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Panel Discussion

Future of Retail | How Technology Is Transforming Our Buying Behavior

Thursday June 20th, 2019

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

455 Granville St, Vancouver, BC

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$45.00

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In his latest letter to shareholders, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos played down the influence of his company, writing, “We represent a low single-digit percentage of the retail market…and that’s largely because nearly 90% of retail remains offline, in brick and mortar stores.”

He isn’t wrong, but brick and mortar retailers are under increasing pressure to compete with online and mobile platforms, including Amazon. To offer a mediocre retail experience is to run the risk of being left behind.

Disruptors across all sectors are now leap-frogging legacy brands with purposeful, story-driven branding that blends the physical and virtual, with beautiful products, slick in-store experiences, community spaces, and chatbots – all in the service of a purposeful, story-driven brand that resonates with their audience.

This is where retail is heading – a blend of digital and analog that is more intelligent, memorable, convenient, and personalized. To get there, we have to define and develop the most effective tools and techniques, and then support a workforce that has to rapidly update its skill sets.

Join us to find out more about how brands are harnessing people, technology, and data to advance their mission. Our panel of retailers, manufacturers, and consultants will share their journeys and the projects they’re working on that are contributing to the future of retail.

Whether you’re a Brand Manager, Store Manager, Strategist, Technologist, Creative, or Customer Support representative, you’ll leave with more insight into the changing retail today and tomorrow.

*Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable

Event Breakdown
6:00PM - Doors open, refreshments & networking
6:30PM - Panel discussion begins, with moderated Q&A
7:45PM - Mingling 
8:00PM - Event end 

Speakers

Mat Povse

Mat Povse

Senior Vice President of Retail and Geek Squad Services at Best Buy Canada

Mat is the Senior Vice President of Retail and Geek Squad Services at Best Buy Canada, responsible for over 170 retail stores across the country and the development and fulfillment of Geek Squad programs and services. Prior to this role, he held the position of Vice President of Merchandising. Mat has a passion for teamwork. His one-team mentality, combined with his broad experience, inspires collaboration between different business functions, enhancing Best Buy's omnichannel approach.

Andrew Cherwenka

Andrew Cherwenka

President of Touchpoints Retail Consulting

Andrew is President of Touchpoints Retail Consulting, a Customer Experience consultancy helping retailers build and connect digital and physical consumer touchpoints. He was previously VP Customer Experience and Strategy at Walmart.ca leading growth, data sciences, site merch, strategy, site ops, and design for Canada's largest retailer. He is a 3x Ironman triathlete, rower and board member at Deep Cove Rowing Club, and CrossFit enthusiast. Andrew lives in East Van with his wife and son.

Ryan Lindholm

Ryan Lindholm

SVP, Marketing and Innovation at RYU

Ryan is a futurist and modern-day entrepreneur. In his current role as SVP, Marketing and Innovation at RYU, he is responsible for leading the marketing discipline into a new dimension of innovation and design through brand, product development, marketing and creative strategy. Prior to joining RYU, he spent time at Nike, AKQA, and Razorfish focusing on driving Advanced Concepts through creative, world building, data and technology.

Mike Reid

Mike Reid

Merchant Success Manager

Mike is a creative problem solver at heart. From helping high-growth businesses scale globally to producing content for some of the world's largest brands, Mike has spent over a decade working with people to build solutions that accelerate success. His work is founded in his innate passion for helping others' realize their growth potential. This has been expressed in various ways; from advising on a political campaign to working with youth at Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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