9th Annual
Executive Forum

Monterey, California | May 29-31, 2019


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 Monterey from May 29 - 31, 2019. We can't wait!




Enjoy three full days in Monterey 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.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019
10:30am - 4:00pm
RetailNext Open
Golfers meet in the lobby for departure.
Venue: Poppy Hills - Pebble Beach, CA

Shotgun start: 11:30am

Poppy Hills Golf Course is the newest golf course in Pebble Beach, California after undergoing an extensive 13-month renovation that was completed in April 2014. The original Poppy Hills was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., and opened in 1986.

11:00am - 3:30pm
Depart for Activity
Guests meet in lobby for departure.
Venue: Locations may vary.

6:00pm - 9:00pm
Welcome Reception
Venue: Monterey Plaza, Central Upper Plaza

Dinner served throughout.
The Central Upper Plaza is located ocean side of the Monterey Plaza.
Attire: Business Cocktail

Thursday, May 30, 2019
Sponsored by: US Infocomm
Venue: Dolphins Ballroom

8:30am - 4:45pm
General Session
Venue: Cypress Ballroom

The connected journey - how today's consumer thinks about retail, and how retailers are responding.

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

The lines between retail and experience, landlords and tenants, and old school vs. new continue to blur. Retail evolves in exciting ways, and this panel of senior executives will explore what's working, what's not and what retailers need to do to ensure success.

Blurred Lines
Venue: Cypress Ballroom

Area 15: Radically Reimagining Retail
There continues to be a lot of conversation around the reinvention of the shopping mall, but perhaps no mall has been more highly anticipated than Las Vegas' innovated Area 15. This presentation focuses on Area 15's radically reimagined retail, art and entertainment complex, schedule to open in late 2019.

Beyond the Lease Line, Malls as Innovators
The past year saw the birth of a multitude of mall innovation. From pop-up shops and high-end restaurants to mixed-used spaces and virtual reality experiences, nearly everyone wants to get into the innovation game. Join these mall operators as they discuss what they've been working on and what else is up their sleeves.

Retailer Showcase
Networking Break Sponsored by: Kinettix

This extended networking break provides ample time to connect with colleagues as well as explore the Retailer Showcase. The Retailer Showcase focuses on some of our most innovative retail partners sharing what RetailNext is doing with them along with other technology innovators.

Models for Retail Reinvention
Venue: Cypress Ballroom

Reinvention of Tanaka Magane
How do you transition a 100-plus-year-old optical retailer into a cool and modern brand? Join Damian Hall, President and CEO of Tanaka Magane, as he takes you through the brand's modern revolution.

Winning Formulas: Influencers, Data Driven Brands, Transparency
What does it take to build a brand in today's millenial and Gen Z world? Influencers, data and product transparency all play parts, but what works best, and are there formulas that are universal?

Today's Store Associate
Good in-store teams have always been key to a retailer's success, but the playing field has changed. Associates now expect more, and emerging technologies empower a different kind of success. Join this all-star team of retailers as they cover topics ranging from associates as influencers to letting teams determine their own schedules (and making it work).

Sponsored by: SATO Global Solutions
Venue: Dolphins Ballroom

Blurring Geographic Boundaries
Venue: Cypress Ballroom

New Retail Evolution in China
The retail ecosystem in China is exploding, expanding exponentially across its vast geography. Learn how Cue, RetailNext's strategic development partner in China, considers the Chinese shoppers' connected journey, approaches comprehensive retail analytics, and advances shopper understanding in global retail's new frontier.

Case Study in Analytics - Hankyu
Learn how the largest department store in Japan leverages analytics to better understand its shoppers, driving performance through data insights and long-term strategic thinking.

Erasing of Boundaries
How does a retailer successfully establish and build upon its brand beyond the borders of its home country? Join this group of global retail leaders as they discuss how they think about their businesses around the world.

Retailer Showcase
Networking Break Sponsored by: Kinnetix

This extended networking break provides ample time to connect with colleagues as well as explore the Retailer Showcase. The Retailer Showcase focuses on some of our most innovative retail partners sharing what RetailNext is doing with them along with other technology innovators.

Retailers as Technologists
Venue: Cypress Ballroom

Valuing the Creators
While few investors might consider Nike, Inc. a tech stock, last year Oppenheimer reported in a Perform to Outperform upgrade note that a "technological evolution is underway," and that Nike continues to embrace technological evolution as a means to "enhance most all aspects" of its business model. What does news like this mean for retailers across all segments? This panel of financial experts will discuss how retailers should be thinking about technology investments and how these investments drive valuation.

Making the Smart Bets
The blending of retail and technology is upon us, blurring the lines like never before. However, where should a retailer place its bets in order to better its shopper experience and business results? These experts will discuss what's real, what's emerging and what's more hype than substance.

6:00pm - 10:00pm
The 9th Annual Gala Dinner
Venue: Monterey Bay Aquarium

Guests meet in lobby for departure at 5:30pm.
Attire: Business Casual

Friday, May 31, 2019
Retailer 1:1 Breakfast
Venue: Dolphins Ballroom

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

*Each session will be 45 minutes.*

Full Path Analytics: Join RetalNext's Head of Retail Consulting, Lauren Bitar, for an in-depth conversation on analytics including applications, best practices and case studies.

Traffic 2.0: Join RetailNext's Training Manager, Rachelle Benson, to learn more about training tools and driving adoption across your enterprise.

CTO/Head of Product Session: Join RetailNext's Head of Product, Jason Luther, for a round of Technical Q&A, a roadmap overview and dive into the learning (VR/AR) applications for your stores.

Connected Journey: Join RetailNext's CMO, Bridget Johns, to uncover the Connected Journey. Connect your shoppers' physical and digital footprints via LiveRamp and understand shoppers vs. buyers and the missed opportunity. Discover how RetailNext's Facebook partnership may work for you.

Venue: Dolphins Ballroom

Seated and "to-go" options available.