Future Stores Announces Agenda and Full Speaker Lineup

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Retail Leaders from Best Buy, Ikea, Nordstrom and more Convene in Seattle to Share Strategies for Surviving the ‘Retailpocalypse’

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Consumers want to feel empowered and engaged by the brands they support across all channels, and Future Stores provides retailers with the necessary blueprint for creating memorable and positive customer experiences online and off.

The future of the brick and mortar store has been brought sharply into focus over the past year, as an estimated 8K stores have closed in the US alone. With some analysts projecting as many as 80,000 additional stores closing by 2025, senior executives from across the retail landscape are clamoring to find the right strategies for attracting and retaining customer foot traffic. To address the concerns brought on by the ‘Retailpocalypse’, the organizers of Future Stores (June 18th-21st), the industry’s leading conference for improving the in-store experience, have today announced the official agenda and speaker lineup for 2018.

Over 400 senior executives and innovators from the world’s leading retail brands including Best Buy, IKEA, Nordstrom, and Disney will meet at the Sheraton Seattle to discuss the latest strategies, technologies and best practices for improving the customer experience across all platforms and channels. Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit and experience the most innovative in-store concepts from local retailers like Starbucks, Indochino, and Amazon Go as part of the event’s annual Store Tours.

“The rapid decline of brick and mortar stalwarts like Gymboree, Toys R Us and most recently Nine West should serve as a warning for retailers that the battle for consumer mindshare, loyalty and ultimately sales, cannot be won on price alone,” said Lori Hawthorne, Divisional Director and Retail Analyst, Worldwide Business Research (WBR). “Consumers want to feel empowered and engaged by the brands they support across all channels, and Future Stores provides retailers with the necessary blueprint for creating memorable and positive customer experiences online and off.”

50+ speakers have been confirmed to date for 2018, including:

  •     Marc Alexandre-Rishe, Chief Retail Officer, L’Oreal
  •     Brian Gill, SVP, Technology, Nordstrom
  •     Susan Sanderson-Briggs, SVP, Brand & Customer Experience, The Vitamin Shoppe
  •     Rosie O’Neill, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Sugarfina
  •     Phillip Raub, Co-Founder & CMO, B8TA
  •     Kevin Lavelle, Co-Founder & CEO, Mizzen + Main
  •     Ariel Kaye, Founder & CEO, Parachute
  •     Jeffrey Eggert-Peluso, VP, Global Store Design, Levi Strauss & Co.
  •     Jeff Zimmerman, Director of Stores, North America, The Disney Store
  •     Leslie Grandy, Senior Director, Seattle Technology Development Center, Best Buy
  •     Craig Hodgson, Director Retail Architecture & Store Design Development, IKEA

To view the complete agenda or to learn more about speaking/sponsorship/exhibition opportunities at the event, please visit FutureStores.wbresearch.com. For the latest retail innovation news and event updates, be sure to follow us on Twitter @FutureStores.

About Future Stores
Launched in 2013, Future Stores is the industry’s leading conference for improving the in-store experience. Senior level executives from across the retail industry gather to discuss the latest strategies, technologies and best practices for bridging the gap between physical and digital retail environments. Produced by Worldwide Business Research (WBR), Future Stores is an international series of events spanning North America and Europe. For more information, please visit futurestores.wbresearch.com

About Worldwide Business Research
WBR (Worldwide Business Research) is the world leader in B2B focused conference events. Founded in 1996, the company annually produces over 100 conferences designed to offer the leaders of emerging and established companies across multiple industries with actionable insights, educational discussions, and networking opportunities to inform and transform how they do business now and in the future. The company also generates custom research to help companies educate the market on the latest developments and best practices. For more information, please visit https://www.wbresearch.com/ and follow us on Twitter @WBResearch.

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