The Leading Virtual Event for 
Retail In-Store Innovators

April 13, 2021 | 12:00pm ET | 9:00am PT

Retail. Reimagined.

We heard it all in 2020: unprecedented, a “new normal” and a complete overhaul of the system. While 2021 has introduced us to new challenges, retail remains a community of early adopters and quick shifters that are always leading the charge of transformation.

At the Future Stores Virtual Event this April, we’re getting back to business: focusing on the customer and creating a seamless experience between the store and their purchasing behavior. Whether it’s pop ups, socially distanced experiences or a hybrid of both, the influence of in-store on retailers will remain a priority for many in the industry.

 What will that look like? Who’s leading the charge? Where can I start?  Join us on April 13 for keynotes, case studies and unique strategy roundups that will reimagine retail and get you all of the answers that you and your team have been looking for.

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Why You Should Listen In

Future Stores Virtual Event

Learn From A Variety of In-Store Experts, Debating Together
No Cost If You Qualify

Learn from multiple, live conversations so you gain unbiased perspectives on what's working right now. (They might even disagree on some points - but you'll get the full picture.)
All sessions are free of charge for qualifying attendees. This is major value at ZERO cost.


Future Stores Virtual Event

We Didn't Record This In The Car Last Night

It’s an Future Stores Event, from the Community uniting In-Store executives since 2013 - so you can trust the quality of information, the presentations, and the format itself.
If you can't make all of the sessions, no biggie. Everyone registered gets a copy of the on-demand sessions.

Future Stores Virtual Event

Finally, a Virtual Event Where You Can INTERACT

Join our virtual roundtable discussions where you’ll get face-to-face interaction with speakers, sponsors and your peers!
Enjoy all the perks of a live event from the comfort of your own home.


Our Speakers. Your Visionaries.

Brad Jewell

Brad Jewell

Senior Manager of Product Design, Payments & POS

The Kroger Co.

Melissa Blandford

Melissa Blandford

Senior Vice President Stores and Operations

DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse

Mark Cardinale

Mark Cardinale

Director, Retail Store Operations

The North Face

Amish Desai

Amish Desai

Head of Product, Digital Store Experience & Operations

Signet Jewelers

Future Stores Agenda

All session times are in ET

April 13, 2021: Prospering In The Time of Omnichannel

  • 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

    12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

    1. Supporting + Satisfying the Hourly Wage Worker
    2. New Loyalty Reward Systems
    3. Brand Positioning: Sustainability + Inclusion


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  • 12:45 pm - 12:50 pm

    12:45 pm - 12:50 pm

    Randi Greenberg, Program Director, Future Stores April Virtual Summit

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  • 12:50 pm - 1:00 pm

    12:50 pm - 1:00 pm


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  • 1:00 pm - 1:25 pm

    1:00 pm - 1:25 pm

    Brad Jewell, Senior Manager of Product Design, Payments & POS, The Kroger Co.
    Melissa Blandford, Senior Vice President Stores and Operations, DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse

    It’s imperative to be everywhere your customer is. And that’s why omnichannel retail continues to build momentum. Providing a consistent and distinctive experience to get the consumer to make a purchase remains a key goal for retailers. This group of retail innovators will guide you through:

    • Personalizing the customer’s experience using data
    • Understanding the gaps in your omnichannel approach and figuring out quickly how to fix them
    • Exploring new technology to stay ahead of rapidly changing customer expectations 
    • Finding the right technology to support your omnichannel initiatives
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  • 1:25 pm - 1:45 pm

    1:25 pm - 1:45 pm


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  • 1:45 pm - 2:05 pm

    1:45 pm - 2:05 pm

    Yes, online purchases continue to flourish, but the allure of in-store, personal interaction with a knowledgeable sales associate cannot be overlooked. An excellent customer experience will bring repeat buyers. Technology, training and an inclusive work environment are key to attracting and retaining an excellent workforce. This interview-styled session takes a close look at the approach to developing and retaining a superstar workforce.

    • Providing the tools and techniques to effectively train employees
    • Preparing your workforce for unique challenges due to the pandemic, keeping both employees and customers safe
    • Over-communicating with employees –keeping them informed while boosting morale during challenging times
    • Encouraging development and growth within your company
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  • 2:05 pm - 2:25 pm

    2:05 pm - 2:25 pm


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  • 2:25 pm - 2:50 pm

    2:25 pm - 2:50 pm

    The safety of customers and employees is paramount in today’s environment. Your store layout has to take this into consideration, perhaps for many years to come. Given new parameters and pandemic concerns, it is ever more important to use data as the foundation for your visual merchandising strategy.

    • Optimizing your space in order to keep customers comfortable and to allay their concerns
    • Creating spaces that clearly showcase your products while communicating your safety updates to customers
    • Strategizing the potential for displays to take on new roles
    • Using data as the backbone for your merchandising strategy 
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  • 2:50 pm - 3:10 pm

    2:50 pm - 3:10 pm


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  • 3:10 pm - 3:30 pm

    3:10 pm - 3:30 pm

    Mark Cardinale, Director, Retail Store Operations, The North Face

    To keep customers loyal, retailers have to prioritize the customer journey—from point of contact to purchase and beyond.  Companies must find ways to present their core values to customers looking to spend their money wisely. And in a retail landscape where it’s easy to rely on technology, these companies haven’t forgotten the importance of building a community offline. This interactive group panel will review: 

    • Gaining customers’ loyalty using the right offers, services, and incentives 
    • Utilizing technology to personalize those offers and incentives to increase long term engagement and sales 
    • Engaging customers with innovative, in-store events to build a community
    • Building trust using transparent business practices and corporate social responsibility
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  • 3:30 pm - 3:50 pm

    3:30 pm - 3:50 pm


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  • 3:50 pm - 4:10 pm

    3:50 pm - 4:10 pm

    New opportunities abound as we rethink engagement with our in-store customers. Stores nationwide are introducing new and multi-faceted digital capabilities to elevate your customer’s experience. These opportunities enhance convenience, service, and selection. Learn how to leverage these opportunities:

    • Revitalizing your locations with tech-savvy, hands-free, and memorable shopper experiences
    • Customizing and personalizing with your customers using data
    • Using data and AI to help drive the sale to completion
    • Discovering new ways to blend digital and physical spaces
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  • 4:10 pm - 4:10 pm

    4:10 pm - 4:10 pm


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Word on the Street

“Future Stores is by far the best retail conference I’ve ever attended. Everything from the quality of the speakers to their actionable insights, to the audience was thoughtfully curated”

Mark Voysey, CEO

Roula

“I get out to many conferences and this may have been the best I’ve attended yet. Great content, meticulously organized, and great attendees”

Phillip Besner, VP, Real Estate & Business Development 

SleepCountry


The flow of event was well paced, topics were thought provoking and it allowed interactions which were valuable.

Uday Prakash
Senior Director, Finance and Associate Operations
Herbalife

“The Future Stores event was a very diverse, enriching event that presented a variety of ideas and presentations. I left with the feeling that I learned a great deal.”

Brian Hack, Design Innovation Manager

Dunkin Brands


The flow of event was well paced, topics were thought provoking and it allowed interactions which were valuable.

Uday Prakash
Senior Director, Finance and Associate Operations
Herbalife

Bringing Together The Best In Retail

“The ability to transparently discuss the issues that we are facing today and collaborate on solutions and best practices is unparalleled. I value the thought leadership and the think tank is one of my favorite sessions at Future Stores.”

Colleen Lewis, SVP, Retail

Coldwater Creek

“Really good day. Great cross section of tech innovation and retailers. Very informative and thought provoking. Good opportunity to network outside my traditional landscape”

 Ernest Brown, Regional Director,

Ralph Lauren

“Future Stores is highly focused and engaging. The different presentation formats allowed for a great variety honest perspectives and good best practice sharing.”

Andreas Woelk, Senior Customer Experience, Research and Strategy
Manager

Kohl’s Digital

Our In-Store Innovator Audience

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How Our Virtual Events Work

Participating in a virtual event is easy. Once you and your team register, each of you will receive a link to access the presentations. You can also add the event to your Outlook or other calendar as a reminder. You do not need to download or install any software to participate. All you need is Internet access. The sessions will be recorded, and will be available for a limited time afterwards. It’s going to be a great event!

This event is exclusively for practicing retail in-store professionals. Solution providers to these organizations and others will not be allowed to attend. Please register with your full company name and your corporate email address or you risk not gaining admittance. WBR reserves the right to not admit registrants based on company type.


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