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1:00 PM
  1. Summit 221-223
    180 mins
    • Operations
    Back by popular demand, FMS will host the Financial Symposium at the NGA Show. We’ll explore some of the most pressing issues facing retailers in 2023.  From industry experts, learn about the new appr ...
    fms
2:45 PM
  1. 75 mins
    • General Session
    Snack and celebrate with us as we review the winning entries from the 2023 Creative Choice Awards, presented by Kellogg’s and Unilever! The Creative Choice Awards honor and recognize the best marketin ...
    unilever      kellogg's
5:00 PM
  1. 90 mins
    • Keynote
    kraft heinz
7:30 AM
  1. Main Stage
    60 mins
    • Marketing
    Inflationary pressures, global turbulence, cautious consumers and societal transformation drive the question: What will retail look like in the next 2-3 years? During this thought-provoking, future-fo ...
    unfi
8:45 AM
  1. Forum 224-226
    45 mins
    • People Development
    The tight labor market has made recruiting a challenge that isn't expected to ease any time soon.  Retailers are broadening their horizons when looking for new associates and are employing creative ta ...
    prospr
  2. Summit 219-220
    45 mins
    • Operations
    Is your business a reflection of the community you serve? Are you effectively engaging with an increasingly diverse consumer base? We'll review current data showing the size and scope of the Hispanic ...
  3. Summit 217-218
    45 mins
    • Merchandising
    From sales to footprint, the fresh perimeter has grown over the last several years and is expected to continue on that trajectory. Join leaders from Strack & Van Til, Associated Foods Stores, and KeHE ...
  4. Summit 221-223
    45 mins
    • Marketing
    There’s a new strategy in the retail playbook. Thanks to the rapid growth of e-commerce, retailers are using their digital platforms as prime advertising real estate for suppliers and CPG manufacturer ...
    webstop
  5. Summit 229-230
    45 mins
    • Digital Commerce
    Accurate inventory management, efficient packing, and delivery logistics are just a few of the keys to a successful e-commerce experience.  Adding fresh prepared foods to the mix, increases the challe ...
    mercatus
  6. Summit 227-228
    45 mins
    • Technology
    A tight labor market and rapidly increasing wage rates are putting a significant squeeze on the bottom line for most retailers.  Increasingly, supermarket operators are looking for ways to reduce labo ...
    truno
9:45 AM
  1. Forum 224-226
    45 mins
    • People Development
    In a post-pandemic world, workers expect more from their employers than ever before, from workplace flexibility, alignment with personal values, and a clear path to career development. In a panel disc ...
    women grocers of america (wga)
  2. Summit 221-223
    45 mins
    • Marketing
    Hear how independent grocers can boost shopper engagement in a digital world. We’ll discuss personalized marketing strategies for both in-store and e-commerce shoppers. Topics will include personalize ...
    brdata software solutions
  3. Summit 217-218
    45 mins
    • Merchandising
    Indoor and vertical farming may provide retailers the ability to offer a fresher, hyper-local, and pesticide-free product to shoppers.  We’ll review the options available to retailers interested in ad ...
  4. Summit 227-228
    45 mins
    • Technology
    Traditionally marketing efforts are driven by operational decisions.  It's time for marketing to take a seat at the table and lead discussions about corporate programs and strategies.  We'll explore b ...
    shoptocook
  5. Summit 229-230
    45 mins
    • Digital Commerce
    How do retailers solve for the holy grail of shopping: motivating the 90% of in-store consumers to engage digitally and drive margin-rich revenue? By meeting the increased demand for personalized expe ...
    swiftly
  6. Summit 219-220
    45 mins
    • Operations
    When asked about sustainability, shoppers indicate they are most concerned with wasteful packaging and have limited focus on food waste reduction. Carbon emissions are also a top concern as the grocer ...
10:40 AM
  1. Main Stage
    50 mins
    • People Development
    Rachael has used this mantra in her business, career and in the leadership of her community.  Her stories and research will motivate you to identify, promote and reward women talent differently to inc ...
    women grocers of america (wga)
1:00 PM
  1. Education Theater
    45 mins
    • Procurement
    The increasing costs of doing business are disrupting the entire retail supply chain. Consumers and manufacturers alike are feeling the impact, and this is shaping how each behaves. Meanwhile the reta ...
2:00 PM
  1. Education Theater
    45 mins
    • Procurement
    The variety and scope of general merchandise product available to the grocery channel is extraordinary  High margin items such as food prep/storage, cell phone accessories and trial & travel are prove ...
3:15 PM
  1. Technology Thought Leadership Theater
    30 mins
    • Technology
    With tightening budgets and rising grocery costs the right digital investment will improve your bottom line and drive sales. Your shoppers begin their grocery experience long before they walk through ...
7:30 AM
  1. Main Stage
    60 mins
    • Operations
    Independent grocers are known for their resilience and ability to adapt to macro issues and trends.  The industry is now facing an unprecedented array of challenges - inflation and a looming recession ...
9:00 AM
  1. Education Theater
    45 mins
    • Procurement
    Health, convenience and value are trends driving consumers in 2023.  How will their behaviors impact center store?  We’ll explore changes in shopping behavior, basket composition and the continued imp ...
9:45 AM
  1. Thought Leadership Theater
    30 mins
    • Merchandising
    Our scan-based DSD Consignment program is RISK FREE to our partners. There is no open-to-buy inventory, no freight, no warehouse costs, and no shrink.  Our experienced product team will curate a custo ...
    claire's
10:00 AM
  1. Education Theater
    45 mins
    • Procurement
    2022 has been a challenging year for some snacking categories and a big growth bonanza for others.  Many researchers have shared the great news on dollar growth, however it is what lies beneath dollar ...
10:30 AM
  1. Technology Thought Leadership Theater
    30 mins
    • Technology
    Learn the 7 Core Causes of Store Shrink Loss that cost retailer 2.45% of Gross Margin each year. Learn how an Integrated System of Advance Analytics, Expert Best Practices Training and Best-in-Class I ...
11:00 AM
  1. Education Theater
    45 mins
    • Procurement
    Explore the latest trends in the pet category.  We’ll examine the impact of the premiumization of pet foods and products, the resiliency of the category and areas of focus and opportunity.  Take away ...
11:15 AM
  1. Thought Leadership Theater
    30 mins
    • Merchandising
    Chris Peruzzi, Founder, Formulator, and COO of The Functional Chocolate Company, will discuss how customers are increasingly looking for products that give them the best value for their dollars and ca ...
    the functional chocolate company
12:00 PM
  1. Thought Leadership Theater
    30 mins
    • Merchandising
    Her story has captured the nation. After landing in the ER on her 45th birthday, Jayne Jones, America's No Sugar Baker has a popular blog, two cookbooks and is launching a sugar free frozen cookie dou ...
    no sugar baker
  2. Education Theater
    45 mins
    • Procurement
    The adult beverage category seems to be in a state of constant evolution thanks to the explosion of craft beers, renewed interest in bourbon and other liquors and a new generation of sober-curious dri ...
12:45 PM
  1. Thought Leadership Theater
    30 mins
    • Merchandising
    Owners and founders, Justin and Mathilda will present the Wet-it Swedish sponge cloth and the Skrubba eco friendly scouring pad featured in prefilled displayers.  Both of these products are perfect fo ...
    wet-it
  2. Technology Thought Leadership Theater
    30 mins
    • Technology
    Students from the Food Industry University Coalition (FIUC) have been tasked to find the best products on the Expo floor. Come hear their take on why exhibitors stood out to them and which products we ...
    nga foundation
2:00 PM
  1. Summit 219-220
    45 mins
    • Operations
    Mass shootings seem like they are occurring with greater frequency, and violence in supermarkets is on the rise.  When an active shooter targets a store, chaos, confusion, and disorientation will ensu ...
  2. Summit 227-228
    45 mins
    • Technology
    Key Metrics are critical to benchmark your company’s results. Wages continued to climb in 2022 and supply of store help was and still is slim. FMS will present its 2022 Financial Survey and its 2022 S ...
    fms
  3. Summit 221-223
    45 mins
    • Marketing
    Too often, a well-intentioned marketing message hits the wrong note and creates a viral PR nightmare, or a miscommunication between shopper and associate leads to a lost customer.  What's the sweet sp ...
    nga foundation
  4. Forum 224-226
    45 mins
    • People Development
    To ensure long-term viability,  leadership development must be ingrained in a company's DNA. Hear why a culture that fosters a continued emphasis on developing new leaders at all levels and areas of t ...
  5. Summit 217-218
    45 mins
    • Merchandising
    Consumers are increasingly seeking out grocery stores with products that match their healthy lifestyles. Review successful marketing and merchandising strategies to boost awareness of health and welln ...
  6. Summit 229-230
    45 mins
    • Digital Commerce
    New technologies and payment options are changing the check-out process.  We'll review many labor savings options available to grocers including cloud-based systems, contactless payments and moble pri ...
    it retail
3:00 PM
  1. Summit 227-228
    45 mins
    • Technology
    Planning out the life of technology and equipment may be difficult when you don't know what tech vendors will do next.  What are the best practices for upgrading and replacing equipment in the face of ...
    ecrs
  2. Summit 221-223
    45 mins
    • Marketing
    A new store provides an opportunity to present a new face to customers.  What techniques are successful retailers using to reach new customers and inspire current shoppers?  Take away ideas to create ...
  3. Summit 229-230
    45 mins
    • Digital Commerce
    Over the last few years, retailers have shifted marketing funds from print to digital.  We’ll review the magnitude of the shift and examine the most effective ways to reach shoppers.   Hear how other ...
    webstop
  4. Forum 224-226
    45 mins
    • People Development
    US employer healthcare costs are projected to rise by 6.5% in 2023.  Inflation, new technologies, catastrophic claims, blockbuster drugs, and the growth of specialty drugs are driving the cost increas ...
  5. Summit 219-220
    45 mins
    • Operations
    Front-line associates in traditionally union-free companies have begun organizing unions at unprecedented rates.  How will this trend affect the grocery industry?  We’ll look at the status of union or ...
  6. Summit 217-218
    45 mins
    • Merchandising
    An uncertain economy, fragile supply chain and more frequent disruptive weather patterns combined with changing consumer preferences has made fresh departments even more challenging to operate.  In th ...
    shelfengine