8th Annual Executive Forum



About Executive Forum

The RetailNext Annual Executive Forum brings together shopper experience advocates, retail transformation evangelists and data mavericks to deepen conversations around the state of retail and what the future holds. Expect thought-provoking keynotes, ROI-driving case studies, an eye-opening technology innovation showcase and a no-holds-barred look at the future of retail. Please join us in Sonoma from May 30 - June 1, 2018. We can't wait!




Enjoy three full days in Sonoma with top industry leaders.



Gain a deeper understanding of how to best leverage data reflecting in-store shopping behavior and more.



Network and connect with retailers during the event.

2018 Schedule

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
9:30am - 4:30pm
RetailNext Open
Golfers meet in the lobby for departure.
Venue: Sonoma Golf Club

Shotgun start: 11:00am

Playing golf at Sonoma Golf Club will take you back to the traditions of the game. The golf course is traditional in its design, a very pleasant walk with great views of the mountains and vineyards.

10:30am - 3:30pm
Depart for Winery
Guest meet in lobby for departure.
Venue: Benziger Winery

Wine Tasting and Lunch: 11:00am - 2:30pm

If golf is not your thing, or if you are hoping to explore a new part of Sonoma, please join us for a biodynamic tram tour, casual lunch and wine tasting at Benziger Winery.

6:30pm - 9:30pm
Welcome Reception
Venue: Fairmont Mission Inn, Breezeway Lawn

Dinner served throughout.
Live music entertainment by local Napa Artist - Amber Snider.
The Breezeway Lawn is location in the front circle of the Fairmont Mission Inn.

Thursday, May 31, 2018
Sponsored by: TEI Communications
Venue: Breezeway Lawn

8:30am - 4:45pm
General Session
Fantasy Meets Reality, How Innovation is Shaping Today's Retail and What's in Store for Tomorrow
Venue: Pavilion

CEO Overview & Panel
Alexei Agratchev, CEO & Co-Founder, RetailNext
Venue: Pavilion

In today's dynamic retail environment, what's working and what isn't? Join CEO's from enterprise and emerging retailers as they discuss their initiative for success and where there is work still to be done.

Moderator: Alexei Agratchev, CEO & Co-Founder, RetailNext

Aaron Sanandres, CEO, UNTUCKit,
Joey Zwilinger, CEO, AllBirds

Industry Overview, followed by Panel Discussion
Oliver Chen, Retail and Luxury Analyst, Cowen and Company
Venue: Pavilion

Imagining a different outcome, did Toys 'R' Us have to die? This session will explore the death of Toys 'R' Us and what they could have done to prevent their demise.

Moderator: Oliver Chen, Retail & Luxury Analyst , Cowen Company

Monica Aggarwal, Managing Director, Fitch Ratings
Sid Gupta, Founder and CEO, Lolli and Pops

Retailer Showcase & Networking Break
Sponsored by: Qualcomm Ventures
Venue: Sonoma Valley Room

This extended networking break provides ample time to learn more about new capabilities from RetailNext, as well as its growing ecosystem of partners who provide an array of innovative technology solutions - all with the aim of creating magical friction-free experiences for shoppers.

Distribution Paradigms: Getting Shoppers What They Want, Where and When They Want It
Venue: Pavilion

The Changing Relationships of Retail. With shoppers in charge, how is distribution evolving to give shoppers what they want, where and when they want it?

Moderator: Dan Rosen, Founder, Commerce Ventures

Kristina Eastman, Chief Strategy Officer, Enjoy
Phillip Raub, President & Co-Founder, b8ta
Zac Normandin, CEO & Co-Founder, Dirty Lemon

The New Normal. The converging roles of shopping centers, E-commerce, Pop-ups and Stores as leading brands break into new markets and drive customer acquisition.

Moderator: Megan Berry, CEO & Founder, byREVEAL

Adam Lynch, COO, Marine Layer
Isabelle Aberman, Head of Global Retail Marketing, Camper
Travis Boyce, Retail Lead, Allbirds

Retail on the Rebound. What Wall Street thinks about the retail revolution and how far along retailers are on the journey.

Sponsored by: SATO Global Solutions
Venue: Breezeway Lawn

What’s working today: Case studies and conversations with customers who are leading in today’s data-driven, shopper-centric revolution.
Venue: Pavilion

Best Practices. Measuring your in-store tests for maximum ROI.

Presenter: Morgan Davis, CEO & Co-Founder, MarketDial

Operational Excellence, Performance Metrics for Success: With the increasingly blurred lines between "bricks" and "clicks", how should stores be thinking about performance metrics across the business, and around the globe.

Moderator: Jacobo Rey, Retail Expert EMEA, RetailNext

Alberto Crippa, Global Customer Service and Operations Director, Zegna
Alexander Zangerl, Head of Sales & Consumer Management, Swarovski
Marine Arribas, Senior Merchandiser, Perfumers1870

Advanced Analytics Takeaways. Two innovative retailers discuss their approach to developing a deeper understanding of in-store data and applications.

Discussion led by:
Lauren Bitar, Head of Consulting, RetailNext
Jude Reter, VP Digital Customer Experiences; eCommerce, Express

Retailer Showcase & Networking Break
Sponsored by: SkinnyIT
Venue: Sonoma Valley Room

This extended networking break provides ample time to learn more about new capabilities from RetailNext, as well as its growing ecosystem of partners who provide an array of innovative technology solutions - all with the aim of creating magical friction-free experiences for shoppers.

Defining your Roadmap. Join these discussions of trends, relationships and technologies as we explore what they mean for your business.
Venue: Pavilion

Loose Threads

Presenter: Richie Siegel, Founder, Loose Threads

Exploring the changing relationships between landlord and tenant. As retail evolves, how should landlords change to support successful outcomes for retail/brand partners.

Moderator: Kevin Mckenzie, Chief Strategy Officer, Macerich

Bil Ingraham, VP, Consumer Marketing & Partnership, PREIT
Jim Ward, VP, Innovation & New Business Ventures, CBL Properties
Yaromir Steiner, CEO, Steiner & Associates

Fireside Chat
Venue: Pavillan

Putting Retail Innovation Into Context. With a myriad of choices in in-store technology, where is the biggest bang for your buck, what should you be doing today, and what does the future hold?

Discussion led by:
Arun Nair, CTO & Co-Founder, RetailNext
Stacey Shulman, Chief Innovation Officer; Retail Solutions, Intel

The 8th Annual Gala Dinner
Venue: Cline Cellars

Guests meet in lobby for departure.
Attire: Business Casual

Friday, June 1, 2018
Retailer 1:1 Breakfast
Sponsored by:
Venue: Sonoma Valley Room

Connect with former colleagues or new connections made at the RetailNext Executive Forum. This time is set aside for a casual exchange of ideas, networking or just reading the paper on your own!

9:30am & 10:30am
Retail Roundtables
Venue: Kenwood Ballroom

*Each session will be 45 minutes.*

Full Path Analytics: Data Frameworks and Applications

Driving Adoption Across the Enterprise: Training Tools & Driving Change Management

Deep Learning: Where to Start

RFID Applications for Retail

9:30am - 11:30am
Technology Applications
Spend time with RetailNext training and technical experts to answer specific questions, better understand use cases, or learn more about what is on the innovation roadmap.
Venue: Sonoma Valley Foyer

*Each Session will be 20 minutes.*

User Training led by Retail Engagement Managers

Technology Ecosystem & Partner Discussions led by Global Channel and Alliances

RetailNext Innovation Roadmap led by Head of Product

Sponsored by:
Venue: Breezeway Lawn

Seated and "to-go" options available.