Worldwide Retail, Microsoft
  • Mariya Zorotovich, Director of Responsive Retail Strategy and Incubation, Intel Corporation 

Monday, February 25
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Room 28AB

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.