SUNDAY, MAY 1
-- Building a Winning Strategy for the Future 8:15-9:30 a.m. Grand Ballroom S-100. Speaker: Michael Sansolo, senior vice president, Food Marketing Institute.
SUPER SESSION 3:45-5 p.m. Grand Ballroom S-100 The Shift Continues: Reinventing Grocery Retail in the Value-Driven World. Speakers: Laxman Narasimhan, principal, and Kevin Sneader, director, McKinsey & Co.
MONDAY, May 2
SUPER SESSION 8:15-11 a.m. Grand Ballroom S-100
The Changing Business Environment for Food Retailing. Speaker: Carl Steidtmann, chief economist, Deloitte Research.
New Products: A View Forward. Moderator: Kevin Coupe, content guy, MorningNewsBeat.com. Speakers: Lyn Dornblaser, director, GNPD Consulting Services, Mintel USA; Joan Holleran, editor, Stagnito New Products Magazine; Valerie Skala-Walker, vice president, analytic product management and development, Information Resources Inc.
The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less. Speaker: Barry Schwartz, Dorwin Cartwright professor of social theory and social action, Swarthmore College.
SQF SUPER SESSION 1-3 p.m. Room S104
Part I: Salmon of the Americas Launches Its Safe Quality Food Initiative.
Part II: Implementing SQF in the Meat-Processing Sector -- The SASA Mexico Experience. Speakers: To be announced.
SUPER SESSION 3:45-5 p.m. Grand Ballroom S-100
In Search of Freshness: How to Make Your Store Stand Out! Speaker: Harold Lloyd, president, H. Lloyd and Associates.
LEARNING LABS 8:15-11 a.m. Meal Solutions: Building Your Business Within a Changing Competitive Environment. Room S-102. Speaker and Retail Panel: To be announced.
Earning the Right to Grow: Retailing Success Strategies for Independent Operators. Room S-103. Speaker: Bryan Gildenberg, president of facilitated products, Management Ventures.
The Business of Retail Technology. Room S-104. Moderator: Tom Murphy, president, Peak Tech Consulting. Panel: To be announced.
TUESDAY, MAY 3
SUPER SESSION 8:15-11 a.m. Grand Ballroom S-100 Winning Strategies for Your Most Important Shoppers. Speaker: Todd Hale, senior vice president, consumer insights, ACNielsen.
Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done. Speaker: Ram Charan, co-author of "Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done."
8:15-11 a.m. Store Manager Development -- Building Your Store's Most Important Resource. Room S-102. Speaker: Harold Lloyd, president, H. Lloyd and Associates.
8:15-11 a.m. Buyer Prepare: Tips for Building Relationships, Growing Sales and Staying Out of Trouble. Room S-103. Speakers: Robert Licht, vice president of business law, Stop & Shop Supermarket Co.; Joel Sebastian, vice president, special projects, Bozzuto's; Peter J. Wyman, national sales manager, Ocean Spray Cranberries.
10 a.m.-noon SQF Systems: Taking the Mystery Out of Accreditation, Certification and Auditing Food Safety Systems. Room S-104. Speaker: To be announced.
CLOSING SUPER SESSION 3:45-5 p.m. Grand Ballroom S-100
Driving Profits by Making Your Competitors Irrelevant. Speaker: Art Turock, president, Art Turock & Associates.
SUNDAY, MAY 1
11 a.m., South Hall 1 -- What's New in Ethnic Trends? Speakers: Terry Soto, president, About Marketing Solutions; Thomas Tseng, principal and co-founder, New American Dimensions.
11 a.m., South Hall 2 -- Growing Profitability: Improving Freshness in Your Perishables Departments. Speaker: Mark Chandler, principal, industry director to CPG retail & supply, Kurt Salmon Associates.
Noon, South Hall 1 -- Ethnic Marketing and Merchandising: Creating a Point of Differentiation. Speaker: Terry Soto, president, About Marketing Solutions.
Noon, South Hall 2 -- Building Your Reputation for Quality Through Private Label. Speaker: Mary Brett Whitfield, senior vice president, Retail Forward.
1 p.m., South Hall 1 -- Leveraging the Connection Between Pharmacy and the Whole Store. Speakers: David McConnell Jr., president, General Merchandise Distributors Council; Robert Doyle, executive vice president, IRI.
1 p.m., South Hall 2 -- Controlling Meal Solutions Shrink. Speaker: Bill Hale, president, The Hale Group.
2 p.m., South Hall 1 -- To be announced. Speaker: Michael A. Gorshe, executive director, Accenture.
2 p.m., South Hall 2 -- Day-Part Merchandising -- Growing Meal Solutions Sales. Speaker: Howard Solganik, president, Solganik & Associates.
3 p.m., South Hall 1 -- Business Process Change: Realizing Benefits Through Data Synchronization. Speaker: Dan Staresinic, senior manager, consumer business practice, Deloitte Consulting.
3 p.m., South Hall 2 -- How Hi-Lo Retailers Can Rebuild Their Declining Price Image. Speaker: Mir Aamir, principal, consumer and retail practice, A.T. Kearney Inc.
MONDAY, MAY 2
11 a.m., South Hall 1 -- Meeting the Ethnic Challenge in HBC and GM Speakers: James Dodge, vice president, consulting services, ACNielsen; Jim Wisner, president, Wisner Retail Marketing.
11 a.m., South Hall 2 -- Defending Against the Dollar Store. Speaker: Mary D. Pietsch, vice president, homescan group director, ACNielsen.
Noon, South Hall 1 -- Driving Consumer Loyalty Through Corporate Brands. Speaker: Pam Boynton, director of marketing, Daymon Worldwide.
Noon, South Hall 2 -- A Look at the Food-Service Industry's Product Trends to Enhance Sales & Profitability. Speaker: Nancy Kruse, president, The Kruse Co.
1 p.m., South Hall 1 -- Sourcing Ethnic Products: The Keys to Doing It Right. Speaker: Nino Jefferson Lim, president, Island Pacific Supermarket.
1 p.m., South Hall 2 -- Build Your Meal Solutions Sales by Increasing Your Associates' Passion for Food. Speakers: Karin Solganik, vice president, Solganik & Associates; to be announced from Giant Eagle.
2 p.m., South Hall 1 -- Intelligent Shopping Carts: Transforming the Consumer Shopping Experience. Speaker: To be announced from IBM, Cuesol, Albertsons.
2 p.m., South Hall 2 -- Understanding the Low-Carb Craze: Where Are We Headed? Speaker: Larry Shiman, vice president, Opinion Dynamics Corp.
3 p.m., South Hall 1 -- Capitalizing on the Rx-to-OTC Switch Opportunity. Speakers: Jim Hertel, senior vice president, and Jon Hauptman, vice president, Willard Bishop Consulting.
3 p.m., South Hall 2 -- Marketing Health: From the Food Perspective. Speaker: Elizabeth Pivonka, president, Produce for Better Health Foundation.
TUESDAY, MAY 3
11 a.m., South Hall 1 -- Building a Successful Ethnic Brand. Speakers: Karla Fernandez Parker, president, K. Fernandez & Associates; Craig Espelien, director, store brands, Supervalu.
11 a.m., South Hall 2 -- Understanding Today's Perishable Consumer. Speaker: Bruce Axtman, president and CEO, Perishables Group.
Noon, South Hall 1 -- HBC and General Merchandise -- More Important Than You Think. Speaker: Jim Wisner, president, Wisner Retail Marketing.
Noon, South Hall 2 -- Today's Meal Solutions P&L: A Realistic Look at the Category's Sales Opportunities and Expense Challenges. Speaker: Bill Hale, president, The Hale Group.
1 p.m., South Hall 1 -- How Consumer Health & Wellness Trends Are Reshaping the Grocery Industry. Speakers: Maryellen Molyneaus, president, and Steven French, managing partner, The Natural Marketing Institute.
1 p.m., South Hall 2 -- New Product Trends for 2005. Speaker: Valerie Skala-Walker, vice president, analytical product management & development, IRI.
2 p.m., South Hall 1 -- RFID and the Electronic Product Code: What It Means for Your Business. Speaker: Sean Campbell, partner, IBM Consulting Group.
2 p.m., South Hall 2 -- Delighting Your Customer -- Exceeding Expectations. Speaker: Tony Ruesing, president, Ancillary Enterprises.