RetailX, the co-location of three leading retail industry trade shows—Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (IRCE), GlobalShop, and RFID Journal Live! Retail—has announced a luminary lineup of four keynote speakers who will take the stage over the three-day mega-event from June 25–27 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
“The expertise that these individuals bring to the RetailX keynote program is invaluable,” says Doug Hope, RetailX show director and SVP of Emerald Expositions. “From new perspectives on omnichannel development to transforming the brick-and-mortar experience, each of these speakers brings a depth of knowledge that will leave attendees with actionable insight to help define and navigate this new era in retail. We’re proud to host these influential industry experts and look forward to the success of each session.”
The keynote schedule is as follows:
Doug Stephens, The Retail Prophet—The Future of Retail in a Post-Digital World
June 25, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Join author and internationally renowned consumer futurist Doug Stephens for an amazing tour of the future, where every aspect of the retail experience as we know it will be radically transformed. From online and virtual technology to 3D printing and the internet-of-things, shopping is being redefined.
Andy Dunn, Senior Vice President of Digital Consumer Brands at Walmart—Hitching a Rocket to an Engine, Bonobos and Walmart Take Off
June 26, 8:30–9:00 a.m.
Andy Dunn, formerly CEO of men’s apparel retailer Bonobos and now senior vice president of digital consumer brands at Walmart, will share how the key to unlocking the full potential of digital brands may actually require physical stores. Attendees will learn why digital brands are growing at nearly triple the rate of e-commerce overall, and why Dunn believes the future of retail is beginning to resemble the history of video.
Chip Conley, Strategic Advisor of Airbnb—Inter-Generational: Leveraging the Power of a New Workplace Diversity
June 26, 9:00–9:30 a.m.
Entrepreneur, bestselling author and hospitality industry giant Chip Conley has the unique experience of leadership positions across the continuum. Conley now serves as Airbnb’s strategic advisor for hospitality and leadership and is the founder of the world’s first midlife wisdom school, The Modern Elder Academy. His mission clarifies for business leaders of all ages why the intergenerational exchange of wisdom and skills is key to the success of the modern workplace and our society.
Daniel Alarik, CEO & Founder of Grunt Style—True Grit: A Warriors’ Mettle Builds an E-commerce Brand
June 27, 8:45–9:15 a.m.
Ex-U.S. Army drill sergeant turned successful e-commerce entrepreneur, Daniel Alarik is the founder and CEO of Grunt Style, the leading online patriotic lifestyle retailer, which is wrapped around the concept of a brand for a new class of warriors: first-responders, military veterans, and their friends and family. Today, Grunt Style has a loyal customer base and some 2 million followers on social media, bringing in sales of $100 million over the past three years. Alarik will share inspiring proof of how grit, determination, and the willingness to take risks is the starting point for success in today’s online retail environment.
Registration is now open for individuals looking to attend RetailX. The event will take place June 25–27 at McCormick Place in Chicago. For more information, visit globalshop.org.