SUNDAY, May 4
CONCURRENT BUSINESS SESSIONS
- New Ways of Working Together — Driving Growth Through Collaboration.
- Service Above Self: Increasing Sales Through Excellent Customer Service. Gregory P. Smith, president, Chart Your Course International.
- Winning the War on Shrink.
- Organized Retail Crime — Issues and Opportunities. Bob James, corporate investigator, ORC coordinator, Safeway; John Griffin, Mid-Atlantic investigations team leader, Target Corp.
- Emergency Preparedness Update. Gordon Meriwether, president, Uriah Group.
- Pharmacy-Focused Session for CEOs — Pharmacy Business Issues and Opportunities.
- Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value and Build Competitive Advantage. Andrew Winston, founder, Winston Eco-Strategies, and author, Green to Gold.
MONDAY, MAY 5
- Improve Business Results Through Values, Culture and Engagement. Denise Morrison, president-North America Soup, Sauces & Beverages, Campbell Soup Co.
- The Food Retailing Industry Speaks 2008. Tim Hammonds, president and CEO, Food Marketing Institute.
- 2008 Store Manager Awards. Tim Hammonds, president and CEO, Food Marketing Institute.
- Marketechnics: The Future of the Internet. John Patrick, futurist and author, Net Attitude.
CONCURRENT BUSINESS SESSIONS
- Let's Walk the Store With a New Perspective. Tim Bartkowiak, director, Loss Prevention & Security, Spartan Stores; Bob Brokaw, corporate safety director, Supervalu.
- Technology and Fixture Updates. William Alford, president, International Lighthouse Group.
- Succession Planning for Success. Rob Bell, president, Focus Consulting.
- Impact of the Changing Senior Market on Retailers. Paul Murray, partner, director of strategy and planning, Varsity.
- Sustainability in Action. Jeanne von Zastrow, senior director, Food Marketing Institute (moderator); Laurie Demeritt, president, The Hartman Group; Michael Hewett, manager of environmental services, Publix Super Markets; Bob Garrity, senior vice president, store planning, construction & conservation, Giant Eagle.
- Energize Your Bottom Line. Susan Sollenberger, director, equipment purchasing, maintenance & energy, Food Lion.
- Optimizing Shelf Prices for a Highly Merchandized Category. Mike Greene, vice president, customer marketing-morning foods sales, Kellogg Co.; Amjad Malik, senior director, business analytics and CRM, Kellogg Co.
- Here Today, Here Tomorrow — Transforming Your Workforce From High-Turnover to High-Retention. Gregory P. Smith, president, Chart Your Course International.
- Consumer-Centric Shelf-Stable Juice and Fruit Drink Leadership. Mike Murphy, director, category & shopper solutions, Campbell Soup Co.
- What's New in New Products. Lynn Dornblaser, director, Custom Solutions Group, Mintel International.
- What Students Want — Understanding the Industry's Image. Michael Sansolo, president, Sansolo Solutions, contributing editor, MorningNewsBeat.com (moderator).
- How Do Retailers and Manufacturers Win With High Gas Prices? Todd Hale, senior vice president, consumer and shopper insights, the Nielsen Co.
- Health and Wellness Tour on the FMI Show Floor.
- Marketechnics: IT Innovation for Merchandise Traceability and Safety.
- Marketechnics: State of the Store — Grocery Technology and Business Processes. Michael Griswold, research director, retail, AMR Research.
TUESDAY, MAY 6
- Brand Sense: The Future of Branding. Martin Lindstrom, brand futurist and author of Brand Child and Brand Sense.
- New Ways of Working Together Industry Panel.
- How to Increase Your Business by Connecting the Dots Between Food and Health. Shelley Broader, president and CEO, Sweetbay Supermarket; Bill Bishop, chairman, Willard Bishop; Rod Falcon, research director, Institute for the Future.
CONCURRENT BUSINESS SESSIONS
- Marketechnics: Fresh & Easy — Improving Customer Service Through Self-Service. Mike Webster, vice president, self-service solutions, NCR; Doug Rutledge, CIO, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market.
- Marketechnics: EPS Evolution.
- Latin America: Evolving Formats — Changing Consumers (presented in Spanish only). Industry Panel: The Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council Latin America.
- Pharmacy-Focused Session — Pharmacy's Connection to Health and Wellness. Pam Heath, director of pharmacy, Sweetbay Supermarket; Mike Vail, senior vice president of operations, Sweetbay Supermarket.
- The Next Generation of Category Management. Brian Harris, founder and co-chairman, The Partnering Group; John Clutts, principal, The Partnering Group.
- Marketechnics: Computer-Generated Ordering and DSD — Reducing Out-of-Stocks and Increasing Sales.
- Shopping for Health — The Growing Health and Wellness Market. Cary Silvers, director, consumer and advertising trends, Rodale.
- Leadership and the Emerging Generations. Jeff VanKooten, senior consultant, Center for Generational Studies.
- Understanding Multicultural Consumers. Mónica Villalobos, marketing director, Phoenix Multicultural (moderator); Michele Valdovinos, senior vice president, Phoenix Multicultural; Sharmila Fowler, executive director, Phoenix Multicultural; Rafael Cuellar, president, ShopRite of Passaic/Clifton.
- Marketechnics: Data Security — A Business Perspective. Tom Thibault, director of information security, Wegmans Food Markets; Paul Lasly, internal IT audit manager, Wegmans Food Markets; Paul Dittman, manager, network architecture, Wegmans Food Markets.
- Marketechnics: CAO — Lessons Learned. Bill Homa, senior vice president, CIO, Hannaford Bros.; Dave Couch, vice president, information technology, Spartan Stores.
- How Do They Do It in Vegas? Marketing Lessons for the Food Industry. Kevin Bagger, director of internet marketing and research, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
- Marketing Fresh Foods to Moms and Children. Steve Lutz, executive vice president, Perishables Group (moderator); Heidi McIntyre, executive director, Produce for Kids Foundation; Scott Owens, vice president of sales and marketing, Paramount Citrus; CarrieAnn Arias, marketing manager-customer specific marketing, Dole Fresh Vegetables; Dawn Ciccone, senior director, consumer products, PBS.
- Understanding Local From a Consumer Perspective. Kate Peringer, marketing communications manager, The Hartman Group.
- Marketechnics: Benchmarking Trends in Retail Technology. Patrick Walsh, vice president, industry and trade development, Food Marketing Institute.
- Marketechnics: New Technologies Lower Costs and Improve Store Service.